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Bangladesh High Court asks former PM Zia to appear in court
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Bangladesh's High Court has asked former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to appear in court in two months to face corruption charges involving the construction of two cargo terminals while she was in office.... 8/5/2015 1:23 PM

Russia invites main Syrian opposition group for talks
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has invited the main Syrian opposition group to visit Moscow, a move that comes amid a new Kremlin diplomatic push to mediate in the Syrian conflict.... 8/5/2015 1:14 PM

Pope: Keep door open to divorced Catholics who remarry
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis declared on Wednesday that divorced Catholics who remarry, as well as their children, deserve better treatment from the church, warning pastors against treating these couples as if they were excommunicated.... 8/5/2015 1:09 PM

Thailand to ban metal gas canisters in south over bomb fears
HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) -- Security officials in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand plan to ban the use of metal cooking gas tanks because they are often used to make homemade bombs.... 8/5/2015 1:08 PM

Experts start examining wing piece that may be from MH370
BALMA, France (AP) -- French and Malaysian experts have begun examining an airplane wing fragment that could offer the first tangible clue about the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished more than a year ago with 239 people aboard.... 8/5/2015 1:03 PM

At least 24 killed, 300 survive after trains derail in India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Two passenger trains jumped off damaged tracks on a bridge near a rain-swollen river in central India, killing at least 24 people as two coaches hurled through mud and rested on one side at an embankment, officials said Wednesday.... 8/5/2015 1:00 PM

Syrian troops, Hezbollah fighters advance in mountain resort
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian state media says government forces backed by members of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group are advancing from different directions in the mountain resort of Zabadani near the border with Lebanon.... 8/5/2015 12:58 PM

Iraq: Clashes in Anbar kill at least 17 government troops
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Officials say clashes between government forces and the Islamic State group in Iraq's western Anbar province have left 17 troops dead.... 8/5/2015 12:46 PM

UK to charge 2 with inviting support for Islamic State
LONDON (AP) -- Authorities in Britain are charging two people - including radical preacher Anjem Choudary - with inviting support for the Islamic State group through lectures that were published on line.... 8/5/2015 12:38 PM

Officials: Pro-government troops take much of Yemen province
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni officials and witnesses say pro-government troops have retaken most of the strategic province of Lahj, once the main base in southern Yemen of Shiite rebels.... 8/5/2015 12:38 PM

UN reports rise in women, children casualties in Afghan war
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The United Nations said Wednesday a growing number of women and children are getting hurt or killed in Afghanistan's war against the Taliban and other insurgents.... 8/5/2015 12:36 PM

Israel jails Jewish extremist for 6 months without trial
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has jailed a Jewish extremist for six months without charges or trial, expanding a crackdown against militant Jews and deploying a contentious measure typically used for Palestinians suspected of staging attacks.... 8/5/2015 12:30 PM

Israeli rights group sues to block release of Iranian funds
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israel-based rights group has launched a lawsuit, seeking to block the release of $100 billion in frozen Iranian assets in the United States following the U.S.-led nuclear deal with Tehran.... 8/5/2015 12:25 PM

Top Pakistan court allows military trials in terrorism cases
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday to allow military trials for terror suspects - the latest in the government's intensified campaign against terrorism in the wake of last year's Taliban attack on a school that killed nearly 150 people, almost all of them children.... 8/5/2015 12:23 PM

Pakistan's ex-cricket captain says he escaped gun attack
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan's former cricket captain Wasim Akram says he escaped a gun attack in the southern port city of Karachi.... 8/5/2015 12:22 PM

Greece says it's in 'final stage' of bailout talks
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister said his country was in the "final stage" of talks for a new bailout, as his left-wing government on Wednesday rejected the idea of extending the negotiations beyond this month.... 8/5/2015 12:19 PM

16 killed in Russia bus collision, more than 50 injured
MOSCOW (AP) -- At least 16 people were killed and more than 50 others were injured Wednesday when two buses collided head-on in far eastern Russia, officials said.... 8/5/2015 12:17 PM

Afghan official: Drones kill IS fighters in 2 provinces
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says drone strikes have killed up to 60 insurgents, many of them allied to the Islamic State group, in recent days.... 8/5/2015 12:05 PM

Fall in unemployment rate gives heart to Portugal government
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portugal's center-right government has received some good news as it aims for re-election in two months' time: the country's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in four years.... 8/5/2015 11:45 AM

Weather agency: July was hottest month on record in Spain
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's national weather agency says July was the country's hottest month on record.... 8/5/2015 11:31 AM

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