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Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander after warship accidents
TOKYO (AP) -- The U.S. Navy dismissed the commander of the Asia-based 7th Fleet on Wednesday after a series of warship accidents raised questions about its operations in the Pacific....

The Latest: Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander
TOKYO (AP) -- The Latest on the collision between the USS John S. McCain and a tanker (all times local):...

North Korea photos suggest new solid-fuel missile designs
TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea's state media released photos Wednesday that appear to show the designs of one or possibly two new missiles....

Activists fight North Korea with balloons, DVDs and leaflets
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Some send up plastic leaflets that weigh less than a feather and flutter down from the clouds with calls for democracy or blurry cartoons ridiculing North Korea's ruler. Some send flash drives loaded with South Korean soap operas, or mini-documentaries about the vast wealth of Southern corporations, or crisp new U.S. dollar bills. One occasionally sends his empty food wrappers, stained labels showing noodles slathered in meat sauce, so Northerners can see the good life they'd find in the South....

Police: DNA of headless torso matches Swedish journalist
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A headless torso found on a beach off Copenhagen has been identified as that of missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who is believed to have died on an amateur-built submarine earlier this month, Danish police said Wednesday....

Iran extends reach with fight for land link to Mediterranean
BEIRUT (AP) -- Thousands of Iranian-backed fighters in Syria's central desert region are advancing east, bringing Tehran closer to its goal of securing a corridor from its border, through Iraq and all the way to the Mediterranean and providing it unhindered land access to its allies in Syria and Lebanon for the first time....

Spain attacks: Police find belt with real explosives
MADRID (AP) -- Police in northeastern Spain said Wednesday they found a belt charged with real explosives in a house where a fatal explosion last week derailed the initial plans by an extremist cell to strike with bombs in Barcelona rather than vehicle attacks that eventually killed 14 people. A 15th victim was killed when one of the attackers made his getaway....

Germany finishes bringing gold reserves back from France
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's central bank says it's completed a plan to repatriate gold reserves it stashed abroad during the Cold War three years ahead of schedule....

Warming Arctic spurs battles for riches, shipping routes
LANCASTER SOUND, Nunavut (AP) -- From a distance, the northern shores of Baffin Island in the Arctic appear barren - a craggy world of snow-capped peaks and glaciers surrounded by a sea of floating ice even in the midst of summer....

Angola votes for 1st new president in nearly 4 decades
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Angolans voted Wednesday in an election in which the defense minister is the front-runner to succeed President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who will step down after 38 years in power in an oil-rich country beset by widespread poverty and corruption....

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Global markets calm ahead of Jackson Hole meeting

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Israeli PM in Russia to air concerns about Iran's expansion

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Panama ex-president continues to fight extradition from US

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Lebanese PM: Victory is near against IS along Syrian border