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Together at Asian Games, Koreas still far apart
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) -- When the first world record fell at the Asian Games - to a North Korean weightlifter - elated South Korean fans pounded drums and stood to cheer.... 9/23/2014 8:36 AM

Syria says Washington informed it before strikes
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The Syrian foreign ministry said Tuesday that Washington informed Damascus' envoy to the United Nations before launching airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria, attacks that activists said inflicted casualties among jihadi fighters and civilians on the ground.... 9/23/2014 8:36 AM

PKK leader: Kurds should mobilize against IS
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The imprisoned leader of a Kurdish rebel group fighting Turkey has called for a mass mobilization of all Kurds against the Islamic State militant group which is fighting Kurdish forces in Syria.... 9/23/2014 8:35 AM

28 dead in landslides, floods in northeast India
GAUHATI, India (AP) -- Landslides and flash floods triggered by two days of heavy rain have killed at least 28 people in India's remote northeast, officials said Tuesday.... 9/23/2014 8:34 AM

Man stabs 5 people in northeastern Spanish city
MADRID (AP) -- Some 100 police officers are searching for a man who stabbed five people in the space of an hour in broad daylight in the northeastern Spanish city of Lleida.... 9/23/2014 8:32 AM

Lessons learned 6 months into worst Ebola outbreak
LONDON (AP) -- Six months into the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, scientists say they know more about how the potentially lethal virus behaves. The first cases of Ebola in this outbreak were reported in Guinea by the World Health Organization on March 23 - before spreading to Sierra Leone, Liberia and elsewhere. Here's a look at what scientists have learned so far.... 9/23/2014 8:25 AM

Philips to separate lighting arm into new company
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Royal Philips NV is to split off its lighting division to create two separate companies, the latest in a string of radical restructurings by one of Europe's best-known corporations.... 9/23/2014 8:21 AM

Rights group: Nepal conflict-era rapes unpunished
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A human rights group says both government troops and communist guerrillas raped women during a decade of fighting in Nepal and a short time limit for reporting attacks prevented victims from making their complaints.... 9/23/2014 8:15 AM

Global stocks off but China rebounds
BEIJING (AP) -- Global stocks were mostly lower Tuesday following Wall Street's tumble but China rebounded after unexpectedly strong manufacturing eased fears of an economic slowdown.... 9/23/2014 8:08 AM

Israel military shoots down Syrian aircraft
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says it has shot down a Syrian aircraft that infiltrated its airspace over the Golan Heights.... 9/23/2014 8:07 AM


JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli military says it shot down Syrian aircraft that entered its airspace in Golan Heights.... 9/23/2014 8:00 AM

Poland plans to buy missiles for its F-16s from US
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's defense minister says his country plans to buy U.S. missiles for their F-16 fighter jets and hopes the deal will be completed this fall.... 9/23/2014 7:52 AM

Hamas suspects in slaying of Israeli teens killed
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers, a gruesome attack that had triggered a chain of events that led to the war in Gaza this summer.... 9/23/2014 7:18 AM

UN members endorse Indigenous Peoples rights
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. General Assembly on Monday approved a resolution strengthening the rights of more than 370 million indigenous peoples worldwide who remain marginalized and impoverished seven years after the adoption of a U.N. declaration aimed at protecting the rights of native peoples.... 9/23/2014 7:17 AM

Lawyer: Uighur scholar in China gets life sentence
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese court Tuesday imposed a harsh life sentence on an outspoken scholar who championed the country's Uighur minority, the most severe penalty in a decade for anyone in China convicted of illegal political speech.... 9/23/2014 6:51 AM

NATO's outgoing chief: 'We cut fat, built muscle"
BRUSSELS (AP) -- When Anders Fogh Rasmussen took over at NATO, the alliance was struggling to contain a growing insurgency in Afghanistan, and some predicted it would soon follow its Cold War foe, the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact, into the dustbin of history.... 9/23/2014 6:44 AM

Amnesty blasts China's torture tool industry
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese production and export of police equipment primarily used for torture, such as electric shock wands and neck-and-wrist cuffs connected by a chain, has grown dramatically, enabling human rights violations at home and abroad, Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday.... 9/23/2014 4:23 AM

WHO: 21,000 Ebola cases by November if no changes
LONDON (AP) -- New estimates from the World Health Organization warn the number of Ebola cases could hit 21,000 in six weeks unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up.... 9/23/2014 3:50 AM

Explosion at Chinese fireworks factory kills 12
BEIJING (AP) -- An explosion at a fireworks factory in southern China killed 12 people and injured 33 others, the local government said Tuesday.... 9/23/2014 3:44 AM

Islamic State offensive poses problems for Turkey
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Fierce fighting Monday between the Islamic State militant group and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees and raising pressure for the government to step up efforts to take on the Sunni extremists. Meanwhile, the United States and five Arab countries launched the first airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters.... 9/23/2014 3:27 AM