• Iran says tested new nuclear enrichment machine, may irk West

    By Michelle Moghtader and Fredrik Dahl DUBAI/VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has conducted "mechanical" tests on a new, advanced machine to refine uranium, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, a disclosure that may annoy Western states pushing Tehran to scale back its nuclear programme. …

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  • Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media

    By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday. Islamic State, an offshoot of al Qaeda,…

  • Brazil's Rousseff holding lead against Silva surge in election poll

    Environmentalist Marina Silva has narrowed President Dilma Rousseff's lead down to six percentage points in Brazil's presidential election race and would defeat her in a likely second-round runoff, a new opinion poll showed on Wednesday. Silva, who launched her bid last week following the death of…

  • Civil War soldier to get Medal of Honor for overlooked role in pivotal battle

    The White House announced Tuesday that 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing will be awarded the Medal of Honor in a special ceremony on Sept. 15 for his “gallantry above and beyond the call of duty” during that battle. For decades, she petitioned congressmen, senators, and presidents to recognize Cushing’s…

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  • Social workers channel Indiana Jones to deliver welfare checks to Brazil's Amazon

    The orange boat racing up the Amazon River tributary is loaded with the essentials for fighting poverty in the jungle: a chainsaw and a dozen social workers.  Mr. Neves himself has praised the program, although he is unlikely to expand it through aggressive efforts such as Busca Ativa. Indeed,…

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  • Aileen Hefferren preps minority students for top schools

    Being struck by wide disparities in the quality of education children receive, and the subsequent achievement gap, Aileen Hefferren has made it her mission to help ensure that young lives are no longer predetermined by the zip code in which they live. Ms. Hefferren is chief executive of Prep for…

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  • Florida smackdown: Why Crist vs. Scott is marquee governor's race of 2014

    The marquee governor’s race of 2014 is on: Florida’s former Republican governor, Charlie Crist – now a Democrat – will face its current Republican governor, Rick Scott, in November. Mr. Crist beat former state Sen. Nan Rich (D), 74 percent to 26 percent. Governor Scott beat two little-known…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Martyrs and peace with Pyongyang top pope's agenda

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' five-day visit to South Korea will be the first time in a quarter-century that a pope has been on the divided Korean peninsula. Francis plans to bring a message of peace and reconciliations to Koreans on both sides of the 38th parallel, while encouraging Catholics…

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  • Islamic militants seize 2 northern Syrian towns

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists captured two key towns and several villages near Syria's northern border with Turkey on Wednesday after pushing out rival fighters in fierce clashes, opposition groups and activists said.

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  • Israeli tactic to stop soldier capture criticized

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military tactic that allows overwhelming fire to stop the capture of soldiers — even at the risk of killing them — is facing criticism after its use in the Gaza war killed some 100 Palestinians.

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  • Israel targeting mosques hurts Gaza social fabric

    NUSEIRAT REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Only the minaret still stands after an Israeli airstrike reduced Gaza's Al-Qassam Mosque to a heap of concrete, iron rods and dust. Hours after the pre-dawn attack, rescue workers searched in the rubble, residents gathered — and plainclothes Hamas security…

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  • Police shoot dead three criminals near U.N., U.S. sites in Nairobi

    Police killed three people trying to steal a truck near a United Nations complex and the nearby U.S. Many Kenyans and foreigners in Nairobi have been vigilant since Islamist gunmen attacked the Westgate shopping mall in the capital in September last year, leaving at least 67 people dead. Other…

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  • Breakthrough hopes dented as Ukraine accuses Russia of new incursion

    By Richard Balmforth and Anton Zverev KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border on Wednesday, as hopes quickly faded that Tuesday's talks between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a five-month-old…

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  • Fazio joins Tottenham from Sevilla

    LONDON (AP) — Tottenham has signed Argentina defender Federico Fazio from Spanish side Sevilla on a four-year deal.

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  • Top Asian News at 4:30 p.m. GMT

    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. Jackhammers and cranes are closing…

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  • Deadline passed, no sign of breakthrough in Iran nuclear probe

    By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran may have failed to meet a deadline for addressing U.N. concerns about suspected nuclear bomb research, but it could still act to influence a key report due next week, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday. The sources, who follow the nuclear issue but…

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  • Prosecutor urges jury to convict Blackwater guards

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A prosecutor urged a federal jury on Wednesday to convict four former Blackwater guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqis.

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