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August 31, 2014

Editors:

Here are the top stories at this hour from The Associated Press. At the Nerve Center, Alina Heineke can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). In photos, Mike Musielski (ext. 1900).

WASHINGTON

UNITED STATES-IRAQ

WASHINGTON — Aircraft from the United States, Australia, France and Britain drop food and water to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon says. U.S. airstrikes support the humanitarian mission. Thousands of Shiite Turkmen are stranded in the farming community about 105 miles north of Baghdad. The aid comes at the request of the Iraqi government, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says in a statement.

OBAMA

POCANTICO HILLS, N.Y. — President Barack Obama sets aside the pressures of trying to calm the world’s trouble spots and assumes the role of spectator for something more joyous: the wedding of the Obama family’s longtime chef and friend.

INTERNATIONAL

CHINA-HONG KONG

BEIJING — China’s legislature rules against allowing open nominations in elections for Hong Kong’s chief executive, a decision that promises to ignite political tensions in the Asian financial hub. The legislature’s powerful Standing Committee rules that all candidates for chief executive must receive more than half of votes from a special nominating body before going before voters. Hong Kong democracy activists have held massive protests demanding that Chinese leaders let the city’s voters choose their chief executive from an open list of candidates.

SYRIA-PEACEKEEPERS

MANILA, Philippines — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers make a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials say, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents. “We may call it the greatest escape,” Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang says.

JAPAN-CHARACTER CAVALCADE

TOKYO — Hello Kitty, whom many learned last week is a girl and not a cat, may be the queen of Japan’s cute characters, but she’s hardly the only one. There are thousands, and they are ubiquitous: Long-time favorite Doraemon (who really is a cat) has a daily quiz in a national newspaper. Little monster Pikachu hosted a theme cafe in Tokyo this summer. Stress-relieving Rilakkuma (“relaxed bear”) dangles from teenage girls’ school bags.

ALGERIA-SOCCER VIOLENCE

ALGIERS, Algeria — The rocks came raining down after the final whistle of the Algerian pro soccer match, an increasingly common ritual in stadiums across the country. This time, the violence ended in tragedy: Hit in the head, Albert Ebosse, the league’s top goal scorer last season, crumbled to the ground and died in the hospital. Algerian youths are storming pitches, stoning players and clashing outside stadiums in a wave of hooliganism seen as an outlet for daily frustrations such as joblessness, weak institutions and sheer boredom. Players say a death like that of Ebosse, killed by his own fans, was only a matter of time.

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

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ABC’s “This Week.” Topics: Terrorism and politics. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.; former Gov. Bill Richardson, R-N.M.

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NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Topic: The Islamic State militants. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

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CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Topics: Ukraine; Syria; and Islamic State militants. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Adam Smith, D-Wash.

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CNN’s “State of the Union.” Topics: Ukraine; terrorism; and Texas politics. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; Reps. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.; former Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas.

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“Fox News Sunday.” Topic: Syria and the Islamic State group. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.

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