Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage

DUBAI - The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes in Iraq. | Video

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Japan PM Abe appoints China-friendly lawmakers to key posts

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe picked two veteran lawmakers with friendly ties to China for top party posts on Wednesday in an apparent signal of hope for a thaw in chilly ties with Beijing and a summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

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Hong Kong activists say China 'brutally strangled' democracy

HONG KONG - Hong Kong activists threatening to blockade the financial district in protest against China's curbs on democracy said Beijing had "brutally strangled" their hopes but that they would persevere with the struggle.

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West Africa struggles to contain Ebola as warnings and deaths mount

MONROVIA - The United Nations said on Tuesday the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa was causing food shortages in one of the world's poorest regions and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the disease was threatening the stability of stricken countries and their neighbors. | Video

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PG&E faces record fines over deadly California pipeline blast

SAN FRANCISCO - The California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday levied penalties of a record $1.4 billion on Pacific Gas and Electric Co, stemming from the deadly 2010 San Bruno natural gas pipeline rupture and fire near San Francisco.


Indonesia's energy minister named suspect in graft case

JAKARTA - Indonesia's powerful anti-corruption agency on Wednesday named the energy and mineral resources minister as a suspect in a graft case involving the extortion of state funds.