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A year on, mixed views on what Hong Kong protests achieved
HONG KONG (AP) -- A year ago, Hong Kong's famously busy streets were shut down by pro-democracy protesters in the so-called "Umbrella Movement" - a moniker that came from the umbrellas used by demonstrators to fend off pepper spray used by police early in the nearly 80-day face-off.... 10/7/2015 9:11 AM

Dictator's son says Filipinos care less about Marcos abuses
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos says Filipinos are no longer concerned about human rights abuses committed under his father's rule, angering activists who say he wants people to forget his father's strongman rule, which a popular revolt ended 29 years ago.... 10/7/2015 9:11 AM

Global shares higher despite lower IMF growth forecast
TOKYO (AP) -- Global stock markets rose Wednesday, taking in stride the IMF's lower global growth forecast, as oil prices extended a rebound.... 10/7/2015 9:06 AM

Germany and France try to turn tide of European skepticism
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Europe's union is facing its toughest year yet, as pressure to pull the EU's 28 countries tighter together instead risks pushing them further apart. So the leaders of Germany and France are trying to come to the rescue.... 10/7/2015 9:06 AM

Turkey calls on Russia to respect its borders
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's prime minister has called on Russia to respect Turkey's air space, saying the country would not "make any concessions" on matters concerning its border security.... 10/7/2015 9:03 AM

VW CEO: recall of cars hit by scandal to begin in January
BERLIN (AP) -- Volkswagen plans to launch in January a recall of vehicles with software at the center of the emissions-rigging scandal and aims to fix them all by the end of next year, the company's new chief executive says.... 10/7/2015 8:52 AM

Fighting erupts in central Syria amid Russian airstrikes
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian troops backed by Russian airstrikes battled insurgents in central Syria on Wednesday in the first major ground fighting since Moscow began launching air raids on militants last week, activists said.... 10/7/2015 8:51 AM

Carter sounds nearly ready to open combat jobs to women
ROME (AP) -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter sounded like he's nearly made up his mind about opening all combat jobs to women, as he told U.S. troops in Sicily that limiting his search for qualified military candidates to just half the population would be "crazy."... 10/7/2015 8:43 AM

The Latest: EU sends 6 ships to chase smugglers, traffickers
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.... 10/7/2015 8:42 AM

Palestinian shot after stabbing Israeli in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian woman stabbed an Israeli man who then shot and wounded her in Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday after some of the tight security measures imposed following a series of deadly Palestinian attacks were lifted, police said.... 10/7/2015 8:38 AM

German woman dies in Thailand from box jellyfish sting
BANGKOK (AP) -- A 20-year-old German woman died at a popular Thai resort island after being stung by a box jellyfish, police said Wednesday, the third reported fatality in Thailand in 14 months from one of the world's most toxic jellyfish.... 10/7/2015 8:37 AM

With 500 French in Syria, new anti-jihadi ad campaign starts
PARIS (AP) -- France's government is hoping an ad campaign featuring mourning families will make young people think twice about leaving to join extremists in Syria.... 10/7/2015 8:26 AM

MSF seeks fact-finding mission over deadly Kunduz strike
GENEVA (AP) -- Doctors Without Borders is calling for an independent fact-finding mission under rules of the Geneva Conventions into a U.S. air strike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan that killed at least 22 people.... 10/7/2015 8:24 AM

AB InBev ups its offer for SABMiller to create beer giant
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev has made a third offer for the shares of SABMiller plc in its quest to create a global beer behemoth.... 10/7/2015 7:55 AM

Asian shares higher despite lower IMF growth forecast
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stock markets and oil prices rose Wednesday, taking in stride the IMF's lower global growth forecast and Japan's central bank leaving monetary policy unchanged.... 10/7/2015 6:56 AM

Samsung 3Q operating profit surges, shares jump 9 percent
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics announced a forecast-beating profit for the third quarter Wednesday, sending its share price up nearly 9 percent, but analysts said strong component sales and favorable currency exchange rates masked persistent weakness in its smartphone business.... 10/7/2015 6:24 AM

AP INVESTIGATION: Nuclear smugglers sought extremist buyers
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 5:21 AM

AP Investigation: 5 key findings on nuclear smuggling
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) -- An Associated Press investigation reveals that a remote corner of eastern Europe has become a thriving marketplace for nuclear material aimed at extremists in the Middle East. Here are five key findings:... 10/7/2015 5:16 AM

Bank of China ordered to release counterfeiters' records
SHANGHAI (AP) -- A New York judge has ordered the Bank of China to hand over detailed information about Chinese bank accounts used by a counterfeiting ring that allegedly sold millions of dollars of fake Gucci handbags and wallets in the U.S.... 10/7/2015 4:18 AM

Luxury birthing clinics spur cesarean 'epidemic' in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Thais Faria sank into a leather love seat, relaxing under the ministrations first of a masseuse, then a manicurist and finally a hairdresser-cum-makeup artist. Not 24 hours after her daughter was born via cesarean, Faria was being pampered at an upscale Rio de Janeiro maternity clinic.... 10/7/2015 4:06 AM

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