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Egyptian officials see controversial Ethiopian dam
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The Ethiopian News Agency says Egypt's irrigation minister has toured the site in western Ethiopia where the country is building a controversial dam on the Blue Nile River.... 9/22/2014 12:52 PM

Week of diplomacy: Israel-Hamas talks, Abbas at UN
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- It's a busy week in Mideast diplomacy, book-ended by the launch of Israel-Hamas talks about a border deal for blockaded Gaza and the Palestinian president's U.N. speech about a new strategy for dealing with Israel.... 9/22/2014 12:45 PM

Air France delays low-cost expansion after strike
PARIS (AP) -- Air France is delaying the expansion of its low-cost carrier, Transavia, after a seven-day pilots' strike that the airline says is costing it up to 20 million euros ($25 million) a day.... 9/22/2014 12:37 PM

China weighs on markets as silver dives again
LONDON (AP) -- Concerns over China's economy and a fresh profit warning by British retailer Tesco kept global stock markets in check Monday, while silver fell further to its lowest level in over four years.... 9/22/2014 12:30 PM

French premier rejects notion country is 'sick'
BERLIN (AP) -- France's prime minister has dismissed the view that his country is "sick," and insisted that it is both willing and able to carry out economic reforms.... 9/22/2014 12:29 PM

Palestinian reconciliation talks begin in Egypt
CAIRO (AP) -- Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on Monday began reconciliation talks in Cairo, one day ahead of negotiations with Israel on cementing the Aug. 26 truce that ended a 50-day war in Gaza, according to Egyptian security officials.... 9/22/2014 12:17 PM

Some 130,000 Syrians reach Turkey, fleeing IS
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Some 130,000 Syrian refugees have reached Turkey in the past four days after fleeing the advance of Islamic State militants, Turkey's deputy prime minister said Monday, warning that the number could rise further as the militants press ahead with an onslaught.... 9/22/2014 12:03 PM

UK's Cameron hosts talks on Scottish voting rights
LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron is hosting a summit with senior officials from his Conservative Party to try to placate anger over promises made to Scotland during the referendum campaign.... 9/22/2014 11:58 AM

Germany organizing conference on refugee crisis
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's Foreign Ministry says it is organizing an international conference on the refugee crisis resulting from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.... 9/22/2014 11:56 AM

Spain: Ebola test drug out of supply worldwide
MADRID (AP) -- Doctors treating a Spanish priest who was repatriated from West Africa on Monday after being diagnosed with the Ebola virus said there were no samples of experimental drug ZMapp available in the world right now, and they were considering alternative treatments.... 9/22/2014 11:56 AM

AP Photos: Dynamite doesn't stop Peru narcos
PICHARI, Peru (AP) -- The dynamiting of clandestine airstrips by Peruvian security forces in the world's No. 1 coca-growing valley cuts into profits but hardly discourages cocaine traffickers who net tens of thousands of dollars with each Bolivia-bound flight.... 9/22/2014 11:50 AM

Kiev notes progress on eastern Ukraine cease-fire
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Both government troops and pro-Russian rebels have begun withdrawing heavy artillery in the east of the country, Ukrainian officials said Monday, a significant step toward implementing an effective cease-fire in the region.... 9/22/2014 11:44 AM

France: IS has threatened coalition civilians
PARIS (AP) -- France's top security official says militants from the Islamic State group have threatened to kill civilians in the coalition of countries arrayed against the extremists.... 9/22/2014 11:33 AM

UN in Libya: Rival groups agree to hold talks
CAIRO (AP) -- The United Nations mission in Libya says the country's rival groups have agreed to hold talks on September 29 for the first time since the latest surge of violence that left the country torn between two parliaments and governments.... 9/22/2014 11:28 AM

Yemen Shiite rebels rout Islamist-allied general
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Security officials say a Yemeni Shiite militia has occupied the headquarters and house of a powerful army general allied to Sunni Islamists and is setting up checkpoints across the capital after sweeping across the city.... 9/22/2014 11:21 AM

Heavy rains trigger landslides in northeast India
GAUHATI, India (AP) -- Heavy rains in parts of northeastern India triggered landslides and flash floods, killing at least seven people, officials said Monday.... 9/22/2014 10:55 AM

Blair: Airstrikes not enough to beat Islamic State
LONDON (AP) -- Western powers must be ready to commit ground forces to the fight against militants from the Islamic State group because airstrikes alone won't defeat these "fanatical" extremists, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday.... 9/22/2014 10:47 AM

Has Sierra Leone shutdown slowed Ebola's spread?
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Life is returning to normal in the capital of Sierra Leone after an unprecedented three-day lockdown during which officials said more 1 million households were checked for Ebola patients and given information on the deadly disease.... 9/22/2014 10:33 AM

Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle
HONG KONG (AP) -- Thousands of Hong Kong college and university students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing's decision to restrict voting reforms, the start of a weeklong strike that marks the latest phase in the battle for democracy in the southern Chinese city.... 9/22/2014 10:28 AM

China reveals cases of torture in police detention
BEIJING (AP) -- Three police officers and four other people have been convicted of torturing suspects to obtain confessions, China's official state news agency reported, in a rare instance of prosecution of the practice.... 9/22/2014 9:40 AM