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Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

|Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago.

Israel's 'The Farewell Party' finds humor in death

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

With dozens of films jostling for attention at the Venice Film Festival, it takes originality to make an impact. Two Israeli filmmakers have done it by refusing to accept that death is no laughing matter.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge arrives in North Korea

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

It's pretty hard to find a novel way to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now, but two-time Grammy-winning rapper Pras Michel, a founding member of the Fugees, has done it — getting his dousing in the center of North Korea's capital on Sunday.

Parents of British boy in Spain face extradition

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

A critically-ill 5-year-old boy driven to Spain by his parents against doctors' advice is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said Sunday.

Thai junta leader stacks Cabinet with military men

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

The general who transitioned from Thailand's junta leader to prime minister has awarded key Cabinet posts to his trusted allies from the armed forces, the latest in a series of moves that critics say will prolong the military's grip on power.

Magnitude-6 earthquake jolts northern Pakistan

|Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

A magnitude-6 earthquake struck northern Pakistan on Sunday, authorities said, though there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Israeli fire on Gaza town raises war crimes claim

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

The first of August dawned as a day of promise for the Mahmoum clan and thousands of other Palestinians stuck in United Nations shelters in Rafah — thanks to a temporary cease-fire with Israel they could go home for three days.

Israel shoots down drone from Syria over Golan

|Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

The Israeli military said Sunday that it shot down a drone that entered Israeli-controlled airspace from neighboring Syria, heightening tensions in the volatile Golan Heights.

Congo: Top general active in volatile east dies

|Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Congo's government spokesman says a top general based in the country's volatile east has died.

Lesotho prime minister in S. Africa for safety

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Lesotho's prime minister fled to South Africa in fear for his safety and will now meet with leaders of the region there to seek peace, he said Sunday.

Ukraine: rebels fire on border guard vessel

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

WHO: Senegal Ebola case 'a top priority emergency'

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is "a top priority emergency," the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar.

Report: Iran car crash kills 14, including Afghans

|Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

A news agency in Iran is reporting that a car crash involving Afghan migrants has killed 14 people.

Iraqi forces break militant siege of Shiite town

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, as a suicide bombing killed 14 people in Anbar western province, officials said.

Partial building collapse in Paris suburb kills 2

|Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

A four-story apartment building in a northeastern Paris suburb partially collapsed after an explosion Sunday, killing a child and an elderly person, authorities said. Six more people were thought to be underneath the rubble.

Algeria soccer death seen as part of wider ills

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

The rocks came raining down after the final whistle of the Algerian soccer match, an increasingly common ritual in stadiums across the country. This time, the violence ended in tragedy: Hit in the head, Albert Ebosse, the league's top goal scorer last season, crumbled to the ground and died in a hospital.

Israel calls on region to rebuild, disarm Gaza

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Israel and several Arab countries should work together to rebuild the Gaza Strip while disarming Hamas militants who rule the territory, Israel's finance minister said Sunday.

Somalia: 12 killed as army repels attack on prison

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Somalia's government forces regained control of a high security prison in the capital that was attacked Sunday by seven heavily armed suspected Islamic militants who attempted to free other extremists held there, officials said.

Lava eruption prompts Iceland aviation alert

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Lava fountains danced along a lengthy volcanic fissure near Iceland's subglacial Bardarbunga volcano Sunday, prompting authorities to raise the aviation warning code to the highest level and close the surrounding airspace.

Boat carrying 100 migrants capsizes off Libya

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

A boat carrying more than 100 migrants capsized off the coast near the Libyan capital, a coast guard official said Sunday.