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Social media pushes back at militant propaganda
BEIRUT (AP) -- The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.... 8/20/2014 6:37 PM

Mexico: 14 police on trial for US SUV shooting
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Fourteen former federal police officers have gone on trial on charges of using excessive force in a 2012 shooting attack that wounded two CIA agents, Mexico's national security commissioner said Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 6:25 PM

Bahamas identifies victims of small plane crash
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- The four men who died in a small plane crash in the Bahamas were from Florida, police said Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 6:19 PM

Head of Guatemalan military dies in chopper crash
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- The head of the Guatemalan military's joint chiefs of staff died in a helicopter crash Wednesday near the border with Mexico.... 8/20/2014 5:31 PM

Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa.... 8/20/2014 5:11 PM

Argentina defends plan to pay creditors outside US
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina will make its next round of scheduled debt payments, the economy minister said Wednesday as he defended a new plan to pay creditors locally and avoid the jurisdiction of a U.S. court that forced the country into default last month.... 8/20/2014 5:09 PM

2 Americans arrested in Bali under suicide watch
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- An American couple arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase at a resort hotel are being held under a suicide watch, their appointed lawyer said Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 4:45 PM

Zimbabwe economy takes another dive
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- It is 4 a.m. and people are already lining up outside Zimbabwe's main passport office - four hours ahead of opening time - in hopes of securing a passport that will allow them to escape their country's dearth of opportunities and search for work abroad.... 8/20/2014 4:42 PM

Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city.... 8/20/2014 4:06 PM

Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory stops.... 8/20/2014 3:53 PM

Father of Norway's mass murderer asks: What if?
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- The father of Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who killed 77 people in 2011, has written a book that questions his behavior as a parent.... 8/20/2014 3:37 PM

French protesters urge end to Israeli airstrikes
PARIS (AP) -- Leftist and pro-Palestinian activists have rallied in Paris to urge Israel to end its airstrikes in Gaza, after talks toward a lasting truce collapsed.... 8/20/2014 3:22 PM

South Africa: Soap opera cast is fired
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- "Generations," a hugely popular soap opera in South Africa, first aired in 1993, a year before the nation's first all-race elections ended apartheid. Now the future of this television staple followed by millions is up in the air.... 8/20/2014 2:51 PM

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 said Wednesday it is repaying 7.9 billion dirhams, or roughly $2.15 billion this month - nearly four years before the last installment is due.... 8/20/2014 2:38 PM

UAE ruler approves lengthy counter-terrorism law
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The ruler of the United Arab Emirates approved a new counter-terrorism law that strengthens existing laws against money laundering, while also expanding penalties to include the death penalty, life imprisonment and fines of up to $27 million, state media reported Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 2:35 PM

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 Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani.... 8/20/2014 2:32 PM

US warns travelers of canceled Venezuela flights
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Come to Venezuela and you might get a longer trip than you bargained for.... 8/20/2014 2:17 PM

Chip maker Infineon to buy California firm for $3B
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG says it has agreed to pay $3 billion in cash for California-based semiconductor firm International Rectifier, which produces power-management components used in everything from cars to satellites.... 8/20/2014 2:10 PM

Pakistan army chief wants negotiated end to rally
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's powerful army chief called Wednesday for the country's civilian government to negotiate with thousands of protesters surrounding parliament who demand the prime minister step down over alleged fraud in last year's election.... 8/20/2014 2:07 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister: `We will not stop' Gaza operation until quiet is restored.... 8/20/2014 1:51 PM