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Syrian refugees in Turkey reach 150,000
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Syrian Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State group near the border with Turkey on Tuesday welcomed airstrikes carried out by the United States and five Arab countries against the militants, while more refugees poured into Turkey from Syria to escape the fierce fighting in the region.... 9/23/2014 2:34 PM

UN to leaders: Set 'new course' on climate change
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Challenged by the United Nations chief to set a new course for a warming globe and reverse the rise of heat-trapping gases, world leader after world leader Tuesday made promises of billions of dollars and better care of planet Earth.... 9/23/2014 2:33 PM

British radio DJ convicted of indecent assault
LONDON (AP) -- A jury has found veteran British radio DJ Dave Lee Travis guilty of indecent assault.... 9/23/2014 2:32 PM

New jihad appeal makes policing even harder
PARIS (AP) -- The Islamic State group's call on Muslims to go after the "filthy French" and other Westerners multiplies already deep security concerns in nations targeting the militant organization.... 9/23/2014 2:19 PM

Sierra Leone considers repeating Ebola shutdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone is considering another nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of Ebola, after a largely successful one in which teams visited more than 1 million households to hand out information on the disease and check for sick people, the president said Tuesday.... 9/23/2014 2:18 PM

Life term for China scholar chills ethnic dialogue
BEIJING (AP) -- A life sentence given to a moderate Chinese scholar on Tuesday shows the ruling Communist Party is cutting off dialogue on ethnic tensions and could backfire by radicalizing minorities, scholars and analysts said.... 9/23/2014 2:15 PM

Syria says Washington informed it before strikes
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria said Tuesday that Washington informed President Bashar Assad's government before a U.S.-led military coalition launched airstrikes pounding strongholds of the Islamic State extremists across northern and eastern Syria.... 9/23/2014 2:12 PM

Jeep veers off mountain road in Nepal; 11 dead
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A jeep veered off a mountainous road in western Nepal on Tuesday, killing 11 people, police said.... 9/23/2014 2:05 PM

Australian counterterror officer shoots man dead
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Police say a man has been shot dead and two counterterrorism police have been stabbed in a confrontation in Australia's second largest city.... 9/23/2014 2:04 PM

Albania destroys marijuana worth $8.2 billion
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albania's Interior Ministry says the country's authorities have destroyed marijuana of an estimated market value of 6.4 billion euro ($8.2 billion) this year - more than 60 percent of the country's annual GDP.... 9/23/2014 1:56 PM

Head of Serb church denounces gay pride march
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- The head of Serbia's influential Christian Orthodox church on Tuesday denounced a gay pride march planned for the weekend, adding to tensions over the event, which has faced threats from extremists.... 9/23/2014 1:54 PM

NATO's outgoing chief: 'We cut fat, built muscle"
BRUSSELS (AP) -- When Anders Fogh Rasmussen took over at NATO, the alliance was struggling to contain a growing insurgency in Afghanistan, and some predicted it would soon follow its Cold War foe, the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact, into the dustbin of history.... 9/23/2014 1:42 PM

France won't stop fight in Iraq despite kidnapping
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algerian police and soldiers combed the imposing Djura Djura mountains on Tuesday searching for a kidnapped Frenchman that a security official said had been snatched by a former al-Qaida commander.... 9/23/2014 1:41 PM

Spain scraps plan for tough abortion restrictions
MADRID (AP) -- The Spanish government has scrapped plans to restrict the availability of abortion because there was no consensus for change, the prime minister said Tuesday.... 9/23/2014 1:36 PM

Russia proposes curbs for foreign media ownership
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's parliament has given preliminary approval to a bill limiting foreign ownership in Russian media to 20 percent.... 9/23/2014 1:35 PM

Magazine: German-US reporter held in Somalia freed
BERLIN (AP) -- German weekly Der Spiegel says a German-American journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia two years ago has been freed.... 9/23/2014 1:34 PM

Greek PM: no 3rd bailout, will set out reform plan
BERLIN (AP) -- Greece's prime minister says his country isn't seeking another international financial rescue and has indicated that a new economic reform plan is coming soon.... 9/23/2014 1:30 PM

Indian zoo: Tiger kills man who climbed into moat
NEW DELHI (AP) -- A white tiger killed a young man who climbed over a fence at the New Delhi zoo and jumped into the animal's enclosure Tuesday, a spokesman said.... 9/23/2014 1:13 PM

28 dead in landslides, floods in northeast India
GAUHATI, India (AP) -- Landslides and flash floods triggered by two days of heavy rain have killed at least 28 people in India's remote northeast, officials said Tuesday.... 9/23/2014 1:12 PM

Report: German family kidnapped in Yemen are dead
BERLIN (AP) -- A spokesman for a German family kidnapped in Yemen five years ago says the couple and their young son are dead.... 9/23/2014 1:06 PM