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August 20, 2014 - 4:24am
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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...

August 20, 2014 - 4:08am
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BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and Russian state media have seized on the U.S. police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old and ensuing protests to fire back at Washington's criticisms of their own governments, portraying the United States as a land of inequality and brutal police tactics.

The violence in the St. Louis, Missouri, suburb of Ferguson comes amid tensions between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine, as well as friction between Washington and Beijing over what China...

August 20, 2014 - 3:55am
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TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks got a slight boost from Wednesday from positive U.S. economic figures that reinforced expectations of eventual Fed rate hikes and a stronger dollar, while European markets drifted lower.

KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 slipped 0.3 percent to 4,243.93 and Germany's DAX lost 0.2 percent to 9,313.63. Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.2 percent to 9,765.06. U.S. shares were poised for declines with Dow futures dipping nearly 0.1 percent to 16,870. S&P...

August 20, 2014 - 3:51am
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DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam.

The regular rumble on the edge of this besieged city in eastern Ukraine is a constant reminder of the government's effort to shell armed pro-Russian separatists out of their stronghold. Rebels give as good as they get, blindly lobbing shells back at an unseen foe.

As fighting edges ever closer to the center, hundreds of thousands have fled a city once home to 1 million...

August 20, 2014 - 3:44am
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HONG KONG (AP) — Royal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high into the air.

What's also a surprise is the vessel's intended home port: Shanghai.

After floating out of a German shipyard last week, the $935 million Quantum of the Seas will spend the winter running between New York and the...

August 20, 2014 - 3:34am
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BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi lawmaker says residents of a minority Shiite town besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to the military to help end the siege.

Lawmaker Fawzi Akram al-Tarzi said on Wednesday that nearly 15,000 Shiite Turkmens in the town of Amirli have been besieged for the past two months by militants affiliated with the al-Qaida-breakaway Islamic State group.

Al-Tarzi says the army has airdropped some weapons and supplies to the...

August 20, 2014 - 3:20am
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NEW DELHI (AP) — Pakistan's ambassador to India defended his recent talks with Kashmiri separatists on Wednesday, saying that including them in the dialogue is the only way to find a lasting peace between the South Asian rivals.

Abdul Basit spoke to reporters in New Delhi two days after India called off diplomatic talks with Pakistan because Basit met with separatist leaders in the violence-wracked region.

India said the meeting undermined efforts to...

August 20, 2014 - 2:52am
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TOKYO (AP) — A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man.

Sakari Momoi received a certificate from Guinness World Records at a ceremony Wednesday. He succeeds Alexander Imich of New York, who died in June at the age of 111 years, 164 days.

The world's oldest living person is also Japanese: Misao Okawa, a 116-year-old woman from Osaka.

Momoi was born Feb. 5, 1903...

August 20, 2014 - 2:23am
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JERUSALEM (AP) — When Israel completes its damage assessment from its latest war with Hamas, it may conclude that one of the biggest casualties was its all-important relationship with the United States.

A recent American decision to hold back on the delivery of advanced Hellfire missiles offered dramatic manifestation of a relationship that appears to be deteriorating in large part due to strained ties between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

August 20, 2014 - 2:16am
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw."

North Korea has unleashed a slew of crude insults against leaders in Washington and Seoul this year, calling President Barack Obama a monkey and South Korean President Park Geun-hye a prostitute.

Wednesday's slur against Kerry appeared only in a...

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