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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

Pakistan minister urges opposition to ease demands
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A Cabinet minister has 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 6:07 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

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 6:03 AM

Japan PM sent prayer note to war criminal ceremony
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a note earlier this year to a ceremony at a Buddhist temple honoring hundreds of World War II-era war criminals praising their contributions to the country, the government's top spokesman said Wednesday.... 8/27/2014 5:58 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 in verse, has died at age 94.... 8/27/2014 5:53 AM

IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France
PARIS (AP) -- Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was placed Wednesday under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister.... 8/27/2014 5:53 AM

UN doctor with Ebola in Germany for treatment
BERLIN (AP) -- Officials say an epidemiologist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone has arrived in Germany for treatment.... 8/27/2014 5:48 AM

Global trash burning more polluting than expected
NEW DELHI (AP) -- A new study shows that rampant trash-burning is releasing more polluting emissions than governments are reporting.... 8/27/2014 5:45 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

Govt-held Ukraine town hit by rebel shells
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Separatist rebels shelled a town in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday, raising fears they are launching a counter-offensive on government-held parts of the region, one day after the leaders of Ukraine and Russia met to discuss the escalating crisis.... 8/27/2014 5:36 AM

Australia and Indonesia mending intel differences
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia and Indonesia have reached a new agreement on how they'll use their intelligence operations in the future, even settling their disagreement on its name.... 8/27/2014 5:31 AM

UN panel: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria
GENEVA (AP) -- The independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes says the Islamic State group has committed crimes against humanity with its attacks on civilians in two cities in the country's north and west.... 8/27/2014 5:28 AM

PARIS (AP) -- IMF chief Christine Lagarde under official investigation for `negligence' in corruption probe.... 8/27/2014 5:22 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 5:15 AM

Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth
BANGKOK (AP) -- Century-old shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the pursuit of old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok's Chinatown for generations. But probably not for much longer.... 8/27/2014 5:12 AM

West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) -- A young man on camera names the person who's challenged him to dump the contents of a bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in frothy, soapy water - part of a campaign to raise awareness about Ebola prevention in West Africa.... 8/27/2014 5:12 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 5:01 AM

Turkish party to confirm Erdogan's successor
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's ruling party convened on Wednesday to confirm Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as its new chairman and prime minister-designate, to replace Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he becomes president - a position he has pledged to transform from a ceremonial post to one of real power.... 8/27/2014 5:00 AM

Hurricane Cristobal heads toward Bermuda
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Hurricane Cristobal moved slowly toward Bermuda after drenching Atlantic and Caribbean islands with heavy rains, causing flooding that officials blamed for at least five deaths.... 8/27/2014 4:59 AM