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Gaza cease-fire holds as sides weigh gains
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, as many people on both sides of the conflict wondered what was gained during 50 days of fighting....
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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....
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Govt-held Ukraine town hit by rebel shells
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Heavy shelling hit a town in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday, the third day of an assault that has forced government troops to spread their ranks thinner along the Russian border. Ukraine claimed the shelling was coming both from pro-Russian separatists and from Russia itself....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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Israeli army officer wounded by fire from Syria
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli army officer stationed in the Golan Heights was moderately wounded Wednesday by errant fire from neighboring Syria's civil war, the military said, adding that it fired back at Syrian army positions in response....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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