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Fire in multi-story building in India's Mumbai kills 4

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 1:20am

A fire broke out Wednesday on the 12th floor of a residential building in Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital, killing four people and injuring 12 others, officials said.

Zimbabwe court to hear opposition party's election challenge

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 1:17am

There is tight security in Zimbabwe's capital Wednesday as the Constitutional Court is set to hear the main opposition party's challenge to the results of last month's historic presidential election.

Polish President Duda defends government's judicial moves

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 1:05am

During a visit to New Zealand, Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday defended the moves his nation's government have made to take control of the judicial system.

Car carrying gas canisters hits Dutch town hall; driver dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 12:39am

Police say a car carrying two gas canisters has crashed into the town hall of the small Dutch town of Bemmel and burst into flames. One person, believed to be the driver, was found dead at the scene.

Rohingya refugees celebrate holiday amid memories of home

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 12:17am

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in sprawling camps in Bangladesh were celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on Wednesday, praying for better lives and wondering if they'll ever again celebrate at their homes in Myanmar.

US commander says pressure key to nuclear diplomacy

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 12:11am

The commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said Wednesday that he's cautiously optimistic nuclear diplomacy will work out with North Korea. But he also said Seoul and Washington must continue to apply pressure so that "there's not a reason or even an ability" for the North to back out.

Korean relatives bid emotional farewell after reunions

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 11:47pm

Hundreds of elderly Koreans tearfully said their final goodbyes Wednesday at the end of the first round of rare reunions between relatives separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

Dutton planning 2nd challenge to Australian prime minister

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 11:33pm

A government lawmaker said on Wednesday he was planning a second challenge against Australia's prime minister after losing a leadership ballot, ensuring that Australia's political instability continues.

Image-conscious China appoints new global propaganda czar

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:51pm

China's increasingly image-conscious government has appointed a trusted member of the ruling Communist Party to head up its international propaganda operation.

2 Cambodian reporters charged with spying released on bail

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:44pm

Two Cambodian journalists who had worked for U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia and are charged with espionage were released on bail Tuesday, a day after a pardon freed four land rights activists from prison.

Indonesia sinks 125 mostly foreign illegal fishing vessels

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:17pm

Indonesia has sunk 125 mostly foreign vessels involved in illegal fishing as it ramps up efforts to exert greater control over its vast maritime territory, an official said Wednesday.

Australian political challenger known for hard-right stances

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 9:43pm

Peter Dutton, the government lawmaker who has challenged Australia's prime minister for his job, is publicly perceived as a hard man and a leading hard-right conservative. His face is associated with turning back asylum seekers boats, stripping citizenship from extremists and striving to increase the English-language standards for migrants who want to gain citizenship.

42 weeks pregnant, New Zealand minister cycles to hospital

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 8:07pm

It was a beautiful morning, according to New Zealand's minister for women, so after 42 weeks of pregnancy she decided to hop on her electric bicycle and ride to the hospital to give birth to her first child.

Czechs boo prime minister 50 years after Soviet-led invasion

Karel Janicek, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 7:29pm

A ceremony to honor the victims of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia on Tuesday turned into a protest against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis.

War-ravaged Bosnia struggles to cope with new migrants

Sabina Niksic, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 7:21pm

Not so long ago, people in Bosnia were sarcastically joking that their war-scarred country is in such a bad shape that not even the migrants fleeing violence and poverty in the Mideast and Africa were willing to pass through it.

At emotional Korean reunions, genuine talk often impossible

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 6:55pm

A mother wails as she embraces a son she hasn't seen since the 1950-53 Korean War. A woman weeps as she greets a grandfather she never got to know.

Strong quake rocks Venezuela but little damage reported

Fabiola Sanchez and Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 6:48pm

A powerful earthquake shook Venezuela's northeastern coast on Tuesday, forcing residents in the capital to evacuate buildings and interrupting a pro-government rally in support of controversial economic reforms.

US deports 95-year-old ex-Nazi guard to Germany

Michael R. Sisak, David Rising and Randy Herschaft, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 6:47pm

A 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard who lived quietly in New York City for decades was carried out of his home on a stretcher by federal agents and flown to Germany early Tuesday in what could prove to be the last U.S. deportation of a World War II-era war-crimes suspect.

US, UK, France vow to act against new Syria chemical attacks

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 5:16pm

The United States, Britain and France vowed on the fifth anniversary of a chemical weapons attack that they blame on the Syrian government to take action as they have in the past against any further attacks by President Bashar Assad's regime.