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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

Jubilation as Pakistan protests reach parliament
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Jubilant anti-government demonstrators in Pakistan on Wednesday claimed victory after tearing down barricades and occupying a key road outside Parliament, where they are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud.... 8/20/2014 3:24 AM

Pakistani envoy defends meeting Kashmiri leaders
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Pakistan's ambassador to India has defended his recent talks with Kashmiri separatists, saying dialogue is the only way to find a lasting peace.... 8/20/2014 3:20 AM

111-year-old from Japan recognized as oldest man
TOKYO (AP) -- A 111-year-old retired educator from Japan who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man.... 8/20/2014 3:10 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

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 2:34 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

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 12:06 AM

Asia stocks make slight gains, await Yellen speech
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stock markets got a slight boost Wednesday from positive U.S. economic figures that reinforced expectations of eventual Fed rate hikes and a stronger dollar.... 8/20/2014 12:01 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 12:00 AM

Press groups urge probe of Honduras reporter slay
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- Press freedom groups on Tuesday urged Honduran authorities to thoroughly investigate the slaying of a broadcast journalist who was shot to death outside his home last week.... 8/19/2014 11:03 PM

Blast in China coal mine kills 2, traps 25 miners
BEIJING (AP) -- A gas explosion at a coal mine in eastern China has killed at least two miners, and rescuers searched Wednesday for 25 more workers missing in the blast, state media reported.... 8/19/2014 10:28 PM

Liberia president declares Ebola curfew
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia's president declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum home to at least 50,000 people late Tuesday as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the capital.... 8/19/2014 7:58 PM

Gunmen kill 9 in attack inside morgue in Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- A Honduran official says gunmen attacked a family retrieving a body from a state morgue in the city of San Pedro Sula, killing seven of the dead man's relatives and two bystanders.... 8/19/2014 7:23 PM

US court grants new appeal hearing for Buju Banton
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- A lawyer for convicted Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton said Tuesday that a U.S. federal appellate court agreed to a new hearing on his latest appeal.... 8/19/2014 7:08 PM

Mexico says mine firm lied about chemical spill
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's top environmental official said Tuesday that a mining company lied about a spill of millions of gallons of acids and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers and a dam downstream.... 8/19/2014 6:07 PM

UN Ebola coordinator to visit West Africa
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The public health expert coordinating U.N. efforts to fight Ebola said on Tuesday that he's heading to Washington and then to West Africa to determine the best ways the world body can support people, communities and governments affected by the deadly disease.... 8/19/2014 5:58 PM