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French president quizzed over domestic failures
PARIS (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande sought Thursday to stake out a forceful position on international affairs, even as his failures on the domestic stage continue to mount.... 9/18/2014 7:58 PM

UN chief calls for about $1 billion to fight Ebola
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the number of Ebola cases is doubling every three weeks and is calling for a 20-fold increase in aid totaling almost $1 billion to tackle the virus's worst-ever outbreak over the next six months.... 9/18/2014 7:52 PM

Series of attacks kills at least 36 in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of bomb and mortar shell attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 36 people, Iraqi officials said Thursday, in an assault that underscored the threat posed to the Iraqi capital by marauding Islamic militants that have seized large parts of country.... 9/18/2014 7:49 PM

New center-left Slovenian govt voted into office
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- Slovenia's parliament has voted into office a new center-left government in the small eurozone nation that narrowly avoided bailout last year.... 9/18/2014 7:46 PM

Rob Ford releases audio statement from hospital
TORONTO (AP) -- Just hours before he begins aggressive chemotherapy for a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer, a rough-sounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford released an audio statement from his hospital room on Thursday urging people to vote for his brother for mayor.... 9/18/2014 7:35 PM

France to carry out airstrikes in Iraq
PARIS (AP) -- France has agreed to carry out airstrikes requested by Iraq to bolster its fight against the Islamic State group's fighters who've captured swathes of the country, President Francois Hollande said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 7:34 PM

Mexico boosts Los Cabos security after looting
LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) -- Federal police on Thursday vowed to crack down on lawlessness and restore order in the hurricane-stricken resort area of Los Cabos after looting emptied store shelves and unnerved residents who worried their homes could be next.... 9/18/2014 7:33 PM

Nigeria's ruling party wants Jonathan as president
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's ruling party says President Goodluck Jonathan is its candidate for February 2015 elections.... 9/18/2014 7:19 PM

Popular Venezuelan cartoonist fired over drawing
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A popular cartoonist said she lost her job over her representation of the late Hugo Chavez's iconic signature as a flat-lined heartbeat to dramatize Venezuela's health care crisis.... 9/18/2014 7:16 PM

Arrests in Chile bomb attack focus on anarchists
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chilean officials said Thursday they have arrested three members of an anarchist cell suspected in the country's worst bomb attack in more than two decades, focusing new attention on a loose-knit movement that has attracted thousands while alarming authorities.... 9/18/2014 7:15 PM

Scots decide future amid excitement, apprehension
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Excitement vied with apprehension as Scottish voters went to the polls Thursday in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to dissolve a union with England that brought great prosperity but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling.... 9/18/2014 7:10 PM

Argentina approves price control law
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's congress on Thursday approved a law that lets the government intervene in setting prices and profits in an attempt to tackle one of the hemisphere's most rapid inflation rates.... 9/18/2014 7:03 PM

Israeli museum unveils ancient Jewish prayer book
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli museum on Thursday unveiled what it says in the oldest known Jewish prayer book in the world, dating back to the 9th century A.D.... 9/18/2014 7:00 PM

US: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months
PARIS (AP) -- Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 6:47 PM

Amnesty: Nigerian police routinely use torture
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Nigeria's police and military routinely torture women, men and children as young as 12 with beatings, shootings, rape, electric shocks and pliers used to pull out teeth and nails, Amnesty International charged Thursday.... 9/18/2014 6:44 PM

Belgium arrests Liberian ex-rebel commander
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgium has arrested a high-ranking member of the rebel movement that plunged Liberia into conflict more than two decades ago and charged her with war crimes and crimes against humanity, a spokesman for federal prosecutors said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 6:29 PM

Roadside bombs kills 4 UN peacekeepers in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A roadside bomb in northern Mali killed four U.N. peacekeepers and wounded three on Thursday, a spokesman said of the latest in a string of deadly attacks on the force.... 9/18/2014 6:24 PM

Leading Bahrain activist released from jail
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Bahraini authorities on Thursday released human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja, who was being held for questioning after her arrest on arrival in the Gulf Arab country last month.... 9/18/2014 6:12 PM

AP Interview: Hamas No. 2 says war a lesser option
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas does not want another war with Israel, the Islamic militant group's No. 2 leader said in an interview Thursday, but he suggested more fighting is inevitable unless a deal is reached on ending seven years of Israeli-Egyptian border closures of Hamas-ruled Gaza.... 9/18/2014 6:04 PM

France dismisses accusations it pays ransoms
PARIS (AP) -- President Francois Hollande is dismissing widespread suspicion that the French government pays ransoms to extremist groups to free French hostages.... 9/18/2014 6:04 PM