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  • Gaza widow offers insight into world of spies

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The 48-year-old Palestinian woman's husband was shot to death in 2012 by militants in the Gaza Strip for spying for Israel. A mother of seven, she herself was jailed by Gaza's Hamas rulers for aiding and abetting a spy — her husband. The widow's account to The...

  • Bangladesh court reduces sentence of Islamist

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's Supreme Court has commuted the death sentence for a leader of an Islamic political party to imprisonment until death for war crimes during the nation's 1971 independence war against Pakistan. The original sentencing of Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a leader of...

  • Fijians go to polls after 8 years of military rule

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Thousands of Fijians got their first chance to vote in eight years Wednesday in an election that promises to finally restore democracy to the South Pacific nation of 900,000. Yet as polls opened Wednesday morning, plenty of questions remain about how far military...

  • Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners

    PARIS (AP) — The top U.S. military officer says about half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional...

  • Separatists in Quebec, Scotland share lessons

    MONTREAL (AP) — Quebec's separatists are watching closely this week to see if the Scottish independence movement has learned from their failed attempts to break away from Canada. And it could be rejuvenated if Scotland breaks away from the United Kingdom. The Scottish National Party, which is...

  • S. Korea detains US man in waters near border

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across the border into rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said Wednesday. The man was arrested Tuesday night at a river near the Korean Demilitarized Zone, part...

  • Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism

    URUMQI, China (AP) — A scholar from China's Muslim Uighur minority community who often criticized the country's ethnic policies was set to go on trial Wednesday on separatism charges in the far western region of Xinjiang. Ilham Tohti is a former economics professor in Beijing accused of...

  • Bangladesh top court commutes death sentence of a senior Islamist

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh top court commutes death sentence of a senior Islamist.

  • Lava flows from Philippine volcano; thousands flee

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' most active volcano has sent more huge lava fragments rolling down its slopes in an ongoing gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Wednesday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and...

  • Australia promises $6.4 million to fight Ebola

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia announced on Wednesday it will immediately provide an additional 7 million Australian dollars ($6.4 million) to help the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The country had previously committed AU$1 million to the international...

  • Brazil election may change diplomatic direction

    SAO PAULO (AP) — More than a decade of Workers Party rule has seen Brazil prioritize ties with its leftist regional neighbors, from helping muscle socialist Venezuela into the Mercosur trade bloc to financing a billion-dollar transformation of an industrial port in Cuba. But if President Dilma...

  • Weakened Odile heads over Mexico toward Arizona

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's government airlifted thousands of stranded foreign tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort of Los Cabos, as a weakened Odile headed over the Gulf of California Wednesday on a path toward the U.S. state of Arizona. The remnants of Odile, which has been downgraded...

  • Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface. A colossal squid:...

  • Mexico airlifts tourists after Hurricane Odile

    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — The Mexican government began airlifting the first of tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes. The Interior Ministry said military and...

  • US organizing summit on UN peacekeeping next week

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is organizing a summit on U.N. peacekeeping on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly next week that will be addressed by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Rwanda's President Paul Kagame. A U.S. note on the summit,...



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