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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

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 authored 17 books on the subject, died Wednesday at age 95.... 8/20/2014 7:00 AM

Rebel city: 34 killed in fighting in 24 hours
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Fighting in Ukraine's mostly rebel-held region of Donetsk has killed 34 local residents and wounded 29 others in the past 24 hours, authorities said Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 6:57 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 6:54 AM

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Officials in Ukraine's Donetsk region say 34 people have died in hostilities in past 24 hours.... 8/20/2014 6:41 AM

UK: man in beheading video appears to be British
LONDON (AP) -- UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says the person appearing in the video posted by Islamic militants beheading American journalist James Foley appears to be British.... 8/20/2014 6:40 AM

Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Saying `'even the pope has a family," 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 6:32 AM

Protesters plant Ukraine flag on Moscow skyscraper
MOSCOW (AP) -- Protesters have scaled one of Moscow's famed Stalin-era skyscrapers and painted the Soviet star on its spire in the national colors of Ukraine.... 8/20/2014 6:16 AM

Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the U.N. prepared to launch a massive aid push to help Iraqis uprooted by the extremists.... 8/20/2014 6:03 AM

Iran's parliament votes out moderate minister
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian lawmakers 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 6:00 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 5:52 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

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

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

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