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Trade, investment hopes as China's Xi visits India
AHMEDABAD, India (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in the Indian prime minister's home state of Gujarat on Wednesday for a three-day visit expected to focus on India's need to improve worn out infrastructure and reduce its trade deficit.... 9/17/2014 11:29 AM

Pope OKs canonization for Sri Lanka's 1st saint
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis signed off Wednesday on Sri Lanka's first saint, bending the Vatican's rules once again to bypass the usual requirement that a second miracle be confirmed.... 9/17/2014 11:27 AM

Sony forecasts $2B loss as smartphones lag
TOKYO (AP) -- Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing down the value of its troubled smartphone business.... 9/17/2014 11:22 AM

Government urges end to Air France pilots strike
PARIS (AP) -- The French government wants Air France pilots to end a strike that has grounded half of the airline's flights this week amid anger over plans to shift much of its operations to a low-cost carrier.... 9/17/2014 11:21 AM

China police formally arrest Chan son in drug case
BEIJING (AP) -- Police in Beijing have formally arrested the son of Hong Kong martial arts film star Jackie Chan on suspicion of allowing other people to consume drugs, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of three years' imprisonment, prosecutors said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 11:20 AM

Celebrity rabbi takes plea bargain over bribery
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A multimillionaire Israeli celebrity rabbi with a following in the U.S. has accepted a plea bargain in a high-profile bribery case and could face a year in prison, an Israeli official said Wednesday, bringing closer an end to one of the rabbi's various legal sagas.... 9/17/2014 11:13 AM

Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Excitement and anxiety are mounting in Scotland on the final day of campaigning before an independence referendum.... 9/17/2014 11:02 AM

Spain hosts conference on deepening Libya crisis
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's foreign minister has warned an international conference focusing on Libya that the country could slide into a civil war situation similar to what is happening in Syria.... 9/17/2014 10:55 AM

Japan wants North Korea abductions report soon
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese Cabinet minister has urged North Korea to quickly release the results of a new investigation into the fate of dozens, possibly hundreds, of Japanese believed to have been abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and `80s.... 9/17/2014 10:46 AM

Pakistan army says airstrikes kill 40 militants
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's military says it has launched airstrikes on five militant hideouts in a troubled tribal region near the border with Afghanistan, killing 40 suspected fighters as part of a massive operation begun in June.... 9/17/2014 10:39 AM

Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills 2, wounds 3
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Shelling in the rebel-held eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk killed two people Wednesday and wounded three others, municipal authorities said.... 9/17/2014 10:32 AM

Scots' inventions are fuel for independence debate
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- What has Scotland ever done for us? Plenty, it turns out.... 9/17/2014 10:24 AM

Milestones of Scots' journey to independence vote
LONDON (AP) -- These are the milestones of Scotland's journey from Great Britain to the United Kingdom and, following Thursday's vote, a possible return to independence.... 9/17/2014 10:19 AM

Thailand conducts autopsies on slain Britons
BANGKOK (AP) -- Police in Thailand said Wednesday they have conducted autopsies on two British tourists whose bludgeoned bodies were found on a scenic resort island this week.... 9/17/2014 10:15 AM

Swedish king involved in car crash, unhurt
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden's royal palace says King Carl XVI Gustaf was involved in a car crash on his way to an airport in Stockholm but was unhurt.... 9/17/2014 9:38 AM

US man held for alleged attempt to swim to N Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river to rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 9:29 AM

Doctors: Foul floodwaters sicken people in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Doctors in the flood-ravaged Himalayan region of Kashmir said Wednesday that they were seeing outbreaks of gastroenteritis among people crowded into shelters after their homes were inundated two weeks ago.... 9/17/2014 9:27 AM

Bangladesh court reduces sentence of Islamist
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Bangladesh's Supreme Court commuted the death sentence of an Islamist political leader Tuesday whose conviction last year for war crimes during the nation's 1971 war for independence sparked deadly protests.... 9/17/2014 9:25 AM

France arrests 5 in militant women recruiting ring
PARIS (AP) -- France's top security official says five people have been arrested suspected of belonging to a ring that recruits young women to join Islamic militants in Syria.... 9/17/2014 9:23 AM

Weakened Odile heads over Mexico toward Arizona
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's government airlifted thousands of stranded foreign tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort of Los Cabos, as a weakened Odile headed over the Gulf of California Wednesday on a path toward the U.S. state of Arizona.... 9/17/2014 9:16 AM