• Israel's prime minister: 'We will not stop' Gaza operation until quiet is restored

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    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister: 'We will not stop' Gaza operation until quiet is restored.

  • US names Hondurans to drug kingpin list

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    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department has imposed financial sanctions on three Honduran men, three coffee companies and a cattle and dairy operation under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. The men allegedly lead the Los Valles drug gang, which allegedly traffics tons of cocaine per month to the United States. A sister of the three men was arrested in the U.S. on federal drug charges in July. Honduran authorities seized more than 40 properties belonging to the Los Valles gang on Sunday. The department says Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle, Luis Alonso Valle Valle and Jose Reynerio Valle Valle operate "as a close-knit family business.

  • Militants use British killer as propaganda

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    LONDON (AP) — Islamic militants are using a beheading video to send a chilling message — not just through the gruesome act, but also by the choice of messenger. The black-clad fighter who appears to kill journalist James Foley speaks with an English accent, underscoring the insurgents' increasing use of Western militants to mobilize recruits, terrify opponents and project the image of a global force. He is the latest in a string of international jihadis — Britons, Australians, Chechens, Chinese and Indonesians — to appear in propaganda for the Islamic State group. "They like to suggest they have a presence around the world much stronger than it is," said Charlie Cooper, a researcher at the Quilliam Foundation, a

  • Afghanistan orders NYT reporter to leave country

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    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan ordered a New York Times correspondent Wednesday to leave the country in 24 hours and barred him from returning over a story he wrote saying that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of the impasse over who won its recent presidential election, the attorney general's office said in a statement. The attorney general's office called Matthew Rosenberg, 40, into their office Tuesday and asked him to reveal his sources, which he refused to do, the Times reported. On Wednesday, the attorney general's office said the story threatened Afghanistan's stability and security, announcing that he was being expelled. The statement suggested that the reporting, which relied largely on

  • AP PHOTOS: Peruvian nurse cares for 175 sick cats

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    LIMA, Peru (AP) — At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats — 175 of them at last count. The 45-year-old nurse has turned her two-story, eight-room apartment into a hospice for cats with feline leukemia, scattering it with scores of feeding dishes and at least two dozen boxes litter boxes. Some have suggested she shelter healthy cats instead. "That's not my role," she told The Associated Press. "I'm a nurse. My duty is to the cats that nobody cares about." She said that "people don't adopt adult cats, especially if they are terminally ill." For five years, Torero has ministered to animals as they slowly succumb to the common, fatal retrovirus, which i

  • Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix

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    BERLIN (AP) — Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research. Using new carbon dating techniques and mathematical models, researchers examined about 200 samples found at 40 sites from Spain to Russia, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. They concluded with a high probability that pockets of Neanderthal culture survived until between 41,030 and 39,260 years ago. Although this puts the disappearance of Neanderthals earlier than some scientists previously thought, the findings support the idea that they lived alongside humans, who arrived in Europe about 45,000-43,000 years ago.

  • 2 Americans arrested in Bali under suicide watch

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    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An American couple arrested on suspicion of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase in Indonesia are being held under a suicide watch, a lawyer said Wednesday. Haposan Sihombing, an Indonesian lawyer assigned by Bali police, said Heather Mack and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, are still refusing to talk to investigators. The body of Mack's 62-year-old mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, was found last week inside a suitcase in the trunk of a taxi in front of an upscale Bali hotel. The couple was arrested the following day at a hotel about 10 kilometers (six miles) away.

  • Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria

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    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists fired rockets and tank shells Wednesday at a major air base in northeastern Syria, kicking off a long-anticipated offensive to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is a stronghold of the Islamic State group, activists said. The attack on the Tabqa air base had been expected for weeks. Islamic State fighters have tightened their siege of the sprawling facility in recent days, capturing a string of nearby villages. The group in recent months has virtually eliminated the presence of President Bashar Assad's military in Raqqa province, with the exception of Tabqa.

  • Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns

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    LONDON (AP) — Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days. Iceland's Civil Protection Department says 300-500 people, mostly visitors, have been evacuated from the highlands north of the Vatnajokull glacier. The area is uninhabited, but popular with hikers in the summer. Officials said Wednesday the measure was taken as a safety precaution following thousands of small earthquakes in recent days near Bardarbunga, a subglacial stratovolcano under the glacier. Roads in the area have been closed amid fears that an eruption could lead to serious flooding.

  • Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief

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    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis expressed thanks on Wednesday for the prayers and condolences he has received following the death of his nephew's wife and their two young boys in a car crash in the pontiff's native Argentina. Francis listened as priests expressed condolences in several languages during his weekly public audience at the Vatican. Later in the day, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner telephoned Francis to express "condolences from her and from the Argentine people," the Vatican said. "I thank you for your condolences for what happened in my family," Francis said. "Even the pope has a family." The 77-year-old pontiff then explained about his family. "We were five siblings.

