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Report: Ai Weiwei says China promised he can return
BERLIN (AP) -- Artist Ai Weiwei says Chinese authorities returned his passport with "almost no" strings attached and promised him that he can return to China.... 8/5/2015 8:21 AM

AP WAS THERE: Egyptian president nationalizes the Suez Canal
CAIRO (AP) -- EDITOR'S NOTE: In July 1956, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal, marking Egypt's decisive break with its colonial past.... 8/5/2015 8:07 AM

Free diver Natalia Molchanova remains missing off Spain
MADRID (AP) -- The search for free-diving great Natalia Molchanova was set to resume Wednesday with little hope remaining she would be found alive more than two days after disappearing off Spain's Balearic islands.... 8/5/2015 7:55 AM

2 soldiers, 1 rebel killed in ambush in Indian Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Two paramilitary soldiers and one suspected rebel were killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday after a convoy of paramilitary troops was ambushed in the troubled region, police said.... 8/5/2015 7:38 AM

Top Pakistan court allows military trials in terrorism cases
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has ruled to allow military trials for terror suspects - the latest in the government's campaign against terrorism following last year's Taliban attack on a school that killed nearly 150 people, almost all of them children.... 8/5/2015 7:34 AM

Severe crackdown in China on church crosses draws backlash
LOWER DAFEI VILLAGE, China (AP) -- About a dozen Catholics wept and sang hymns outside their church as a man climbed to the top of the building and sliced off its steel cross with a cutting torch. It toppled with a thud.... 8/5/2015 7:10 AM

Israel jails Jewish extremist for 6 months without trial
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has jailed a Jewish extremist for six months without charges or trial, expanding a crackdown against militant Jews and deploying a contentious measure typically used for Palestinians suspected of staging attacks.... 8/5/2015 7:07 AM

At least 2 dead in Kenya after boat with 23 people capsizes
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Two people died and 25 others were rescued after a passenger boat with about two dozen passengers collided with a fishing boat on Lake Victoria, a police official said Wednesday.... 8/5/2015 7:01 AM

18 Turkish journalists face prison for 'terror propaganda'
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish prosecutors are seeking sentences of up to seven and a half years in prison for 18 journalists they accuse of engaging in terror propaganda for publishing photos showing a militant pointing a gun at a prosecutor who was killed in a failed hostage rescue operation in March.... 8/5/2015 6:54 AM

A look at Egypt's Suez Canal, past and present
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt is to unveil a major expansion of the Suez Canal on Thursday in what the government hopes will be a moment of national pride following years of political unrest.... 8/5/2015 6:41 AM

AP PHOTOS: Hiroshima after the atomic bomb _ and today
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) -- Last month, with a handful of black-and-white archival photos in hand, I set out with my camera to document how Hiroshima had changed, 70 years after the atomic bomb.... 8/5/2015 6:38 AM

Egypt to unveil Suez Canal extension in hope of a new era
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt is to unveil a major extension of the Suez Canal on Thursday, a mega-project that has emerged as a cornerstone of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's efforts to restore national pride and revive the economy after years of unrest.... 8/5/2015 6:27 AM

Widow of ex-South Korean leader arrives in North Korea
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- The 92-year-old widow of late South Korean President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kim Dae-jung arrived in North Korea on Wednesday for a four-day visit.... 8/5/2015 6:14 AM

Asian stocks mostly higher as investors await US data
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday as investors waited for U.S. jobs data to assess when the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates that have been at a record low.... 8/5/2015 6:10 AM

China ordains 1st Catholic bishop since 2012 amid tensions
BEIJING (AP) -- A diocese in central China has ordained the country's first Catholic bishop in three years amid tensions between Beijing and the Vatican and a strained relationship between the Chinese leadership and the Christian religion in general.... 8/5/2015 5:58 AM

UN reports rise in women, children casualties in Afghan war
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The United Nations said on Wednesday that an increasing number of women and children were getting hurt or killed in Afghanistan's war against the Taliban and other insurgents.... 8/5/2015 5:44 AM

At least 24 killed, 300 rescued after trains derail in India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Two passenger trains derailed minutes apart on flooded tracks on a bridge in central India, killing at least 24 people while more than 300 have been rescued, officials said Wednesday.... 8/5/2015 5:36 AM

Q&A: A look at the history of Jewish extremism in Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The arrest of a well-known Jewish extremist marks Israel's first concrete step in its new "zero tolerance" approach toward what the government describes as Jewish terrorism. A recent pair of attacks brought into the open long-standing fears about a radicalized and ultraconservative fringe that had been operating below the radar but now appears to be intensifying its violence.... 8/5/2015 5:21 AM

Kerry urges peaceful resolutions to South China Sea disputes
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday urged China to end provocative land reclamation projects in the South China Sea and work out effective resolutions to territorial disputes with its smaller neighbors that have ratcheted up tensions in some of the world's busiest commercial sea lanes.... 8/5/2015 4:26 AM

Experts say pieces of missing Flight 370 may still be afloat
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- If a wing fragment found in the western Indian Ocean turns out to be part of missing Flight 370, experts say, there are probably other pieces of the aircraft that floated off rather than sinking to the bottom of the ocean. Finding them remains the hard part.... 8/5/2015 4:10 AM

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