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Pope to visit Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia in Turkey
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis will visit sites that recall Turkey's often-tumultuous history at a cultural crossroads between continents and faiths during a three-day visit to the country next month.... 10/21/2014 11:24 AM

US military drone makes 'hard landing' in Niger
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The U.S. military says one of its surveillance drones made what the military labeled a "hard landing" at an airport in Niger.... 10/21/2014 11:14 AM

Bodies found of 2 South Koreans in Thai boat crash
BANGKOK (AP) -- The bodies of two South Korean tourists were found in waters near Thailand's southern resort city of Phuket on Tuesday, two days after the tourist boat they were in collided with a fishing vessel, police said.... 10/21/2014 11:12 AM

HK leader: Room to discuss election committee
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's Beijing-backed leader said Tuesday his government won't let the public nominate candidates to succeed him, as thousands of protesters demand, but he added that there's room to discuss how to form a key committee that would pick candidates.... 10/21/2014 11:09 AM

British surveillance drones to fly over Syria
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's defense ministry says Royal Air Force drones will fly intelligence-gathering missions over Syria, in a broadening of U.K. operations against the Islamic State group beyond Iraq.... 10/21/2014 11:09 AM

Canadian soldier in apparent terror attack dies
MONTREAL (AP) -- One of two Canadian soldiers hit by a car in an apparent terrorist attack has died of his injuries.... 10/21/2014 10:56 AM

Pistorius out of Paralympic events for 5 years
LONDON (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius will be ineligible to compete in Paralympic events during the entirety of his five-year prison sentence.... 10/21/2014 10:56 AM

Total CEO dead in runway crash; plow driver drunk
MOSCOW (AP) -- Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday.... 10/21/2014 10:52 AM

Bombings in and near Iraqi capital kill 19 people
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Bombings in and near Baghdad killed 19 people on Tuesday, the latest in near-daily attacks targeting the Iraqi capital as the country's Shiite-led government grapples with a rampant Sunni insurgency by the Islamic State group.... 10/21/2014 10:46 AM

Head of Iran's chief clerical body dead at 83
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A leading Iranian cleric, Ayatollah Mohammadreza Mahdavi Kani, who headed the country's most influential clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing the nation's supreme leader, has died. He was 83.... 10/21/2014 10:39 AM

Oscar Pistorius starts serving 5 year prison term
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.... 10/21/2014 10:31 AM

Strike shuts Lisbon subway for 12th time this year
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- The Portuguese government's plan to privatize debt-heavy public transport companies is meeting tough opposition from trade unions as Lisbon subway workers walked off the job for the 12th time this year.... 10/21/2014 10:14 AM

Court rejects Lufthansa bid to block strike
BERLIN (AP) -- A German court has rejected a bid by Lufthansa to force a union representing the company's pilots to call off a strike, the latest in a string of walkouts over retirement benefits.... 10/21/2014 9:57 AM

China economy grows at slowest pace in 5 years
BEIJING (AP) -- China's economic growth waned to a five-year low of 7.3 percent last quarter, raising concerns of a spillover effect on the global economy but falling roughly in line with Chinese leaders' plans for a controlled slowdown.... 10/21/2014 9:49 AM

AP Photos: Children learn wrestling in Old Havana
HAVANA (AP) -- In a wrestling suit the colors of the U.S. flag, 8-year-old Yodimiler Arias grapples with a classmate in the scorching heat of a Havana afternoon.... 10/21/2014 9:49 AM

World stocks take China slowdown in stride
TOKYO (AP) -- European stocks were higher and Asian markets meandered Tuesday after China's third quarter growth report pointed to a gradual rather than sharp economic slowdown.... 10/21/2014 9:47 AM

Ultra-Orthodox Jews attack Jerusalem buses over ad
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews have attacked buses with ads promoting female worship at a Jerusalem holy site.... 10/21/2014 9:46 AM

Myanmar says 2015 election won't be delayed
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's government said Tuesday that a general election planned for late 2015 would be held on schedule, countering rumors that the vote could be postponed.... 10/21/2014 9:27 AM

Nepal vows new rules after worst trekking disaster
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal on Tuesday said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country's worst hiking disaster left dozens dead last week.... 10/21/2014 9:20 AM

US urges Japan to be bolder in opening markets
TOKYO (AP) -- U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is urging Japan to be bolder in opening its markets to help reach a deal on a pan-Pacific trade agreement.... 10/21/2014 9:07 AM