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EU says Ireland grants Apple illegal tax benefits
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Ireland appears to be granting Apple illegal tax rebates that may have to be recouped, the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday as it pressed on with an inquiry into the iPhone maker's overseas tax practices.... 9/30/2014 12:03 PM

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.... 9/30/2014 11:57 AM

Afghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan and the United States signed a long-awaited security pact on Tuesday that will allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year.... 9/30/2014 11:53 AM

Putin visits Kazakhstan after remarks cause alarm
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting Kazakhstan to stress the need for close ties, a month after he caused alarm in the former Soviet republic by seeming to question its future as an independent state.... 9/30/2014 11:50 AM

Myanmar and Sri Lankan hard-liners ink agreement
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- A Myanmar Buddhist monk and a Sri Lankan ultranationalist both known for campaigning against Muslims have formally signed an agreement to work together to protect Buddhism.... 9/30/2014 11:46 AM

ECB under pressure as inflation falls again
LONDON (AP) -- Inflation across the 18 euro countries dipped further toward zero in September, piling pressure on the European Central Bank to pull the trigger on its biggest stimulus weapon - a large-scale program to create new money.... 9/30/2014 11:45 AM

UK government plans curbs on nonviolent extremism
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's interior minister has 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.... 9/30/2014 11:37 AM

HK leader says China adamant; students seek talks
HONG KONG (AP) -- Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them on Tuesday and threatened wider actions if he did not, after he said China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub.... 9/30/2014 11:36 AM

US Ebola labs, parts for clinic arrive in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- U.S. mobile Ebola labs should be up and running in Liberia this week, and American troops have broken ground for a field hospital, as the international community races to increase the ability to care for the spiraling number of people infected with the dreaded disease.... 9/30/2014 11:36 AM

Wildlife populations plummet for 3,000 species
GENEVA (AP) -- About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world's biggest environmental groups.... 9/30/2014 11:35 AM

25th anniversary of East German exodus to the West
PRAGUE (AP) -- A former foreign minister of West Germany has arrived in Prague to meet former refugees from the East and commemorate events that led to communism's collapse in Eastern Europe and the reunification of Germany.... 9/30/2014 11:32 AM

Islamist-allied militias in Libya reject UN talks
CAIRO (AP) -- Islamist-allied militias in control of the Libyan capital say they reject the United Nations' call for a cease-fire.... 9/30/2014 11:06 AM

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.... 9/30/2014 11:01 AM

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 - forcing residents to fend for themselves.... 9/30/2014 10:58 AM

Car crash damages Poland's famous Solidarity wall
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish police say a car crash has knocked down a historic wall that unemployed electrician Lech Walesa jumped over in 1980 to lead a Gdansk shipyard strike that grew into the country's massive Solidarity freedom movement.... 9/30/2014 10:57 AM

US-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say the U.S.-led coalition has struck targets of the Islamic State group near a besieged Kurdish town along Syria's border with Turkey.... 9/30/2014 10:56 AM

Iran to help Lebanon army fight extremists
BEIRUT (AP) -- Iran will supply the Lebanese army with military equipment to be used in fighting Muslim extremist groups, a visiting senior Iranian official said on Tuesday.... 9/30/2014 10:24 AM

Albania borrows $150 million to improve power grid
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- The World Bank is lending Albania $150 million ((EURO)118 million) to help overhaul its dysfunctional state-run power sector and pay for electricity imports from other Balkan states.... 9/30/2014 10:10 AM

Thai man gets death penalty for train rape, murder
BANGKOK (AP) -- A former railway worker in Thailand was sentenced to death Tuesday for raping a 13-year-old girl on an overnight train, then killing her and throwing her body out the window, an attack that sparked outrage in the Southeast Asian nation and prompted calls for the execution of rapists.... 9/30/2014 9:31 AM

Nicole Kidman reveals heartbreak at father's death
SYDNEY (AP) -- Nicole Kidman revealed she was heartbroken over the death of her father this month and thanked well-wishers for their comforting thoughts and prayers.... 9/30/2014 9:20 AM