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Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A Ukrainian official says government troops have taken control of a large part of Luhansk - a besieged rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine - after days of street battles.... 8/20/2014 11:12 AM

Pakistani envoy defends meeting Kashmiri leaders
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Pakistan's ambassador to India defended his recent talks with Kashmiri separatists on Wednesday, saying that including them in a dialogue is the only way to find a lasting peace between the South Asian rivals.... 8/20/2014 11:09 AM

South Africa: Soap opera cast is fired
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The producers of a hugely popular South African television soap opera fired the main cast this week after the actors went on strike for more pay.... 8/20/2014 11:04 AM

Unrest grows in Liberian slum sealed to halt Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberian security forces sealed off a seaside slum in the capital Wednesday in the latest effort to stop the spread of Ebola, setting off protests by angry residents.... 8/20/2014 10:50 AM

Egypt says rolling blackouts to end in 4 months
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian officials promised Wednesday to end rolling power blackouts that have plagued the country within four months, blaming the outages on a fuel shortage, hot weather and poor maintenance of power plants.... 8/20/2014 10:48 AM

Merkel Ukraine role mirrors rising German ambition
BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel's emergence as a leader in efforts to resolve Ukraine's crisis - showcased by a visit to Kiev this weekend - underlines Germany's increasing ambition to transform itself from economic power to diplomatic heavyweight.... 8/20/2014 10:43 AM

Dubai's Nakheel to pay $2.1 billion in debt early
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Dubai's developer Nakheel behind the famed man-made palm-shaped islands said Wednesday it is repaying 7.9 billion dirhams, or roughly $2.15 billion this month - nearly four years before the last installment is due.... 8/20/2014 10:43 AM

Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes Wednesday after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier.... 8/20/2014 10:36 AM

Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants appealed to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the U.N. started a massive aid push to help Iraqis uprooted by the extremists.... 8/20/2014 10:30 AM

Iran's parliament dismisses moderate minister
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- In a move led by hard-line lawmakers, Iran's parliament dismissed the country's science minister on Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani.... 8/20/2014 10:26 AM

Jackie Chan expresses shame over son's drug arrest
BEIJING (AP) -- Jackie Chan apologized to the public Wednesday over his son's detention on drug charges in Beijing, saying he's ashamed and saddened.... 8/20/2014 10:22 AM

AP Analysis: Steep obstacles to any Gaza deal
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Renewed Israel-Hamas fighting after the collapse of truce talks in Cairo highlights the steep obstacles to ending the Gaza war. Israel's leadership is under domestic pressure not to hand achievements to Hamas after the Islamic militant group fired thousands of rockets at Israel in the past six weeks. Hamas feels it can't afford to settle for vague Israeli promises about an easing of the blockade of the strip after a war that killed more than 2,000 Gazans an... 8/20/2014 10:16 AM

Germany, Italy, ready to send arms to Iraq Kurds
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany is prepared to arm Kurdish fighters battling Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq, officials said Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 10:03 AM

Pakistan lawmakers meet amid mass protests
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani lawmakers met Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters thronged outside parliament calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud.... 8/20/2014 10:02 AM

36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide
TOKYO (AP) -- Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, Japanese police said.... 8/20/2014 9:46 AM

Argentina seeks default end with venue change
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's government is proposing to change the way it pays holders of the country's debt, shifting it out of the U.S. financial and legal systems as a way to end the default triggered by a legal battle with U.S. investors.... 8/20/2014 9:43 AM

4 suspects arrested over IRA letter-bomb campaign
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Northern Ireland police say they have arrested four people suspected of organizing an Irish Republican Army letter-bomb campaign.... 8/20/2014 9:39 AM

Protesters plant Ukraine flag on Moscow skyscraper
MOSCOW (AP) -- Protesters on Wednesday scaled one of Moscow's famed Stalin-era skyscrapers and painted the Soviet star on its spire in the national colors of Ukraine. The dangerous prank, which set Russian social networking sites abuzz, drew a harsh response from the police.... 8/20/2014 9:18 AM

Zimbabwe economy takes another dive
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- It is 4 a.m. and people are already lining up outside Zimbabwe's main passport office - four hours ahead of opening time - in hopes of securing a passport that will allow them to escape their country's dearth of opportunities and search for work abroad.... 8/20/2014 9:14 AM

German sentenced to death in China over killings
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany says a German man has been sentenced to death in China after being convicted on two counts of premeditated killing.... 8/20/2014 8:59 AM