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Israel jails Jewish extremist for 6 months without trial
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has jailed a Jewish extremist for six months without charges or trial, expanding a crackdown against militant Jews and deploying a contentious measure typically used for Palestinians suspected of staging attacks.... 8/5/2015 12:30 PM

Thailand to ban metal gas canisters in south over bomb fears
HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) -- Security officials in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand plan to ban the use of metal cooking gas tanks because they are often used to make homemade bombs.... 8/5/2015 12:29 PM

Israeli rights group sues to block release of Iranian funds
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israel-based rights group has launched a lawsuit, seeking to block the release of $100 billion in frozen Iranian assets in the United States following the U.S.-led nuclear deal with Tehran.... 8/5/2015 12:25 PM

Top Pakistan court allows military trials in terrorism cases
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday to allow military trials for terror suspects - the latest in the government's intensified campaign against terrorism in the wake of last year's Taliban attack on a school that killed nearly 150 people, almost all of them children.... 8/5/2015 12:23 PM

Pakistan's ex-cricket captain says he escaped gun attack
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan's former cricket captain Wasim Akram says he escaped a gun attack in the southern port city of Karachi.... 8/5/2015 12:22 PM

Russia invites main Syrian opposition group for talks
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has invited the main Syrian opposition group to visit, a move that comes amid a new Kremlin diplomatic push to mediate in the Syrian conflict.... 8/5/2015 12:21 PM

Greece says it's in 'final stage' of bailout talks
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister said his country was in the "final stage" of talks for a new bailout, as his left-wing government on Wednesday rejected the idea of extending the negotiations beyond this month.... 8/5/2015 12:19 PM

16 killed in Russia bus collision, more than 50 injured
MOSCOW (AP) -- At least 16 people were killed and more than 50 others were injured Wednesday when two buses collided head-on in far eastern Russia, officials said.... 8/5/2015 12:17 PM

Afghan official: Drones kill IS fighters in 2 provinces
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says drone strikes have killed up to 60 insurgents, many of them allied to the Islamic State group, in recent days.... 8/5/2015 12:05 PM

Pope: Keep door open to divorced Catholics who remarry
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis declared on Wednesday that divorced Catholics who remarry, as well as their children, deserve better treatment from the church, warning pastors against treating these couples as if they were excommunicated.... 8/5/2015 11:52 AM

Fall in unemployment rate gives heart to Portugal government
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portugal's center-right government has received some good news as it aims for re-election in two months' time: the country's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in four years.... 8/5/2015 11:45 AM

Weather agency: July was hottest month on record in Spain
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's national weather agency says July was the country's hottest month on record.... 8/5/2015 11:31 AM

7 killed, 2 missing in flash floods in southern Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Flash floods caused by heavy rain have killed at least seven people, including four children, in the southern Philippines, officials said Wednesday. Two others remain missing.... 8/5/2015 11:31 AM

Protesters clash with police in Nepal, demanding Hindu state
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- About 500 protesters demanding Nepal be declared a Hindu state in the country's new constitution clashed with police in the capital on Wednesday.... 8/5/2015 11:17 AM

Romania court rejects appeal by Lukoil manager in fraud case
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A Romanian court has rejected an appeal by the general manager and six executives of a subsidiary of Russian oil company Lukoil who have been indicted on tax evasion and money laundering charges.... 8/5/2015 11:11 AM

Global stocks turn higher as investors await US data
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Global stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday as investors waited for U.S. jobs data to assess when the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates that have been at a record low.... 8/5/2015 11:08 AM

Zimbabwean trial of guide in Cecil killing is postponed
HWANGE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- A professional hunter who helped an American kill a popular lion named Cecil in an allegedly illegal hunt in Zimbabwe said Wednesday that the case against him is "frivolous."... 8/5/2015 11:08 AM

UN rights chief slams death penalty for Iran therapist
BERLIN (AP) -- The U.N.'s top human rights official has expressed alarm at the death sentence imposed on an alternative health practitioner in Iran.... 8/5/2015 11:00 AM

US, China clash over South China Sea disputes
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The United States and China clashed Wednesday over who is to blame for rising tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea with Washington demanding a halt to "problematic actions" in the area and Beijing telling foreign parties to keep out.... 8/5/2015 10:46 AM

UN reports rise in women, children casualties in Afghan war
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The United Nations said on Wednesday that an increasing number of women and children were getting hurt or killed in Afghanistan's war against the Taliban and other insurgents.... 8/5/2015 10:45 AM

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