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August 29, 2015 - 11:34am
3 days 4 hours ago

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of France, Germany and Russia have spoken by phone and are exploring the possibility of a summit with Ukraine's president about the conflict in the country's east.

French President Francois Hollande's office said he, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Saturday that a summit in the coming weeks "could prove useful." The leaders welcomed new efforts toward an effective cease-fire in eastern Ukraine....

August 29, 2015 - 11:26am
3 days 4 hours ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Security officials say Islamic State militants have detained at least 70 people in a remote western Iraqi town following a rare street demonstration protesting the extremist group's execution of a local resident.

Officials say the protest by hundreds of residents in Rutbah, in Anbar province, was triggered by the execution earlier on Saturday of Munir al-Kobeisi, a civil servant, for killing a member of the extremist group. The killing was part of a long-...

August 29, 2015 - 10:42am
2 days 13 hours ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Here are the latest developments regarding Lebanon's protest over the country's ongoing trash crisis (all times local):

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9:45 p.m.

Thousands of protesters have dispersed peacefully at the end of a huge rally during which they called for the resignation of a Cabinet minister within 72 hours.

A few hundred protesters stayed behind following Saturday's protest, part of ongoing rallies against...

August 29, 2015 - 10:30am
3 days 4 hours ago

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan authorities say they have recovered 12 more bodies, raising the death toll from the latest disaster for migrants trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean to 117.

The rescue team says in a statement Saturday that they have rescued 198 people and that the search is ongoing for missing passengers from two boats that capsized Thursday off the western coastal city of Zuwara with about 500 migrants onboard.

A...

August 29, 2015 - 10:21am
3 days 5 hours ago

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's warring factions say violent clashes are continuing before a cease-fire is to come into effect on Sunday.

Joe Contreras, spokesman for the U.N. mission in South Sudan, confirmed there was an exchange of fire Friday night.

The government on Saturday accused rebel forces of attacking its positions in Malakal, the capital of war-torn Upper Nile state, on Friday night as well as Saturday morning.

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August 29, 2015 - 10:18am
3 days 5 hours ago

BASTOGNE, Belgium (AP) — Belgium has laid to rest its "forgotten angel" near the scene of one of the most ferocious battles of World War II where at extraordinary personal risk she helped save countless American lives.

The burial Saturday came as Europe celebrates the selfless act of civilians who thwarted an attack on a high-speed train a week ago.

But Augusta Chiwy, who died on Aug. 23 aged 94, was a unique kind of hero. Defying challenges of...

August 29, 2015 - 9:42am
3 days 7 hours ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Security officials say a roadside bomb targeting a border guard convoy has killed five officers.

The officials say Saturday's blast hit the convoy, headed to the border with Jordan in western Iraq, near the border post of Trebil.

Officials also say a pair of roadside bombs killed five people and injured 19 south and west of Baghdad. Also in the capital, assailants using pistols fitted with silencers killed two people in the Jihad...

August 29, 2015 - 9:35am
3 days 12 min ago

BEIJING (AP) — Usain Bolt's final gold medal at the Bird's Nest came gift-wrapped.

With a red-white-and-blue bow, too.

The World's Fastest Man made it 3 for 3 in Beijing again, leading the Jamaicans to a runaway win Saturday in the 4x100-meter relay that came easy thanks to an American team that still hasn't figured out how to get the baton around the track.

Tyson Gay's handoff to anchor Mike Rodgers came outside the passing zone...

August 29, 2015 - 9:20am
3 days 7 hours ago

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's intelligence agency says the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram infiltrated the capital's main airport and was using a teenager to carrying out surveillance.

Tony Opuiyo, spokesman for the Department of State Services, said late Friday a 14-year-old boy was arrested at the international airport in Abuja earlier in the week. The teenager said he spied on the movement of passengers and security and reported back to his handlers, said Opuiyo...

August 29, 2015 - 8:50am
3 days 7 hours ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey says its jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria.

A Foreign Ministry statement on Saturday said the jets began attacking IS targets late Friday across the border in Syria, deemed to be threats to Turkey.

After months of wavering, Turkey agreed to be more actively engaged in the fight against IS. It granted U.S. jets access to a key air base...

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