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Puerto Rico singer Don Omar faces abuse charges
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar has been charged with four counts of domestic violence following his arrest in the U.S. territory, police said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 4:29 PM

NATO to fast-track rapid-reaction force
SZCZECIN, Poland (AP) -- NATO's new rapid-reaction "spearhead" force, meant as a deterrent to Russian aggression, should be up and running with initial capabilities in less than a year, a top alliance official said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 4:23 PM

British hostage appears in new video
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British man who identifies himself as a journalist and says he is a prisoner of the extremists.... 9/18/2014 4:30 PM

Popular Venezuelan cartoonist fired over drawing
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A popular cartoonist says she lost her job over her representation of the late Hugo Chavez's iconic signature as a flat-lined heartbeat to dramatize Venezuela's health care crisis.... 9/18/2014 4:22 PM


BEIRUT (AP) -- British hostage appears in new video released by Islamic State group militants.... 9/18/2014 4:19 PM

Arrests in Chile bomb attack focus on anarchists
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chilean police arrested three suspects on Thursday in the country's worst bomb attack in more than two decades.... 9/18/2014 4:18 PM

Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Shoppers crowded the streets and markets of Sierra Leone's capital Thursday, stocking up for a three-day shutdown when volunteers will identify people infected with Ebola and hand out 1.5 million bars of soap, as authorities struggle to slow an accelerating outbreak.... 9/18/2014 4:13 PM

Police step up security in Los Cabos after Odile
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) -- Police stepped up patrols in the resort area of Los Cabos, where looters stripped many stores of goods and tens of thousands faced a fourth day without water or power Thursday in the aftermath of Hurricane Odile.... 9/18/2014 4:13 PM

Turkey says it plans to stop flow of IS fighters
BERLIN (AP) -- Turkey's foreign minister says his country is resolved to stop the flow of European extremists trying to join the Islamic State group.... 9/18/2014 4:10 PM

France to provide air support in Iraq
PARIS (AP) -- France has agreed to provide air support requested by Iraq to bolster its fight against the Islamic State group fighters who've captured swathes of the country, French President Francois Hollande said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 4:06 PM

Pakistan rescues thousands as floods hit south
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's disaster management agency said Thursday it had evacuated thousands of people stranded in parts of the country's south after it was hit by floods, as the military air-dropped rations and civil authorities sent truckloads of supplies to the regions where waters were receding after wreaking havoc.... 9/18/2014 4:02 PM

Leading Bahrain activist released from jail
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Bahrain's Interior Ministry says police have released human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja, who was detained last month after landing in the Gulf Arab country on a visit to see her jailed father.... 9/18/2014 3:54 PM

IS group seizes 21 villages in northern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State fighters backed by tanks have captured 21 Kurdish villages over the past 24 hours in northern Syria near the Turkish border, prompting civilians to flee their homes amid fears of retribution by the extremists sweeping through the area, activists said.... 9/18/2014 3:43 PM

Amnesty: Nigerian police routinely use torture
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Nigeria's police and military routinely torture women, men and children as young as 12 with beatings, shootings, rape, electric shocks and pliers used to pull out teeth and nails, Amnesty International charged Thursday.... 9/18/2014 3:40 PM

AP Interview: Hamas No. 2 says war a lesser option
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas' No. 2 leader says the Islamic militant group does not want another war with Israel but suggests more fighting is inevitable unless Israel ends its blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza.... 9/18/2014 3:38 PM

US: Syrian rebel training may start in 3 months
PARIS (AP) -- The top U.S. military officer says it will take at least three months to begin to train and arm moderate Syrian rebel forces.... 9/18/2014 3:25 PM

Kerry, Afghan candidate discuss vote impasse
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ratcheted up the pressure on Afghanistan's rival presidential contenders to reach a compromise on a national unity government, reminding them that Washington and the international community will withdraw financial support if they fail to strike a deal, a campaign official said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 3:23 PM

Ukraine reports sporadic violations of cease-fire
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's cease-fire appears largely to be holding, with one killing reported in the last two days in Donetsk, one of the hardest-hit cities in the conflict, officials said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 3:12 PM

Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial
URUMQI, China (AP) -- A prominent Muslim Uighur scholar being tried on separatism charges told a court in far western China on Thursday that he never advocated the overthrow of Chinese rule in his native Xinjiang, according to his lawyer.... 9/18/2014 3:04 PM

Albania central bank chief fired amid fraud case
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albania's parliament has fired the country's central bank governor, following his recent arrest after millions of dollars from the bank's reserves went missing.... 9/18/2014 3:01 PM