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Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer
BEIJING (AP) -- China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, and he entertained an audience of students in Beijing with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese.... 10/23/2014 5:44 AM

Police: Gunmen kill 8 Shiite Muslims in Pakistan
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- A police official says gunmen have killed eight Shiite Muslims in southwestern Pakistan.... 10/23/2014 5:43 AM

AP Exclusive: A week on the road in North Korea
LAKE CHON, North Korea (AP) -- The Kaema Plateau, the "Roof of Korea," is a stunning, forest-covered highland nestled in such treacherous mountains that it was never taken by the Allies during the Korean War. It's now a truck stop.... 10/23/2014 5:39 AM

AP Exclusive: Driving up revered N. Korea mountain
LAKE CHON, North Korea (AP) -- When North Korea opens its doors, it does so for a reason. So it was when the authoritarian government granted permission for a road trip so extensive that few North Koreans - let alone a pair of American journalists - could imagine taking it.... 10/23/2014 5:33 AM

Australia weighs US request for Ebola Africa team
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister said Thursday he was considering a personal request from President Barack Obama to send a medical team to Africa to fight Ebola, but that priority remains responding to an outbreak in the Asia-Pacific region.... 10/23/2014 5:20 AM

Kenny G distances self from Hong Kong protesters
HONG KONG (AP) -- Smooth jazz star Kenny G insisted Thursday he's not a foreign provocateur supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, after Beijing signaled its displeasure over his inharmonious visit and repeated concerns about meddling by external forces.... 10/23/2014 4:22 AM

Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Last year's feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors.... 10/23/2014 4:18 AM

Gaza rebuilding slowed by trickle of aid, rivalry
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Several dozen tons of cement bags stored in a warehouse are one of the few tangible achievements so far of a $2.7 billion plan to rebuild war-wrecked Gaza Strip.... 10/23/2014 4:03 AM

Brazil race hinges on fickle lower middle class
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The political debate boiled in Lena's Salon in Rio's Cantagalo slum, as patrons argued about who should win Sunday's presidential election.... 10/23/2014 4:02 AM

AP PHOTOS: Brazil's poor, Rousseff's solid support
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Children play amid tumbledown shacks in some of Rio de Janeiro's poorest hillside "favela" slums, places where armed drug traffickers lay down the law, stray bullets fly and raw sewage oozes into the streets.... 10/23/2014 4:00 AM

Mexico: Mayor linked to deadly attack on students
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Officials said Wednesday that a drug gang implicated in the disappearance of 43 students in a southern city essentially ran the town, paying the mayor hundreds of thousands of dollars a month out of its profits from making opium paste to fuel the U.S. heroin market.... 10/23/2014 3:58 AM

Asia stocks down on mixed China data, weak Wall St
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stocks fell Thursday after another slump in oil prices dragged Wall Street lower and China's manufacturing output grew at the slowest pace in five months.... 10/23/2014 2:51 AM

Rights group: Migrant workers abused in UAE homes
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Many Asian and African women working as domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates say their employers beat them with sticks or cables, punched and slapped them, and there's little they can do because they're excluded from the country's labor law protections, a rights group said Thursday.... 10/23/2014 2:23 AM

Canada's PM says shooting rampage was terrorism
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- A masked gunman killed a soldier standing guard at Canada's war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in an attack that was stopped cold when he was shot to death by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms. Canada's prime minister called it the country's second terrorist attack in three days.... 10/23/2014 2:10 AM

Canada PM: attacks against soldiers are terrorism
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Canada's prime minister says Wednesday's fatal shooting of a Canadian soldier in Ottawa and a hit-and-run that killed another earlier this week are grim reminders that Canada is not immune to terrorism.... 10/23/2014 12:32 AM

Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police called a terror attack.... 10/23/2014 12:28 AM

Puerto Rico power company officials face charges
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's justice department has filed fraud and other charges against officials at the troubled state-owned power company in the U.S. territory.... 10/22/2014 9:50 PM

Mexico banda musician found dead in northern state
CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) -- A member of the popular musical group Banda el Recodo was found dead in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan early Wednesday, and his wife and her alleged lover were detained on suspicion of murder.... 10/22/2014 9:44 PM

Canadian official IDs Ottawa gunman
TORONTO (AP) -- A Canadian official has identified the dead Ottawa gunman as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.... 10/22/2014 9:31 PM

Nigeria truce is shaky, no news of abducted girls
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Days after Nigeria's military raised hopes with the announcement that Islamic extremists had agreed to a cease-fire, Boko Haram is still fighting and there is no word on the fate of the 219 schoolgirls held hostage for six months.... 10/22/2014 8:58 PM