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Battle for key southeast coast heats up in Ukraine
MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) -- The battle for Ukraine's strategic coastline heated up Wednesday as a local mayor reported that pro-Russian rebel forces entered a key town in southeast Ukraine after three days of heavy shelling.... 8/27/2014 12:54 PM

AP ANALYSIS: A grim stalemate at war's end in Gaza
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big price, especially to long-suffering Palestinians in Gaza.... 8/27/2014 12:44 PM

Pioneering Egyptian civil rights lawyer dies at 63
CAIRO (AP) -- One of Egypt's most prominent civil rights lawyer and campaigner Ahmed Seif has died from complications of heart surgery. He was 63.... 8/27/2014 12:42 PM

US Coast Guard fires at Iranian boat in Gulf
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The U.S. Navy says a Coast Guard vessel has fired in self-defense on an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf, and that no Americans were wounded in the encounter.... 8/27/2014 12:38 PM

Yemen's president warns rebels over show of force
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's president on Wednesday warned armed Shiite rebels leading mass protests in the country's capital that the United States and other world powers oppose the "rebellion" and the show of force by the group.... 8/27/2014 12:36 PM

Citing Ebola, Air France suspends flights
PARIS (AP) -- France on Wednesday recommended that its citizens leave the African countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia because of the outbreak of Ebola there, and Air France temporarily suspended its three flights a week to Sierra Leone.... 8/27/2014 12:08 PM

4 Indonesians in rape case retract confessions
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Four janitors charged with raping a kindergartner at a prestigious international school in Indonesia retracted their confessions Wednesday, saying they were tortured by police during questioning.... 8/27/2014 12:01 PM

A look at the Gaza war and cease-fire halting it
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A seven-week war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip has ended with an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire.... 8/27/2014 11:47 AM

IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France
PARIS (AP) -- Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister.... 8/27/2014 11:47 AM

Low-budget Ryanair launches business-class
DUBLIN (AP) -- European budget carrier Ryanair is offering business-class tickets in an attempt to woo companies and governments during penny-pinching times.... 8/27/2014 11:44 AM

Dominican court opens case on ex-Vatican official
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- A court in the Dominican Republic has taken the first steps toward possible sexual abuse charges against a former Vatican ambassador to the Caribbean country.... 8/27/2014 11:42 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 11:07 AM

Another group splits from Pakistani Taliban
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- Several militant commanders and their followers have split from the Pakistani Taliban, the second group this year to part ways with the umbrella organization in a move that analysts said Wednesday would further weaken the Taliban.... 8/27/2014 11:04 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 to attend a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, his first trip there as the country's head of state, the country's official news agency reported Wednesday.... 8/27/2014 10:57 AM

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

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