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A World Health Organization doctor who has contracted Ebola arrived in a German hospital Wednesday, the first patient with the virus to be treated in the country, officials said.

New Turkey PM leaves troubled foreign policy legacy

Turkey's new premier and outgoing foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu leaves his successor a troubled legacy after a bold policy to expand Turkish influence across the ex-Ottoman empire left the country painfully exposed to the Syria and Iraq crises.

Iraq forces mass in bid to break jihadist siege of Turkmen town

Iraq was massing forces Wednesday for an operation to break the two-month jihadist siege of the Shiite Turkmen town of Amerli, amid growing fears for residents short of food and water.

Zara withdraws 'Holocaust' shirt for kids from stock

Zara, the large Spanish clothing manufacturer, was called to task for selling a navy-and-white striped shirt for children featuring a gold, six-pointed star on the front, strongly resembling the uniforms worn in the Nazi concentration camps during WWII.

Erdogan vows no change ahead of Turkey handover

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday pledged that the policies of his ruling party would not change as he prepared to take the presidency and hand the job of premier to Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Rebels take Syria crossing with Israel-occupied Golan: NGO

Syrian rebels, including Al-Qaeda's affiliate Al-Nusra Front, seized control of the Syrian crossing with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, a monitoring group said.

Rebels seize ground as West claims Russia army is in Ukraine

Rebels in east Ukraine appeared on Wednesday to have seized swathes of territory from government forces who abandoned vehicles and ammunition as they left, as Western intelligence said Russian army units were operating inside the country.

Iran modifies Arak reactor over nuclear concerns

Iran said Wednesday it has started to modify its Arak heavy water reactor and limit plutonium output, a cause of Western concerns over the country's nuclear programme.

IMF chief charged with 'negligence' over graft case

IMF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world's most powerful women, announced Wednesday she had been charged with "negligence" over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to her time as French finance minister.

Executions a 'common spectacle' in jihadist-held Syria: UN

Public executions, amputations, lashings and mock crucifixion are a regular fixture in jihadist-controlled areas of Syria, a UN probe charged Wednesday, also accusing Damascus of repeatedly using chemical weapons against civilians.

15 Australian fighters killed in Iraq, Syria: spy chief

Fifteen Australians, including two young suicide bombers, are believed to have died fighting in Syria and Iraq, intelligence chief David Irvine said Wednesday, warning that espionage and foreign intervention threats were increasing.

Toxic chemicals hit North Korean workers in joint Kaesong complex

Scores of North Korean workers employed by South Korean factories at a joint industrial complex have fallen sick after possible exposure to toxic chemicals, sparking criticism from Pyongyang, Seoul officials said Wednesday.

Abdullah to reject result of Afghan election audit: spokesman

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah will reject the results of a UN-supervised audit of the election, his spokesman said Wednesday, tipping the country deeper into crisis a week before the scheduled inauguration.

Japan PM sends support message to war criminals service

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a message to a memorial service dedicated to World War II war criminals, organisers said Wednesday, in a move that could prompt anger from Asian neighbours.

U.S. journalist returns home after Syria kidnapping

An American journalist held for nearly two years by militants linked to Al-Qaeda in Syria returned to the United States late Tuesday, two days after Qatar negotiated his release, his family said.

Top Colombian drug hitman who killed 300 is freed

The head of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's hitmen, a confessed murderer nicknamed "Popeye," was released from prison after helping prosecutors convict a former justice minister.

Op-Ed: Red-handed — Why did Obama lie about Foley video authenticity?

Followers of the latest imbroglio over the video purporting to show the execution of American journalist James Foley have one question yet to be answered.

U.S. rules out coordination with Syria as it spies on jihadists

The United States has begun reconnaissance flights over Syria to track Islamic State jihadists but insisted it has "no plans" to coordinate with Syria on targeting the militants.

Life stirs in Gaza as ceasefire holds

Life in Gaza resumed some semblance of normality Wednesday as a long-term truce took hold following a deal hailed by Israel and Hamas as 'victory' in the 50-day war.

Ebola-hit Liberia fires absentee ministers

Liberia's leader has sacked ministers and senior government officials who defied an order to return to the west African nation to lead the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak, her office said.

