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Few hopes of success in Hong Kong talks
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong officials and student leaders will hold talks to try to end pro-democracy protests gripping the southern Chinese city for more than three weeks, though chances of success are slim given vast differences between the two sides.... 10/21/2014 5:14 AM

Cost of making 'Hobbit' movies up to $745 million
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- The movie trilogy "The Hobbit" has so far cost nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars to make as the epic continues to set new benchmarks for studio spending.... 10/21/2014 4:49 AM

Taliban attack kills 4 Afghan soldiers in Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- At least four Afghan soldiers have been killed in a roadside bomb attack on a bus in the capital.... 10/21/2014 4:09 AM

China economy grows at slowest pace in 5 years
BEIJING (AP) -- China's economic growth waned to a five-year low of 7.3 percent last quarter, raising concerns of a spillover effect on the global economy but falling roughly in line with Chinese leaders' plans for a controlled slowdown.... 10/21/2014 4:06 AM

AP Photos: Children learn wrestling in Old Havana
HAVANA (AP) -- In a wrestling suit the colors of the U.S. flag, 8-year-old Yodimiler Arias grapples with a classmate in the scorching heat of a Havana afternoon.... 10/21/2014 4:03 AM

Panama suspends Supreme Court judge for corruption
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- A Supreme Court justice linked to former President Ricardo Martinelli was suspended on Monday over corruption charges in a landmark corruption case that has mesmerized much of Panama.... 10/21/2014 3:04 AM

Driver shot dead after he hits 2 Canadian soldiers
MONTREAL (AP) -- A man who was shot and killed by police after he struck two members of the Canadian military with his car Monday in a city near Montreal had become influenced by radical Islam, an official familiar with the case said.... 10/21/2014 2:58 AM

Asian stocks meander after China growth slows
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stock markets shrugged off China's weakest economic growth in five years, finding a silver lining in the fact it didn't slow as much as feared.... 10/21/2014 2:50 AM

Total oil company CEO dies in Moscow plane crash
MOSCOW (AP) -- The CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine Monday night at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, the company said.... 10/21/2014 2:33 AM

Former Australia Prime Minister Gough Whitlam dies
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Gough Whitlam, a flamboyant Australian prime minister and controversial social reformer whose grip on power was cut short by a bitter constitutional crisis, died Tuesday at the age of 98.... 10/21/2014 2:00 AM

Poll: Brazil's leader gains ground in tight race
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A poll released Monday night shows Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff gaining ground over her rival in a tight re-election race, though the contest remains in a technical tie.... 10/21/2014 1:10 AM

Harvard student stuck in Mexico gets new US visa
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) -- A Mexico-born Harvard University student who was stuck for months in his native country after crossing the border without permission will have to wait a little bit longer to return to the United States.... 10/21/2014 12:47 AM

Correction: China-Universal Theme Park story
BEIJING (AP) -- In a story Oct. 13 about Universal's new theme park in China, The Associated Press included Spider-Man in the headlines and lead as a character that might potentially be part of the park's attractions. Universal does not have rights to use Spider-Man in China, those rights are owned by The Walt Disney Co., which bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009.... 10/20/2014 11:45 PM

If no checks, more Ebola cases might leave Africa
LONDON (AP) -- A new study underscores the potential danger of airplane passengers infected with Ebola leaving West Africa: If there were no exit screening in place, researchers estimate that three people with the disease might fly out of the region each month.... 10/20/2014 10:37 PM

5.6-magnitude quake felt on Ecuador-Colombia line
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- A magnitude-5.6 earthquake rattled Ecuador's border with Colombia on Monday, shaking low-lying buildings and frightening residents in the sparsely-populated area. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.... 10/20/2014 10:33 PM

Millions in Social Security for expelled Nazis
OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) -- Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.... 10/20/2014 10:32 PM

Mexico offers reward for info on missing students
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Mexican government announced rewards Monday of 1.5 million pesos ($111,000) for information on 43 students from a rural teachers' college who have been missing since Sept. 26.... 10/20/2014 9:42 PM

Turkey says it helps Kurdish fighters enter Syria
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey said it was helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support their brethren fighting Islamic State militants in a key border town, although activists inside embattled Kobani said no forces had arrived by Monday evening, raising questions about whether the mission was really underway.... 10/20/2014 8:40 PM

Swiss photographer Rene Burri dies at 81
GENEVA (AP) -- Rene Burri, a Swiss photographer best known for his iconic black and white portraits of Communist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara and painter Pablo Picasso, has died. He was 81.... 10/20/2014 8:03 PM

Report oil found in Paraguay; gov't cautious
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) -- A British energy company said on Monday that it made its first major oil discovery in Paraguay's Chaco Basin, though the government said it's too soon to tell if the find is commercially viable.... 10/20/2014 7:57 PM