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Al-Qaida-linked group releases 5 Lebanese troops

BEIRUT (AP) -- An al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group has released five members of the Lebanese security forces captured earlier this month in a cross-border raid, Lebanon's military said Sunday....

It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

TOKYO (AP) -- Hello Kitty, whom many learned last week is a girl and not a cat, may be the queen of Japan's cute characters, but she's hardly the only one....

Tunisia recovers bodies of Syrian boat migrants

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- The Tunisian Coast Guard has recovered at least 41 bodies of migrants, mostly Syrians, who drowned trying to sail to Europe, a local official said Saturday....

Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains

STAROBESHEVE, Ukraine (AP) -- As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter....

Hundreds protest in Wales before NATO summit

LONDON (AP) -- Hundreds of anti-war protesters have marched through the Welsh city of Newport before a major NATO summit there next week....

Pro wrestling returns to the ring in North Korea

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....

Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care

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....

Algeria says 2 abducted diplomats have been freed

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....

Obama seeking allies for fight against extremists

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition....

Police abandon posts in Lesotho, fear for lives

MASERU, Lesotho (AP) -- Police in Lesotho have been told to abandon their posts and not wear uniforms to avoid being targeted in attacks in the kingdom's continuing power vacuum, an official said Tuesday....

Syrian rebels issue demands for captive UN troops

BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group's removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an official said Tuesday....

What dispute? India and China ignore land squabble

NEW DELHI (AP) -- For more than 50 years, it has pitted India against China - a smoldering dispute over who should control a swath of land larger than Austria. Two militaries have skirmished. A brief, bloody war has been fought. And today, thousands of soldiers from both countries sit deployed along their shared frontier, doing little but watching each other....

Trapped miners rescued in Nicaragua; 5 remain

BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men. Efforts to reach five miners still missing continued Saturday....

Poland bars Russian plane from its airspace

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland prevented a plane carrying Russia's defense minister from traveling through its airspace Friday, drawing an angry response from Moscow....

Families of Russian troops in Ukraine want answers

MOSCOW (AP) -- The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border....

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