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IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France
PARIS (AP) -- Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was placed under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister.... 8/27/2014 10:13 AM

Erdogan rules out obedient role for successor
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish 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 10:13 AM

Japan lab unable to replicate stem cell results
TOKYO (AP) -- The Japanese laboratory that retracted a paper reporting a potentially major breakthrough in stem cell research said Wednesday its researchers have not managed to replicate the results.... 8/27/2014 10:12 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 rebels said.... 8/27/2014 10:00 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 9:54 AM

Another group splits from Pakistani Taliban
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- A senior Pakistani militant figure says he and several of his associates have split from the Pakistani Taliban and formed their own group, inspired by the Afghan Taliban and their fight against U.S. troops in neighboring Afghanistan.... 8/27/2014 9:48 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 9:46 AM

Finland, Sweden increase ties to NATO
HELSINKI (AP) -- Finland and Sweden plan to work more closely with NATO by signing a pact that allows assistance from alliance troops in the Nordic countries in emergency situations, officials said Wednesday.... 8/27/2014 9:45 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 on his first trip there as the country's head of state, the country's official news agency reported Wednesday.... 8/27/2014 9:41 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 began receiving treatment Wednesday in a Hamburg hospital after being flown overnight to Germany.... 8/27/2014 9:41 AM

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

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

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