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South Sudan factions agree on federal government
BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia (AP) -- South Sudan's warring factions have agreed on the installation of a federal system of government in South Sudan, mediators announced Tuesday, saying progress was being made in talks aimed at finding a political solution to violence in the world's newest country.... 9/30/2014 1:28 PM

EU keeps Russia sanctions in place for now
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union ambassadors have decided to keep Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia in place for the time being.... 9/30/2014 1:26 PM

Putin visits Kazakhstan after remarks cause alarm
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Kazakhstan on Tuesday to stress the need for close ties between the two countries, a month after he caused alarm in the former Soviet republic by seeming to question its future as an independent state.... 9/30/2014 1:22 PM

Gaza lions sent to Jordan after war damages zoo
BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A trio of scrawny lions has been brought into Israel from Gaza en route to a better life at a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan after their zoo was damaged in the recent Israel-Hamas war.... 9/30/2014 1:20 PM

Hostage tale suggests IS wary of upsetting Turkey
SILOPI, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish truck driver Ozgur Simsek was sleeping off a 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) fuel run to the Qayara power station in Iraq, he said, when he heard banging on his vehicle's door.... 9/30/2014 1:14 PM

Spain's Catalonia halts independence vote campaign
MADRID (AP) -- The regional government of Catalonia says it will heed a decision by Spain's top court suspending its plans to hold an independence referendum but vows to continue efforts to hold a vote.... 9/30/2014 1:12 PM

Germany vows better checks on refugee guards
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's most populous state is tightening checks on security personnel at asylum centers following allegations that private guards repeatedly abused refugees, a senior official said Tuesday.... 9/30/2014 1:06 PM

Afghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year, ending a year of uncertainty over the fate of foreign troops supporting Afghanis as they take over responsibility for the country's security.... 9/30/2014 1:06 PM

HK leader says China adamant; students seek talks
HONG KONG (AP) -- Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them on Tuesday and threatened wider actions if he did not, after he said China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub.... 9/30/2014 12:56 PM

Survivors of Lampedusa shipwreck to meet pope
MILAN (AP) -- Survivors of the Lampedusa shipwreck that killed 368 migrants, mostly Eritreans, will visit the island and meet with Pope Francis to mark the tragedy's anniversary.... 9/30/2014 12:47 PM

Officials: Wave of attacks kills 19 across Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Officials say a wave of bombings targeted commercial areas across Iraq has killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens.... 9/30/2014 12:47 PM

UK government plans curbs on nonviolent extremism
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's interior minister on Tuesday proposed new powers to bar people with extremist views from appearing on television or publishing on social media even if they are not breaking any laws.... 9/30/2014 12:44 PM

Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives.... 9/30/2014 12:41 PM

Islamist-allied militias in Libya reject UN talks
CAIRO (AP) -- Islamist-allied militias in control of the Libyan capital on Tuesday rejected the United Nations' call for a cease-fire in the battered nation, insisting instead that their rivals be disarmed.... 9/30/2014 12:40 PM

Myanmar and Sri Lankan hard-liners ink agreement
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- A Myanmar Buddhist monk and a Sri Lankan ultranationalist both known for campaigning against Muslims formally signed on Tuesday an agreement to work together to protect Buddhism, which they say is challenged worldwide.... 9/30/2014 12:35 PM

ECB under pressure as inflation falls again
LONDON (AP) -- Inflation across the 18 euro countries dipped further toward zero in September, piling pressure on the European Central Bank to pull the trigger on its biggest stimulus weapon - a large-scale program to create new money.... 9/30/2014 12:31 PM

EU says Ireland grants Apple illegal tax benefits
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Ireland appears to be granting Apple illegal tax rebates that may have to be recouped, the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday as it pressed on with an inquiry into the iPhone maker's overseas tax practices.... 9/30/2014 12:27 PM

Mexican's 'Harry Potter' hoard is world's biggest
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of "Harry Potter" memorabilia was named the world's largest.... 9/30/2014 12:23 PM

Ukrainians gear up for winter without Russian gas
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- For Alexei Polezhai, who sells water heaters and wood-burning stoves at his two shops in Kiev, sales this fall have been remarkably good considering the dramatic collapse in the rest of the Ukrainian economy this year.... 9/30/2014 12:07 PM

US Ebola labs, parts for clinic arrive in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- U.S. mobile Ebola labs should be up and running in Liberia this week, and American troops have broken ground for a field hospital, as the international community races to increase the ability to care for the spiraling number of people infected with the dreaded disease.... 9/30/2014 11:36 AM