  • Dutch museum to hold Crimean gold

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    AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch historical museum that borrowed some of Crimea's most valuable historical treasures says it plans to hold onto them for the time being, due to fear of being sued if it returns them to Ukraine or Russia. The Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam displayed the artifacts, including bronze swords, golden helmets and precious gems from four museums in Crimea in an exhibition that opened a month before Russia annexed the peninsula. Both the Ukrainian government in Kiev and the Crimean museums are demanding the objects back. With the exhibition closing this month, the museum said Wednesday it has no idea what to do with the treasures, after seeking advice from lawyers and the Dutch government.

  • German govt backs authors in spat with Amazon

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    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top culture official has voiced support for hundreds of authors who claim they're being discriminated against by online retailer Amazon amid negotiations with their publisher. A letter signed by over 1,000 German-language writers criticized Amazon's behavior in a dispute with publisher Bonnier, saying deliveries of books by authors with the publisher have been slowed and that authors with Bonnier are missing from recommendation lists as a result of manipulation. Amazon said Bonnier makes it significantly more expensive for it to buy e-books than printed editions though e-books don't carry printing and transport costs. It didn't address the issue of alleged discrimination.

  • Image of Asia: Food and water during the monsoon

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    In this photo by Anupam Nath, a woman cooks inside her flooded house in Assam state in northeastern India. Heavy rains in recent days have flooded dozens of villages in Assam and displaced thousands of people. Monsoon season brings rains vital to growing crops in India, but floods and landslides each year kill thousands of people and submerge hundreds of villages. ___ AP photographers on Twitter: http://apne.

  • Stolen shopping scooter ride leads to jail

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque, New Mexico, man is facing charges after police say he drove a stolen electric shopping cart to meet with his probation officer. KOAT-TV reports (http://goo.gl/Y6F69T) court papers say 18-year-old Michael Johnson rode the electric shopping cart this week to make his scheduled visit. When the probation officer asked Johnson where he got the cart, court documents say Johnson admitted taking it from an Albuquerque Walmart. Johnson was arrested and charged with larceny and receiving stolen property. He also violated his probation when he was arrested and was ordered held on a $500 bond. Albuquerque police spokesman Tanner Tixier says the cart is worth more than $1,800. It was

  • GE Life Sciences HQ moving to Marlborough

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    MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — GE Healthcare Life Sciences has announced that it plans to develop a new $21 million U.S. headquarters in Marlborough. The 160,000-square-foot facility announced Wednesday will bring 500 professional jobs to the state, including 220 new jobs. This facility will include state-of-the-art labs, customer application facilities, and office space to complement GE Healthcare Life Sciences' existing manufacturing capability in Westborough. GE Healthcare Life Sciences is involved in the research, development, and manufacture of tools, equipment and technologies for the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields.

  • Pakistani envoy defends meeting Kashmiri leaders

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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 a 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 he had met with separatist leaders from the disputed region. India said the meeting undermined efforts to thaw relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors. But India has tolerated such meetings in the past, which suggests the country's new government is taking a harder line against Pakistan. India and Pakistan have fought three wars since gaining independence from Britain in 1947,

  • Egypt says rolling blackouts to end in 4 months

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    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian officials promised Wednesday to end rolling power blackouts that have plagued the country within four months, blaming the outages on a fuel shortage, hot weather and poor maintenance of power plants. Neighborhoods in Egypt sink into darkness for hours during the day, leaving millions without power. The crisis has caused water cuts, affected hospitals and cut communications as many had difficulty recharging their mobile phones. Parts of the capital lose power numerous times a day, plunging entire neighborhoods into darkness for an hour or more each time.

  • Merkel Ukraine role mirrors rising German ambition

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    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's emergence as a leader in efforts to resolve Ukraine's crisis — showcased by a visit to Kiev this weekend — underlines Germany's increasing ambition to transform itself from economic power to diplomatic heavyweight. Merkel and her foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, have put Berlin at the forefront of so-far frustrating diplomatic efforts, as many European nations focus on domestic troubles and the U.S. is engaged in crises elsewhere. Nearly nine years in power and an unchallenged leader at home, Merkel has thrown Germany's weight behind European economic sanctions against Russia, while also keeping up months of frequent telephone diplomacy with President Vladimir Putin.

  • Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

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    BAGHDAD (AP) — Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants appealed to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the U.N. started a massive aid push to help Iraqis uprooted by the extremists. Also Wednesday, scattered attacks killed at least 11 people in and near Baghdad. The city has not been spared the almost daily violence even as the country grapples with the onslaught by the Islamic State group and their militant Sunni allies. The siege of the northern town of Amrili, populated by Shiite Turkmens, is part of the Islamic State's offensive, which seized large swaths of western and northern Iraq this summer a

  • AP Analysis: Steep obstacles to any Gaza deal

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    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Renewed Israel-Hamas fighting after the collapse of truce talks in Cairo highlights the steep obstacles to ending the Gaza war. Israel's leadership is under domestic pressure not to hand achievements to Hamas after the Islamic militant group fired thousands of rockets at Israel in the past six weeks. Hamas feels it can't afford to settle for vague Israeli promises about an easing of the blockade of the strip after a war that killed more than 2,000 Gazans and left 100,000 homeless. With chances for diplomacy fading, there's a risk of protracted fighting. Here's a look at what each side wants. WHAT WAS ON THE TABLE IN CAIRO? Egypt had proposed a limited interim deal.