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August 22, 2014 - 8:46am
8 min 51 sec ago

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Despite pressure from the European Union, Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia or curb its food exports to that country, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday.

After the U.S. and the EU slapped sanctions on Russian state banks and major industries last month over the crisis in Ukraine, Russia responded with a wide-ranging ban on food products imported from those countries.

Serbia, a traditional Russian...

August 22, 2014 - 8:09am
8 min 51 sec ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Economy Ministry wants the nation of beer and vodka lovers to drink more cider.

The ministry is trying to exempt cider from a law that bans advertising any alcohol other than beer, as it tries to help apple producers hurt by a Russian embargo on European foods.

But the Health Ministry and other health advocates are fighting the proposal. They say it is dangerous to encourage any alcohol consumption at all in a society...

August 22, 2014 - 8:03am
8 min 51 sec ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Lawmakers from the party of Pakistani cricketer-turned politician, Imran Khan, have resigned from parliament to pressure the country's prime minister to step down over what they describe as fraud in last year's election.

Khan's Tehrik-e-Insaf party won 34 seats in the 342-member National Assembly, or lower house of parliament, in the 2013 elections that brought premier Nawaz Sharif into power.

Arif Alvi, a lawmaker from Khan's party...

August 22, 2014 - 7:54am
8 min 51 sec ago

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali man in Kenyan police custody has admitted that he is Hassan Hanafi, who is wanted in Somalia for the killing of journalists, a senior Kenya police official said Friday.

The man was arrested in early August and after weeks of interrogation admitted that he is Hanafi. He had originally identified himself as Yusuf Hassan Abdisalam Yusuf.

The official, who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the...

August 22, 2014 - 7:50am
8 min 51 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is seeking to calm a diplomatic spat with Qatar after the Gulf nation took umbrage at a German official's claim that it is funding the extremist Islamic State group.

Germany's development minister said in a television interview Wednesday that it was important to examine who is financing the group. Gerd Mueller told public broadcaster ZDF that "the key word is Qatar."

His spokeswoman, Katharina Maenz, told reporters Friday that...

August 22, 2014 - 7:43am
8 min 51 sec ago

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of caregivers who treated an airline passenger who arrived with Ebola and died, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Friday.

Chukwu told reporters in Abuja, the capital, the two are spouses of a man and woman who had direct contact with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who flew into the country last month with the virus and infected 11 others...

August 22, 2014 - 7:13am
48 min 54 sec ago

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish artist has been sentenced to six months in prison for works that a court said depicted Gypsies and blacks in a racist manner.

Dan Park was convicted Thursday of defamation and inciting hatred against an ethnic group.

The case focused on nine framed posters by Park that were seized from an art gallery in the city of Malmo in July.

One depicted three black men with nooses around their necks. Another...

August 22, 2014 - 7:05am
8 min 51 sec ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials in Iraq's Diyala province say militants have opened fire on worshippers at a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers, killing at least 40 people.

A police officer said that local militants broke into the mosque and opened fire in Imam Wais village, some 120 kilometers northeast of Baghdad. Another 35 people were wounded in the attack. Two medical officials confirmed the casualty figures.

Imam Wais remains in government control,...

August 22, 2014 - 6:28am
1 hour 8 min ago

TOKYO (AP) — Forecasts for more heavy rains in western Japan raised the risk Friday of further landslides in Hiroshima, hindering efforts to locate dozens of people still missing after hills around the city collapsed earlier this week.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 40 people were confirmed dead and 47 still unaccounted for after torrents of mud, rocks and timber swept through at least five valleys in Hiroshima's suburbs after heavy rains Wednesday. Dozens...

August 22, 2014 - 6:20am
1 hour 38 min ago

PARIS (AP) — Two girls, aged 15 and 17, are under investigation in France for allegedly making plans to join jihadis in Syria.

The Paris prosecutor's office said on Friday that the girls, one from Tarbes in the southwest, the other from the city of Lyon, were placed under investigation a day earlier for criminal association in relation with a terrorist enterprise, a standard charge in terrorism cases in France. The girls are under strict judicial control, according to...

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