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Amnesty blasts China's torture tool industry
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese production and export of police equipment primarily used for torture, such as electric shock wands and neck-and-wrist cuffs connected by a chain, has grown dramatically, enabling human rights violations at home and abroad, Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday.... 9/23/2014 2:29 AM

US launches 1st airstrikes in Syria
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- The United States and partner nations launched their first airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, as fighting raged Monday between the extremist group and Kurdish forces near the border with Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees.... 9/23/2014 2:14 AM

Guatemala emergency measures after deadly clash
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemalan authorities have suspended some constitutional rights in a central municipality where 11 villagers died in a battle with guns and machetes.... 9/22/2014 10:37 PM

Islamist group kidnaps Frenchman in Algeria
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- A splinter group from al-Qaida's North African branch kidnapped a French citizen and said Monday that it would kill him unless France halts it airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq.... 9/22/2014 10:27 PM

Many still lack power in Los Cabos; storm toll 5
LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) -- Authorities in northwestern Mexico were struggling to get power back on in the resort zone of Los Cabos a week after Hurricane Odile barreled through, saying Monday that electricity had been restored to 19 percent of customers in the area.... 9/22/2014 10:15 PM

UN members endorse Indigenous Peoples rights
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations General Assembly on Monday approved a document strengthening the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide.... 9/22/2014 10:08 PM

Sierra Leone, Liberia brace for new Ebola cases
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Two of the West African nations hardest hit by Ebola were bracing for new caseloads on Monday after trying to outflank the outbreak with a nationwide checkup and a large new clinic.... 9/22/2014 10:05 PM

Syrian opposition chief urges airstrikes in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The head of Syria's main Western-backed opposition group on Thursday called for immediate U.S. airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Syria, saying urgent action was required "to avert catastrophe."... 9/22/2014 9:38 PM

Islamic State militants kill 40 Iraqi troops
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State militants disguised in Iraqi army uniforms and driving stolen Humvees killed at least 40 Iraqi soldiers and captured 68 others in western Anbar province, breaking through a deteriorating Iraqi military offensive in an area where the United States recently broadened its airstrike campaign.... 9/22/2014 9:17 PM

Yemeni Shiite rebel sweep into capital kills 340
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- In a stunning sweep of the Yemeni capital, the country's Shiite rebels seized homes, offices and military bases of their Sunni foes on Monday, forcing many into hiding and triggering an exodus of civilians from the city after a week of fighting that left 340 people dead.... 9/22/2014 9:06 PM

Week of diplomacy: Israel-Hamas talks, Abbas at UN
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- It's a busy week in Mideast diplomacy, book-ended by the launch of Israel-Hamas talks about a border deal for blockaded Gaza and the Palestinian president's U.N. speech about a new strategy for dealing with Israel.... 9/22/2014 8:36 PM

Argentine doctors tried in 'dirty war' baby thefts
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Two Argentine doctors are being tried on suspicion of stealing babies from political prisoners during the country's 1976-1983 dictatorship.... 9/22/2014 8:26 PM

Israel court condemns African migrant detentions
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A high Israeli court on Monday condemned the government's policy of detaining illegal African migrants captured in the Negev Desert, ordered that a detention facility be closed within three months and banned new detentions for a year.... 9/22/2014 8:24 PM

Islamic State group calls for attacking civilians
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group's spokesman said its fighters are ready to battle a U.S.-led military coalition, casting it as a historic clash between Muslims and their enemies and calling for attacks at home and abroad.... 9/22/2014 7:57 PM

Computer bungle leads to Mexico child porn arrest
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Prosecutors in western Mexico said Monday they have arrested a man who was promoting children's camping trips in front of a group of parents, but accidentally called up images of child pornography on his computer.... 9/22/2014 7:41 PM

Mexico: Alert over mine spill into river to Ariz.
CANANEA, Mexico (AP) -- Authorities in a northern Mexican state issued a binational alert Monday after contaminants from a copper mine spilled into a river that flows into the U.S. state of Arizona.... 9/22/2014 7:29 PM

Representatives of Hamas, Fatah meet in Cairo
CAIRO (AP) -- A Hamas and a Fatah official met in Cairo on Monday ahead of the start of reconciliation talks between the rival Palestinian factions this week in the Egyptian capital, an official told The Associated Press.... 9/22/2014 6:48 PM

High-profile Israeli spy Mike Harari dead at 87
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli secret service agent Mike Harari, who played a major role in planning Mossad's revenge attacks against Palestinian militants implicated in the 1972 Munich massacre of the country's Olympics team, has died. He was 87.... 9/22/2014 6:45 PM

Milan perfects the wearable lightness of fashion
MILAN (AP) -- Reflecting on a Milan Fashion Week that marked the re-emergence of denim and the pre-eminence of the flat Birkenstock-inspired sandal, the question was bound to surface: Wherein lies luxury?... 9/22/2014 6:21 PM


BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq officials: Car bomb in busy Baghdad commercial district kills 10 people, wounds 25.... 9/22/2014 5:31 PM