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South America's elusive LulzSecPeru hackers embarrass politicians with dumped emails
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess and make political points....

Internet video purports to show beheading of US reporter Steven Sotloff by Islamic State group
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, "our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people."...

A look at the Islamic State group and the threat it poses to the region and the world beyond
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The Islamic State militant group that has taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq and declared a self-styled caliphate poses one of the most significant threats to stability in the Middle East in years. But what danger does it immediately pose?...

Aftermath of fierce battle shows rout of Ukrainian troops as Russia's Putin talks tough
NOVOKATERYNIVKA, Ukraine (AP) -- The ferocity of the attack on the fleeing Ukrainian troops was clear, days after the ambush by Russian-backed separatist forces....

AP Analysis: Unfazed by threats of more sanctions, Putin wants deal over Ukraine on his terms
MOSCOW (AP) -- Riding a wave of military gains by Russia-backed rebels, President Vladimir Putin has made it exceedingly clear that he wants a peace deal for Ukraine on his terms and will not be stopped by economic costs....

US airstrikes may have killed leader of Somali extremist group al-Shabab; 6 militants dead
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- U.S. airstrikes in Somalia may have killed the leader of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, with a militant commander saying Tuesday that he was in a car that was struck and that six people died....

A Thai surrogate's story offers clues to the mystery of a Japanese man and his 16 babies
BANGKOK (AP) -- When the young Thai woman saw an online ad seeking surrogate mothers, it seemed like a life-altering deal: $10,000 to help a foreign couple that wanted a child but couldn't conceive....

Medical group says world is losing battle against Ebola, laments state of treatment centers
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The international group Doctor Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been "reduced to places where people go to die alone."...

Fire fountains, huge steam plumes rise from Iceland lava eruption, seismic activity calms down
LONDON (AP) -- Experts say the seismic activity near the Bardarbunga volcano on Iceland is calming down while tall fountains of fire and lava continue to lick the air along a volcanic fissure, producing a huge plume of steam and gas....

In emergency session, Pakistan lawmakers back embattled premier amid anti-government protests
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's lawmakers rallied behind the country's embattled prime minister Tuesday in an emergency session, even as thousands of protesters remained camped outside of parliament demanding his ouster....

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Africa
US airstrikes may have killed leader of Somali extremist group al-Shabab; 6 militants dead

Asia
In emergency session, Pakistan lawmakers back embattled premier amid anti-government protests

Europe
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Latin America/Caribbean
Northern Mexican state of Coahuila approves same-sex marriage

Middle East
Internet video purports to show beheading of US reporter Steven Sotloff by Islamic State group


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