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Keaton hailed in Venice Film Fest opener 'Birdman'
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- Well before the turn of the millennium, Michael Keaton was the first 21st-century superhero.... 8/27/2014 10:48 AM

Dominican court opens case on ex-Vatican official
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- A court in the Dominican Republic is taking the first steps toward possible sexual abuse charges against a former Vatican ambassador to the Caribbean country.... 8/27/2014 10:47 AM

Iran says purported Israeli drone came from north
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An Iranian general said Wednesday that a purported Israeli drone shot down near a nuclear facility in the Islamic Republic flew in from a northern country that once was part of the Soviet Union.... 8/27/2014 10:44 AM

UN panel: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria
GENEVA (AP) -- The Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians while the Islamic State group fighting them has committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two provinces, an independent U.N. commission said Wednesday.... 8/27/2014 10:42 AM

Spanish chain pulls kids' shirt after outcry
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish fashion retailer Inditex said Wednesday it has withdrawn a children's shirt that triggered an outcry from people who said it was reminiscent of the clothes Jews were made to wear at Nazi concentration camps.... 8/27/2014 10:34 AM

Alarm as Nicaragua starts canal route survey
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Teams of assessors accompanied by soldiers and police have begun surveying properties along the route of Nicaragua's planned interoceanic canal, taking quick steps toward the start of a vast project the country has dreamed of for more than a century.... 8/27/2014 10:28 AM

3 playful lion cubs debut at Johannesburg Zoo
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Three playful lion cubs made their public debut Wednesday, pouncing their way into a large enclosure at the Johannesburg Zoo.... 8/27/2014 10:17 AM

Japan PM sent prayer note to war criminal ceremony
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a note earlier this year to a ceremony honoring more than a thousand World War II-era war criminals which praised their contributions to the country, the government's top spokesman said Wednesday.... 8/27/2014 10:15 AM

IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France
PARIS (AP) -- Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was placed under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister.... 8/27/2014 10:13 AM

Erdogan rules out obedient role for successor
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday rejected claims that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who is set to replace him as prime minister, would merely do his bidding as he continues to rule Turkey from behind the scenes.... 8/27/2014 10:13 AM

Japan lab unable to replicate stem cell results
TOKYO (AP) -- The Japanese laboratory that retracted a paper reporting a potentially major breakthrough in stem cell research said Wednesday its researchers have not managed to replicate the results.... 8/27/2014 10:12 AM

Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian rebels, including fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group, seized control of a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights on Wednesday after heavy clashes with President Bashar Assad's forces, activists and rebels said.... 8/27/2014 10:00 AM

3rd doctor dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as health workers tried to determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe.... 8/27/2014 9:54 AM

Another group splits from Pakistani Taliban
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- A senior Pakistani militant figure says he and several of his associates have split from the Pakistani Taliban and formed their own group, inspired by the Afghan Taliban and their fight against U.S. troops in neighboring Afghanistan.... 8/27/2014 9:48 AM

Muslims react with outrage at UK sex abuse report
ROTHERHAM, England (AP) -- Members of Britain's Pakistani community reacted with outrage Wednesday amid reports that officials failed to act on sex abuse cases because of concerns about racism in the northern English town of Rotherham.... 8/27/2014 9:46 AM

Finland, Sweden increase ties to NATO
HELSINKI (AP) -- Finland and Sweden plan to work more closely with NATO by signing a pact that allows assistance from alliance troops in the Nordic countries in emergency situations, officials said Wednesday.... 8/27/2014 9:45 AM

Egypt's president will head to US in September
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi will visit the United States in September on his first trip there as the country's head of state, the country's official news agency reported Wednesday.... 8/27/2014 9:41 AM

UN scientist with Ebola in Germany for treatment
BERLIN (AP) -- A scientist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone began receiving treatment Wednesday in a Hamburg hospital after being flown overnight to Germany.... 8/27/2014 9:41 AM

Afghan presidential candidates pull out of audit
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's troubled presidential election was rocked by more turmoil on Wednesday as both candidates vying to succeed Hamed Karzai pulled their observers out of a ballot audit meant to determine the winner of a June runoff.... 8/27/2014 9:40 AM

Report: Iran redesigning reactor as part of deal
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's nuclear chief said Wednesday that workers have begun redesigning its nearly completed Arak heavy water reactor to limit the amount of plutonium it can make as part of the country's interim deal over its nuclear program with world powers.... 8/27/2014 9:27 AM