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After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city.
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Bahamas identifies victims of small plane crash

The Associated Press  |  posted 20 minutes ago
Police in the Bahamas say four men who died in a small plane crash in the island chain were from Florida.
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Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record

Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Wade Williams, Associated Press  |  posted 20 minutes ago
Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa.
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Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure

Ibrahim Barzak, Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  posted 39 minutes ago
Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory stops.
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Father of Norway's mass murderer asks: What if?

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 1:41pm
The father of Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who killed 77 people in 2011, has written a book that questions his behavior as a parent.
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South Africa: Soap opera cast is fired

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 12:51pm
"Generations," a hugely popular soap opera in South Africa, first aired in 1993, a year before the nation's first all-race elections ended apartheid. Now the future of this television staple followed by millions is up in the air.
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Pakistan army chief wants negotiated end to rally

Asif Shahzad, Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 12:11pm
Pakistan's powerful army chief called Wednesday for the country's civilian government to negotiate with thousands of protesters surrounding parliament who demand the prime minister step down over alleged fraud in last year's election.
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Afghanistan orders NYT reporter to leave country

Rebecca Santana, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 11:51am
Afghanistan ordered a New York Times correspondent Wednesday to leave the country in 24 hours and barred him from returning over a story he wrote saying that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of the impasse over who won its recent presidential election, the attorney general's office said in a statement.
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US names Hondurans to drug kingpin list

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 11:51am
The U.S. Treasury Department has imposed financial sanctions on three Honduran men, three coffee companies and a cattle and dairy operation under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.
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Militants use British killer as propaganda

Jill Lawless, Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 11:51am
Islamic militants are using a beheading video to send a chilling message — not just through the gruesome act, but also by the choice of messenger.
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WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 11:12am
The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people.
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World Health Organization: Death toll from West Africa Ebola outbreak rises to 1,350

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 11:01am
World Health Organization: Death toll from West Africa Ebola outbreak rises to 1,350.
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Afghanistan orders New York Times reporter to leave the country over his election story

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 11:01am
Afghanistan has ordered a New York Times reporter to leave the country in 24 hours and barred him from returning.
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Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 11:01am
Islamic extremists fired rockets and tank shells Wednesday at a major air base in northeastern Syria, kicking off a long-anticipated offensive to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is a stronghold of the Islamic State group, activists said.
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2 Americans arrested in Bali under suicide watch

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 11:01am
An American couple arrested on suspicion of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase in Indonesia are being held under a suicide watch, a lawyer said Wednesday.
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Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief

Frances D'emilio, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 10:01am
Pope Francis expressed thanks on Wednesday for the prayers and condolences he has received following the death of his nephew's wife and their two young boys in a car crash in the pontiff's native Argentina.
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Unrest grows in Liberian slum sealed to halt Ebola spread; tension and fear high in capital

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 9:31am
Residents of a seaside slum in Liberia's capital are protesting the government's decision to seal off the area in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.
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Pakistani envoy defends meeting Kashmiri leaders

Nirmala George, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 9:10am
Pakistan's ambassador to India defended his recent talks with Kashmiri separatists on Wednesday, saying that including them in a dialogue is the only way to find a lasting peace between the South Asian rivals.
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Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 8:31am
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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Germany, Italy, ready to send arms to Iraq Kurds

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 8:10am
Germany is prepared to arm Kurdish fighters battling Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq, officials said Wednesday.
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36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 7:51am
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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4 suspects arrested over IRA letter-bomb campaign

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 7:41am
Northern Ireland police say they have arrested four people suspected of organizing an Irish Republican Army letter-bomb campaign.
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Fighting in eastern Ukraine kills 43 residents and govt troops in 24 hours, authorities say

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 7:31am
Ukrainian troops are fighting to gain control of the rebel-held city of Donetsk and a major railroad and a highway that leads to Russia.
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