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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....

Zimbabwe 1st lady roils political scene with entry

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- She has expensive tastes, owns a lot of land in Zimbabwe and is now entering politics, a move that is roiling this southern African nation that has known only one leader since independence: President Robert Mugabe, who is 90 years old....

Iraqi town holds out against militant onslaught

BAGHDAD (AP) -- As Islamic militants rampage across northern Iraq, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli have decided to stay and fight....