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Palestinian leader in new UN bid to end occupation

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Facing pressure at home to come up with a new strategy for achieving Palestinian statehood, Mahmoud Abbas said Friday he would ask the U.N. Security Council to dictate the ground rules for any talks with Israel, including setting a deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian lands....

Constant phone calls allowed on European flights

BERLIN (AP) -- European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety rules allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights....

German military struggles with hardware problems

BERLIN (AP) -- First a group of German army instructors got stranded in Bulgaria en route to Iraq when their plane malfunctioned....

Concerns grow over Zambian president's health

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- "I haven't died yet," the Zambian president said....

Tusk's aide resigns new job after cronyism outcry

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish oil company PKN Orlen says an aide to the country's former Prime Minister Donald Tusk has resigned his new job following a storm over his appointment....

Western Muslims, troubled, rally against extremism

PARIS (AP) -- In tweets, in street gatherings and in open letters, moderate Muslims around the world are insisting that Islamic State extremists don't speak for their religion. Many are also frustrated that anyone might think they do, and a backlash has already begun....

Cambodians protest Australia resettlement deal

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Australia and Cambodia signed an agreement Friday for asylum-seekers who are refused residency in Australia to instead be resettled in the impoverished Southeast Asian country criticized for its deteriorating human rights record....

3 killed as Somali pirates fight over ransom

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A Somali police officer says three people have been killed as pirates clash in a central Somali town over a ransom paid for the freedom of a German-American journalist who was released this week after two years and eight months of captivity....

AP PHOTOS: Scenes of toil from Iran's coal mines

MAZANDARAN PROVINCE, Iran (AP) -- In the coal mines of northern Iran men with their faces smeared black push rusty metal carts down into the earth in grim scenes that seem to belong to another century....

FBI: About 12 Americans fighting in Syria, not 100

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. believes there are about a dozen Americans fighting alongside extremist groups in Syria, not more than 100, as has been cited for months....