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U.S. Navy plane crashes in Philippine Sea, three missing

TOKYO A U.S. Navy transport plane carrying 11 people crashed in the Philippine Sea south of Japan on Wednesday as it flew to the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan and three people were missing, in the latest Navy accident in the region. | Video

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Saudi-led coalition to reopen Yemen's Hodeidah port, Sanaa airport for aid

DUBAI The Saudi-led military coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen said on Wednesday it would allow humanitarian aid access through Yemen's port of Hodeidah and United Nations flights to the capital Sanaa, more than two weeks after blockading the country.

Yemen, United Nations 1:59pm EST

Palestinian factions agree to hold general election by end-2018

GAZA/CAIRO Palestinian factions, including rival groups Hamas and Fatah, have agreed to hold a general election by the end of 2018, a joint statement by several groups said on Wednesday following talks in Cairo.

3:57pm EST

Besieged Syrians eating trash, fainting from hunger: U.N. survey

GENEVA Syrians in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta are so short of food that they are eating trash, fainting from hunger and forcing their children to eat on alternate days, the U.N. World Food Programme said in a report on Wednesday.

Syria 2:23pm EST

German Social Democrats face pressure over coalition talks

BERLIN Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) faced pressure on Wednesday to consider offering coalition talks to Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to settle the worst political crisis in modern German history.

Germany 11:18am EST

Italian magistrates investigate whether ex-Treasury official sold secrets

ROME Italian magistrates are investigating whether a Treasury official sold confidential government information to her previous employers, Ernst & Young, two judicial sources involved in the case said on Wednesday.

Italy 2:35pm EST

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