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Few hopes of success in Hong Kong talks
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong officials and student leaders will hold talks Tuesday to try to end pro-democracy protests that have gripped the southern Chinese city for more than three weeks, though chances of success are slim given the vast differences between the two sides.... 10/21/2014 5:53 AM

US urges Japan to be bolder in opening markets
TOKYO (AP) -- U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker has urged Japan to be bolder in opening its markets to help reach a deal on a pan-Pacific trade agreement.... 10/21/2014 5:47 AM

Asian stocks drift after China growth slows
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stock markets drifted lower Tuesday after China reported its weakest economic growth in five years while Japan's benchmark dropped as investors cashed in gains from a 4 percent surge the previous day.... 10/21/2014 5:43 AM

China economy grows at slowest pace in 5 years
BEIJING (AP) -- China's economic growth waned to a five-year low of 7.3 percent last quarter, raising concerns of a spillover effect on the global economy but falling roughly in line with Chinese leaders' plans for a controlled slowdown.... 10/21/2014 5:36 AM

Driver shot dead after he hits 2 Canadian soldiers
MONTREAL (AP) -- A man who was shot and killed by police after he struck two members of the Canadian military with his car in a city near Montreal had become influenced by radical Islam, an official familiar with the case said.... 10/21/2014 5:33 AM

Cost of making 'Hobbit' movies up to $745 million
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- The movie trilogy "The Hobbit" has so far cost nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars to make as the epic continues to set new benchmarks for studio spending.... 10/21/2014 4:49 AM

Taliban attack kills 4 Afghan soldiers in Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- At least four Afghan soldiers have been killed in a roadside bomb attack on a bus in the capital.... 10/21/2014 4:09 AM

AP Photos: Children learn wrestling in Old Havana
HAVANA (AP) -- In a wrestling suit the colors of the U.S. flag, 8-year-old Yodimiler Arias grapples with a classmate in the scorching heat of a Havana afternoon.... 10/21/2014 4:03 AM

Panama suspends Supreme Court judge for corruption
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- A Supreme Court justice linked to former President Ricardo Martinelli was suspended on Monday over corruption charges in a landmark corruption case that has mesmerized much of Panama.... 10/21/2014 3:04 AM

Total oil company CEO dies in Moscow plane crash
MOSCOW (AP) -- The CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine Monday night at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, the company said.... 10/21/2014 2:33 AM

Former Australia Prime Minister Gough Whitlam dies
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Gough Whitlam, a flamboyant Australian prime minister and controversial social reformer whose grip on power was cut short by a bitter constitutional crisis, died Tuesday at the age of 98.... 10/21/2014 2:00 AM

Poll: Brazil's leader gains ground in tight race
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A poll released Monday night shows Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff gaining ground over her rival in a tight re-election race, though the contest remains in a technical tie.... 10/21/2014 1:10 AM

Harvard student stuck in Mexico gets new US visa
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) -- A Mexico-born Harvard University student who was stuck for months in his native country after crossing the border without permission will have to wait a little bit longer to return to the United States.... 10/21/2014 12:47 AM

Correction: China-Universal Theme Park story
BEIJING (AP) -- In a story Oct. 13 about Universal's new theme park in China, The Associated Press included Spider-Man in the headlines and lead as a character that might potentially be part of the park's attractions. Universal does not have rights to use Spider-Man in China, those rights are owned by The Walt Disney Co., which bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009.... 10/20/2014 11:45 PM

If no checks, more Ebola cases might leave Africa
LONDON (AP) -- A new study underscores the potential danger of airplane passengers infected with Ebola leaving West Africa: If there were no exit screening in place, researchers estimate that three people with the disease might fly out of the region each month.... 10/20/2014 10:37 PM

5.6-magnitude quake felt on Ecuador-Colombia line
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- A magnitude-5.6 earthquake rattled Ecuador's border with Colombia on Monday, shaking low-lying buildings and frightening residents in the sparsely-populated area. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.... 10/20/2014 10:33 PM

Millions in Social Security for expelled Nazis
OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) -- Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.... 10/20/2014 10:32 PM

Mexico offers reward for info on missing students
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Mexican government announced rewards Monday of 1.5 million pesos ($111,000) for information on 43 students from a rural teachers' college who have been missing since Sept. 26.... 10/20/2014 9:42 PM

Turkey says it helps Kurdish fighters enter Syria
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey said it was helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support their brethren fighting Islamic State militants in a key border town, although activists inside embattled Kobani said no forces had arrived by Monday evening, raising questions about whether the mission was really underway.... 10/20/2014 8:40 PM

Swiss photographer Rene Burri dies at 81
GENEVA (AP) -- Rene Burri, a Swiss photographer best known for his iconic black and white portraits of Communist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara and painter Pablo Picasso, has died. He was 81.... 10/20/2014 8:03 PM