- Neo-Nazi group banned in Germany's Bavaria state
BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in the German state of Bavaria say they have banned a neo-Nazi group that operated in the region.
- Oil falls to near $102 amid Gaza peace efforts
The price of oil retreated to near $102 per barrel on Wednesday amid a new push for a cease-fire between Israel and Palestine and after Europe imposed additional sanctions on Russia that fell short of a heavy hit.
- Afghanistan criticizes Pakistan; policeman killed
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan intelligence service has accused Pakistan of stoking instability by backing militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan.
- Despite sanctions call, UK exports arms to Russia
LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers say the country is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, despite the government's call for tough sanctions over Moscow's arming of separatist rebels in Ukraine.
- Bodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, bringing some consolation to grieving relatives who still must wait for positive identifications and answers about who caused the disaster.
- Ex-general to challenge Indonesian election defeat
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's losing presidential candidate plans to file a legal challenge in the nation's highest court, his campaign said Wednesday, a move that may prolong the political uncertainty in the country's transition to democracy.
- Typhoon weakens after landing in southeast China
BEIJING (AP) — Typhoon Matmo churned ashore in southeastern China on Wednesday and was downgraded to a tropical storm, while the death toll from last week's more powerful Typhoon Rammasun rose further.
- South Africa: Rhino poacher gets 77 years in jail
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rhino poacher in South Africa has been sentenced to 77 years in prison in one of the heaviest penalties aimed at curbing poachers who target rhinos for their horns, which fetch a high price on the illegal market in parts of Asia.
- John Kerry flies to Tel Aviv despite FAA ban
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat flew into Israel's main airport Wednesday despite a Federal Aviation Administration ban in an apparent sign of his determination to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations.
- Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots
When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel on Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week's downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine.
- Thai junta defends strong powers under new charter
BANGKOK (AP) — A new temporary constitution gives Thailand's military government sweeping powers in the run-up to a planned 2015 election, and a senior army official says the junta leader could serve as interim premier.
- Australia: All Ukraine victims may not be found
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The remains of some victims of the Malaysian airliner crash may never be recovered unless there is a secure and thorough search of the area in rebel-controlled east Ukraine where it was shot down, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.
- Shipwrecked Concordia on verge of final voyage
GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) — Rotated by tugboats, the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner is being readied for its final voyage.
- A kiss, a prayer: The last hours of MH17's victims
In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. "Mama, may I hug you?"
- Iraq: Death toll from Baghdad attack rises to 31
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say the death toll from a late night suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint in Baghdad has climbed to 31 people, most of them civilians.