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US official urges Vietnam to improve human rights
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- A U.S. official says Vietnam has made progress on human rights, but that the country must do more if the former foes are to forge closer economic and security ties.... 10/26/2014 9:35 AM

UK ends combat operations in Afghan province
LONDON (AP) -- Defense officials say Britain has ended combat operations in the Helmand province in Afghanistan.... 10/26/2014 9:22 AM

Hong Kong protesters scrap vote on their next step
HONG KONG (AP) -- The organizers of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on Sunday canceled a vote on what the next step should be in their monthlong street occupation, saying they hadn't properly consulted with the public before calling the referendum.... 10/26/2014 9:14 AM

Israeli schools cancel Jerusalem trip over tension
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Schools in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv have postponed class trips to Jerusalem because of heightened tensions in the city.... 10/26/2014 9:04 AM

Tunisians in historic vote spurred by Arab Spring
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisians expressed tentative hope for the future as they lined up early Sunday to choose their first five-year parliament since they overthrew their dictator in the 2011 revolution that kicked off the Arab Spring.... 10/26/2014 9:01 AM

Ukraine votes to overhaul parliament
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Voters in Ukraine headed to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament, overhauling a legislature tainted by its association with ousted President Viktor Yanukovych.... 10/26/2014 8:01 AM

Poor health systems in Asia cause for Ebola alarm
SINGAPORE (AP) -- The longer the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, the greater chance a traveler infected with the virus touches down in an Asian city.... 10/26/2014 7:04 AM

Afghan mullah jailed for 20 years for rape
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan court has sentenced a mullah to 20 years in prison after finding the religious teacher guilty of raping a 10-year-old girl.... 10/26/2014 6:38 AM

Botswana's ruling party wins election
GABORONE, Botswana (AP) -- Botswana's ruling party has won re-election despite a vigorous challenge from the opposition, extending its decades-old hold on the southern African nation, an election official said Sunday.... 10/26/2014 6:09 AM

Brazil votes for next leader after bitter campaign
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- President Dilma Rousseff is counting on Brazilians' gratefulness for a decade of progress to overcome concerns about a sluggish economy as the leftist leader seeks re-election on Sunday after a bitter, unpredictable campaign.... 10/26/2014 4:39 AM

Hockey returns to Ottawa with emotional ceremony
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Players on opposing teams formed a circle at center ice as hockey made a stirring return to Ottawa on Saturday night.... 10/26/2014 4:22 AM

US: Power to visit Ebola-ravaged West Africa
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States ambassador to the United Nations is on her way to visit all three of the West African countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak, amid rising calls for travel restrictions back home in the U.S.... 10/26/2014 3:33 AM

5 injured in explosion at Ontario industrial plant
SARNIA, Ontario (AP) -- The mayor of Sarnia says five people have been sent to the hospital after an explosion at an industrial plant in the southwestern Ontario city.... 10/25/2014 9:43 PM

Canada reopens grounds of Parliament Hill
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Canadians returned to the reopened grounds of Parliament Hill on Saturday just three days after a gunman shot and killed a soldier at the national war memorial and then stormed Parliament before he was gunned down.... 10/25/2014 8:25 PM

Cream vocalist and bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71
LONDON (AP) -- Jack Bruce was part Mississippi Delta and part Carnaby Street. In his glorious heyday as bassist and lead vocalist of 1960s power trio Cream he helped create a sound that combined American blues and psychedelia to thrill audiences throughout the world.... 10/25/2014 8:19 PM

Boat accident leaves 26 dead in Zambia
LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) -- At least 26 people, most of them children, died when a crowded boat capsized in Zambia while on the way to a national celebration, police said Saturday.... 10/25/2014 7:36 PM

WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.... 10/25/2014 6:44 PM

In Pakistan, a coup that wasn't
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- It had all the elements of a classic coup: thousands descending on the capital, clashing with police outside parliament and commandeering state TV to demand the ouster of a civilian leader who had locked horns with the military in a country with a long history of turmoil and dictatorship.... 10/25/2014 6:18 PM

Clashes in northern Lebanon kill 5, wound others
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanese troops battled Islamic militants in the northern city of Tripoli for a second day Saturday, with five people killed and more than a dozen wounded in the clashes, the Lebanese army and state media said.... 10/25/2014 6:14 PM

Egypt leader: 'Foreign hands' behind Sinai attack
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Saturday that an assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 31 troops was a "foreign-funded operation" and vowed to take drastic action against militants.... 10/25/2014 6:10 PM