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UN says 1st staffer dies of 'probable' Ebola
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations said Wednesday a staff member in Liberia has died from "probable Ebola," while the World Health Organization said it was optimistic that an Ebola vaccine could be available for mass vaccination campaigns as early as 2015.... 10/1/2014 6:48 PM

Palestinians: Israeli occupation must end in 2016
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Palestinians are asking the U.N. Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from all Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 including East Jerusalem in a new push to achieve independence.... 10/1/2014 6:40 PM

New Polish premier wants more US military presence
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's new prime minister said Wednesday that she will seek a greater U.S. military presence in the country as the conflict in neighboring Ukraine has made Poland's security and U.S.-Polish relationship even more important.... 10/1/2014 6:29 PM

Norway government rejects 2022 Winter Olympics
OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Oslo said it has dropped its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics after the Norwegian government declined Wednesday to provide financial backing, a move which leaves just two cities in a race that has been decimated by withdrawals.... 10/1/2014 6:18 PM

East Jerusalem construction plan moves ahead
JERUSALEM (AP) -- City officials said Wednesday that they have granted final approval for the construction of a controversial new Israeli housing development in east Jerusalem, dealing a new blow to already tattered relations with the Palestinians and raising the likelihood of a fresh round of international condemnations.... 10/1/2014 6:16 PM

Russia halts student exchange program with US
MOSCOW (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has voiced regret about Russia's decision to cancel its participation in a major high school student exchange program.... 10/1/2014 5:59 PM

France ups military deployment against IS group
PARIS (AP) -- France is deploying an anti-aircraft frigate and more fighter jets in the Persian Gulf region to boost its ability to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq.... 10/1/2014 5:55 PM

Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine advanced Wednesday on the government-held airport in Donetsk, pressing to seize the key transportation hub even as the two sides bargained over a troop pullout under a much-violated truce.... 10/1/2014 5:46 PM

Snapshots from the protest streets in Hong Kong
HONG KONG (AP) -- At first the students sat outside Hong Kong's government complex. Then the broader Occupy Central civil disobedience movement joined them to call for the right for the people in this Chinese territory to elect their leader. The protest spread and the police's use of tear gas at the weekend shocked more citizens out onto the streets.... 10/1/2014 5:45 PM

Greece's govt to call confidence vote
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's troubled coalition government said Wednesday it would call a vote of confidence in parliament next week, hours after the country's leftwing opposition demanded early elections citing ongoing austerity measures.... 10/1/2014 5:44 PM

UN says Syria vaccine deaths was an NGO 'mistake'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general says the recent deaths of Syrian children after receiving measles vaccinations was the result of a "mistake" by a non-governmental partner who mixed in a muscle relaxant meant for anesthesia.... 10/1/2014 5:42 PM

Louis Vuitton $100M venue outshines show, celebs
PARIS (AP) -- Louis Vuitton's show caused traffic chaos early Wednesday with photographers clambering to get the must-have shot of attendees Jennifer Connelly, Selena Gomez, Sofia Coppola and Michelle Williams.... 10/1/2014 5:30 PM

US Navy says crew member missing in Persian Gulf
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are conducting a search and rescue operation for a missing aircrew member who ejected over the Persian Gulf.... 10/1/2014 5:29 PM

Hong Kong protesters try to win over tourists
HONG KONG (AP) -- The luxury boutiques of Hong Kong's Tsim Shai Tsui district are so mobbed with vacationing Chinese customers that store owners have put up red velvet ropes to control the crowds. Pro-democracy protesters saw it as a perfect spot to spread the word to their mainland brethren.... 10/1/2014 5:24 PM

New NATO chief: better ties with Russia possible
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO's new secretary-general struck a more conciliatory tone Wednesday on Russia, saying there's a chance now for improved relations between Moscow and the West.... 10/1/2014 5:20 PM

AP names Victor Caivano director for Southern Cone
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Victor Caivano, a veteran photographer who has led photo coverage for The Associated Press in Spain and Brazil, has been named news director for the Southern Cone countries of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.... 10/1/2014 5:16 PM

Syria blasts at school kill 32, including 10 kids
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Twin bombings near an elementary school in Syria killed at least 32 people on Wednesday, including at least 10 children, with the second blast going off as screaming parents frantically searched for their sons and daughters in a street littered with school bags and body parts.... 10/1/2014 5:16 PM

British warplanes destroy IS targets in Iraq
LIMASSOL, Cyprus (AP) -- British Royal Air Force warplanes flying out of a UK air base on Cyprus have destroyed four Islamic State group targets in Iraq over the last two days, the base commander said Wednesday.... 10/1/2014 5:09 PM

Pope urges Europe to open doors to refugees
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis urged Europe to open its doors to refugees Wednesday as he marked the anniversary of a deadly migrant shipwreck off Sicily by meeting with survivors and relatives of the victims.... 10/1/2014 4:38 PM

Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings
HONG KONG (AP) -- Raising the stakes in their standoff with the authorities, student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests warned they will step up their actions if the territory's top official doesn't resign by Thursday, possibly occupying several important government buildings.... 10/1/2014 4:32 PM