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Government-held Ukraine town hit by rebel shells
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A town in east Ukraine came under shellfire by pro-Russian rebels on Wednesday, amid fears that they are launching a counter-offensive on government-held parts of the region.... 8/27/2014 4:36 AM

Gaza cease-fire holds as sides weigh gains
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, as many people on both sides of the conflict wondered what was gained during 50 days of fighting.... 8/27/2014 3:54 AM

New counterterrorism units at Australian airports
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- New counterterrorism units have been working at Australia's two largest airports since last week and had already intercepted a person of interest, the prime minister said Wednesday.... 8/27/2014 3:38 AM

Japan PM sent prayer note to war criminal ceremony
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this year sent a note to a temple ceremony honoring hundreds of World War II-era war criminals praising their contributions to the country, a top government spokesman said Wednesday.... 8/27/2014 3:37 AM

Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth
BANGKOK (AP) -- Century-old shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the pursuit of old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok's Chinatown for generations. But probably not for much longer.... 8/27/2014 3:17 AM

US commander: Taliban will test Afghans 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 3:11 AM

Turkish party to confirm Erdogan's successor
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's ruling party is holding a congress to confirm Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as its new chairman and prime minister-designate, to replace president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan.... 8/27/2014 3:07 AM

Conflicts weighing heavily on German consumers
BERLIN (AP) -- A closely-watched survey shows economic expectations among German consumers have "completely collapsed" over concerns about the conflicts in Iraq, Israel and Ukraine.... 8/27/2014 2:59 AM

Japan sees 1st local dengue case in over 60 years
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese health authorities have reported the first locally transmitted case of dengue fever in the country in more than 60 years.... 8/27/2014 2:00 AM

China bus-truck collision death toll rises to 15
BEIJING (AP) -- The death toll in a massive head-on collision between a truck and bus in northwestern China has risen to 15, with 48 other people being treated for injuries, the local government said Wednesday.... 8/27/2014 1:30 AM

Afghanistan's one-time booming war economy slows
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Rows of dusty trucks and used cars sit unsold in Afghanistan's capital, where real estate agents bemoan a lack of sales and international businessmen no longer frequent top hotels. Even government employees nervously await each payday, worried the next might be delayed.... 8/27/2014 1:23 AM

Asian stocks mostly higher following S&P record
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday after the latest record close for the Standard & Poor's 500, though gains were modest and Japan and Hong Kong lost ground after early advances.... 8/27/2014 1:06 AM

Pacquiao to help set up boxing academy in China
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Manny Pacquiao is setting up a boxing institute in China and believes the country of 1.4 billion people can produce professional world champions.... 8/27/2014 12:53 AM

Colombian kingpin's former hit man leaves prison
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A former hit man for Pablo Escobar, who confessed to hundreds of murders as head of the drug kingpin's army of assassins, has been freed from a maximum security prison under heavy police guard.... 8/27/2014 12:16 AM

Venezuela battles obesity amid dearth of good food
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Venezuela's socialist government is sounding the alarm about growing waistlines in a country where record food shortages are making it harder to put healthy meals on the table, prompting many people to fill up on empty calories.... 8/27/2014 12:13 AM

Hurricane Cristobal heads toward Bermuda
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Hurricane Cristobal moved slowly toward Bermuda after drenching Atlantic and Caribbean islands with heavy rains, causing flooding that officials blamed for at least five deaths.... 8/27/2014 12:09 AM

Ebola has 'upper hand' says US health official
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Ebola still has the "upper hand" in the outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, but experts have the means to stop it, a top American health official said during a visit to the hardest-hit countries.... 8/27/2014 12:00 AM

Air New Zealand's annual profit up 45 percent
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand's national airline on Wednesday posted a 45 percent increase in annual profit and said it expects to benefit from the fuel efficiency of 787-9 Dreamliners it is adding to its fleet.... 8/26/2014 11:58 PM

Canada pulling Ebola lab team from Sierra Leone
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada is evacuating a three-member mobile laboratory team from Sierra Leone after people in their hotel were diagnosed with Ebola. The World Health Organization earlier announced it is pulling a team out of the country.... 8/26/2014 11:53 PM

US criticizes Vietnam convictions of dissidents
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- The United States has expressed alarm over prison terms handed down against three Vietnamese democracy activists for obstructing traffic.... 8/26/2014 11:32 PM