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Merkel Ukraine role mirrors rising German ambition
Merkel Ukraine role mirrors rising German ambition

By GEIR MOULSON
Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel's emergence as a leader in efforts to resolve Ukraine's crisis -- showcased by a visit to Kiev this weekend...full story
updated 2014-08-20 11:01 PM
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Pro-Russian rebels, right, followed by members of the OSCE mission, walk by plane wreckage as they arrive for a media briefing at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. A team of Malaysian investigators visited the site along with members of the OSCE mission for the first time since last week's crash. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) FILE - In this Thursday, June 20, 2013 file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, left, with her daughter Princess Anne greet her horse Estimate, who won the Gold Cup horse race on the third day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting, traditionally known as Ladies Day, in Ascot, England. A racehorse owned by Britain Malaysian air crash investigators take pictures of wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. A team of Malaysian investigators visited the site along with members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine for the first time since the air crash last week. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) Hotel staff barricade lobby windows in preparation for Typhoon Matmo along the eastern coast of Keelung, northeastern Taiwan, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The eye of Typhoon Matmo is expected to make landfall in eastern Taiwan early Wednesday bringing heavy rain and winds with gusts over 130 kilometers per hour (85 miles per hour). (AP Photo/Wally Santana) FILE - This June 20, 2014 file photo, shows a combination of images of Russian nationwide weekend dailies' front pages on downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Moscow Russia, some of them reading "298 Victims of Someone Else's War," and "Kick From Behind." An assassination attempt against Russian President Vladimir Putin. A desperate ploy to draw the West into the battle for Ukraine This March 2010 photo provided by Mike Fishbein shows Fishbein, middle, a U.S.-born soldier from Los Angeles, with fellow Americans David Wisefield, left, and Ilan Benjamin, all fighting for the Israel Defense Forces. The two Americans killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip followed in the footsteps of scores of Jews from around the world who have volunteered to fight for Israel. Israel calls them the lone soldiers: They are men and women in the prime of their lives who have left their parents and often comfortable lives behind in places like Sydney, London, Los Angeles and elsewhere to join the IDF, marching in the desert and taking up arms to defend the Jewish state. There are about 2,000 lone soldiers currently serving in the Israeli military. (AP Photo/Courtesy Mike Fishbein) FILE - In this Monday, July 21, 2014, file photo, a Palestinian overcome by emotion watches rescuers carry a body from the rubble of a house which was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike, in Gaza City. Disagreement over whether to lift the Gaza blockade is a key stumbling block to ending more than two weeks of fighting between the Islamic militant Hamas and Israel. Some in Gaza say they would rather endure more fighting than return to life under blockade. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File) Police officers secure a refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 as it arrives in a Kharkiv factory for a stop on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The train carrying the remains of people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Tuesday on their way to the Netherlands, a journey which has been agonizingly slow for relatives of the victims. (AP Photo/Olga Ivashchenko) FILE - In this March 5, 2014 file photo, French-built warship BPC Vladivostock, designed to strengthen Russia's ability to deploy troops, tanks and helicopter gunships, leaves the Saint Nazaire's harbor, western France, for its test run on the open sea off coast of France. French President Francois Hollande is defending plans to deliver a 1.1 billion-euro French-made warship to Russia, despite increasing pressure for tougher European sanctions against Moscow over the fighting in Ukraine. European Union foreign ministers are meeting Tuesday July 22, 2014 in Brussels, with some calling for an arms embargo or other new punishment against Russia. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File) FILE - In this Saturday, July 19, 2014, file photo, Palestinians carry on with their lives at a United Nations school where dozens of families have sought refuge after fleeing their homes following heavy Israeli forces' strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip. Disagreement over whether to lift the Gaza blockade is a key stumbling block to ending more than two weeks of fighting between the Islamic militant Hamas and Israel. Some in Gaza say they would rather endure more fighting than return to life under blockade. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
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Merkel Ukraine role mirrors rising German ambition Merkel Ukraine role mirrors rising German ambition
By GEIR MOULSON
Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel's emergence as a leader in efforts to resolve Ukraine's crisis -- showcased by a visit to Kiev this weekend....Fullstory

2014-08-20 11:01 PM

Brazil Socialists to name new candidate Brazil Socialists to name new candidate

Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's Socialist Party is preparing to formally name environmentalist Marina Silva as its new presidential candidate, replacing Eduardo Campos, who....Fullstory

