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  • Despite dry spell, N. Korea farms see good harvest

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Providing enough food to feed the nation is always a struggle for North Korea. But it looks like the residents of Pyongyang won't be lacking for cabbage and vegetables come next month, when the crops will be harvested. The nation, which suffered a near cataclysmic famine in the 1990s, has since managed to increase...

  • Gestapo impostor tricked Nazi sympathizers in WWII

    LONDON (AP) — At the height of World War II, Hans Kohout wanted to give the Nazis advance word of a top-secret British tactic that could neutralize an enemy's air defenses, leaving major cities exposed to devastating air raids. Kohout, a naturalized British citizen, knew about it from his work at a plant doing defense-related work. He passed...

  • Poland's Tusk denies claim on partition offer

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's former prime minister, Donald Tusk, denied Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that their two nations carve up Ukraine. That claim was made by former Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski in an interview with Politico published Sunday. It sparked a huge outcry in Poland, and Sikorski almost...

  • China, 20 other countries initiate new Asian bank

    BEIJING (AP) — Twenty-one Asian nations signed on to a China-driven initiative Friday to create a new international bank for Asia that Washington opposes as an unnecessary and potentially damaging rival to established institutions such as the World Bank. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank reflects both China's desire to push investment...

  • NKorea signals US must apologize to free detainees

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — After an American was released from North Korean custody, the attention has now focused on two other U.S. citizens still in its jails, and at least one North Korean legal expert has some unusual advice to offer: let Washington formally apologize to Pyongyang, and the country's leader will consider pardoning them....

  • Global stocks rattled by Ebola case in New York

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stock markets retreated Friday as the first case of Ebola in New York overshadowed positive economic news. KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.2 percent to 6,404.55 and Germany's DAX dropped 0.2 percent to 9,032.53. France's CAC 40 declined 0.3 percent to 4,147.43. Dow Jones futures fell 0.1 percent to...

  • Sweden calls off search for submarine

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish authorities called off their weeklong search for a suspected submarine in the Stockholm archipelago Friday, saying the presumed intruder had probably escaped into the Baltic Sea. Naval and amphibious forces were ordered back to base, while some ground forces remained in the search area, military officials said. "We...

  • UEFA: Serbia gets 3-0 win vs Albania but no points

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has awarded Serbia a 3-0 win over Albania but deducted the three points following the violence that broke out during their European Championship qualifier in Belgrade last week. The game was abandoned after an Albanian nationalist banner was flown into the stadium by a drone, triggering fighting among players and...

  • Britain says EU is asking for bigger contribution

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain says its prime minister is protesting a European Union request for an additional 2.1 billion euro ($2.65 billion) contribution to the EU coffers at a time of increasing pressure at home for the country to leave the bloc. A British official, who asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, on Friday...

  • French journalists jailed in Indonesia's Papua

    JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesia court has sentenced two French television journalists to two and a half months in jail for illegal reporting in the easternmost province of Papua. Thomas Dandois, 40, and Valentine Bourrat, 29, were detained for tourist visa violations in August after filming a documentary about the separatist movement...

  • 2 arrested after explosives found in Denmark

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish officials say they have arrested two men in Copenhagen in possession of one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of explosive material. The Copenhagen police said Friday on Twitter that the Danish nationals were arrested separately Thursday morning. Police found two packs of 500 grams of explosives in the apartment of a...

  • Jailed Bangladesh ex-Islamist leader dies

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A former Bangladeshi Islamist party leader, whose imprisonment on war crimes charges triggered violent protests last year, has died of a heart attack in a prison cell of a government hospital. Ghulam Azam, 91, died late Thursday after life support was removed at the Bangabandhu Sehikh Mujib Medical University in the...

  • As Rebs win, Ole Miss balances Dixie and diversity

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Ole Miss is enjoying its best football season in a half-century, and that's bringing new attention to Mississippi's flagship university. The Rebels haven't played this well since 1962, which happens to be the same year troops stood up to mob violence to force the University of Mississippi, under federal court order, to...

  • World War II airmen fly again in storied B-29

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The bomber best known for dropping the atomic bombs on Japan also flew countless other missions, devastating dozens of cities and towns. Karnig Thomasian's final mission on a B-29 Superfortress ended in flames when bombs collided in the air and exploded over Burma in 1945. He parachuted out and spent six months in a...

  • Paintings in national parks spark probe, furor

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of colorful, eerie faces painted on rocks in some of the West's most famously picturesque landscapes has sparked an investigation by the National Park Service and a furor online. Agents so far have confirmed the images in Yosemite and four other national parks in California, Utah and Oregon. Park Service...

  • Protesters in HK to vote on staying in streets

    HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan to hold a spot referendum Sunday on whether to stay in the streets or accept government offers for more talks and clear their protest camps. The three main groups behind the demonstrations said Thursday they would register public opinion at the main downtown protest site, where...

  • Insurgents kill 5 in attack in Afghanistan: police

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan police say five people were killed and two were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a car in an attack in one of the country's eastern provinces. Friday's attack took place in Nangahar province as seven civilians were travelling through Khogyani district early in the morning. The provincial police spokesman,...

  • With gay marriage comes question: I do or I don't

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When gay marriage became legal in Pennsylvania earlier this year, Elissa Goldberg was ready to say "I do." Her longtime partner's reaction, however, was "I'm not so sure." The couple had been together more than 20 years, which Anndee Hochman figured already made them good as married. They owned their Philadelphia home...

  • Detroit Mass Mob fills pews in struggling churches

    DETROIT (AP) — Detroit has seen half of its residents skip town over the past 50 years, and the fallout has been felt in every corner of the city, including its religious communities. A number of Roman Catholic churches built to welcome hundreds of worshippers now draw only dozens any given Sunday. The Detroit Mass Mob is determined to change...

  • Sentencing in Florida for convicted terror backer

    MIAMI (AP) — Sentencing is set for a man convicted in South Florida of supporting terrorists in a case where an undercover FBI agent used Internet chats to pose as a financing middleman. A Miami federal judge is scheduled to sentence 31-year-old Gufran Mohammed on Friday. He faces up to 15 years behind bars after pleading guilty. His lawyer...

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