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Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: "Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?"... 9/17/2014 8:37 AM

Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- There was excitement among thousands of voters and relief from the international community Wednesday as Fijians cast ballots in a landmark election they hope will end more than a quarter-century of political turmoil and eight years of autocratic rule. But democracy may not have much of a new look to it.... 9/17/2014 8:29 AM

China police formally arrest Chan son in drug case
BEIJING (AP) -- Prosecutors in Beijing say police have formally arrested the son of film star Jackie Chan on suspicion of allowing other people to take drugs.... 9/17/2014 8:29 AM

Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism
URUMQI, China (AP) -- A high-profile Muslim Uighur scholar and government critic denied allegations that he engaged in separatism as he went on trial Wednesday in the far western region of Xinjiang, where authorities say terrorists are seeking an independent state.... 9/17/2014 8:24 AM

Tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royces for Macau hotel
HONG KONG (AP) -- A Hong Kong tycoon has placed the biggest ever order for Rolls-Royce cars, agreeing to buy 30 Phantoms to chauffeur guests at a luxury resort he's building in the global gambling capital of Macau.... 9/17/2014 8:17 AM

Shelling in eastern Ukraine, at least 1 dead
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A building has been hit by rocket fire in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, killing at least one person and adding to the growing number of civilian casualties in the region despite a nearly two-week-old cease-fire.... 9/17/2014 8:16 AM

Sony forecasts $2 billion loss, cites weak mobile
TOKYO (AP) -- Sony expects its annual loss to swell to more than $2 billion after writing down the value of its troubled mobile business as phone sales were battered by brutal competition.... 9/17/2014 8:14 AM

A guide to Scotland as independence vote nears
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- The people of Scotland will decide on Thursday whether to end a partnership with the rest of the United Kingdom that has lasted more than 300 years. Here is a guide to Scotland as the historic vote nears.... 9/17/2014 8:04 AM

Airstrikes on central Syrian city kill some 50
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government airstrikes killed some 50 people in an opposition-held city this week in bombing that apparently sought to target a rebel commander, activists said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 8:01 AM

China leader inaugurates Sri Lankan port project
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday inaugurated a $1.4 billion port city being built in Sri Lanka with loans from Chinese banks, underlining his country's growing role in the region ahead of a state visit to India.... 9/17/2014 7:54 AM

US man held for alleged attempt to swim to N Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river into rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 7:47 AM

Taliban kill 6 Afghan policemen in ambush
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A provincial security official says that Taliban fighters killed six Afghan policemen in an ambush in western Afghanistan.... 9/17/2014 7:46 AM

Israel official: plea bargain for celebrity rabbi
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli official says a multimillionaire celebrity rabbi with a following in the U.S. has accepted a plea bargain in a high-profile bribery case and could face a year in prison.... 9/17/2014 7:41 AM

Doctors to provide update on Toronto mayor
TORONTO (AP) -- A doctor will provide a medical update on controversial Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's tumor on Wednesday, Ford's brother said.... 9/17/2014 6:50 AM

Alibaba post-IPO structure gives insiders control
BEIJING (AP) -- Control over Alibaba Group will stay in the hands of founder Jack Ma and other company veterans after the Chinese e-commerce giant goes public on the New York Stock Exchange in a record busting share sale.... 9/17/2014 6:50 AM

Billionaire's house arrest sends stocks crashing
MOSCOW (AP) -- The arrest of a Russian billionaire has sent shares in his holding company into a tailspin.... 9/17/2014 6:49 AM

Bangladesh court reduces sentence of Islamist
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Bangladesh's Supreme Court commuted the death sentence of an Islamist political leader Tuesday whose conviction last year for war crimes during the nation's 1971 war for independence sparked deadly protests.... 9/17/2014 6:22 AM

Gaza widow offers insight into world of spies
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The 48-year-old Palestinian woman's husband was shot to death in 2012 by militants in the Gaza Strip for spying for Israel. A mother of seven, she herself was jailed by Gaza's Hamas rulers for aiding and abetting a spy - her husband.... 9/17/2014 5:41 AM

Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners
PARIS (AP) -- About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 5:30 AM

Landslides triggered by storm kill 7 in Vietnam
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Landslides triggered by heavy rains from a tropical storm have killed at least seven people in northern Vietnam.... 9/17/2014 5:21 AM