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AP Top International News At 3:38 p.m. EDT

Families of Russian troops in Ukraine want answers
MOSCOW (AP) -- The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border....

Iraqi town holds out against militant onslaught
BAGHDAD (AP) -- As Islamic militants rampage across northern Iraq, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli have decided to stay and fight....

Russian-backed rebels aim to push west along coast
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Their tanks bearing the flag of their would-be state, Russian-backed separatists held control Friday over this coastal town on the new front in the Ukraine conflict and announced their intention to keep pushing west toward a major port city....

Liberia to unseal slum cordoned off to stop Ebola
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Liberia says it will open up a slum in its capital where thousands of people were barricaded to contain the spread of Ebola....

UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark
GENEVA (AP) -- The civil war in Syria has forced 3 million people out of the country, including more than a million people who fled in the past year, creating a crisis that the U.N. refugee agency said requires the biggest operation in its 64-year history....

Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters....

EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia
MILAN (AP) -- Several European Union foreign ministers on Friday accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with additional economic sanctions....

Iceland raises volcano aviation alert briefly
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash was detected by the radar system....

Zimbabwe 1st lady roils political scene with entry
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- She has expensive tastes, owns a lot of land in Zimbabwe and is now entering politics, a move that is roiling this southern African nation that has known only one leader since independence: President Robert Mugabe, who is 90 years old....

Cameron promises tough action to fight militants
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida....

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