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Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue

ISLAMABAD - Thousands of protesters massed outside the residence of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday to demand he step down, after efforts to find a negotiated solution to the country's political crisis failed.

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Iraqi and Kurdish forces bid to break Islamic State siege of town

BAGHDAD - Iraqi army and Kurdish forces closed in on Islamic State fighters on Saturday in a push to break the Sunni militants' siege of the Shi'ite town of Amerli, army sources said.

Iraq 30 Aug 2014

Philippine peacekeepers rescued from militants on Golan: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS/EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights - Thirty-two U.N. peacekeepers were rescued on Saturday from Islamist militants who fired at their post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and trapped them for two days, the United Nations said. | Video

United Nations, Syria, Israel 30 Aug 2014

China and Hong Kong poised for showdown over democracy

HONG KONG - Hong Kong is poised for a showdown with China when the Chinese parliament meets later on Sunday, with the largely rubber-stamp body likely to snuff out hopes for a democratic breakthrough in the regional financial hub at elections due in 2017.

China 30 Aug 2014

Tunisia says 36 migrants dead in latest Mediterranean shipwreck

TUNIS - The Tunisian coast guard on Saturday recovered the bodies of 21 migrants, most probably Syrians, who drowned when their boat sank in the Mediterranean near the maritime border with Libya, officials said.

Modi seeks Japan's help for 'inclusive vision' on first big trip

NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Japan on Saturday seeking to capitalize on his affinity with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to strengthen security and business ties on his first major foreign visit since his landslide election victory in May.

Japan 30 Aug 2014

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