Volkswagen says 77,000 Australia vehicles had emissions cheating software

SYDNEY - The Australian unit of Volkswagen said on Wednesday some 77,000 vehicles sold in the country had been fitted with devices designed to mask the level of emissions, widening a global scandal engulfing the German automaker.

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DNA scientists win 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

STOCKHOLM - Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, the U.S.-based Paul Modrich and Turkish-born Aziz Sancar won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for work on mapping how cells repair damaged DNA, the award-giving body said on Wednesday.

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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 offer 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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Syrian army and Russian jets target rebels in western Syria

BEIRUT - The Syrian army and allied militia carried out ground attacks on insurgent positions in Syria on Wednesday backed by Russian air strikes, in what appeared to be their first major coordinated assault since Moscow intervened last week, a monitor said.

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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 Khamenei on Wednesday banned any further negotiations between Iran and the United States, less than three months after Iran signed a nuclear deal with the West as a result of years of U.S.-led talks.

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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