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Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent assassination attempt that killed his wife and 2-year-old son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the airstrikes in Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory stops.... 8/20/2014 2:59 PM

Head of Guatemalan military dies in chopper crash
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- The Guatemalan government says the head of its joint chiefs of staff has died in a helicopter crash near the border with Mexico.... 8/20/2014 2:54 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

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 2:44 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

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 2:13 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

US names Hondurans to drug kingpin list
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- The U.S. Treasury Department has imposed financial sanctions on three Honduran men, three coffee companies and a cattle and dairy operation under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.... 8/20/2014 1:48 PM

Militants use British killer as propaganda
LONDON (AP) -- Islamic militants are using a beheading video to send a chilling message - not just through the gruesome act, but also by the choice of messenger.... 8/20/2014 1:45 PM

Afghanistan orders NYT reporter to leave country
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan ordered a New York Times correspondent Wednesday to leave the country in 24 hours and barred him from returning over a story he wrote saying that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of the impasse over who won its recent presidential election, the attorney general's office said in a statement.... 8/20/2014 1:43 PM

Argentina to pay creditors, avoid US courts
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 1:23 PM

WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people.... 8/20/2014 1:12 PM

Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix
BERLIN (AP) -- Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research.... 8/20/2014 1:09 PM

2 Americans arrested in Bali under suicide watch
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- An American couple arrested on suspicion of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase in Indonesia are being held under a suicide watch, a lawyer said Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 12:58 PM

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 12:53 PM