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China tries 5 cult members for murder
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese court says five people have gone on trial for allegedly beating a woman to death in a McDonald's outlet after they unsuccessfully tried to recruit her into their cult.... 8/20/2014 11:33 PM

Growth in China manufacturing weakens in August
HONG KONG (AP) -- Growth in China's vast manufacturing industry weakened in August, suggesting that the recovery in the world No. 2 economy is losing momentum and Beijing may need to spoon out more stimulus.... 8/20/2014 11:32 PM

Thai army ruler expected to become new premier
BANGKOK (AP) -- Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is poised to step out of his army uniform for good - to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power.... 8/20/2014 10:34 PM

Venezuela's president pays visit to Fidel Castro
HAVANA (AP) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made a belated birthday visit to Fidel Castro, the former Cuban leader revealed in one of his regular columns.... 8/20/2014 10:13 PM

Brazil Socialists name Silva as new candidate
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Environmentalist Marina Silva announced Wednesday that she will be the new presidential candidate for Brazil's Socialist Party a week after its previous candidate was killed in a plane crash.... 8/20/2014 8:59 PM

Main subway line blacked out in Chile's capital
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- A power failure has knocked out the main subway line in Chile's capital, trapping thousands of riders and throwing Santiago's evening rush hour into chaos.... 8/20/2014 8:57 PM

Argentina defends plan to pay creditors outside US
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 8:17 PM

UN Council members reject NKorea meeting request
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- United Nations Security Council members are rejecting North Korea's request for a meeting to protest joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.... 8/20/2014 7:44 PM

UN agency: Iran abiding with terms of nuke deal
VIENNA (AP) -- The U.N. nuclear agency says that Iran is keeping commitments it agreed to with six world powers in a pact that temporarily caps its nuclear activities and eliminates material that could be most easily used to make nuclear weapons.... 8/20/2014 6:45 PM

Social media pushes back at militant propaganda
BEIRUT (AP) -- The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.... 8/20/2014 6:37 PM

Mexico: 14 police on trial for US SUV shooting
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Fourteen former federal police officers have gone on trial on charges of using excessive force in a 2012 shooting attack that wounded two CIA agents, Mexico's national security commissioner said Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 6:25 PM

Bahamas identifies victims of small plane crash
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- The four men who died in a small plane crash in the Bahamas were from Florida, police said Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 6:19 PM

Head of Guatemalan military dies in chopper crash
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- The head of the Guatemalan military's joint chiefs of staff died in a helicopter crash Wednesday near the border with Mexico.... 8/20/2014 5:31 PM

Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa.... 8/20/2014 5:11 PM

2 Americans arrested in Bali under suicide watch
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- An American couple arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase at a resort hotel are being held under a suicide watch, their appointed lawyer said Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 4:45 PM

Zimbabwe economy takes another dive
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- It is 4 a.m. and people are already lining up outside Zimbabwe's main passport office - four hours ahead of opening time - in hopes of securing a passport that will allow them to escape their country's dearth of opportunities and search for work abroad.... 8/20/2014 4:42 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 4:06 PM

Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory stops.... 8/20/2014 3:53 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 3:37 PM

French protesters urge end to Israeli airstrikes
PARIS (AP) -- Leftist and pro-Palestinian activists have rallied in Paris to urge Israel to end its airstrikes in Gaza, after talks toward a lasting truce collapsed.... 8/20/2014 3:22 PM