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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

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 9:03 AM

Mayor: Rebels enter key southeast Ukrainian town
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- The mayor of a town in southeastern Ukraine that has been under heavy shelling for three days says rebel forces have entered the town.... 8/27/2014 8:59 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

3rd doctor dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- A senior adviser to Sierra Leone's president says a third doctor has died from Ebola, marking a setback in the country's fight against the virulent disease.... 8/27/2014 8:37 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

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 8:29 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

Report: Iran redesigning reactor as part of deal
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian state television is reporting that the Islamic Republic has begun redesigning its Arak heavy water reactor to limit the amount of plutonium it can make as part of the country's temporary deal over its nuclear program with world powers.... 8/27/2014 8:16 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 8:15 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

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 8:03 AM

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

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

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