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Erdogan rules out obedient role for successor
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- 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 7:59 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 has committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two provinces in the country, an independent U.N. commission said Wednesday.... 8/27/2014 7:59 AM

Govt-held Ukraine town hit by rebel shells
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Heavy shelling hit a town in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday, the third day of an assault that has forced government troops to spread their ranks thinner along the Russian border. Ukraine claimed the shelling was coming both from pro-Russian separatists and from Russia itself.... 8/27/2014 7:52 AM

Pakistan minister urges opposition to ease demands
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A Cabinet minister on Wednesday urged Pakistan's two key opposition figures leading mass rallies outside parliament to back off their demand for the prime minister's resignation in ongoing talks with the government.... 8/27/2014 7:42 AM

Germany plans to tighten EU migration rules
BERLIN (AP) -- The German government says it's proposing measures to tighten migration regulations for citizens from elsewhere in the European Union amid accusations of welfare abuse by poor immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania.... 8/27/2014 7:39 AM

Global trash burning more polluting than expected
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Rampant trash-burning is throwing more pollution and toxic particles into the air than governments are reporting, according to a scientific study estimating more than 40 percent of the world's garbage is burned.... 8/27/2014 7:23 AM

North Korea calls US 'graveyard of human rights'
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea's government said Wednesday that the police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is evidence that the United States is a "graveyard of human rights."... 8/27/2014 7:22 AM

Scottish businesses: no case for independence
LONDON (AP) -- A group of 130 business leaders in Scotland have signed an open letter arguing that the case for independence from Britain has not been made.... 8/27/2014 7:22 AM

Experts find 283 DNA samples from MH17 site
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 say they have gathered DNA samples from 283 different people and have positively identified 173 of them.... 8/27/2014 7:17 AM

Gaza cease-fire holds as sides weigh gains
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, as many people on both sides of the conflict wondered what was gained during 50 days of fighting.... 8/27/2014 7:15 AM

Israeli army officer wounded by fire from Syria
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli army officer stationed in the Golan Heights was moderately wounded Wednesday by errant fire from neighboring Syria's civil war, the military said, adding that it fired back at Syrian army positions in response.... 8/27/2014 7:06 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 has arrived in Germany for treatment in a Hamburg hospital, officials said Wednesday.... 8/27/2014 7:00 AM

Muslims react with outrage at UK sex abuse report
LONDON (AP) -- Members of Britain's Pakistani community have expressed outrage after an independent inquiry found that police and government agencies failed to act on sex abuse cases because of concerns about racism in the northern English town of Rotherham.... 8/27/2014 6:56 AM

Bulgarian poet Valeri Petrov dies
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Valeri Petrov, Bulgaria's most prominent contemporary poet and a former Nobel Prize nominee who translated the complete works of Shakespeare, has died at age 94.... 8/27/2014 6:37 AM

Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters
HONG KONG (AP) -- Malaysia is preparing to unveil the latest overhaul of its beleaguered state-owned airline, which is reeling from twin disasters months apart that killed hundreds of passengers.... 8/27/2014 6:34 AM

Annual tomato battle leaves Spanish town red
BUNOL, Spain (AP) -- The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction.... 8/27/2014 6:22 AM

Finland, Sweden increase ties to NATO
HELSINKI (AP) -- Finland and Sweden say they will work more closely with NATO by signing a pact that allows assistance from alliance troops in the Nordic countries in emergency situations.... 8/27/2014 6:20 AM

Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD, wires intact
TOKYO (AP) -- At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition.... 8/27/2014 6:09 AM

Inarritu's 'Birdman' opens Venice Film Festival
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- A film in which art and fame battle it out in the streets and skies of Manhattan has kicked off the 71st Venice Film Festival, where high-art aspirations mix with Hollywood hopes.... 8/27/2014 6:08 AM

Afghan candidate pulls out of election audit
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- One of two men vying to become the president of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, pulled his observers Wednesday from an audit of the country's disputed election over concerns of widespread fraud in a move that throws the already contentious election into further crisis.... 8/27/2014 6:07 AM