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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

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 before it gets better.... 8/27/2014 2:25 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

Israeli leader declares victory in Gaza war
JERUSALEM (AP) -- 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.... 8/27/2014 2:08 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

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 1:52 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

Yemen's president warns rebels over show of force
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's president on Wednesday warned armed Shiite rebels leading mass protests in the country's capital that the United States and other world powers oppose the "rebellion" and the show of force by the group.... 8/27/2014 12:36 PM

Citing Ebola, Air France suspends flights
PARIS (AP) -- France on Wednesday recommended that its citizens leave the African countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia because of the outbreak of Ebola there, and Air France temporarily suspended its three flights a week to Sierra Leone.... 8/27/2014 12:08 PM

4 Indonesians in rape case retract confessions
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Four janitors charged with raping a kindergartner at a prestigious international school in Indonesia retracted their confessions Wednesday, saying they were tortured by police during questioning.... 8/27/2014 12:01 PM

A look at the Gaza war and cease-fire halting it
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A seven-week war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip has ended with an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire.... 8/27/2014 11:47 AM

Low-budget Ryanair launches business-class
DUBLIN (AP) -- European budget carrier Ryanair is offering business-class tickets in an attempt to woo companies and governments during penny-pinching times.... 8/27/2014 11:44 AM

Dominican court opens case on ex-Vatican official
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- A court in the Dominican Republic has taken the first steps toward possible sexual abuse charges against a former Vatican ambassador to the Caribbean country.... 8/27/2014 11:42 AM

Muslims react with outrage at UK sex abuse report
ROTHERHAM, England (AP) -- Members of Britain's Pakistani community reacted with outrage Wednesday amid reports that officials failed to act on sex abuse cases because of concerns about racism in the northern English town of Rotherham.... 8/27/2014 11:07 AM