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Iranian human rights group: 'Happy in Tehran' dancers freed

The Iranian dancers who were arrested after starring in the "Happy in Tehran" video, which went viral, have been freed, a human rights group said Wednesday. But according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, the director of the video, a remake of Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy," remains in custody.


Libya's rogue general gains stream of new allies

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya's Interior Ministry, along with the country's the U.N. ambassador and the commander of the air force, backed a renegade general's offensive against Islamist lawmakers and extremist militias, further building support Wednesday for a campaign the government has described as a coup.


California bus crash kills 4, injures many

Authorities say at least four people were killed and several more suffered serious injuries when a passenger bus overturned on Interstate 10 in Southern California near the Arizona border.


Watch live: Obama addresses Veterans Affairs troubles

The White House moved Wednesday to address the growing furor over allegations of misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs, summoning VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to an Oval Office meeting, hours before the House was scheduled to vote on a bill that would grant the secretary more authority to fire or demote senior executives.


China signs 30-year deal for Russian natural gas

SHANGHAI (AP) — China signed a landmark deal Wednesday to buy Russian natural gas worth about $400 billion, giving a boost to diplomatically isolated President Vladimir Putin and expanding Moscow's ties with Asia.


2 killed in gunfire, explosions in Libyan capital

By Ahmed Elumami and Feras Bosalum TRIPOLI (Reuters) - At least two people were killed when heavy fighting erupted near the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Wednesday, two days after gunmen stormed parliament in some of the city's worst violence since the 2011 war. Residents reported several loud explosions near the al-Yarmouk barracks in the Salaheddin district. "We're hearing really loud explosions and gunshots near the camp, but we don't know who is shooting," a Tajoura resident said. In addition, Libya's top naval commander, General Hasssan Abu Shanaq, survived an assassination attempt by unknown gunmen as he was travelling to work, a spokesman for the chief of staff said.


Analysis: GOP avoids past mistakes in Senate picks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tuesday's elections are the best evidence yet that Republicans are avoiding previous mistakes and improving their chances of controlling the Senate during President Barack Obama's final two years in office.


Gazprom: China, Russia sign 30-year gas deal

SHANGHAI (AP) — China signed a landmark deal Wednesday to buy Russian natural gas worth about $400 billion, giving a boost to diplomatically isolated President Vladimir Putin and expanding Moscow's ties with Asia.


Report: Prince Charles compared Putin to Hitler

LONDON (AP) — British politicians and royal-watchers expressed criticism, and some sympathy, Wednesday at reported comments by Prince Charles comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine to the territory-seizing of Adolf Hitler.


Putin says troops withdraw to help Ukraine vote

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he had ordered Russian troops to pull out from the regions near Ukraine to help create a positive environment for the nation's presidential vote, but added that it would be hard for the Kremlin to deal with its winner because of continuing fighting in eastern Ukraine.


Search continues for victims of Nigerian car bombs

JOS, Nigeria (AP) — Police anti-bomb squad officers on Wednesday dug into a crater left by one of two bombs that exploded in a bustling marketplace and bus station in a central Nigerian city as people searched for missing loved ones after the horrific attack that left at least 118 people dead.


Egypt's ousted leader Mubarak gets three years in jail

By Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced ousted president Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison on charges of stealing public funds. "He should have treated people close and far from him equally," said Judge Osama Shaheen, as Mubarak looked on from a cage flanked by his sons, who were sentenced to four years in jail on the same charges. "Instead of abiding by the constitution and laws, he gave himself and his sons the freedom to take from public funds whatever they wanted to without oversight and without regard." Judicial sources told Reuters that the 23 months Mubarak had spent in jail since the 2011 uprising up to August, when he left prison for house arrest, would be applied against the sentence, meaning the former president will probably serve no more than a year as punishment for the corruption charges.


Missouri inmate's hopes rest with Supreme Court

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri inmate with a rare condition that affects the blood vessels was handed a reprieve less than two hours before his scheduled execution, but the state may end up killing him later Wednesday if the U.S. Supreme Court says it can.


Did Cooper Stock have to die?

Different traffic laws could have saved the 9-year-old's life and the lives of thousands of others.


McConnell, Grimes to face off in November

The race between Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes is shaping up with some familiar dynamics. What can McConnell learn from Harry Reid as he fends off Grimes?


Thai army chief assumes role as crisis mediator

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's army chief assumed the role of mediator Wednesday by summoning the country's key political rivals for face-to-face talks one day after imposing martial law. The meeting ended without any resolution, however, underscoring the profound challenge the army faces in trying to end the country's crisis.


Gov't: Airlines should disclose bag, seat fees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Going to bat for confused passengers, the government is proposing that airlines be required to disclose fees for basic items like checked bags, assigned seats and carry-on bags so consumers know the true cost of flying.


Special Operations Forces may get 'Iron Man' suit

TAMPA, Florida (AP) — In the 2008 movie "Iron Man," the main character becomes a superhero after building a suit of armor with an exoskeleton that gives him incredible strength.


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