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Yemen's al Qaeda leader vows to attack America in new video

DUBAI - The leader of al Qaeda's wing in Yemen has vowed to attack the United States, in a video apparently showing a gathering of the group celebrating a mass jailbreak of fighters.

Syrian opposition accuses Assad's forces of new poison gas attack

BEIRUT - Opposition activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of a new poison gas attack in the Syrian capital on Wednesday, posting footage of four men being treated by medics.

World, United Nations, Syria 3:07pm EDT

Iranian negotiators reject hardline criticism of nuclear talks

ABU DHABI - Iranian hardliners stepped up criticism of Tehran's negotiations with world powers over its nuclear program on Wednesday, but negotiators defended the planned deal that could lead to an end to economic sanctions.

2:41pm EDT

UK says Iraqi murder allegations against its troops a conspiracy

LONDON - Allegations British troops unlawfully killed up to 20 Iraqi men at an army camp in 2004 were part of a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, the British government told a public inquiry into the deaths on Wednesday.

World, Iraq 2:16pm EDT

Jordanian warplanes destroy vehicles trying to cross from Syria: spokesman

AMMAN - Jordanian warplanes hit and destroyed several vehicles trying to cross the border from Syria, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, underlining Amman's concern about incursions from areas controlled by Syrian rebels.

World, Jordan, Syria 1:02pm EDT

Pakistan publishes list to embarrass tax cheats into paying up

ISLAMABAD - Desperate Pakistani tax authorities are publicly shaming defaulters by publishing taxpayers' details in a directory for the first time, officials said on Wednesday.

11:56am EDT

Exclusive - Bahrain's Ahli United Bank considers sale or merger: sources

LONDON - Ahli United Bank (AUB) , Bahrain's largest lender, is evaluating a sale or a merger with a rival bank in a potential $5 billion deal, several bankers familiar with the situation said.

Pakistani Taliban end ceasefire with government but say talks still on

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - The Pakistani Taliban have formally ended a 40-day ceasefire but are still open to talks with the government, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

11:44am EDT

Saudi authorities detain activist after court appearance: wife

DUBAI - A prominent Saudi rights lawyer and activist has been detained by authorities after appearing in court in Riyadh on sedition charges, his wife said on Wednesday.

11:38am EDT

Sodastream in talks to sell up to 16 percent stake: report

- At-home soda maker Sodastream International is in early talks to sell a stake of up to 16 percent to a strategic entity, Israeli financial news daily Calcalist reported on its website.

10:38am EDT

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