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August 30, 2014 - 11:52am
2 days 21 hours ago

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Koreans got their first look at pro wrestling in about 20 years on Saturday when an ex-NFL lineman and 20 other grapplers from around the world took to the ring for an exhibition put together by a charismatic former Japanese pro-wrestler who is now a member of parliament.

Kanji "Antonio" Inoki, who organized the two-day event in Pyongyang, said he hopes it will pave the way for more exchanges with the North.

The...

August 30, 2014 - 11:18am
2 days 21 hours ago

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — When the dreaded Ebola virus began infecting people in the Sierra Leone town of Kenema, Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan and his team were on the front lines. After stepping out of his protective suit following hours on a sweltering ward, he would jump on the phone to coordinate with the Ministry of Health, to deal with personnel issues and tend to hospital business.

He was jovial but forceful. When he walked into a room everyone looked to him for...

August 30, 2014 - 11:05am
2 days 19 hours ago

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish riot police briefly clashed with counterdemonstrators at a neo-Nazi rally in Stockholm on Saturday, two weeks before a parliamentary election.

Police said four police officers and three civilians were slightly injured in the violence that erupted on the sidelines of a march by about 150 members of the far-right Party of the Swedes.

Thousands of people gathered in downtown Stockholm to protest peacefully against the march, but...

August 30, 2014 - 10:36am
2 days 22 hours ago

MADRID (AP) — Manuel Pertegaz, one of Spain's most admired fashion designers who dressed Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy and Ava Gardner, has died. He was 96.

Pertegaz died Saturday in his hometown of Barcelona, according to Spain's education and culture minister, Jose Ignacio Wert.

Wert said in a statement that he regretted Pertegaz's passing, adding that to think of the designer was "to think of elegance."

The statement said...

August 30, 2014 - 10:32am
2 days 23 hours ago

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's state news agency says two Algerian diplomats taken hostage in northern Mali more than two years ago have been released.

The APS agency quotes an Algerian foreign affairs ministry statement Saturday, which confirms that diplomats Mourad Guessas and Kedour Miloudi, abducted by jihadists on April 6, 2012, in Gao, have been freed following "discreet" government intervention.

It says that no ransom was given and doesn't...

August 30, 2014 - 10:21am
2 days 20 hours ago

CAIRO (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declined to specifically discuss the case of a detained Washington Post journalist during a nationally televised news conference Saturday.

During the conference, a journalist asked a question about Iran's global outreach after the parliament's impeachment of the country's science minister, increased raids targeting satellite dishes and the detention of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian.

Rezaian...

August 30, 2014 - 9:26am
2 days 17 hours ago

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Al Pacino made two trips up the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, with a pair of movies about aging, regret, giving up and letting go.

But fear not — the actor says he's not about to lower the curtain on his own career.

Pacino plays a small-town Texas locksmith with a key for everything except his own unhappiness in David Gordon Green's "Manglehorn," one of 20 films competing for the festival's Golden Lion prize...

August 30, 2014 - 7:58am
3 days 1 hour ago

MADRID (AP) — Spain's airport authority says a computer glitch in its automated air traffic control system has caused flight delays during one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

A spokeswoman for AENA says the control system failed around 11 a.m. (0900 GMT) Saturday and affected traffic into and out of Madrid's Barajas airport, the country's busiest hub.

Spain's airline pilots' union SEPLA said on its official Twitter account "there will be...

August 30, 2014 - 7:34am
2 days 20 hours ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Clashes in Yemen between the army and al-Qaida's local branch killed at least 13 suspected militants and four troops Saturday, military officials said.

The officials said the fighting started in the early hours when a suicide car bomber attacked a military camp in the city of al-Qatn in the southern province of Hadramawt. Militants then assaulted the camp, prompting a gunbattle that lasted for more than an hour that killed 10 suspected militants and...

August 30, 2014 - 7:03am
3 days 1 hour ago

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohammed Badie and seven others to life in prison Saturday on charges of planning riots, murder and sabotage, state news agency MENA reported.

The case stems from violence that took place last summer after the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, when fighting killed 10 people and injured 20.

Presiding judge Mohammed Nagi Shehata also sentenced six Islamists to death...

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