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German sentenced to death in China over killings

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Germany says a German man has been sentenced to death in China after being convicted on two counts of premeditated killing.

Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.

Jackie Chan expresses shame over son's drug arrest

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Jackie Chan apologized to the public Wednesday over his son's detention on drug charges in Beijing, saying he's ashamed and saddened.

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.

Militants use British killer as propaganda

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

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.

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.

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 Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani.

Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

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.

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.

Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city.

WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people.

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.

China manufacturing drags on Asian stock markets

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Asian stock markets were dampened by a weak China manufacturing survey Thursday, but Japan gained on the prospect of a stronger dollar after Fed minutes showed policymakers are leaning toward their first rate hike since the 2008 financial crisis.

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.

Ukraine's rebel capital seeks ersatz normality

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam.

Global cruise lines set sail for China

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Royal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high into the air.

Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

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.

Pakistani envoy defends meeting Kashmiri leaders

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

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.

111-year-old from Japan recognized as oldest man

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man.