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IMF sees recession for Latin America on commodities shock
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Latin America's economy is expected to enter recession this year for the first time since the end of the global financial crisis as China's slowdown drives lower demand for the region's commodities, threatening to undo recent progress in reducing poverty, the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday.... 10/7/2015 6:28 PM

Anxious Israelis told to be on alert amid wave of attacks
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Palestinian assailants carried out a series of stabbings across Israel on Wednesday, jolting an anxious country unnerved by weeks of unrest as clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators raged across the West Bank.... 10/7/2015 6:20 PM

Carter: US not cooperating with Russia against Islamic State
ROME (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in his strongest message to date, said Wednesday the U.S.-led coalition will not agree to cooperate with Russia in the fight against the Islamic State and no collaboration is possible as long as Moscow continues to strike other targets.... 10/7/2015 6:18 PM

UN: No new Ebola cases reported last week
LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization says there were no Ebola cases reported last week - the first time an entire week has passed without any new confirmed patients since the devastating outbreak began last March.... 10/7/2015 6:18 PM

Honduran soccer club president arrested in US
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- The president of one of Honduras' most famed soccer clubs was scheduled to appear in federal court in Miami Wednesday following his arrest on money laundering charges, according to court documents.... 10/7/2015 6:09 PM

Germany and France try to turn tide of European skepticism
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a highly unusual bid to heal divisions within the EU, urged European lawmakers on Wednesday to pull together to create a stronger Europe to cope with the influx of migrants that is raising tensions and dangerously straining the union.... 10/7/2015 6:06 PM

Battling IS, Iraqi Kurdish fighters exposed to mustard gas
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- Several Iraqi Kurdish troops tested positive for mustard gas after battles this summer with the Islamic State group in northern Iraq, a spokesman for the paramilitary group said Wednesday.... 10/7/2015 6:05 PM

US official: Cuba should develop private sector
HAVANA (AP) -- U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on Wednesday called on the Cuban government to let private enterprise thrive on the communist-ruled island and to grant its citizens greater access to the Internet.... 10/7/2015 6:03 PM

South Africa: Archbishop Desmond Tutu marks 84th birthday
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu marked his 84th birthday on Wednesday with one of his first public appearances since being hospitalized for a persistent infection.... 10/7/2015 5:39 PM

Afghanistan says troops hold Kunduz square, calm returning
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan troops have regained control of the main square in Kunduz, a strategic northern city briefly seized by the Taliban last week, following intense fighting over the site, Kabul officials said Wednesday.... 10/7/2015 5:32 PM

Russian warships fire cruise missiles into Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week.... 10/7/2015 5:24 PM

Former Anglican bishop sentenced for sex assaults on teens
LONDON (AP) -- A former Anglican bishop was jailed Wednesday for sexually assaulting teenagers and young men, two decades after he was first accused. At the time, powerful figures in Britain spoke out in support of the bishop, Peter Ball, and he was not charged.... 10/7/2015 5:17 PM

The Latest: US aircraft rerouted over Syria, avoids Russians
BEIRUT (AP) -- The latest developments after Syrian troops, emboldened by Russian airstrikes, launch a ground offensive against insurgents (all times local).... 10/7/2015 5:08 PM

In Libya, explosion near Tripoli parliament during session
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- Libyan security officials say an explosion went off next to the parliament in the capital, Tripoli, as lawmakers were in session.... 10/7/2015 5:08 PM

FIFA ethics panel meets to discuss Sepp Blatter, Platini
LONDON (AP) -- The FIFA ethics committee has been examining the cases of President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini, a move that could lead to the suspension of world soccer's most powerful officials.... 10/7/2015 5:06 PM

Nobel Prize in literature: What to look out for
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- On Thursday, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in literature will be announced by the first ever female permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius. Will the prize awarding body choose to honor the occasion by picking a female winner? Will it break new ground by giving the prize to a journalist? Or will it rush to bestow the coveted prize on one of the many aging favorites? The secretive academy drops no hints on whom they are considering bu... 10/7/2015 5:06 PM

Amnesty says 2 representatives expelled from Azerbaijan
MOSCOW (AP) -- Amnesty International says two of its representatives were detained when trying to enter Azerbaijan and then deported.... 10/7/2015 5:04 PM

AP INVESTIGATION: Nuclear black market seeks IS extremists
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) -- Over the pulsating beat at an exclusive nightclub, the arms smuggler made his pitch to a client: 2.5 million euros for enough radioactive cesium to contaminate several city blocks.... 10/7/2015 4:43 PM

Aid group seeks fact-finding mission over Kunduz strike
GENEVA (AP) -- Doctors Without Borders called for an independent and unprecedented fact-finding mission on Wednesday to investigate a U.S. airstrike on its hospital in Afghanistan that killed at least 22 people.... 10/7/2015 4:29 PM

100,000 protest in Belgium against free-market measures
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgian trade unions on Wednesday mobilized about 100,000 workers for the second time in a year to protest the free-market regulations and austerity measures that the center-right government has been pushing through during its first year in office.... 10/7/2015 4:28 PM

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