• U.S. protests intercept of Navy jet by Chinese warplane

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States charged on Friday that a Chinese fighter pilot conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a Navy patrol plane in international air space this week, flying a few yards (meters) from the U.S. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press…

  • Colombia army, rebels meet face-to-face at peace talks

    By Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombian military officers and leftist guerrillas met face-to-face on Friday for the first time in their 50-year war, starting talks on a ceasefire that would take hold should the government and the rebels reach a comprehensive peace agreement. The government…

  • Tens of thousands of Yemeni Houthis protest against govt in capital

    By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Yemenis massed in the capital Sanaa on Friday in a protest called by the Shi'ite Houthi movement, which wants the government to reverse a decision on cutting fuel subsidies and resign. The Houthis have been fighting for years for more…

  • Birth control mandate: HHS offers new way for religious employers

    The Obama administration took steps Friday it said would ensure that women who work for religious employers will have continued access to cost-free birth control coverage, while respecting the views of their employers. The rules address both religious nonprofits and “closely held” for-profit…

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  • St. Louis cop shooting No. 2, on video: a stark glimpse into a quick death

    St. Louis, Mo., is facing more questions about the death of black men at the hands of police weaponry after the emergence of a video on Wednesday showing two policemen shooting a knife-wielding black man just miles from where teenager Michael Brown was gunned down 10 days before. The graphic video…

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  • Ferguson: Supporters of officer Darren Wilson make voices heard

    Very few Americans are confident that Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson was justified in shooting black teen Mike Brown, according to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll. The NYT/CBS survey, released Thursday, reports that just 9 percent of Americans believe the actions of Wilson were…

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  • Johnny Manziel fined for obscene gesture during NFL preseason game

    Perhaps it was someone on the Washington Redskins that reminded the Browns' rookie quarterback of certain inadequacies he has displayed during summer training camp. In any event, the former Heisman Trophy winner has been fined $12,000 by the National Football League for making an obscene gesture…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Martyrs and peace with Pyongyang top pope's agenda

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' five-day visit to South Korea will be the first time in a quarter-century that a pope has been on the divided Korean peninsula. Francis plans to bring a message of peace and reconciliations to Koreans on both sides of the 38th parallel, while encouraging Catholics…

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  • Palestinians mull Egyptian proposal for Gaza truce

    CAIRO (AP) — Palestinian negotiators mulled over an Egyptian proposal to end the monthlong Israel-Hamas war as the latest 72-hour cease-fire in the Gaza Strip was due to expire at midnight Wednesday.

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  • Islamic militants seize 2 northern Syrian towns

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists captured two key towns and several villages near Syria's northern border with Turkey on Wednesday after pushing out rival fighters in fierce clashes, opposition groups and activists said.

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  • Israeli tactic to stop soldier capture criticized

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military tactic that allows overwhelming fire to stop the capture of soldiers — even at the risk of killing them — is facing criticism after its use in the Gaza war killed some 100 Palestinians.

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  • Atletico Madrid wins Spanish Super Cup

    MADRID (AP) — A 2nd-minute goal by striker Mario Mandzukic gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win against Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Friday and overall victory with a 2-1 aggregate score.

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  • Argentina Grandmothers ID 115th 'dirty war' child

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's leading human rights group says tests have identified the granddaughter of one of the group's late founders, whose daughter gave birth while a prisoner of the 1976-83 military dictatorship and hasn't been seen since.

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  • Top Asian News at 11:00 p.m. GMT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of both tragedies. The bodies…

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  • Hamas executes 'collaborators', Israeli boy killed

    Hamas executed 18 alleged collaborators in Gaza City on Friday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed harsh retribution for the killing of a four-year-old boy by Palestinian mortar fire. The escalating bloodshed has seen another 79 Palestinians die in Gaza and wounded nine Israeli…

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  • NRL players accept backdated doping bans

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia forward Paul Gallen and nine of his current or former teammates at the Cronulla Sharks are among the National Rugby League players who accepted a backdated 12-month ban for using banned substances, a sanction that sparked condemnation among Australian Olympic athletes on…

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  • Scott, Tringale tied for the lead at Barclays

    PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Now that the majors are over, Adam Scott is going after the only big prize left this year — a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup title.

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