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  • Mongolia hosts China's leader, seeks port access

    Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) — Landlocked Mongolia is hoping to secure better access to Chinese ports as President Xi Jinping becomes the first Chinese head of state in more than a decade to visit this sprawling resource-rich nation sandwiched between China and Russia. Xi arrived in the...

  • Pakistan holds talks with opposition protesters

    Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials held "initial" talks before dawn Thursday with representatives from two opposition groups whose supporters have been besieging the parliament for a second day demanding the prime minister resign over alleged election fraud, the government said. The...

  • Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    DUBLIN (AP) — Albert Reynolds, the straight-talking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland, has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81. His eldest son, Philip, said he died early Thursday at his Dublin home. Reynolds,...

  • Report: Russia conducts checks at McDonalds

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agencies are reporting that the country's food safety agency will conduct checks on McDonald's restaurants in the Urals after safety complaints, a day after four branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow. Natalya Lukyantseva, an official in the...

  • With Erdogan at helm, Turkey to choose premier

    Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party were poised Thursday to choose his successor as party chairman and prime minister, with expectations high that the man who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade will keep charge as president. Erdogan has...

  • Marine who vanished in Iraq has court hearing

    Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A Marine who mysteriously disappeared in Iraq 10 years ago is due in military court after an investigation into whether he deserted his unit. Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun is scheduled to appear at Camp Lejeune Thursday in an Article 32 hearing, which is the...

  • Hospital to discuss discharge of Ebola patients

    Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta hospital where two American aid workers were brought after getting infected with the Ebola virus will hold a news conference to discuss their discharge. Meanwhile, Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, who one of the aid workers had been working...

  • US special ops tried but failed to find hostages

    Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say. The rescue mission was...

  • As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

    Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no reported U.S. ground combat, are thin. Some...

  • Hiring event set at Fort Sill for Okla. military

    Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma CareerTech System and its partners are planning another hiring event for Oklahoma military members and veterans. The Oklahoma Military Connection hiring event is scheduled for Sept. 25 at the Fort Sill Armed Forces Reserve Center near Lawton. The...

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