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Myanmar and Sri Lankan hard-liners ink agreement
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- A Myanmar Buddhist monk and a Sri Lankan ultranationalist both known for campaigning against Muslims signed an agreement on Tuesday to work together to protect Buddhism, which they say is being challenged worldwide.... 9/30/2014 4:40 PM

EU says Apple gets illegal tax benefits in Ireland
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Apple risks having to repay Ireland tax rebates worth billions of dollars after the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday the company appears to be benefiting from illegal tax deals there.... 9/30/2014 4:30 PM

Wife of Islamic State hostage asks for his release
LONDON (AP) -- The wife of a British aid worker held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State group has made a televised plea asking his captors to free him.... 9/30/2014 4:25 PM

Bahamas strikes tough tone on immigration at UN
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The foreign minister of the Bahamas says his country is determined to control illegal immigration, saying allowing it to balloon would be a "recipe for civil strife."... 9/30/2014 4:25 PM

Imprisoned Dutch killer Van der Sloot now a father
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Imprisoned Dutch killer Joran van der Sloot is now a father.... 9/30/2014 4:22 PM

Panama inaugurates Frank Gehry-designed museum
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- After years of delays Panama has inaugurated a museum designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that officials hope will become a cultural symbol of the country's economic ascent.... 9/30/2014 4:16 PM

Argentina moves to local trustee for bonds
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina has removed a New York bank as custodian for bonds held by many of its bondholders and deposited $161 million with a local trustee to handle interest payments.... 9/30/2014 4:13 PM

Islamist-allied militias in Libya reject UN talks
CAIRO (AP) -- Islamist-allied militias in control of the Libyan capital and the country's top religious body on Tuesday rejected U.N.-led talks that have called for a cease-fire in the battered nation.... 9/30/2014 4:07 PM

UN: Islamic State forcing thousands to flee Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N humanitarian chief on Tuesday said tens of thousands of people are fleeing Syria as the Islamic State militant group expands its grip on large parts of the country despite a U.S.-led airstrike campaign.... 9/30/2014 4:05 PM

Luck, instinct determined fates of volcano hikers
TOKYO (AP) -- Huge boulders falling from the sky. Billowing gray smoke that cast total darkness over the mountain. Volcanic ash piling on the ground and fumes filling the air.... 9/30/2014 3:40 PM

ECB under pressure as inflation falls again
LONDON (AP) -- Inflation across the 18 euro countries dipped further toward zero in September, piling pressure on the European Central Bank to pull the trigger on its biggest stimulus weapon - a large-scale program to create new money.... 9/30/2014 3:17 PM

Hong Kong leader rejects protesters' demands
HONG KONG (AP) -- Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them, threatening wider actions if he did not, after he said Tuesday that China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub.... 9/30/2014 3:15 PM

At 69, satirist keeps South Africa laughing
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The cross-dressing South African satirist says he doesn't tell jokes and can't remember punchlines.... 9/30/2014 3:14 PM

Afghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year, ending a year of uncertainty over the fate of foreign troops supporting Afghans as they take over responsibility for the country's security.... 9/30/2014 2:36 PM

Cyprus police: precious Degas painting stolen
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Cyprus police say thieves broke into the home of an art collector and took a painting by famed Impressionist Edgar Degas worth millions.... 9/30/2014 2:36 PM

Correction: Ebola story
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- In a story Sept. 29 about the Ebola outbreak, The Associated Press reported erroneously that France promised another field hospital for Guinea and that it would send 25 more doctors. It has promised only one hospital, along with doctors to staff it, and was merely repeating that promise.... 9/30/2014 2:20 PM

Gaza lions sent to Jordan after war damages zoo
BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A trio of scrawny lions was brought into Israel from Gaza on Tuesday en route to a better life at a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan after their zoo was damaged in the recent Israel-Hamas war.... 9/30/2014 2:13 PM

US-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey
BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted Islamic State fighters pressing their offensive against a Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish border on Tuesday in an attempt to halt the militants' advance, activists said.... 9/30/2014 2:08 PM

Egypt president gives army control of arms imports
CAIRO (AP) -- The Egyptian president has amended a law, giving the country's army control over weapons and ammunition imports.... 9/30/2014 2:06 PM

Algeria opposition warns over president's absence
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- One of Algeria's main opposition politicians has warned that the country is in a state of paralysis because of the ongoing absence of the ailing president in the midst of a series of crises.... 9/30/2014 2:06 PM