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August 20, 2014 - 7:21am
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BERLIN (AP) — Germany says it is prepared to arm Kurdish fighters battling Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says Germany would closely coordinate its efforts with France, Britain and other European countries who are already delivering weapons to the Kurds.

Wednesday's announcement follows intense domestic and international pressure for the German government to provide more than humanitarian assistance to...

August 20, 2014 - 6:40am
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LONDON (AP) — UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says the person appearing in the video posted by Islamic militants beheading American journalist James Foley appears to be British.

Hammond's comments come after U.S. officials confirmed the grisly video showing Islamic State militants beheading Foley and threatening to kill another hostage. Hammond says the person in the video with Foley "appears to have been a British person."

Hammond told the BBC...

August 20, 2014 - 6:25am
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NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who helped popularize yoga around the world and authored 17 books on the subject, died Wednesday at age 95.

Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar's death was reported on his website as well as major Indian TV stations, which said he had been hospitalized with a kidney ailment over the past week in the western city of Pune.

Iyengar created his own brand of yoga, called "Iyengar yoga," and...

August 20, 2014 - 6:16am
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MOSCOW (AP) — Protesters have scaled one of Moscow's famed Stalin-era skyscrapers and painted the Soviet star on its spire in the national colors of Ukraine.

They also attached a yellow and blue Ukrainian flag to the top of the 176-meter (580-foot) building early Wednesday.

Russian authorities were not amused by the prank in support of Ukraine, where government troops are battling pro-Russian separatists. Police said they have detained four suspects...

August 20, 2014 - 6:00am
34 min 58 sec ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian lawmakers dismissed the country's science minister on Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani.

The no-confidence vote against Science, Research and Technology Minister Reza Faraji Dana is a sharp rebuke of Rouhani, who was elected last year on promises of greater openness and diplomatic engagement with the West.

Out of 270 lawmakers...

August 20, 2014 - 5:42am
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Saying "even the pope has a family," 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.

Francis listened as priests expressed condolences in several languages during his weekly public audience at the Vatican.

"I thank you for your condolences for what happened in my family,"...

August 20, 2014 - 5:37am
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BEIRUT (AP) — 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.

The attack on the Tabqa air base had been expected for weeks. Islamic State fighters have tightened their siege of the sprawling facility in recent days, capturing a string of nearby...

August 20, 2014 - 5:17am
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Fighting in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk has killed 34 residents and wounded 29 others in the past day, authorities said Wednesday.

Government troops aiming to quell the pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine are trying to encircle Donetsk, the largest city still in rebel hands, and also drive the rebels out of the city of Luhansk. Several neighborhoods in Donetsk have been hit with artillery fire in the last few days as fighting on the...

August 20, 2014 - 5:09am
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MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Security forces deployed Wednesday to enforce a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, stepping up the government's fight to stop the spread of Ebola and unnerving residents.

Liberia has the highest death toll of the four West African countries affected by the dreaded disease, and its number of cases is rising the fastest. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ordered the quarantine and imposed a nighttime curfew that begins Wednesday,...

August 20, 2014 - 4:24am
1 hour 45 min ago

PARIS (AP) — An ex-prime minister under Jacques Chirac who was once convicted in a corruption scandal and handed a 10-year ban on public office is jumping into France's 2017 presidential race.

Alain Juppe, 69, announced he would seek nomination as the conservative UMP party's candidate in a post on his personal blog Wednesday.

Juppe is mayor of Bordeaux. He was prime minister between 1995 and 1997.

Juppe was convicted in 2004 for...

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