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August 22, 2014 - 5:12am
14 min 13 sec ago

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Mosques are being closed, local organizations banned and at least 1,000 people have been arrested as Tunisia cracks down on those suspected of sympathizing with radical Islamists.

Tunisia was the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring uprisings, but the nation's battle against terrorism is raising fears that it might be returning to its old ways of political repression.

Since overthrowing long-ruling dictator Zine El...

August 22, 2014 - 5:03am
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BERLIN (AP) — A German police handwriting expert is on trial over accusations he killed and chopped up a man he met in an Internet cannibalism chat forum.

Detlev G., whose last name hasn't been released, is charged with murder and defilement of a corpse in the November slaying of a 59-year-old businessman from Hannover who had fantasized about being killed and eaten. Prosecutors say there is no evidence the suspect ate parts of his victim.

Defense...

August 22, 2014 - 4:47am
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GENEVA (AP) — The death toll from Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people killed between March 2011 and April 2014, the United Nations reported Friday.

The figure is the first issued by the U.N.'s human rights office since July 2013, when it documented more than 100,000 killed.

The U.N.'s top human rights official, Navi Pillay, who oversees the Geneva-based office, said the new figures are so much higher because they include...

August 22, 2014 - 4:00am
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With Egyptian efforts to end the Gaza war collapsing, the United States, Britain, France and Germany are discussing a possible Security Council resolution calling for a sustainable cease-fire and an international monitoring mission to ensure its implementation.

U.N. diplomats say the U.S., Israel's main ally, has joined the European effort to produce a resolution that would call for a ceasefire and advance the goal of a durable peace....

August 22, 2014 - 3:57am
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THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Seismologists say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 has struck the northern Greek region of Halkidiki, rattling the area but causing no damage or injuries.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the quake struck Friday morning, 89 kilometers (55 miles) south of the country's second-largest city of Thessaloniki, and 271 kilometers (135 miles) north of Athens.

Greece is in a highly seismically active part of...

August 22, 2014 - 3:54am
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The former chief prosecutor on a South Korean island admits to performing a lewd act on a city street and feels extremely shameful for his behavior, his lawyer said Friday.

Kim Soo-chang resigned earlier this week as chief prosecutor on southern Jeju Island but had denied the charge.

His admission came after police announced earlier Friday their investigation confirmed Kim was the man seen on security cameras performing a...

August 22, 2014 - 3:38am
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IZVARYNE, Ukraine (AP) — An Associated Press reporter has seen the first trucks in a Russian aid convoy crossing into eastern Ukraine after more than a week's delay amid suspicions the mission was being used as a cover for an invasion by Moscow.

Trucks loaded with water, generators and sleeping bags are intended for civilians in the city of Luhansk, where pro-Russian separatist fighters are besieged by government forces. Shelling of the city has been ongoing for weeks....

August 22, 2014 - 3:19am
44 min 13 sec ago

HEXIGTEN, China (AP) — Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away.

This is the first of more than 60 coal-to-gas plants China wants to build, mostly in remote parts of the country where ethnic minorities...

August 22, 2014 - 2:39am
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NEW DELHI (AP) — India has blocked the release of a film on the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, saying it glorifies her killers and could trigger violent protests, officials said Friday.

India's film certification board said the film glorified the Sikh bodyguards who killed Gandhi to avenge her suppression of an insurgency that culminated in an army assault on the Golden Temple, Sikhism's holiest shrine.

"Kaum De Heere," or "...

August 22, 2014 - 2:38am
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NEW DELHI (AP) — A frail Indian activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 14 years to protest alleged military brutality scuffled with police Friday as they took her back to the same government hospital where she had been force-fed.

Irom Sharmila, 42, vowed to continue the hunger strike that landed her in prison for the past 14 years. She walked free on Wednesday after a court threw out the charges of attempted suicide against her. Attempted suicide is a crime...

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