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Bangladesh court reduces sentence of Islamist
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Bangladesh's Supreme Court commuted the death sentence of an Islamist political leader Tuesday whose conviction last year for war crimes during the nation's 1971 war for independence sparked deadly protests.... 9/17/2014 6:22 AM

Tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royces for Macau hotel
HONG KONG (AP) -- A Hong Kong tycoon has placed the biggest ever order for Rolls-Royce cars, agreeing to buy 30 Phantoms to chauffeur guests at a luxury resort he's building in the global gambling capital of Macau.... 9/17/2014 6:22 AM

Doctors to provide update on Toronto mayor
TORONTO (AP) -- Doctors are expected to provide an update on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's health and whether the tumor in his abdomen is cancerous.... 9/17/2014 6:10 AM

S. Korea detains US man in waters near border
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river into rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 5:52 AM

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.... 9/17/2014 5:41 AM

Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners
PARIS (AP) -- 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 equipment, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 5:30 AM

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.... 9/17/2014 5:27 AM

Landslides triggered by storm kill 7 in Vietnam
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Landslides triggered by heavy rains from a tropical storm have killed at least seven people in northern Vietnam.... 9/17/2014 5:21 AM

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.... 9/17/2014 5:20 AM

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.... 9/17/2014 5:06 AM

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.... 9/17/2014 4:47 AM

Asian stocks higher on China stimulus reports
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday, buoyed by reports that China is providing liquidity to major banks and hopes that the Federal Reserve will not speed up plans to raise interest rates.... 9/17/2014 4:30 AM

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.... 9/17/2014 4:25 AM

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.... 9/17/2014 4:04 AM

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.... 9/17/2014 4:02 AM

AP PHOTOS: Citizen patrols help police in Bolivia
EL ALTO, Bolivia (AP) -- The women and men march in formation across a local school yard on weekends, training as citizen volunteers in this city's fight against crime.... 9/17/2014 4:01 AM

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.... 9/17/2014 2:58 AM

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.... 9/17/2014 2:50 AM

Venezuelan protesters discuss explosives in video
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Two Venezuelan activists recently deported by Colombia have surfaced in a video that purportedly shows them discussing plans to stockpile weapons and launch attacks on government targets in apparent attempt to destabilize President Nicolas Maduro's rule.... 9/17/2014 2:22 AM

Ban: UN 'taking lead' on global fight on Ebola
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The head of the United Nations said Tuesday that the world body is "taking the lead now" on international efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has killed some 2,400 people and could spread further.... 9/17/2014 1:19 AM