Volkswagen board in crisis talks

WOLFSBURG, Germany - Volkswagen's supervisory board was holding crisis talks on Wednesday, facing deadlines from German regulators and U.S lawmakers to explain its rigging of diesel emissions tests and what it is doing to tackle the scandal.

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DNA research deployed in war on cancer scoops Nobel Prize

STOCKHOLM/LONDON - Three scientists from Sweden, the United States and Turkey won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for working out how cells repair damaged DNA, providing new ammunition in the war on cancer.

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AB InBev makes $104 billion bid for rival brewer SABMiller

BRUSSELS - Anheuser-Busch InBev , the world's largest brewer, launched an improved bid for SABMiller on Wednesday, offering just over 68 billion pounds ($104 billion) for its largest rival to extend its reach into Africa and other markets.

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Russia backs Syrian forces in major assault on insurgents

BEIRUT - Russia and Syria carried out what appeared to be the first major coordinated assaults on Syrian insurgents on Wednesday, targeting rebels in the west rather than Islamic State militants, a monitor said.

World, Russia, Syria 8:30am EDT

Ex-U.N. General Assembly head, five others face U.S. bribery case

NEW YORK - U.S. authorities charged a former president of the United Nations General Assembly, a billionaire Macau real estate developer and four others on Tuesday for engaging in a wide-ranging corruption scheme. | Video

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Iran's supreme leader bans negotiations with the United States

DUBAI - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday banned any further negotiations between Iran and the United States, putting the brakes on moderates hoping to end Iran's isolation after reaching a nuclear deal with world powers in July.

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Fifteen dead as South Carolina gripped by historic flooding

- South Carolina grappled with the damage wrought by record rainfall, as the death toll from widespread flooding rose to 15 on Tuesday and residents braced for more evacuations in areas near dams and swollen waterways across the state. | Video


Ex-Yemen president's party says accepts peace terms

SANAA - The party of Yemen's former president, a main player in the messy, months-old civil war, said in an emailed statement that it accepts a peace plan brokered by the United Nations in talks in Oman.