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Afghan opium poppy cultivation hits all-time high
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan grew to an all-time high in 2013 despite America spending more than $7 billion to fight it over the past decade, a U.S. report showed on Tuesday.... 10/21/2014 4:14 PM

Total CEO killed in Moscow runway crash
MOSCOW (AP) -- Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday.... 10/21/2014 4:05 PM

Hong Kong students, officials talk but don't agree
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong student leaders and government officials talked but agreed on little Tuesday as the city's Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on the key demand of activists camped in the streets now for a fourth week.... 10/21/2014 4:03 PM

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.... 10/21/2014 4:00 PM

British man guilty in hammer attack on UAE women
LONDON (AP) -- A jury has found a British man guilty of attempted murder in a vicious hammer attack on three female tourists from the United Arab Emirates as they slept with their young children in a luxury hotel in London.... 10/21/2014 4:17 PM

WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in W. Africa in January
GENEVA (AP) -- Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be available for "real-world" testing in West Africa as soon as January as long as they are deemed safe, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday.... 10/21/2014 3:42 PM

Terrorist ideology blamed in Canada car attack
SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec (AP) -- A man who was shot and killed by police after he struck two members of the Canadian military with his car was "clearly linked to terrorist ideology," officials said Tuesday.... 10/21/2014 3:37 PM

Oil CEO in sad toll of famed plane crash victims
PARIS (AP) -- Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA whose silver handlebar earned him the nickname "Big Mustache," died late Monday at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, according to Russian investigators.... 10/21/2014 3:36 PM

IS fighters seize weapons airdrop meant for Kurds
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to suppy Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday.... 10/21/2014 3:34 PM

UK eavesdropping agency head defends work
LONDON (AP) -- The outgoing leader of Britain's electronic eavesdropping agency has offered a vigorous defense of its work, insisting the organization had delivered security while protecting privacy to the greatest extent possible.... 10/21/2014 3:33 PM

Poland's Sikorski under fire over Russia interview
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A former Polish foreign minister came under fire Tuesday from the prime minister and political opponents over a U.S. magazine interview in which he allegedly said Russia's president offered Poland the opportunity to jointly carve up Ukraine in 2008.... 10/21/2014 3:27 PM

Submarine hunt exposes Swedish readiness gap
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- The search for a foreign underwater craft in waters off Stockholm has brought back memories of Sweden's submarine hunts during the Cold War - and exposed a key difference.... 10/21/2014 3:20 PM

Rights group: LGBT Jamaicans targets of violence
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are the targets of unchecked violence and discrimination in Jamaica, frequently refused housing or employment in the Caribbean country typically described as the region's most hostile to LGBT citizens, a leading human rights group says in a report released Tuesday.... 10/21/2014 3:19 PM

Spain woman free of Ebola virus, 2nd test shows
MADRID (AP) -- Doctors say a second and conclusive test shows a Spanish nursing assistant infected with Ebola is completely clear of the virus.... 10/21/2014 3:18 PM

NATO intercepts Russian jets over Baltic Sea
HELSINKI (AP) -- Latvia's military says NATO has sent up jets twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea.... 10/21/2014 3:15 PM

Argentina demands 'Top Gear' apology from BBC
LONDON (AP) -- Argentina's ambassador to Britain is demanding an apology from the BBC over an ill-fated trip by car show "Top Gear" to the South American country.... 10/21/2014 3:12 PM

Cyprus to block Turkey's EU bid over gas dispute
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- European Union member Cyprus will oppose any progress in Turkey's ongoing talks to join the 28-nation bloc in response to a Turkish gas search in waters where Cyprus has already licensed companies to drill, an official said Tuesday.... 10/21/2014 3:11 PM

Ukraine asks for big EU loan during gas standoff
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Ukraine has asked the European Union for an additional loan of $ 2.5 billion as it struggles to cope with the implications of its standoff with Russia.... 10/21/2014 3:06 PM

Top Romanian lawmaker in corruption probe resigns
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A key lawmaker in Romania has quit Parliament after prosecutors announced they are seeking his arrest on suspicion of influence peddling two weeks before a presidential election.... 10/21/2014 3:05 PM

Morocco court doubles activist's prison sentence
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- A lawyer says a Moroccan court has doubled the prison sentence of an activist who was convicted of falsely claiming she was tortured.... 10/21/2014 2:54 PM