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NATO talks tough on Russia in Syria, with scant action
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO talked tough Thursday about Moscow's expanding military activity in Syria, but the U.S.-led alliance's chief response to the Russian airstrikes and cruise missile attacks was a public pledge to help reinforce the defenses of member nation Turkey if necessary.... 10/8/2015 6:23 PM

Study: Eurasian farmers migrated to Africa 3,000 years ago
BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists say they have extracted ancient DNA from the skull of a man buried in the highlands of Ethiopia 4,500 years ago that supports the theory that Eurasian farmers migrated into Africa some 3,000 years ago.... 10/8/2015 6:14 PM

The Latest: Hayatou says Platini can be credible candidate
ZURICH (AP) -- The Latest from the FIFA investigation (all time local):... 10/8/2015 6:13 PM

UN wants another year for Haiti peacekeeping mission
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general is recommending that the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti stay for another year - which might be its final one.... 10/8/2015 6:05 PM

The Latest: Berlin police hunt for missing migrant boy
LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.... 10/8/2015 5:58 PM

Lebanese police use water cannons to disperse protesters
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanese security forces used water cannons and eventually fired tear gas canisters to disperse dozens of anti-government protesters who tried to get past security barricades and reach parliament.... 10/8/2015 5:33 PM

Vatican defends reports of synod after pope's words disputed
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican press office is defending its reporting of a big meeting on family issues after a dispute arose over what Pope Francis told bishops behind closed doors about his hopes for a free and open debate.... 10/8/2015 5:31 PM

UN: Polio vaccines in Ukraine safe despite local concerns
LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization says it's worried that millions of doses of polio vaccine might be wasted in Ukraine after a patient group raised concerns that the doses are unsafe.... 10/8/2015 5:26 PM

The Latest: Scholar wonders about Putin reaction to Nobel
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Latest news from the awarding of the Nobel Prize in literature.... 10/8/2015 5:21 PM

Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus wins Nobel literature prize
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday for chronicling the great tragedies of the Soviet Union and its successor states through the voices of female soldiers, survivors of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and former Soviet citizens dejected by the collapse of communism.... 10/8/2015 5:13 PM

Polish parliament's last session before election disturbed
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- As emotions are mounting in the campaign before Poland's general election, an agitated lawmaker on Thursday disrupted parliament's last session before the Oct. 25 vote.... 10/8/2015 5:10 PM

Rwanda court: Constitution allows removal of term limits
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- Rwanda's Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by the political opposition that had sought to block constitutional amendments on presidential term limits, clearing the way for President Paul Kagame to run again for office.... 10/8/2015 5:05 PM

Amid new attacks, Israel bars ministers from Jerusalem site
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian stabbed four Israelis with a screwdriver on Thursday before a soldier shot and killed him amid fresh violence that prompted Israel's premier to bar Cabinet ministers and lawmakers from a sensitive Jerusalem holy site at the heart of the latest tensions.... 10/8/2015 5:00 PM

Egypt's foreign reserves fall as devaluation expected
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's foreign currency reserves fell for the third consecutive month in September, according to central bank figures, putting pressure on authorities to devalue the currency, limit non-essential imports and take urgent steps to promote investment.... 10/8/2015 4:57 PM

EU agrees to speed migrant deportation, buttress borders
LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- The European Union on Thursday took measures to buttress its porous external borders and toughen up its migrant return program in an attempt to build a credible refugee policy that would continue to embrace those fleeing for their lives yet punish those seeking economic gain.... 10/8/2015 4:53 PM

Britain takes star baker in a headscarf to its heart
LONDON (AP) -- In sweet-toothed Britain, the hottest entertainment sensation is a televised baking contest in which amateur pastry chefs battle it out over cakes, tortes, trifles and flans. And in a country roiled by questions of immigration and identity, "The Great British Bake Off" has produced a new heroine - a headscarf-wearing Muslim woman who's a genius with sugar, eggs and flour.... 10/8/2015 4:53 PM

New bursts of ash and gas from Ecuador's Cotopaxi
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuador's restive Cotopaxi volcano has been spewing plumes of ash and gas far above its crater and volcanologists say its activity has been on the upswing.... 10/8/2015 4:51 PM

The Latest: Arab stabs Israeli soldier in northern city
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The latest developments in ongoing tensions between Palestinians and Israelis following days of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank (all times local).... 10/8/2015 4:47 PM

AP count from Saudi hajj disaster shows over 1,360 killed
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A crush and stampede last month outside of Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca killed at least 1,364 people during the annual hajj pilgrimage to the kingdom, an Associated Press count showed Thursday, nearly 600 more than the official death toll.... 10/8/2015 4:44 PM

Serbian prime minister skips soccer match against Albania
ELBASAN, Albania (AP) -- Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic declined an invitation to attend Thursday's qualifier for the European soccer championships in Albania, saying he doesn't want heated fan rivalry to undermine progress made in relations between the two Balkan countries.... 10/8/2015 4:44 PM

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