• Afghan election audit disrupted as candidate threatens to walk out

    Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah withdrew observers from a U.N.-supervised audit of votes on Wednesday, a member of his team said, after threatening to pull out of a deal to resolve the deadlocked election a day earlier. Let them carry on," said Fazel Ahmad Manawi, Abdullah's chief…

  • Top Chinese former planning official 'under investigation'

    A former director at China's powerful economic planning agency who oversaw pricing is being investigated, financial news magazine Caixin reported on Wednesday, the latest high-level official from the department to be probed. Cao Changqing, who recently retired as the head of the pricing division…

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  • Turkey's Erdogan says new cabinet to be announced on Friday

    Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he would ask incoming prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a new government on Thursday, and a new cabinet of ministers would be announced the following day. "God willing, we will give Davutoglu the mandate to form the government tomorrow,…

  • How does your state do on gender equality?

    In international rankings, American never fares particularly well – 23rd in the 2013 Global Gender Gap Index published by the World Economic Forum.

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  • New audio in Michael Brown case: How important in whirl of narratives?

    A new audio tape that purportedly contains the sounds of shots fired by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson at Michael Brown is raising new questions about the actual dynamics of a killing that sparked social unrest and a national debate over police tactics. Was the pause the moment Mr.…

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  • US spy flights over Syria: Preparing for airstrikes on the Islamic State?

    The US military has begun flying surveillance missions over Syria, officials confirmed this week, after being given the green light by President Obama. While being careful not to comment on potential airstrikes, senior military officials have been increasingly vocal about the need to treat the…

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  • Can US defeat Islamic State without help from Assad?

    After a flurry of speculation recently that President Obama might overcome his distaste for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to go after Islamic State militants in their base inside Syria, the White House is speaking out: There will be no cooperation with the Assad regime. While it will be…

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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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  • Government-held Ukraine town hit by rebel shells

    NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — A town in east Ukraine came under shellfire by pro-Russian rebels on Wednesday, amid fears that they are launching a counter-offensive on government-held parts of the region.

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  • Japan lab unable to replicate 'stem cell' findings

    Researchers in Japan said Wednesday they have been unable to replicate experiments that were hailed earlier this year as a "game-changer" in the quest to grow transplant tissue, amid claims evidence was faked. In a scandal that rocked Japan's scientific establishment, Riken -- the research…

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  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A closed-door trial began Tuesday for the first of five janitors accused of raping a kindergartner in a bathroom at a prestigious international school in Indonesia that is facing a storm of controversy following more abuse allegations. The custodians contracted to work at…

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  • London's FTSE drifts lower at open

    London (AFP) - London's leading share index slipped at the start of trading on Wednesday despite gains in Asian markets and on Wall Street.

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  • What's in the Gaza peace deal?

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Luke Baker GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel and the Palestinians agreed to an Egyptian-brokered plan to end the fighting in Gaza after 50 days of combat in which more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, 64 Israeli soldiers and six civilians in Israel were…

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  • Australia and Indonesia agree on code of conduct

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia and Indonesia have settled their disagreement over what to call their latest agreement.

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