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Battle for key southeast coast heats up in Ukraine

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) -- 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....

AP ANALYSIS: A grim stalemate at war's end in Gaza

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- 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....

Finland, Sweden increase ties to NATO

HELSINKI (AP) -- 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....

Spanish chain pulls kids' shirt after outcry

MADRID (AP) -- Spanish fashion retailer Inditex said Wednesday it has withdrawn a children's shirt that triggered an outcry from people who said it was reminiscent of the clothes Jews were made to wear at Nazi concentration camps....

UN scientist with Ebola in Germany for treatment

BERLIN (AP) -- 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....

Bulgarian poet Valeri Petrov dies

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Valeri Petrov, Bulgaria's most prominent contemporary poet and a former Nobel Prize nominee who translated the complete works of Shakespeare, has died at age 94....

Inarritu's 'Birdman' opens Venice Film Festival

VENICE, Italy (AP) -- A film in which art and fame battle it out in the streets and skies of Manhattan has kicked off the 71st Venice Film Festival, where high-art aspirations mix with Hollywood hopes....

IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

PARIS (AP) -- Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister....

West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) -- A young man on camera names the person who's challenged him to dump the contents of a bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in frothy, soapy water - part of a campaign to raise awareness about Ebola prevention in West Africa....

Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth

BANGKOK (AP) -- Century-old shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the pursuit of old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok's Chinatown for generations. But probably not for much longer....

Afghanistan's one-time booming war economy slows

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Rows of dusty trucks and used cars sit unsold in Afghanistan's capital, where real estate agents bemoan a lack of sales and international businessmen no longer frequent top hotels. Even government employees nervously await each payday, worried the next might be delayed....

Venezuela battles obesity amid dearth of good food

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Venezuela's socialist government is sounding the alarm about growing waistlines in a country where record food shortages are making it harder to put healthy meals on the table, prompting many people to fill up on empty calories....

2 new Maya civilization centers studied in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Two lost Maya cities recently uncovered by an international team of scientists in Mexico could help decipher the story of the empire's early capitals to the south that were eventually abandoned for large cities on the Yucatan peninsula....

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous - and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says....

Death of opposition leader roils Botswana

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- He was a former stalwart in Botswana's ruling party who defected to become a rising star in the political opposition ahead of elections in October. He was also a musical composer who performed with his choir in the 1990s in the United States and other countries. He was, a grief-stricken speaker said at a memorial service in the southern African country, "a mighty good man."...

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