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August 31, 2014 - 6:35am
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JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says a soldier wounded in fighting in the Gaza Strip has died, bringing the Israeli military toll in the recently concluded conflict to 66.

The military says 20-year-old Sergeant Shachar Shalev died Sunday. He was wounded on July 23, six days after Israeli ground forces entered the densely populated coastal strip.

Six civilians were also killed on the Israeli side, including one agricultural worker from Thailand...

August 31, 2014 - 6:34am
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ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The rocks came raining down after the final whistle of the Algerian soccer match, an increasingly common ritual in stadiums across the country. This time, the violence ended in tragedy: Hit in the head, Albert Ebosse, the league's top goal scorer last season, crumbled to the ground and died in a hospital.

Algerian youths are storming pitches, stoning players and clashing outside stadiums in a wave of hooliganism seen as an outlet for daily...

August 31, 2014 - 6:05am
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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Heavily armed suspected Islamic militants attacked a high security prison in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Sunday in an apparent attempt to free militants held there, police said.

Godka Jilacow prison, the scene of the Sunday morning attack, is a key interrogation center for Somalia's intelligence agency and many suspected militants are believed to be held there.

"They are trying to free terrorists held in the prison,"...

August 31, 2014 - 5:57am
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REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland's authorities have raised the aviation warning code for a region close to the subglacial Bardarbunga volcano after a small fissure eruption in the area.

The country's meteorological agency described the eruption in the Holuhraun lava field, about five kilometers (three miles) north of the vast Dyngjujoekull glacier, as a "very calm lava eruption and can hardly be seen on seismometers."

Sunday morning's eruption was...

August 31, 2014 - 4:45am
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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan coast guard official says a boat carrying more than 100 migrants has capsized off the coast near the capital.

Abdel-Latif Mohammed said the coast guard found the damaged rubber boat early Sunday off the shores of al-Qarbouli, 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Tripoli. The coast guard has not yet confirmed the number of deaths but estimated the boat carried at least 100 people.

Last week at least 100 African migrants,...

August 31, 2014 - 4:30am
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Sunday he is ready to meet his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the sidelines of next month's UN General Assembly and to visit the Gulf powerhouse later this year.

Mohammad Javad Zarif's remarks come amid a slight diplomatic warming between Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia and Shiite-majority Iran, which are fiercely divided over the civil war in Syria and other regional conflicts.

"The first opportunity for...

August 31, 2014 - 4:05am
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BEIJING (AP) — China's legislature on Sunday ruled against allowing open nominations in elections for Hong Kong's leader, saying it would create a "chaotic society" in a decision that promises to ignite political tensions in the Asian financial hub.

The legislature's powerful Standing Committee ruled that all candidates for chief executive must receive more than half of the votes from a special nominating body before going before voters. Hong Kong democracy activists...

August 31, 2014 - 4:00am
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BEIRUT (AP) — An al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group has released five Lebanese soldiers captured earlier this month in a cross-border raid, Lebanon's state news agency said Sunday.

The men were taken hostage when militants from Syria took over the Lebanese border town of Arsal for five days before withdrawing toward the Syrian frontier, taking with them Lebanese soldiers and policemen as hostages. The clashes were the most dangerous spillover of violence from the civil...

August 31, 2014 - 3:38am
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents.

"We may call it the greatest escape," Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said.

The peacekeepers became trapped after Syrian rebels...

August 31, 2014 - 2:46am
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian military aircraft will soon fly guns and ammunition to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil to help Kurds fight Islamic State militants as part of a U.S.-led multination mission, Australia's prime minister said on Sunday.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his government would join the United States, Britain, Canada, France and Italy in delivering rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and assault rifle ammunition at the request of the U.S....

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