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Turkish hostages freed, but questions linger
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world's most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo.... 9/20/2014 3:48 PM

Rescuers save 50,000 as floods hit south Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's disaster management agency says rescuers with boats and helicopters have evacuated about 50,000 people from the country's south after raging floods inundated more villages there.... 9/20/2014 2:56 PM

Sierra Leone marathoner joins race against Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- As a boy, marathon runner Idrissa Kargbo sprinted through the villages of Sierra Leone on errands for his grandmother and later as a coffee courier. Now at 23 years old, his times have qualified him for races on three continents.... 9/20/2014 2:40 PM

Afghan presidential vote result to come Sunday
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's drawn-out presidential election may finally be coming to an end.... 9/20/2014 2:08 PM

S. Sudan mediators condemns renewed fighting
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Mediators of the conflict in South Sudan say there is renewed fighting there between government and rebel troops.... 9/20/2014 1:55 PM

Scottish teens proud, passionate about voting
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- They arrived before polling stations even opened, dressed for the school day in striped ties and blazers, dress slacks and tartan skirts, book bags over their shoulders - and for the first time in British history, ballot cards in hand.... 9/20/2014 1:41 PM

Jailed Venezuelan police chief freed
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A former Caracas police chief whose decade-long imprisonment had rallied Venezuela's opposition has been released from jail to serve the remainder of his sentence at home.... 9/20/2014 1:37 PM

New Zealand prime minister wins 3rd term in office
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Prime Minister John Key won an emphatic victory Saturday in New Zealand's general election to return for a third term, a result that will be seen as an endorsement of the way his National Party has handled the economy.... 9/20/2014 1:29 PM

Renewed Yemen clashes kill 4 civilians
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A third day of fighting in Yemen's capital pitting Shiite rebels against Sunni militiamen and army units killed at least four civilians and three fighters on Saturday, security and health officials said.... 9/20/2014 1:18 PM

Kurds head to Syria from Turkey to fight militants
BEIRUT (AP) -- Hundreds of Kurdish fighters have crossed from Turkey into neighboring Syria to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants, activists said Saturday. Fighting there led another prominent Kurdish official to appeal for international assistance in their battle against the extremists.... 9/20/2014 1:11 PM

Buffer zone agreed on in Ukrainian peace talks
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russian militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce in eastern Ukraine.... 9/20/2014 12:42 PM

Quakes destroy or damage 83 houses in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A series of earthquakes destroyed 17 houses and damaged 66 others Saturday in a southern Philippine town, slightly injuring three people, officials said.... 9/20/2014 12:42 PM

Pope creates panel to `safeguard' marriage bond
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has created a commission to study how to safeguard what the church calls the everlasting bonds of marriage while streamlining annulment procedures.... 9/20/2014 12:26 PM

Pope Albania visit showcases Muslim-Christian ties
DERVEN, Albania (AP) -- The one-room, stone church of St. Nicholas has sat on the top of a hill here since the 16th century, destroyed three times and rebuilt in a testament to the Catholic presence in this region that dates to St. Paul. Its latest incarnation, however, is particularly poignant: 15 Muslim families chipped in to help rebuild it in a sign of the remarkable coexistence that exists in Albania between Christians and Muslims.... 9/20/2014 12:23 PM

Dalai Lama praises China's leader as 'realistic'
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The Dalai Lama praised Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday for being "more realistic" and principled than his predecessors, a day after Xi's three-day visit to India ended.... 9/20/2014 12:15 PM

Munich expects 6 million visitors at Oktoberfest
MUNICH (AP) -- Four taps on the keg and the beer started to flow.... 9/20/2014 12:06 PM

'Nearly empty' Picasso museum open in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- Paris' Picasso museum is reopening for two days this weekend after five years of closure over a renovation fraught with setbacks, accusations and sackings. But if the public expects art they'll be disappointed: it's practically empty.... 9/20/2014 12:00 PM

Brown credited with turning Scot independence tide
KIRKCALDY, Scotland (AP) -- Dour. Grim. Downright uninspiring. When Gordon Brown ended a disappointing three years as British prime minister in 2010, few would have credited him as the man most likely to swing a popular vote ever again.... 9/20/2014 11:39 AM

Kenya police chief warns residents to be vigilant
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's police chief is asking residents to be "extra vigilant" of attacks in the week following Sunday's anniversary of the Westgate Mall attack.... 9/20/2014 11:25 AM


VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope names moderate Bishop Blase Cupich to lead Chicago, replacing conservative George.... 9/20/2014 10:24 AM