• Germany to decide on military aid for Iraq on Sunday: minister

    The German government will decide on Sunday what specific military aid it will send to Kurdish forces in Iraq to help them fight Islamic State militants in the north of the country, its foreign minister said on Wednesday. "We should be helping with certain supplies, according to our capabilities,…

  • Iraqi victims tried to flee Blackwater, U.S. says as case goes to jury

    By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four former security guards for Blackwater Worldwide "took something that didn't belong to them, the lives of 14 human beings," in September 2007 when they fired on civilians in a Baghdad traffic circle, a U.S. Several victims were shot in the back as…

  • U.S. moves prisoners from Afghan prison to Pakistan, Yemen

    The United States has moved additional prisoners out of a small military prison in Afghanistan, bringing the number of people remaining at the U.S. Nine prisoners were sent to Pakistan last week from the Parwan detention center, located on a military base near Kabul, said Lieutenant Colonel Myles…

  • Girl, 9, accidentally kills Uzi instructor. Too young for guns?

    The accidental shooting death Monday of an Arizona firearms instructor showing a 9-year-old girl how to shoot an Uzi submachine gun reinforced a truth in the debate over kids shooting real guns: The responsibility of handling firearms can be far heavier than the gun itself. The shooting was caught…

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  • Bobby Jindal sues Obama over Common Core. What's that mean for 2016?

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) says the Obama administration is forcing states to adopt Common Core education standards, and he’s not going to take it anymore. “The federal government has hijacked and destroyed the Common Core initiative,” said Governor Jindal, in a statement. “Common Core is…

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Top Asian News at 7:00 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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  • Syria's Assad forms government, 11 new ministers

    Syria's President Bashar al-Assad formed a new government on Wednesday, two months after his reelection, leaving key ministries untouched as a brutal war continues to ravage his country. The new line-up includes 11 new ministers, but leaves Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi, Foreign Minister Walid…

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  • Alibaba's revenue growth surges in latest quarter

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alibaba's quarterly revenue growth is surging again, a development that should help the Chinese e-commerce company sell its shares in what could become the technology industry's most lucrative IPO.

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  • Russia will remain reliable energy supplier to Europe: Kremlin spokesman

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday that Russia is and will be a reliable supplier of natural gas to Europe, in response to warnings from Kiev that Moscow could cut off fuel to the continent this winter. "Russia was, is and will be a reliable supplier of energy resources to Europe,"…

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  • Prosecutor urges jury to convict Blackwater guards

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A prosecutor told a federal jury on Wednesday that four Blackwater guards unleashed a hail of gunfire on more than 30 innocent Iraqi civilians seven years ago, leaving "bloody, bullet-riddled corpses" at Nisoor Square in downtown Baghdad.

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  • CBS releases outtakes from interview it held back

    NEW YORK (AP) — The release of U.S. journalist Peter Theo Curtis by Syrian captors has prompted the news show "60 Minutes" to issue portions of an interview with a fellow hostage that the show had edited last year to remove references to Curtis.

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