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Bombings, mortar fire kill 13 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Bombs and mortar fire killed 13 people in Shiite areas in and around Baghdad on Sunday, as Iraqi security forces said they succeeded in breaking a siege on soldiers who had been surrounded by Islamic State militants west of Baghdad.... 9/21/2014 7:06 PM

Syria blasts coalition against Islamic State
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria's parliament speaker said Sunday that the U.S. should work with Damascus to battle the Islamic State extremist group rather than allying with nations which he accused of supporting terrorism.... 9/21/2014 7:00 PM

Yemen government signs peace deal with Shiites
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni government officials and Shiite rebels signed a peace agreement on Sunday following days of violence that have left more than 140 people dead and sent thousands fleeing their homes, state media said, giving no details on the content of the agreement.... 9/21/2014 6:54 PM

US Secretary of State Kerry meets Iran's Zarif
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif for talks expected to focus on the prospects of reaching an agreement on reducing Tehran's atomic activities in exchange for an end to nuclear-related sanctions on the Tehran.... 9/21/2014 6:50 PM

Western Mexico state reports new mine spill
HERMOSILLO, Mexico (AP) -- Authorities in northern Mexico have issued a new alert of a river spill from a copper mine operated by Grupo Mexico.... 9/21/2014 6:35 PM

Thousands march in Moscow against Ukraine fighting
MOSCOW (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russia's alleged complicity in the conflict.... 9/21/2014 6:27 PM

Sierra Leone reaches final day of Ebola lockdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone's capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola disease, volunteers said.... 9/21/2014 5:54 PM

Ship saves 55 migrants off Libya; several die
ROME (AP) -- The Italian coast guard says a cargo ship has rescued at least 55 migrants from Libyan waters after their rubber dinghy capsized. They say several bodies were spotted in the sea and up to 30 people might be missing.... 9/21/2014 5:48 PM

Kenya marks 1 year since Westgate mall attack
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Relatives of the dead, survivors and shop owners converged outside Nairobi's Westgate Mall on Sunday, lighting candles and laying flowers in memory of those killed a year ago when gunmen stormed the upscale mall.... 9/21/2014 5:38 PM

Pope in Albania urges Muslims to condemn extremism
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Pope Francis called Sunday for Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who "pervert" religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held up the Balkan nation as a model for interfaith harmony for the rest of the world.... 9/21/2014 5:19 PM

New Afghan president, but vote totals kept secret
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Ending months of vote-related tension, Afghanistan's election commission named a new president on Sunday only hours after the two leading candidates signed a power-sharing deal that names one of them as the country's new chief executive.... 9/21/2014 5:03 PM

Scotland's leader: Voters 'tricked' in referendum
LONDON (AP) -- The debate over Scotland's future fizzled amid a bitter war of words Sunday, with the Scottish leader claiming his countrymen were "tricked" into rejecting independence in a referendum and Britain's three main political parties bickering over how to take political reform forward.... 9/21/2014 4:59 PM

2 al-Shabab suspects arrested in Frankfurt
BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities have arrested two suspected members of the Somali-based extremist group al-Shabab after they landed at Frankfurt airport Saturday.... 9/21/2014 4:04 PM

Arab states lag in media war against extremists
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- As the Islamic State group battles across Syria and Iraq, pushing back larger armies and ruling over entire cities, it is also waging an increasingly sophisticated media campaign that has rallied disenfranchised youth and outpaced the sluggish efforts of Arab governments to stem its appeal.... 9/21/2014 3:52 PM

US general: Arab nations need to help in Iraq
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- The U.S.-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday.... 9/21/2014 3:43 PM

Paris prison opens doors for Heritage Days
PARIS (AP) -- Paris' mythic La Sante prison opened its heavily guarded doors to visitors Sunday as part of the country's annual Heritage Days festival.... 9/21/2014 3:38 PM

Erdogan: Turkey won't give hostage release details
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The Turkish government won't reveal details of a covert operation that ensured the release of 49 people held hostage by the Islamic State group, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday.... 9/21/2014 3:28 PM

Chinese town protests over trash incinerator
BEIJING (AP) -- Residents of a town in southern China who oppose a planned trash incinerator have protested for a second weekend and the local government promised not to proceed without public approval.... 9/21/2014 3:28 PM

Hopes dim for return of Philippine troops to Golan
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said he's been told security threats on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights are not expected to ease soon, dimming hopes that U.N. peacekeepers can be deployed back to the region in the near future.... 9/21/2014 3:26 PM

Last king of Nepal suffers heart attack
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- The last king of Nepal is in stable condition in a hospital after suffering a heart attack, doctors said Sunday.... 9/21/2014 3:22 PM