2014-08-20 10:42 PM

AP Analysis: Steep obstacles to any Gaza deal AP Analysis: Steep obstacles to any Gaza deal
By KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH
Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Renewed Israel-Hamas fighting after the collapse of truce talks in Cairo highlights the steep obstacles to ending the Gaza....Fullstory

2014-08-20 10:01 PM

US Senate control may rest with well-funded women
By PHILIP ELLIOTT
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Democratic Party's control of the U.S. Senate after the general election in November could lie in the fortunes of female candidates....Fullstory

2014-08-20 09:42 PM

Key events following the death of Michael Brown Key events following the death of Michael Brown
By Associated Press
Associated Press

FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) -- A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson,....Fullstory

2014-08-20 08:01 PM

Minister suggests clearly defined bottom line in talks with China

Central News Agency

Taipei, Aug.a 20 (CNA) Taiwan's new economics minister suggested a clearly defined "bottom line" for representatives negotiating with China....Fullstory

2014-08-20 07:30 PM

UK: man in beheading video appears to be British

Associated Press

LONDON (AP) -- UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says the person appearing in the video posted by Islamic militants beheading American journalist James Foley appears....Fullstory

2014-08-20 07:01 PM

Taipei deputy mayor appointed new labor minister Taipei deputy mayor appointed new labor minister

Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taipei Deputy Mayor Chen Hsiung-wen was named new labor minister Wednesday, filling the position vacated by Pan Shih-wei, who left in late July over allegations....Fullstory

2014-08-20 06:05 PM

Taiwan set to take August delivery of more Apache helicopters

Central News Agency

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) Taiwan is set to take delivery of six more AH-64E Apache attack helicopters from the United....Fullstory

2014-08-20 05:31 PM

Latest Missouri protests are smaller, more subdued Latest Missouri protests are smaller, more subdued
By NIGEL DUARA
Associated Press

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a....Fullstory

2014-08-20 04:42 PM

Sharpton to address Mike Brown's St. Louis funeral

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The funeral for 18-year-old Michael Brown is scheduled for Monday at a church in St. Louis. The Austin A. Layne Mortuary, which....Fullstory

2014-08-20 10:42 PM

Ma's top national security aide defends reputation amid MAC dust-up

Central News Agency

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) National Security Council Secretary-General King Pu-tsung said Wednesday that he has never overstepped the bounds....Fullstory

2014-08-20 10:38 PM

Zimbabwe economy takes another dive
By FARAI MUTSAKA
Associated Press

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- It is 4 a.m. and people are already lining up outside Zimbabwe's main passport office -- four hours ahead of opening....Fullstory

2014-08-20 09:42 PM

Asian News Digest, AS

Associated Press

ASIA: PAKISTAN ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani lawmakers meet as tens of thousands of protesters throng outside the assembly calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over....Fullstory

2014-08-20 08:22 PM

DPP: Ma Ying-jeou must explain dismissal of Chang Hsien-yao

Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Ma should disclose the reasons for Chang's firing instead of hiding them in a 'black box,' says the DPP....Fullstory

2014-08-20 07:59 PM

BC-AP European News Digest at 1100 GMT

Associated Press

TOP STORIES FOR WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20 2014 UKRAINE KIEV, Ukraine -- Officials in the Ukraine's mostly rebel-held region of Donetsk say 34 local residents have been killed....Fullstory

2014-08-20 07:22 PM

Iran's parliament votes out moderate minister

Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian lawmakers dismissed the country's science minister on Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow....Fullstory

2014-08-20 06:22 PM

Fighting outside key Ukrainian city kills 9 troops Fighting outside key Ukrainian city kills 9 troops

Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A Ukrainian official says nine troops were killed in overnight fighting in the streets of the town of Ilovaysk, which lies....Fullstory

2014-08-20 05:42 PM

Keelung Public Works Director makes bail as city councilors rounded up

Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Investigation of corruption involving licenses for water use....Fullstory

2014-08-20 05:13 PM

French ex-prime minister seeks nod for '17 vote

Associated Press

PARIS (AP) -- An ex-prime minister under Jacques Chirac who was once convicted in a corruption scandal and handed a 10-year ban on public office....Fullstory

2014-08-20 04:42 PM

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