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Fiji's military ruler headed for big election win
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- Fiji's military ruler for the past eight years appeared to be headed to a decisive victory Thursday to become the South Pacific nation's elected leader.... 9/18/2014 1:27 AM

Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial
URUMQI, China (AP) -- A high-profile Muslim Uighur scholar and government critic denied that he had encouraged separatism as he entered the second and likely final day of hearings Thursday in China's far western region of Xinjiang, where authorities say terrorists are seeking an independent state.... 9/18/2014 1:21 AM

Los Cabos in a mess 3 days after Odile's wrath
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (AP) -- Desperate locals and tourists were in survival mode in the resort area of Los Cabos on Wednesday, with electrical and water service still out three days after Hurricane Odile made landfall as a monster Category 3 storm.... 9/18/2014 1:11 AM

Japan trade deficit falls to $8.8B as imports ebb
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan logged a 948.5 billion yen ($8.8 million) trade deficit in August, the 26th straight month of red ink, as weak demand at home hit imports while exports also fell, the Finance ministry reported Thursday.... 9/18/2014 1:08 AM

Future of Olympic course unclear after hearing
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The future of the golf course under construction for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 was unclear Wednesday after the city of Rio and the course developer - both defendants in a lawsuit - failed to agree to changes proposed by a Brazilian court.... 9/18/2014 1:01 AM

US official: Venezuela fighting drug trafficking
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Even as the U.S. and Venezuela publicly feud about the role the South American country plays in fighting drug smuggling, there are signs the two nations may not be as far apart on the issue as it seems.... 9/18/2014 12:42 AM

AP Interview: Brazil's Silva wants better US ties
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Marina Silva, a front-running presidential candidate who grew up in the Amazon jungle and could become the first black to lead Brazil's government, said Wednesday that if elected she'll improve ties with the U.S. and strongly push for human rights in nations like Cuba.... 9/18/2014 12:39 AM

15 detained in Australian counterterrorism raids
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australian police detained 15 people Thursday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil.... 9/18/2014 12:33 AM

Doctor says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has cancer
TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto's embattled mayor has a rare and difficult cancer that will require aggressive chemotherapy, his doctor said Wednesday, days after Rob Ford's dramatic announcement that he was pulling out of a re-election campaign.... 9/17/2014 11:47 PM

Bahamas imposes new immigration restrictions
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- The Bahamas' government announced a measure Wednesday aimed at making it harder for migrants to work in the island chain and said it was considering additional restrictions as part of a plan that appeared mostly aimed at the large numbers of Haitians who have settled in the country in recent years.... 9/17/2014 11:33 PM

AP Interview: Iraq premier nixes US ground troops
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the "puzzling" exclusion of neighboring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group.... 9/17/2014 11:25 PM

Colombia's ex-President Uribe grilled by lawmakers
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Former President Alvaro Uribe was grilled by lawmakers Wednesday over allegations of ties to drug traffickers and right-wing paramilitaries, accusations that have dogged him over decades in Colombia's politics.... 9/17/2014 10:33 PM

Argentina peso sags to 15 a dollar on black market
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The value of Argentina's peso has hit its lowest level ever on the black market.... 9/17/2014 10:20 PM

Gucci opens fashion week with hippy chic looks
MILAN (AP) -- Milan rang in its fashion week with something old, and something new, and some still on the cusp.... 9/17/2014 9:22 PM

Israeli rising star quits politics
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A rising political star seen as a potential successor to Israel's prime minister has announced he will quit politics in a surprise move.... 9/17/2014 8:52 PM

Ukraine's president addresses Canadian Parliament
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Ukraine's President says his country has "crossed the Rubicon" to a new westward-looking future that leaves behind the darkness of its Russian past.... 9/17/2014 8:13 PM

Puerto Rico police arrest reggaeton star Don Omar
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar was arrested Wednesday in the U.S. territory on suspicion of domestic violence.... 9/17/2014 7:33 PM

Paralympics head won't promote Pistorius' return
LONDON (AP) -- As Oscar Pistorius awaits sentencing for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp, it's uncertain if the fallen sports icon will ever race again. What's clearer is that the Paralympic leadership will not be encouraging any comeback by the double amputee sprinter.... 9/17/2014 7:17 PM

Emma Watson 'touched' by reception in Uruguay
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- British actor Emma Watson says she is "immensely touched" by the reception she received in Uruguay, where she traveled as a goodwill ambassador for the UN's women's agency.... 9/17/2014 7:11 PM

Venezuela threatens citizenship of actress Alonso
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's leftist government says it is moving to revoke the citizenship of actress Maria Conchita Alonso, a bitter critic of the government.... 9/17/2014 7:09 PM