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Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life
BEIRUT (AP) -- The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air base in Syria....

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....

Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Both Israel's prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering....

Battle for Ukraine's southeast coast heats up
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pushing west in a new offensive along Ukraine's strategic coastline, heavily armed Russian-backed separatist forces captured new territory Wednesday far from their previous battles with government troops....

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....

US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse....

Undersea search for Malaysian plane refined
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The search area for a missing Malaysian airliner in the southern Indian Ocean has been refined based on the latest analysis, while the investigation into how the plane came to crash cannot proceed until the wreckage and black boxes are recovered, officials said Thursday....

UK sex abuse report prompts outrage, reflection
ROTHERHAM, England (AP) -- Rotherham is a working-class town that is remarkable in its ordinariness - a collection of charmless discount stores, betting shops and kebab counters, surrounded by sleepy residential streets lined with brick houses that have seen better days....

Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity
TORONTO (AP) -- Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain's coffee and Timbits - or doughnut holes to Americans....

Afghan presidential candidates pull out of audit
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's troubled presidential election was rocked by more turmoil on Wednesday as both candidates vying to succeed Hamed Karzai pulled their observers out of a ballot audit meant to determine the winner of a June runoff....

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Asia
China calls on Japan to break with militarism

Europe
Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

Latin America/Caribbean
Chile sailor publicly discloses his homosexuality

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