American fighting for IS killed in Syria

An American fighting for the Islamic State was killed over the weekend in Syria, US officials said, underlining growing concerns about Westerners signing up for extremist groups in the Middle East.

Inquiry reveals 1,400 children abused in British town

An inquiry has revealed that some 1,400 minors were sexually abused in the British town of Rotherham over a 16-year period and blamed local authorities for failing to act.

Russia, Ukraine talks end without major breakthrough

Talks between the leaders of Russia and Ukraine apparently failed to make a major breakthrough towards ending brutal fighting in east Ukraine Wednesday as strongman Vladimir Putin played down the entry by his troops into the former Soviet state.

Seaside refuge becomes Ukraine's new front

When 15-year-old Daniil's family packed up their belongings in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in May and moved to the coast of Ukraine's Azov Sea to get away from the fighting, they thought they were safe.

Hurricane Cristobal kills four, churns towards Bermuda

Strengthening Hurricane Cristobal killed at least four people in the Caribbean and then trained its deadly sights Tuesday on the holiday paradise of Bermuda, officials and meteorologists said.

American fighting in IS ranks killed in Syria: reports

An American was killed last weekend in Syria, where he was fighting for the Islamic State, US media reported Tuesday, in an account only partially confirmed by US officials.

FARC negotiator says disarming will be 'long process'

Colombia's FARC guerrillas will not give up their weapons at once, and need guarantees from the government to disarm, a negotiator said Tuesday as the peace process marked two years.

Ebola-hit Liberia fires absentee ministers

Liberia's leader has sacked ministers and senior government officials who defied an order to return to the west African nation to lead the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak, her office said on Tuesday.

Ice bucket challenge using fire fighting plane goes wrong

Many people think that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has gone way too far, and they could well be right. A Belgian man, taking part in an Ice Bucket Challenge with a spectacular difference, has been injured and is currently in hospital in Girona, Spain.

U.S. spies on jihadists — Rules out coordination with Syria

The United States has begun reconnaissance flights over Syria to track Islamic State jihadists but insisted Tuesday it has "no plans" to coordinate with Syria on targeting the militants.

Gaza celebrates as long-term truce goes into effect

Celebrations erupted in Gaza on Tuesday as a long-term ceasefire agreed by Israel and the Palestinians began, ending 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade.

Colorado town not amused with possible Bud Light invasion

A Colorado town of roughly 1,500 people is not happy with the prospect of sharing its space with Bud Light and an expected 1,000 visitors for one September weekend.

Op-Ed: Continuing aftermath of the Sewol ferry disaster

A solution must be found, and quickly, if there is to be any peace for the grieving parents and the country that mourns alongside them.

Islamic State shifts war plan, US at 'tipping point'

Signs the United States may strike Islamic State militants in their Syrian stronghold reveal a shift in the politics of foreign war in Washington, after the trauma of the post-Iraq era.

U.S. giving Syria intelligence on jihadists, sources say

The United States has begun reconnaissance flights over Syria and is sharing intelligence about jihadist deployments with Damascus through Iraqi and Russian channels, sources told AFP on Tuesday.

​10 pilgrims killed in temple stampede in India

Ten people were killed and several dozen were injured in a stampede at the Bharat Milap temple in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

Boko Haram seizes more towns in NE Nigeria as 'army flees'

Boko Haram on Tuesday attempted to blow up a bridge on the Nigerian border with Cameroon after overrunning two towns and sending residents and soldiers fleeing, police and locals said.

Animals in Madrid theme park enjoy treats in the heat (Video)

Summer in Spain can get pretty hot and the animals in Madrid's Faunia animal theme park feel the heat too. To help them keep their cool, zookeepers have come up with some novel frozen treats for the animals.

Palestinians announce long-term Gaza truce

The Palestinian leadership said Tuesday they had reached agreement with Israel on a "permanent" halt to seven weeks of bloodshed in and around Gaza although Israel was silent on the claimed deal.

Turkey's moderate president bows out -- for now

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul moves out of the presidential palace in Ankara on Thursday an isolated figure, frozen out of the new government, with his wife Hayrunnisa complaining bitterly of smears against her husband.

Mumbai Jewish centre stormed in 2008 attacks reopens

A Jewish centre in Mumbai reopened on Tuesday, nearly six years after heavily armed militants stormed the building and killed six people inside during the 2008 attacks on the city.
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