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Virgin Australia airline posts $333 million loss

|Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Australia's second largest airline, Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd., said on Friday it lost 356 million Australian dollars ($333 million) in its last fiscal year, a three-fold increase over the previous year.

Official: Bidders compete for Uruguay pot business

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Uruguay's new market for legalized marijuana has attracted at least 20 companies bidding for the right to supply pot to the country's pharmacies, a government official said Thursday.

Doubts surround plane in Brazil campaign

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Doubts surrounding the legality of the purchase of a small private plane used by the Brazilian Socialist Party have placed the campaign of presidential hopeful Marina Silva under scrutiny this week.

Ranger in Africa's oldest park wounded by grenade

|Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

A ranger in Africa's oldest national park has been seriously wounded by a grenade during a confrontation with poachers.

U.S. history in Mideast hampers hopes for anti-ISIS coalition

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

The United States faces no small task in drumming up allies to fight the Islamic State as part of a new coalition that foreign policy analysts already are criticizing as a hollow effort unless the Obama administration proves a commitment to wading into a conflict it’s largely avoided for three years.

Russia appears to invade Ukraine, opening 2nd front

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Thursday of invading his nation, at about the same time that a separatist rebel leader admitted his forces are made up of Russian fighters, including active and retired Russian troops.

Fearing real democracy in Hong Kong, authorities raid media mogul’s home

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

As China’s top legislative body meets this week to mull Hong Kong’s political future, Hong Kong authorities raided the home of a media mogul who’s used his wealth to support pro-democracy forces in the former British territory.

Jamaica agriculture minister dies in Florida

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Roger Clarke, a Jamaican government minister whose affable personality often bridged the Caribbean island's deep political divide, died Thursday in Florida. He was 74.

U.N. peacekeepers taken captive in Golan Heights in Syria

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

An armed group that’s fighting Syrian government forces captured 43 United Nations peacekeepers Thursday on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and another 81 peacekeepers were being confined to their positions, the U.N. said.

Brazil dismantles large deforestation gang

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

The "largest deforestation gang" active in Brazil's Amazon rain forest has been dismantled, authorities said Thursday.

Opposition strike has mixed results in Argentina

|Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Labor groups opposed to Argentine President Cristina Fernandez staged their second general strike of the year Thursday, disrupting life in the capital and other parts of the country as many people stayed away from work and union demonstrators blocked streets to call for higher wages and lower taxes.

Dominican legal status still elusive for migrants

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

The Dominican Republic will soon issue the first residency and work permits for migrants under a new program that will enable them to avoid the risk of deportation, officials said Thursday, conceding that so far few have managed to qualify.

Egypt militants post beheading video

|Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

An al-Qaida-inspired militant group in Egypt has posted an online video showing the beheading of four men in the Sinai Peninsula accused of spying for Israel, whose bodies were found earlier this month.

Pope removes key Benedict XVI protege

|Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Pope Francis has removed a key protege of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican's liturgy office and sent him back to his native Spain.

Somalia asks UN court to set maritime boundary

|Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Somalia has asked the United Nations' highest court to determine the maritime boundary it shares in the Indian Ocean with east African neighbor Kenya.

UN peacekeepers detained by rebel group in Golan Heights

| Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

– The United Nations said on Thursday that 43 of its peacekeepers on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights had been detained by an armed group fighting government forces there.

UN: Islamic State group threatens Syria aid access

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

The Islamic State group is taking violence against civilians in Syria "to a new level," threatening the cross-border humanitarian aid operations recently approved by the Security Council, a top U.N. aid official said Thursday.

VENICE WATCH: Iranian tales; vampire takes a break

|Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:

Egypt probes video showing police abuse

|Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Egyptian authorities are probing allegations of police abuse after a video circulated online showing three policemen taunting a nearly naked corpse, a senior police official said on Thursday.

A brother seeks answers in 'The Look of Silence'

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

What is it like to look into the eyes of the men who killed your brother and went unpunished?