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AP Top International News At 8:41 a.m. EDT

Iraqi peshmerga fighters prepare for Syria battle
MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) -- Iraqi peshmerga fighters prepared Saturday to battle Islamic State group militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani, just hours after they arrived in a town that's become a focal point in the battle against the extremists....

Iraqi officials: IS extremists line up, kill 50
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State group extremists lined up and shot dead at least 50 tribesmen and women in Iraq's Anbar province, officials said Saturday, the latest mass killing committed by the group....

Hong Kong protests promise political game change
HONG KONG (AP) -- Like thousands of young people from all over Hong Kong, secondary school teacher Li Hiu Fung had come out to the streets of this anxious city every night to demand that his government give him a real voice in choosing his leaders. He helped build a sprawling protest camp on one of the city's busiest thoroughfares....

2nd soldier claims presidency in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- A largely unknown military colonel emerged early Saturday to say he had taken the helm of Burkina Faso, hours after an army general had made a similar declaration following the ouster of the country's president of 27 years....

Mexico orders immediate release of Marine veteran
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A Mexican judge ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns....

Ukraine rebels to hold election, despite criticism
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Rebel-held territories in eastern Ukraine prepared Saturday to elect legislators and executives in a vote that has been roundly condemned by the international community but backed by Russia....

Boko Haram leader threatens to kill German hostage
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- The leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremists is threatening to kill a captured German....

Blackout hits Bangladesh as line from India fails
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed, but power was restored to many parts of the country within a few hours, an official said....

UN panel scrambling to finish climate report
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- After an all-night session, the U.N.'s expert panel on climate science is scrambling to finish a report on global warming that's meant to guide negotiations on a new international climate deal....

Cruise ship stuck off Norway, no damage
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Norwegian rescue officials say a Bahamas-registered cruise liner with more than a thousand people on board has run aground in northern Norway, in sight of the pier where it was to be moored....

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Africa
Boko Haram leader threatens to kill German hostage

Asia
Afghan president: Corruption, security top issues

Europe
Russia's top radio station slapped by government

Latin America/Caribbean
Ecuador top court endorses re-election for Correa

Middle East
8 convicted for alleged same-sex wedding in Egypt



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