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Chip maker Infineon to buy California firm for $3B
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG says it has agreed to pay $3 billion in cash for California-based International Rectifier, which produces power-management components used in everything from cars to satellites.... 8/20/2014 1:18 PM

WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people.... 8/20/2014 1:12 PM

Afghanistan orders NYT reporter to leave country
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan ordered a New York Times correspondent Wednesday to leave the country in 24 hours and barred him from returning over a story he wrote saying that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of the impasse over who won its recent presidential election, the attorney general's office said in a statement.... 8/20/2014 1:11 PM

Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix
BERLIN (AP) -- Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research.... 8/20/2014 1:09 PM

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 1:06 PM

2 Americans arrested in Bali under suicide watch
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- An American couple arrested on suspicion of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase in Indonesia are being held under a suicide watch, a lawyer said Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 12:58 PM

Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic extremists fired rockets and tank shells Wednesday at a major air base in northeastern Syria, kicking off a long-anticipated offensive to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is a stronghold of the Islamic State group, activists said.... 8/20/2014 12:53 PM

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 12:51 PM

Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made significant gains Wednesday into rebel-held territory, capturing a large part of the city of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city, in fighting that left at least 52 dead.... 8/20/2014 12:38 PM

US warns that Venezuela is losing airline access
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Come to Venezuela and you might get a longer trip than you bargained for. That's what the U.S. government is warning.... 8/20/2014 12:31 PM

AP PHOTOS: Peruvian nurse cares for 175 sick cats
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats - 175 of them at last count.... 8/20/2014 12:26 PM

Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns
LONDON (AP) -- Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days.... 8/20/2014 12:22 PM

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 12:18 PM

UAE ruler approves sweeping counter-terrorism law
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The ruler of the United Arab Emirates has approved a sweeping new counter-terrorism law that strengthens existing laws against money laundering, while also expanding penalties to include the death penalty, life imprisonment and fines of up to $27 million.... 8/20/2014 12:17 PM

Pakistan's army chief wants mass protests settled
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Officials in Pakistan say the country's powerful army chief has asked the government to hold negotiations with protesters to settle a mass demonstration outside parliament.... 8/20/2014 12:08 PM

Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis expressed thanks on Wednesday for the prayers and condolences he has received following the death of his nephew's wife and their two young boys in a car crash in the pontiff's native Argentina.... 8/20/2014 11:58 AM

Dutch museum to hold Crimean gold
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- A Dutch historical museum that borrowed some of Crimea's most valuable historical treasures says it plans to hold onto them for the time being, due to fear of being sued if it returns them to Ukraine or Russia.... 8/20/2014 11:55 AM

German govt backs authors in spat with Amazon
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's top culture official has voiced support for hundreds of authors who claim they're being discriminated against by online retailer Amazon amid negotiations with their publisher.... 8/20/2014 11:43 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 11:41 AM

South Africa: Soap opera cast is fired
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- "Generations," a hugely popular soap opera in South Africa, first aired in 1993, a year before the nation's first all-race elections ended apartheid. Now the future of this television staple followed by millions is up in the air.... 8/20/2014 11:31 AM