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  • Iraqi Arabs claim persecution by Kurds

    KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — When Sunni militants captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, in June, Abu Sara and his family feared their town of Taza, located some 50 kilometers southeast of the city, would inevitably be next. Government soldiers had dropped their weapons and abandoned their posts —...

  • HK leader says China adamant; students seek talks

    HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them, threatening wider actions if he did not, after he said Tuesday that China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub. Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has...

  • UK Conservatives seek TV, online ban on extremists

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's interior minister on Tuesday proposed new powers to bar people with extremist views from appearing on television or publishing on social media, even if they are not breaking any laws. Home Secretary Theresa May told a conference of the governing Conservatives that if...

  • Gaza lions sent to Jordan after war damages zoo

    BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — A trio of scrawny lions was brought into Israel from Gaza on Tuesday en route to a better life at a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan after their zoo was damaged in the recent Israel-Hamas war. The three, a pair of males and a pregnant female, were sedated at Al-Bisan...

  • At 69, South African satirist keeps laughing

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A cross-dressing South African satirist who lampooned the leaders of white racist rule decades ago says there is plenty to laugh at 20 years after the end of apartheid. Pieter-Dirk Uys spoke to journalists Tuesday at Johannesburg's Market Theatre, where he is launching a...

  • Seismic Activity Halts Recovery at Japan Volcano

    Rescuers were forced to suspend plans to recover at least two dozen bodies from near the summit of Mount Ontake in central Japan on Tuesday after increased seismic activity raised concern about the possibility of another eruption. (Sept. 30) SHOTLIST: AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Otaki,...

  • Afghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year, ending a year of uncertainty over the fate of foreign troops supporting Afghanis as they take over responsibility for the country's...

  • Image of Asia: A synchronized dive for gold

    In this photo by Kin Cheung, Chinese divers Chen Ruolin, left, and Liu Huixia compete in the women's synchronized 10-meter platform diving final at the Asian Games. They won gold, adding to China's lead in the medal tally at the continental games. With 322 of 439 gold medals decided, China stood...

  • South Sudan factions agree on federal government

    BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan's warring factions have agreed on the installation of a federal system of government in South Sudan, mediators announced Tuesday, saying progress was being made in talks aimed at finding a political solution to violence in the world's newest country. The...

  • Germany vows better checks on refugee guards

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's most populous state is tightening checks on security personnel at asylum centers following allegations that private guards repeatedly abused refugees, a senior official said Tuesday. Authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia state raided an asylum center in the town of...

  • Hostage tale suggests IS wary of upsetting Turkey

    SILOPI, Turkey (AP) — Turkish truck driver Ozgur Simsek was sleeping off a 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) fuel run to the Qayara power station in Iraq, he said, when he heard banging on his vehicle's door. "IS took over last night," the power plant's foreman shouted, referring to the Islamic State...

  • Spain's Catalonia halts independence vote campaign

    MADRID (AP) — The regional government of Catalonia says it will heed a decision by Spain's top court suspending its plans to hold an independence referendum but vows to continue efforts to hold a vote. Regional government spokesman Frances Homs said Tuesday the Catalan government would present...

  • AP PHOTOS: Rush-hour keeps billions on the move

    On packed subways and crowded highways, billions of people participate in a short-distance population shift twice a day: the rhythmic ritual of the daily commute to and from work. More than 300 million people use the United States' transport systems every day, and in 2012 a whopping 76 percent...

  • Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives. Soon her mother's sorrow became so...

  • Islamist-allied militias in Libya reject UN talks

    CAIRO (AP) — Islamist-allied militias in control of the Libyan capital on Tuesday rejected the United Nations' call for a cease-fire in the battered nation, insisting instead that their rivals be disarmed. The announcement by the Libya Dawn umbrella group followed the first round of...



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