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Germany, Italy, ready to send arms to Iraq Kurds

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Germany is prepared to arm Kurdish fighters battling Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq, officials said Wednesday.

British fighter appears to have role in beheading

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

The black-clad Islamic militant fighter filmed in the beheading of American journalist James Foley appears to be British, the U.K. foreign minister said Wednesday — a development that underscores the insurgents' increasingly sophisticated use of Western fighters to mobilize recruits and terrorize enemies.

Indian yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar dies at 95

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Indian yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who helped popularize yoga around the world and wrote 14 books on the subject, died Wednesday at age 95.

Protesters plant Ukraine flag on Moscow skyscraper

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Protesters on Wednesday scaled one of Moscow's famed Stalin-era skyscrapers and painted the Soviet star on its spire in the national colors of Ukraine. The dangerous prank, which set Russian social networking sites abuzz, drew a harsh response from the police.

Aniston, Hamm, Hudson set to Stand Up to Cancer

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Jennifer Aniston, Jon Hamm, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland want to connect with you about cancer.

Sullivan beats tea party in Alaska GOP Senate race

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a tea party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.

10 Things to Know for Today

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Iran's parliament dismisses moderate minister

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

In a move led by hard-line lawmakers, Iran's parliament dismissed the country's science minister on Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani.

Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

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.

Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Saying "even the pope has a family," 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.

Fighting in eastern Ukraine kills 43 in 24 hours

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Government troops fought to gain control of the rebel-held city of Donetsk and a key highway in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday in battles that left 34 residents and nine troops dead in just 24 hours, authorities said.

Liberian security forces seal slum to halt Ebola

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Security forces blocked off a seaside slum in Liberia's capital Wednesday, stepping up the government's fight to stop the spread of Ebola, unnerving residents and reportedly sparking a protest.

Sullivan wins GOP US Senate primary in Alaska

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska.

Age no opponent for some of NFL's veteran stars

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

There's something stunning happening on Michael Vick's head.

Virginia prepares for possibility of gay marriage

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Virginia officials are preparing for the possibility that same-sex couples will be able to wed in the state Thursday by drafting a revised marriage license form for courthouse clerks to use as soon as they open their doors.

The nation's weather

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Weather Underground Forecast for Wednesday, August 20, 2014

French ex-prime minister seeks nod for '17 vote

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

An ex-prime minister under Jacques Chirac who was once convicted in a corruption scandal and handed a 10-year ban on public office is jumping into France's 2017 presidential race.

Latest Ferguson protests are smaller, more subdued

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke.

US stocks quiet ahead of Fed minutes

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

U.S. stocks were mostly unchanged in early trading Wednesday as investors awaited the release of the minutes of the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting. Lowe's, the home improvement retail chain, fell after the company's outlook came in short of investors' expectations.

Chinese, Russian media turn criticisms back on US

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Chinese and Russian state media have seized on the U.S. police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old and ensuing protests to fire back at Washington's criticisms of their own governments, portraying the United States as a land of inequality and brutal police tactics.