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Gabon provisional results show president wins re-election

Yves Laurent Goma, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:43am

Gabon's president has narrowly won re-election, election officials said Wednesday, keeping alive a family dynasty in this oil-rich Central African country that reaches back to the 1960s.

The Latest: Turkey briefs Russia on anti-IS operation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:20am

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Kerry extends India visit, to join Obama at G-20 in China

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:11am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is extending his stay in India and will join President Barack Obama in China for the G-20 this weekend.

Polish minister: We will not expose Poland to terrorism

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:03am

Poland has denied entry to a group of Chechens because the country is sealing its border to protect the nation and Europe against the threat of terrorism, its interior minister said Wednesday.

Yemeni rebels: 16 civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrikes

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:01am

Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition hit a house in the northern city of Saada in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 16 civilians, Yemen's rebel-controlled state news agency reported.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon arrives in Sri Lanka

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:01am

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon began a visit to Sri Lanka on Wednesday during which he is expected to discuss post-civil war reconciliation and human rights accountability with the country's leaders.

Premature twins in hospital after rescue from boat off Libya

Maurizio Bellavia and Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:01am

Two Eritrean baby boys were recovering well at a hospital in Palermo on Wednesday, a week after they were born prematurely in Libya and then — at only 5 days old — put on a cramped boat headed to Europe's shores.

First U.S. commercial flight to Cuba in more than half a century lands in Santa Clara

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:01am

First U.S. commercial flight to Cuba in more than half a century lands in Santa Clara.

Mexico wonders why its president is meeting with Trump

Mark Stevenson and Maria Verza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:50am

President Enrique Pena Nieto awoke to a storm of criticism from Mexicans over his decision to meet Wednesday with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is widely reviled in Mexico for referring to its migrants as rapists and criminals.

Israeli man seeks ouster of Palestinians from scout movement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:32am

The son of an American-Israeli man killed in a Palestinian attack last year has asked the global scout movement to expel its Palestinian branch after local members dedicated a recent training course to one of his father's killers.

Pakistan asks UK to take legal action against party leader

Asif Shahzad, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:21am

Pakistan has requested that Britain take action against a self-exiled party leader who delivered a speech by phone last week that ignited rioting in Karachi, Pakistan's Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

Switzerland to implement faster asylum processing laws

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:10am

Switzerland's executive branch on Wednesday announced plans to step up processing of asylum requests, building on a referendum result amid a growing backlog of African migrants trying to enter from Italy — many hoping to pass through to reach Germany.

Philippine leader rejects emergency power vs extremists

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:00am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte rejected proposals Wednesday for him to declare a state of emergency on a violent southern island to more rapidly defeat Abu Sayyaf extremists, who killed 15 soldiers in his government's largest single-day combat loss so far.

Romania Senate leader criticizes US envoy's Moldova remarks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:40am

The speaker of Romania's Senate has criticized recent statements made by the U.S. Ambassador to neighboring Moldova who said that Moldova should not reunite with Romania.

Fatal shooting suspect in armed standoff in western Japan

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:40am

A suspect in a rare fatal shooting in Japan ended an 18-hour standoff with police Wednesday by shooting himself in the stomach, and was taken to a hospital where he reportedly died.

Turkey vows to keep attacking US-backed Syrian Kurd forces

Cinar Kiper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:13am

Turkey on Wednesday vowed to keep attacking a U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia inside Syria, saying it will never negotiate with what it considers to be a "terror organization."

German Cabinet OKs rules expanding media courtroom access

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:10am

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet has approved a proposal to ease audio and video recording and broadcasting of some German trials.

Bomb in eastern Lebanon inflicts casualties

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:30am

A small bomb exploded Wednesday on a main road near the eastern Lebanese city of Zahleh, killing at least one person and wounding 11 others, security officials and state media said.

Pilot's body found after fighter jet crash in Swiss Alps

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:13am

Swiss authorities say the body of a Swiss fighter jet pilot has been found after his U.S.-built F/A-18C aircraft went missing in the Alps two days ago.