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Families march to China ship rescue site as survivor hopes fade

JIANLI, China - Dozens of family members walked in protest on Wednesday to the rescue site of a sunken cruise ship in the Yangtze River, asking for news of their relatives who are missing after the worst shipping disaster in modern Chinese history. | Video

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Syrian troops battle to repel Islamic State attack on city

BEIRUT - Syrian troops and militia battled on Wednesday to repel an Islamic State attack on the city of Hasaka in the northeast, and a Kurdish official said the government forces may not be able to hold off the jihadists.

Syria 10:55am EDT

Air strikes kill 20 Houthi fighters in Yemen's Aden: militia

SANAA - Saudi-led air strikes killed a group of around 20 Houthi fighters outside the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on Wednesday and also shook the capital Sanaa in the north, militiamen opposed to the Houthis said.

Yemen 9:07am EDT

Saudi names suspects in mosque bombings, offers $1 million bounty

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia offered a cash reward of 5 million riyals ($1.3 million) for information leading to the arrest of sixteen people it said were involved in two deadly mosque bombings claimed by Islamic State, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia 10:40am EDT

Merkel tells Egypt's Sisi: death penalty is wrong but let's trade

BERLIN - Germany opposes Egypt's use of the death penalty, recently imposed on Islamist leaders including former President Mohamed Mursi, but is ready to do business with Cairo, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

Egypt, Germany 11:09am EDT

Myanmar lands 700 migrants, U.S. says Rohingya should be citizens

JAKARTA/MAUNGDAW, Myanmar - Myanmar brought ashore more than 700 "boat people" it had kept at sea for days aboard a seized vessel, as the United States on Wednesday called on the country to help solve a migrant crisis by recognizing the rights of its Muslim Rohingya minority.

Myanmar, United Nations 9:27am EDT

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