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** FILE ** Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures as he speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, June 14, 2014. (Associated Press)

Iran begins arming Palestinian terrorists

Iranian military leaders say that they have begun weapons deliveries to Palestinian terrorists in the West Bank and elsewhere in the region after months of promising increased military support for Israel’s enemies, according to regional reports.

Guests from the Chinese People's Liberation Army attend a reception at the Central Barracks in Hong Kong on July 31 to celebrate the 87th anniversary of its founding. Some fear the Aug. 25 incident at Huangcang High School could spark backlash. Nothing would pose a worse nightmare for the Communist Party if the PLA once again were to become the enemy of the Chinese people in the public's perception.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

People’s Altercation Army

An ugly melee this week between People’s Liberation Army training officers and their high school trainees at a high school in central China sent dozens of students and teachers to the hospital with injuries, some serious.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu smiles during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.  Israel's prime minister declared victory Wednesday in the recent war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, saying the military campaign had dealt a heavy blow and a cease-fire deal gave no concessions to the Islamic militant group.(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israelis skeptical of Netanyahu’s Gaza victory claim

- Associated Press

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that Israel achieved a “great military and political” victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip has met with skepticism from many Israelis, according to a poll published Thursday.

Seeking asylum: Migrants and activists scuffle with police after authorities started to clear out makeshift camps in Calais, France on the English Channel. Officials blame a British-French pact for burdening the city with immigrants seeking British asylum. (Associated Press)

French City sinks under burden of British immigration policies

Tensions are growing between British and French officials as unprecedented numbers of immigrants hoping to reach Britain amass across the English Channel in the French port city of Calais, focusing attention on the United Kingdom’s immigration policy ahead of national elections in 2015.

Murder charges filed against Pakistan PM

Associated Press

Pakistani police have registered allegations of abetting murder against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother over the June killing of 14 supporters of a cleric who is currently leading thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Islamabad.

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President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Russian fund with US advisers eludes sanctions

- Associated Press

As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund, which has partnered with brand-name American companies and whose advisers include top U.S. and European private equity executives.

Habib Rezaei and Rakhshan Bani-E'temad pose for photographers at the photo call for the movie Ghesseha during the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/David Azia)

VENICE WATCH: Iranian tales; vampire takes a break

Associated Press

The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.  Israel's prime minister declared victory Wednesday in the recent war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, saying the military campaign had dealt a heavy blow and a cease-fire deal gave no concessions to the Islamic militant group.(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Europe seeks role in postwar Gaza

- Associated Press

European nations are offering to help enforce the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, a scenario that could provide key international backing for maintaining the peace and step up the pressure on Hamas militants to relinquish power.

News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Associated Press

Democrats and Republicans gathered Wednesday to celebrate a $20 million federal grant designed to move Kentucky toward new forms of energy, a tricky subject in a state dominated by the coal industry.

Former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp, center, arrives at the Sunan International Airport, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. Sapp is participating in a two-day martial arts extravaganza in Pyongyang over the weekend organized by Japanese pro-wrestler turned politician Kanji "Antonio" Inoki in an oddball attempt at sports diplomacy. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

Japanese lawmaker, ex-NFL lineman in North Korea

- Associated Press

Led by a Japanese pro wrestler-turned-politician, about 20 mixed martial artists from around the world - including a former NFL lineman - arrived in North Korea on Thursday to put on a series of exhibition matches this weekend.