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Photos show gruesome Islamic State seizure of base
BEIRUT (AP) -- The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air base in Syria.... 8/27/2014 5:38 PM

New police force sent to Mexican town near capital
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The first assignment for members of a new police force is Valle de Bravo, a chic resort town near Mexico City that has seen a recent spate of kidnappings, an official said Tuesday.... 8/27/2014 5:14 PM

Uruguayans can now sign up to grow pot at home
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- People in Uruguay who want to grow marijuana legally can now register with the government to do so.... 8/27/2014 5:06 PM

UK sex abuse report prompts outrage, reflection
ROTHERHAM, England (AP) -- Rotherham is a working-class town that is remarkable in its ordinariness - a collection of charmless discount stores, betting shops and kebab counters, surrounded by sleepy residential streets lined with brick houses that have seen better days.... 8/27/2014 4:47 PM

Battle for Ukraine's southeast coast heats up
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pushing west in a new offensive along Ukraine's strategic coastline, heavily armed Russian-backed separatist forces captured new territory Wednesday far from their previous battles with government troops.... 8/27/2014 4:24 PM

AP ANALYSIS: A grim stalemate at war's end in Gaza
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big price, especially to long-suffering Palestinians in Gaza.... 8/27/2014 4:20 PM

Labor protest disrupts Argentine capital
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A labor organization opposed to Argentine President Cristina Fernandez caused traffic jams and disrupted life for many in the capital Wednesday at the start of a 36-hour strike.... 8/27/2014 4:03 PM

Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Both Israel's prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering.... 8/27/2014 3:58 PM

Banksy artwork sale gives youth club lifeline
LONDON (AP) -- A cash-strapped youth group in Bristol has sold a Banksy artwork to a private collector for 403,000 British pounds ($668,000) - securing the future of the club.... 8/27/2014 3:57 PM

US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse.... 8/27/2014 3:20 PM

EU to beef up border agency to deal with migrants
ROME (AP) -- The European Commission agreed Wednesday to Italian demands to replace Rome's politically unpopular emergency operation for rescuing would-be refugees crossing the Mediterranean with an EU-wide project.... 8/27/2014 2:45 PM

US commander: Afghans face Taliban test in 2015
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said as he stepped down as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.... 8/27/2014 2:42 PM

Libya's UN envoy warns of 'full-blown civil war'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Libya's ambassador to the United Nations warned Wednesday of "full-blown civil war" if the chaos and division in the North African country continue.... 8/27/2014 2:39 PM

IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France
PARIS (AP) -- Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister.... 8/27/2014 2:19 PM

Cypriots protest proposed bank loan legislation
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Hundreds of Cypriots have staged a protest outside the presidential palace against proposed legislation aimed at helping the bailed-out country's beleaguered banks collect on bad loans.... 8/27/2014 2:09 PM

Kenya rangers murder ivory poachers: report
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Corrupt Kenyan wildlife rangers are killing poachers to cover up the officers' collusion with the criminals slaughtering the country's elephants, a rights group alleges.... 8/27/2014 2:03 PM

US Coast Guard fires at Iranian boat in Gulf
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired in self-defense on an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf, the Navy said Wednesday, an encounter that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries as they work to hammer out a lasting deal over Iran's nuclear program.... 8/27/2014 1:37 PM

Pioneering Egyptian civil rights lawyer dies at 63
CAIRO (AP) -- Ahmed Seif, one of Egypt's most prominent civil rights lawyer and campaigner, died Wednesday from complications following heart surgery. He was 63.... 8/27/2014 1:20 PM

VENICE WATCH: Fest supports imprisoned filmmakers
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- VENICE, Italy - 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:... 8/27/2014 1:10 PM

Battle for key southeast coast heats up in Ukraine
MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) -- The battle for Ukraine's strategic coastline heated up Wednesday as a local mayor reported that pro-Russian rebel forces entered a key town in southeast Ukraine after three days of heavy shelling.... 8/27/2014 12:54 PM