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Greek police destroy suspected bomb sent to bourse
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek police have destroyed a suspicious parcel sent to the Athens Stock Exchange that was stopped at the mailroom and did not disrupt trading.... 10/2/2014 2:29 PM

Islamic State militants attack small Iraq town
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State group militants launched an assault Thursday on a small town in western Iraq, a military spokesman said, as the United Nations warned that 10 months of violence in the country has taken a heavy toll on civilians.... 10/2/2014 2:25 PM

Saudi Arabia: 2 million in Mecca for start of hajj
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia sought to assure the public that the kingdom was safe and free of health scares as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into a sprawling tent city near Mecca on Thursday for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage.... 10/2/2014 2:21 PM

Japan police: Volcanic rocks killed most victims
TOKYO (AP) -- Doctors have determined that almost all of the dozens of people killed on a Japanese volcano died of injuries from being hit by rocks that flew out during its eruption, police said Thursday.... 10/2/2014 2:20 PM

Many sick in US Ebola patient's Liberia hometown
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Thomas Eric Duncan rushed to help his 19-year-old neighbor when she began convulsing days after first complaining of stomach pain. Everyone assumed her health problems were related to her being 7 months pregnant. Still, no ambulance came as Ebola decimates Liberia's capital.... 10/2/2014 2:16 PM

ECB's Draghi gives no hint of more stimulus
NAPLES, Italy (AP) -- European Central Bank head Mario Draghi underlined the bank's willingness to ramp up its stimulus efforts with large-scale bond purchases if needed - but otherwise offered no new economic help at the bank's meeting Thursday.... 10/2/2014 1:55 PM

New Swedish PM can expect struggle ahead
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Stefan Lofven has become Sweden's new prime minister at the head of a weak, left-leaning minority government that is expected to struggle to push its agenda through Parliament.... 10/2/2014 1:43 PM

Russia dims hopes for European auto rebound
PARIS (AP) -- Troubles in Russia's once-booming car market are dampening spirits at the Paris Motor Show.... 10/2/2014 1:41 PM

Official: Suicide bombers kill 7 at Libyan airport
CAIRO (AP) -- Two suicide car bombings near an eastern airport in Libya killed seven troops and wounded 12 people Thursday, a spokesman for a renegade general said, as fierce clashes erupted nearby between the general's forces and the extremist militias trying to take over the airfield.... 10/2/2014 1:41 PM

UK royals issue warning over Prince George pics
LONDON (AP) -- Prince William and his wife Kate have threatened to take legal action against a photographer they say has been monitoring their toddler son Prince George.... 10/2/2014 1:36 PM

Turkey ponders new powers to fight IS militants
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's parliament was debating a motion Thursday to give the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group.... 10/2/2014 1:32 PM

Officials say top militant killed in Egypt's Sinai
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Senior military officials in Egypt say soldiers have killed a top militant in the Sinai Peninsula amid clashes.... 10/2/2014 1:16 PM

Bach: IOC will not reopen 2022 Olympic bid race
LONDON (AP) -- The IOC will not reopen the bidding process for the 2022 Winter Olympics, even though only two cities are left in the troubled race following Oslo's withdrawal.... 10/2/2014 1:04 PM

Activists say Assad supporters protest in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- Hundreds of supporters of President Bashar Assad held a rare protest Thursday in Syria against the governor of the central city of Homs after twin bombings there killed 25 children, activists reported.... 10/2/2014 1:04 PM

For sale: 2,500 Dutch body bags
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Dutch government is selling off 2,500 body bags in an online auction.... 10/2/2014 1:03 PM

Thai police: 2 men admit killing British tourists
BANGKOK (AP) -- Two workers from Myanmar confessed on Thursday that they killed two British tourists whose battered bodies were found last month on a beach in southern Thailand, police said.... 10/2/2014 1:01 PM

New type of clinic eyed to help stop Ebola
LONDON (AP) -- Britain and Sierra Leone are appealing for more help to slow the biggest ever Ebola outbreak - and are proposing a new type of clinic to do that.... 10/2/2014 12:42 PM

Alleged Beltran Leyva cartel boss nabbed in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Hector Beltran Leyva, the purported head of a feared drug gang allegedly run by his family, became the fourth brother to fall when soldiers grabbed him while dining at a seafood restaurant.... 10/2/2014 12:36 PM

Blast kills 15 at Bulgarian explosives factory
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Fifteen people were confirmed dead in a blast at an explosives decommissioning factory in northwestern Bulgaria.... 10/2/2014 12:35 PM

Lawmakers grill new EU economy chief amid doubts
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European lawmakers on Thursday grilled the 28-nation bloc's incoming economy chief, Pierre Moscovici, because many fear he cannot be trusted to properly enforce rules limiting government deficits.... 10/2/2014 12:34 PM