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Royalty, Elvis at Duchess of Devonshire funeral
LONDON (AP) -- Hundreds of liveried staff, the heir to the British throne and the music of Elvis Presley have formed part of a final farewell for Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, last of the unconventional Mitford sisters.... 10/2/2014 3:11 PM

German train drivers vote for strikes
BERLIN (AP) -- A union representing train drivers at Germany's national railway says its members have voted overwhelmingly to strike over a pay dispute.... 10/2/2014 3:03 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 2:58 PM

Slovakia: gas from Russia still down 50 percent
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) -- Slovakia says its gas supplies from Russia are down 50 percent for a second day.... 10/2/2014 2:55 PM

Pope convenes Mideast envoys amid Islamic threat
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis convened his ambassadors from across the Middle East on Thursday for three days of meetings to find ways to better protect Christians targeted by Islamic militants and care for those who have been forced to flee their homes.... 10/2/2014 2:51 PM

London exhibit charts chilling allure of gothic
LONDON (AP) -- There's a part of us that loves to be scared.... 10/2/2014 2:46 PM

Myanmar news website defaced by hackers
BANGKOK (AP) -- A website covering news about Myanmar has been defaced by hackers a few days after its director won a prestigious press freedom award.... 10/2/2014 2:46 PM

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

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