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Another American hostage at risk by Islamic State
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley - and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say....
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Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes Wednesday after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier....
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Merkel Ukraine role mirrors rising German ambition
BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel's emergence as a leader in efforts to resolve Ukraine's crisis - showcased by a visit to Kiev this weekend - underlines Germany's increasing ambition to transform itself from economic power to diplomatic heavyweight....
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AP Analysis: Steep obstacles to any Gaza deal
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Renewed Israel-Hamas fighting after the collapse of truce talks in Cairo highlights the steep obstacles to ending the Gaza war. Israel's leadership is under domestic pressure not to hand achievements to Hamas after the Islamic militant group fired thousands of rockets at Israel in the past six weeks. Hamas feels it can't afford to settle for vague Israeli promises about an easing of the blockade of the strip after a war that killed more than 2,000 Gazans an...
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Unrest grows in Liberian slum sealed to halt Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberian security forces sealed off a seaside slum in the capital Wednesday in the latest effort to stop the spread of Ebola, setting off protests by angry residents....
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Ukraine's rebel capital seeks ersatz normality
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam....
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Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- After days of constant street battles, Ukrainian troops took control Wednesday of a large part of the rebel stronghold in Luhansk, a government spokesman announced, while battles around the rebel's largest city of Donetsk left at least 43 people dead....
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Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants appealed to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the U.N. started a massive aid push to help Iraqis uprooted by the extremists....
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36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide
TOKYO (AP) -- Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, Japanese police said....
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Pakistan lawmakers meet amid mass protests
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani lawmakers met Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters thronged outside parliament calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud....
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