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Afghan presidential candidates pull out of audit
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's troubled presidential election was rocked by more turmoil on Wednesday as both candidates vying to succeed Hamed Karzai pulled their observers out of a ballot audit meant to determine the winner of a June runoff.... 8/27/2014 9:40 AM

Egypt's president will head to US in September
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's official news agency is reporting that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi will visit the United States in September on his first trip there as the country's head of state.... 8/27/2014 9:39 AM

Iran says purported Israeli drone came from north
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An Iranian general is saying that a purported Israeli drone shot down near a nuclear facility flew in from a northern country that one was part of the Soviet Union.... 8/27/2014 9:35 AM

Report: Iran redesigning reactor as part of deal
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's nuclear chief said Wednesday that workers have begun redesigning its nearly completed Arak heavy water reactor to limit the amount of plutonium it can make as part of the country's interim deal over its nuclear program with world powers.... 8/27/2014 9:27 AM

Alarm as Nicaragua starts canal route survey
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Nicaragua has begun surveying properties along the route of a planned canal linking the Atlantic with the Pacific. And that's alarming homeowners who fear they'll lose their homes.... 8/27/2014 9:24 AM

Spanish chain pulls kids' shirt after outcry
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish fashion retailer Inditex says it has withdrawn a children's shirt which triggered an outcry from people who said it was reminiscent of the clothes Jews were made to wear at Nazi concentration camps....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 9:22 AM

3rd doctor dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as health workers tried to determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe.... 8/27/2014 9:21 AM

Mayor: Rebels enter key southeast Ukrainian town
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian rebel forces entered a key town in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday after three days of heavy shelling, the town's mayor said, capturing new territory far from most of their battles with government troops.... 8/27/2014 9:18 AM

Earthquakes rock Iceland volcano
LONDON (AP) -- Earthquakes are rocking Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic.... 8/27/2014 9:15 AM

Germany plans to tighten EU migration rules
BERLIN (AP) -- The German government proposed measures Wednesday 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 9:14 AM

Bulgarian poet Valeri Petrov dies
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Valeri Petrov, Bulgaria's most prominent contemporary poet, who translated the complete works of Shakespeare, has died at age 94.... 8/27/2014 9:13 AM

Amid Ebola fears, Air France urged to stop flights
PARIS (AP) -- France's government is asking Air France to suspend flights to the largest city in Sierra Leone in response to the Ebola epidemic in the region that has killed more than 1,400 people.... 8/27/2014 9:11 AM

China, Vietnam say they'll negotiate sea disputes
BEIJING (AP) -- China and Vietnam said Wednesday they're committed to negotiating maritime disputes to avoid a recurrence of tensions that spiked when China deployed an oil rig in waters claimed by Hanoi.... 8/27/2014 9:08 AM

Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian rebels, including fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group, seized control of a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights on Wednesday after heavy clashes with President Bashar Assad's forces, activists and rebel said.... 8/27/2014 9:06 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 8:57 AM

Colombian kingpin's former hit man leaves prison
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A man who confessed to hundreds of murders as head of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's army of assassins has been freed from a maximum security prison under heavy police guard.... 8/27/2014 8:36 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 8:28 AM

Libya ministers resign over militia fighting
CAIRO (AP) -- The official Libyan news agency says six ministers have resigned after accusing the government of taking sides in escalating battles among rival militias.... 8/27/2014 8:24 AM

Europe shares ease, Asia higher after S&P record
TOKYO (AP) -- Global shares were mixed Wednesday after the latest record close for the Standard & Poor's 500, with Europe off to a shaky start despite a strong day in Asia.... 8/27/2014 8:18 AM

Experts find 283 DNA samples from MH17 site
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have gathered DNA samples from 283 people and have positively identified 173.... 8/27/2014 8:09 AM