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UN peacekeepers attacked by Syrian militants escape, but others still held

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Filipino United Nations peacekeepers who were surrounded and attacked by anti-government rebels on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights fled to safety under the cover of darkness early Sunday, the UN said, while another group of peacekeepers from Fiji were still being held after their capture last week.

Head of Niger's parliament flees to France

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

The head of Niger's National Assembly, who faces questioning in connection with a baby trafficking scandal, is in France, a source close to the office of Burkina Faso's president said Sunday.

Hong Kong’s democracy in peril as China clamps down

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

China’s top legislative body on Sunday struck a blow to democracy advocates in Hong Kong, ruling that Beijing can effectively veto candidates it deems undesirable from seeking the region’s top leadership job in a 2017 election.

Germany to send rifles, tank busters to aid Kurds

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Germany will send high-end rifles, tank-busting weapons and armored vehicles to aid Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Iraq, officials said Sunday.

Egypt delays deadline for criticized NGO registry

|Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Egyptian authorities pushed back Sunday a deadline for local and international non-government organizations to register under a restrictive law or risk being shut down, a decision that was criticized as a way to silence critics of the government, a government official said.

U.S. sends more aid, airstrikes to Iraq

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

The U.S. military began to conduct air strikes and air-drop humanitarian aid to a starving Iraqi town south of Kirkuk besieged by militants of the Islamic State since mid-June, according to a Pentagon spokesman late Saturday night.

Poland honors Solidarity with new culture center

|Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Poland's new European Solidarity Center should help raise future generations with an appreciation of freedom and democracy, President Bronislaw Komorowski said as the center opened on Sunday.

VENICE WATCH: 'Star Wars' stars keep mum in Venice

|Sunday, Aug. 31, 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:

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.