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The battle for Ukraine's strategic coastline heated up Wednesday as a local mayor reported that pro-Russian rebel forces entered a key town in southeast Ukraine after three days of heavy shelling.
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Yemen's president warns rebels over show of force

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  posted 16 minutes ago
Yemen's president on Wednesday warned armed Shiite rebels leading mass protests in the country's capital that the United States and other world powers oppose the "rebellion" and the show of force by the group.
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Pioneering Egyptian civil rights lawyer dies at 63

The Associated Press  |  posted 16 minutes ago
One of Egypt's most prominent civil rights lawyer and campaigner Ahmed Seif has died from complications of heart surgery. He was 63.
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AP ANALYSIS: A grim stalemate at war's end in Gaza

Dan Perry, Associated Press  |  posted 16 minutes ago
The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big price, especially to long-suffering Palestinians in Gaza.
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US Coast Guard fires at Iranian boat in Gulf

The Associated Press  |  posted 26 minutes ago
The U.S. Navy says a Coast Guard vessel has fired in self-defense on an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf, and that no Americans were wounded in the encounter.
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4 Indonesians in rape case retract confessions

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 10:01am
Four janitors charged with raping a kindergartner at a prestigious international school in Indonesia retracted their confessions Wednesday, saying they were tortured by police during questioning.
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Dominican court opens case on ex-Vatican official

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 9:51am
A court in the Dominican Republic has taken the first steps toward possible sexual abuse charges against a former Vatican ambassador to the Caribbean country.
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Another group splits from Pakistani Taliban

Ishtiaq Mahsud, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 9:10am
Several militant commanders and their followers have split from the Pakistani Taliban, the second group this year to part ways with the umbrella organization in a move that analysts said Wednesday would further weaken the Taliban.
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Egypt's president will head to US in September

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 9:01am
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi will visit the United States in September to attend a meeting of the United Nations general assembly, his first trip there as the country's head of state, the country's official news agency reported Wednesday.
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UN panel: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria

John Heilprin, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 8:50am
The Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians while the Islamic State group fighting them has committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two provinces, an independent U.N. commission said Wednesday.
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Iran says purported Israeli drone came from north

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 8:50am
An Iranian general said Wednesday that a purported Israeli drone shot down near a nuclear facility in the Islamic Republic flew in from a northern country that once was part of the Soviet Union.
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Erdogan rules out obedient role for successor

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 8:21am
Turkish 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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3 playful lion cubs debut at Johannesburg Zoo

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 8:20am
Three playful lion cubs made their public debut Wednesday, pouncing their way into a large enclosure at the Johannesburg Zoo.
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Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel

Ryan Lucas, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 8:01am
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 rebels said.
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3rd doctor dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone

Clarence Roy-MacAulay, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 8:00am
A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as health workers tried to determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe.
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Finland, Sweden increase ties to NATO

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 7:50am
Finland and Sweden plan to work more closely with NATO by signing a pact that allows assistance from alliance troops in the Nordic countries in emergency situations, officials said Wednesday.
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UN scientist with Ebola in Germany for treatment

David Rising, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 7:50am
A scientist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone began receiving treatment Wednesday in a Hamburg hospital after being flown overnight to Germany.
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Afghan presidential candidates pull out of audit

Amir Shah, Rebecca Santana, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 7:40am
Afghanistan's troubled presidential election was rocked by more turmoil on Wednesday as both candidates vying to succeed Hamed Karzai pulled their observers out of a ballot audit meant to determine the winner of a June runoff.
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Report: Iran redesigning reactor as part of deal

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 7:30am
Iran's nuclear chief said Wednesday that workers have begun redesigning its nearly completed Arak heavy water reactor to limit the amount of plutonium it can make as part of the country's interim deal over its nuclear program with world powers.
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Earthquakes rock Iceland volcano

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 7:20am
Earthquakes are rocking Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic.
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China, Vietnam say they'll negotiate sea disputes

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 7:10am
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.
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Colombian kingpin's former hit man leaves prison

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 6:40am
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.
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Libya ministers resign over militia fighting

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 6:30am
The official Libyan news agency says six ministers have resigned after accusing the government of taking sides in escalating battles among rival militias.
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Experts find 283 DNA samples from MH17 site

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 6:10am
Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have gathered DNA samples from 283 people and have positively identified 173.
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