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August 22, 2014 - 11:08am
14 min 50 sec ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) — They swarmed into Pakistan's capital in their thousands, protesters calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation and the dissolution of parliament.

The weeklong protests in the capital and around the parliament building have been loud and boisterous but peaceful. But despite the festive atmosphere, there is another side to the demonstrations — the increased demand for food, water and toilets to accommodate the thousands of people who turned out...

August 22, 2014 - 10:48am
14 min 50 sec ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' envoy to Iraq says religious minorities being attacked by Islamic militants need to be defended and protected so they can return home in security, reinforcing the Vatican's position that military force is justified in this case.

Francis has said it was "licit" to stop an unjust aggression, but that the international community — and not just a single country — must decide how.

Cardinal Fernando Filoni went further in...

August 22, 2014 - 10:47am
34 min 48 sec ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Thousands of supporters of Yemen's powerful, armed Shiite rebel group have escalated their standoff with the government, setting up tents near three ministries to press for a Cabinet reshuffle and reversal of a recent fuel subsidy cut.

Friday was the third day supporters of the Hawthi group marched in Sanaa and across the country. In a televised speech late Thursday, leader Abdel-Malek al-Hawthi described the protest as a "revolution" and denounced...

August 22, 2014 - 10:20am
34 min 47 sec ago

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish TV network has apologized to Costa Rica for using the Central American country's national anthem to promote a comedy show.

TV4 is using the anthem in a trailer for "Parlamentet," a popular game show featuring some of Sweden's best-known comedians.

After receiving complaints from Costa Ricans living in Sweden, Costa Rica lodged a diplomatic protest, calling it a "grave disrespect to our national symbol."

August 22, 2014 - 10:17am
34 min 47 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is suing a Swiss bank to reclaim millions of euros that once belonged to communist East Germany.

BvS, an agency tasked with recovering and managing the communist-era funds, says it asked Zurich's regional court last week to force Bank Julius Baer to return 135 million euros ($179.1 million).

Dieter Freund, an official at the agency, said Friday the lawsuit alleges that from 1989 to 1992 a businesswoman acting for an East German...

August 22, 2014 - 10:14am
34 min 47 sec ago

NEWY YORK (AP) — U.S. authorities are intensifying their efforts to identify and neutralize Islamic State sympathizers they believe could pose a terror threat on American soil.

That concern was demonstrated this month with the arrest of Donald Ray Morgan when he returned from Lebanon at New York's Kennedy Airport.

The FBI had been monitoring tweets by the North Carolina man praising extremists fighting in Syria and Iraq. An FBI agent testified at a...

August 22, 2014 - 9:22am
34 min 47 sec ago

BANGKOK (AP) — Interpol said Friday it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more.

Police raided a Bangkok condominium earlier this month and found nine babies and nine nannies living in a few unfurnished rooms filled with baby bottles, bouncy chairs, play pens and diapers. They have since identified Mitsutoki...

August 22, 2014 - 9:00am
1 hour 4 min ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A woman armed with a pistol tried to enter the Philippine presidential palace Friday and demanded to see President Benigno Aquino III, security officials said.

She was immediately disarmed and turned over to Manila police for investigation, said Commodore Raul Ubando, head of the presidential guards.

Sprawling Malacanang palace has several entrances, and the gate where the woman was stopped is far from Aquino's office and...

August 22, 2014 - 8:46am
2 hours 4 min 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
2 hours 4 min ago

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

The ministry, which is struggling to help apple producers hurt by a Russian embargo on European foods, has proposed exempting cider from a law that bans advertising any alcohol other than beer.

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...

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