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Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Saying `'even the pope has a family," Pope Francis has expressed thanks for the prayers and condolences sent him after the death of a nephew's wife and her two young children in a car crash in the pontiff's native Argentina.... 8/20/2014 5:42 AM

Pakistan lawmakers meet amid mass protests
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani lawmakers met Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters thronged outside the assembly calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud.... 8/20/2014 5:41 AM

Liberian security forces seal slum to halt Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Security forces deployed Wednesday to enforce a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, stepping up the government's fight to stop the spread of Ebola and unnerving residents.... 8/20/2014 5:38 AM

Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say Islamic extremists have launched an attack on a major air base in northeastern Syria, aiming to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is an Islamic State stronghold.... 8/20/2014 5:37 AM

Global stocks drift ahead of Fed minutes
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stocks got a slight boost Wednesday from positive U.S. economic figures that reinforced expectations of eventual Fed rate hikes and a stronger dollar, while European markets drifted lower ahead of Federal Reserve minutes.... 8/20/2014 5:20 AM

Fighting outside key Ukrainian city kills 9 troops
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A Ukrainian official says nine troops were killed in overnight fighting in the streets of the town of Ilovaysk, which lies just east of the rebel stronghold Donetsk.... 8/20/2014 5:17 AM

111-year-old from Japan recognized as oldest man
TOKYO (AP) -- A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man.... 8/20/2014 5:11 AM

Ukraine's rebel capital seeks ersatz normality
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam.... 8/20/2014 5:10 AM

Japan trade deficit widens, exports up slightly
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's trade deficit rose in July from the month before to a wider than expected 964 billion yen ($9.4 billion), though exports were higher for the first time in three months, the government said Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 4:49 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 the dialogue is the only way to find a lasting peace between the South Asian rivals.... 8/20/2014 4:43 AM

Global cruise lines set sail for China
HONG KONG (AP) -- Royal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high into the air.... 8/20/2014 4:35 AM

French ex-prime minister seeks nod for '17 vote
PARIS (AP) -- An ex-prime minister under Jacques Chirac who was once convicted in a corruption scandal and handed a 10-year ban on public office is jumping into France's 2017 presidential race.... 8/20/2014 4:24 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 on 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 4:11 AM

Chinese, Russian media turn criticisms back on US
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese and Russian state media have seized on the U.S. police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old and ensuing protests to fire back at Washington's criticisms of their own governments, portraying the United States as a land of inequality and brutal police tactics.... 8/20/2014 4:08 AM

Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An Iraqi lawmaker says residents of a minority Shiite town besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to the military to help end the siege.... 8/20/2014 3:34 AM

North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw."... 8/20/2014 3:33 AM

10 dead, 22 missing in Hiroshima landslide
TOKYO (AP) -- Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris early Wednesday in the outskirts of Hiroshima, killing at least 10 people and leaving 22 missing, the government said.... 8/20/2014 2:35 AM

New Zealand bans shark finning
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand on Wednesday announced it will ban the practice of shark finning, a move the Pew Charitable Trusts said is welcome and will bring the country in line with other developed nations.... 8/20/2014 2:29 AM

Israeli-US relations tested once again in Gaza war
JERUSALEM (AP) -- When Israel completes its damage assessment from its latest war with Hamas, it may conclude that one of the biggest casualties was its all-important relationship with the United States.... 8/20/2014 2:23 AM

China's latest bus fire kills 1, injures 19
BEIJING (AP) -- A public bus in eastern China caught fire Wednesday in what was likely arson, killing one person and injuring 19 others, a local state-run newspaper reported.... 8/20/2014 12:56 AM