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Egypt says rolling blackouts to end in 4 months
CAIRO (AP) -- Top officials in Egypt promised Wednesday to end the rolling blackouts hitting the country in four months, blaming the outages on a fuel shortage, hot weather and poor maintenance of power plants.... 8/20/2014 9:04 AM

Protesters plant Ukraine flag on Moscow skyscraper
MOSCOW (AP) -- Protesters on Wednesday scaled one of Moscow's famed Stalin-era skyscrapers and painted the Soviet star on its spire in the national colors of Ukraine. The dangerous prank, which set Russian social networking sites abuzz, drew a harsh response from the police.... 8/20/2014 9:02 AM

German sentenced to death in China over killings
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany says a German man has been sentenced to death in China after being convicted on two counts of premeditated killing.... 8/20/2014 8:59 AM

Twitter tries to block images of Foley killing
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Twitter and some other social media outlets are trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, while a movement to deny his killers publicity is also gaining momentum.... 8/20/2014 8:57 AM

Jackie Chan expresses shame over son's drug arrest
BEIJING (AP) -- Jackie Chan said Wednesday he's ashamed and saddened over his son's detention on drug charges in Beijing, and he apologized to the public.... 8/20/2014 8:52 AM

Argentina seeks to end default through bond change
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's government plans to change the way it pays holders of the country's debt as a way to end the default triggered by a legal battle with U.S. investors.... 8/20/2014 8:38 AM

Fighting in eastern Ukraine kills 43 in 24 hours
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Government troops fought to gain control of the rebel-held city of Donetsk and a key highway in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday - battles that left 34 residents and nine troops dead in just 24 hours, authorities said.... 8/20/2014 8:34 AM

Dubai's Nakheel to pay $2.1 billion in debt early
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Dubai's developer Nakheel behind the famed man-made palm-shaped islands says it is repaying 7.9 billion dirhams, or roughly $2.1 billion, four years before the last installment is due.... 8/20/2014 8:33 AM

British fighter appears to have role in beheading
LONDON (AP) -- The black-clad Islamic militant fighter filmed in the beheading of American journalist James Foley appears to be British, the U.K. foreign minister said Wednesday - a development that underscores the insurgents' increasingly sophisticated use of Western fighters to mobilize recruits and terrorize enemies.... 8/20/2014 8:28 AM

Germany prepared to send arms to Kurds in Iraq
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany said Wednesday it is prepared to arm Kurdish fighters battling Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq.... 8/20/2014 8:26 AM

Indian yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar dies at 95
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who helped popularize yoga around the world and wrote 14 books on the subject, died Wednesday at age 95.... 8/20/2014 8:15 AM

Liberian security forces seal slum to halt Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Security forces blocked off a seaside slum in Liberia's capital Wednesday, stepping up the government's fight to stop the spread of Ebola, unnerving residents and reportedly sparking a protest.... 8/20/2014 8:11 AM

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 7:57 AM

Global stocks drift ahead of Fed minutes
TOKYO (AP) -- Global stocks drifted lower on Wednesday as investors awaited the release of minutes to Federal Reserve's last policy meeting. Some Asian indexes closed higher on the back of positive U.S. economic figures the day before, but Europe traded lower and Wall Street was expected edge down on the open.... 8/20/2014 7:53 AM

Iran's parliament dismisses moderate minister
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- In a move led by hard-line lawmakers, Iran's parliament dismissed the country's science minister on Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani.... 8/20/2014 7:48 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 7:34 AM

36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide
TOKYO (AP) -- Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday in the outskirts of Hiroshima, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, police said.... 8/20/2014 7:27 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 7:17 AM

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 7:06 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 9:07 AM