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2 Israeli troops wounded by gunfire from Egypt
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says two soldiers have been wounded in the southern Negev Desert after being fired upon by unknown attackers from the Egyptian side of the border.... 10/22/2014 12:09 PM

Nigeria truce is shaky, no news of abducted girls
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Days after Nigeria's military raised hopes by announcing Islamic extremists have agreed to a cease-fire, Boko Haram is still fighting and there is no word about 219 schoolgirls held hostage for six months.... 10/22/2014 12:07 PM

Sweden scales back submarine hunt
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden's military has withdrawn some of the ships taking part in a submarine hunt in the Stockholm archipelago.... 10/22/2014 12:05 PM

Kuwait sentences 13 over controversial speech
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- A Kuwaiti defense lawyer says a court in the Gulf nation has convicted and sentenced 13 people to two years in prison each for reading aloud a speech by a leading opposition figure challenging the country's ruler.... 10/22/2014 12:00 PM

NKorea tries on the charm to avoid ICC referral
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- For an envoy of the North Korean government, which virtually bans the average citizen's contact with the outside world, Kim Ju Song looks breezily connected. A tablet computer is propped on his table in the United Nations' bustling delegates lounge. He hands out his name card with a Gmail address and mobile number and suggests a "coffee meeting to exchange views."... 10/22/2014 11:58 AM

Ex-Luxembourg leader Juncker gets OK as EU chief
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union legislature has approved the appointment of former Luxembourg leader Jean-Claude Juncker as the new EU Commission president molding policies of the 28-nation bloc for the next five years.... 10/22/2014 11:55 AM

Pistorius spends first night in single jail cell
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius spent his first night in a single cell in the hospital wing of a prison in the capital, Pretoria, said a prison official.... 10/22/2014 11:55 AM

Asia needs policy coordination amid slower growth
BEIJING (AP) -- Asia-Pacific economies need to recalibrate financial policies in the face of slowing global growth, U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin said Wednesday, following a meeting of regional financial officials to prepare for next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.... 10/22/2014 11:50 AM

Snowplow driver says he didn't see Total CEO's jet
MOSCOW (AP) -- The driver of the snowplow that apparently caused the plane carrying the Total CEO to crash at a Moscow airport says he neither saw nor heard the private jet as it sped toward him down the runway in the dark.... 10/22/2014 11:46 AM

At Berlin Wall, Kerry warns against Cold War redux
BERLIN (AP) -- Surrounded by relics of the Cold War, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his German counterpart warned Wednesday against a return to the bitter divide between east and west over the current crisis in Ukraine.... 10/22/2014 11:32 AM

Iraqis return to school after delay from unrest
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi students returned to school on Wednesday amid tightened security as the academic year began a month late because thousands of people displaced by last summer's onslaught by the Islamic State group had taken shelter in school buildings.... 10/22/2014 11:22 AM

Total names exec to replace CEO killed in crash
PARIS (AP) -- French oil giant Total SA says it has named Patrick Pouyanne as chief executive after the shocking death in a plane accident of former CEO Christophe de Margerie on Monday.... 10/22/2014 11:21 AM

Lawyers: Suspects retract claims they killed Brits
BANGKOK (AP) -- Two Myanmar migrant workers have retracted their confessions to killing two British travelers on a southern Thai resort island and now claim to have neither raped the female victim nor slain the pair, the men's lawyers said Wednesday.... 10/22/2014 11:15 AM

2nd ship to join hunt for missing Malaysian plane
SYDNEY (AP) -- A second ship was preparing to join the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean on Wednesday, as Malaysia's defense minister expressed confidence the plane will be found.... 10/22/2014 11:09 AM

Kenny G's Hong Kong visit out of tune with China
HONG KONG (AP) -- Smooth jazz star Kenny G stopped in at Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on Wednesday, but his visit was out of tune with Chinese authorities, who have warned about meddling by foreign forces.... 10/22/2014 11:06 AM

Syria claims it destroyed jets seized by IS
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to the country's information minister.... 10/22/2014 10:49 AM

Bedouin Israeli doctor mysteriously turns jihadi
HURA, Israel (AP) -- He was a quiet whiz kid at the top of his class in Israel, who overcame tough odds in this minority Arab village to become a star medical student and hospital intern.... 10/22/2014 10:37 AM

German firm wins appeal in Spain thalidomide case
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish court has upheld an appeal by a German pharmaceutical company, ditching a previous ruling that ordered the company to pay compensation to 22 Spaniards who blame their disabilities on the drug thalidomide.... 10/22/2014 10:37 AM

Sweden raises estimate of foreign fighters
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden's security service says up to 150 people have left the country to join IS militants in the Middle East.... 10/22/2014 10:30 AM

Japan to send officials to North Korea next week
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's government said Wednesday that it will send a group of officials to North Korea next week for an update on the North's investigation into the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents in the 1970s and '80s.... 10/22/2014 10:23 AM