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Hurricane Odile slams Mexico's Baja California
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) -- Hurricane Odile blazed a trail of destruction through Mexico's Baja California Peninsula on Monday that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels and big box stores, leaving entire neighborhoods as disaster zones.... 9/16/2014 1:43 AM

Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State
PARIS (AP) -- As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington's earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference.... 9/16/2014 1:23 AM

6 killed, 15 wounded in east Ukraine city
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, the city council said Monday - the worst reported violence since a cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops took effect on Sept. 5.... 9/16/2014 1:13 AM

Bradley Cooper drops in at London Fashion Week
LONDON (AP) -- London Fashion Week reached its glitziest day Monday, with big names like Burberry and Tom Ford packing in the crowds, the supermodels and the celebrities.... 9/15/2014 11:47 PM

UN envoy warns Libya on brink of prolonged strife
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The top U.N. envoy in Libya is warning that rapidly deteriorating security and worsening political turmoil have brought the country to the "brink of protracted conflict and civil strife."... 9/15/2014 11:29 PM

UN takes over C. African Republic peacekeeping
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- The United Nations took over a regional African peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic on Monday, nine months after sectarian violence erupted that has left at least 5,000 people dead and has forced tens of thousands of Muslims to flee into exile in neighboring countries.... 9/15/2014 10:41 PM

Sierra Leone: WHO too slow to help doc with Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being "sluggish" in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care.... 9/15/2014 10:02 PM

Generation gap: Young Scots favor independence
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Across Scotland, dinner table talk is getting heated as families argue over how to vote in Scotland's independence referendum. A generation gap has opened up, with younger voters more inclined to back independence and their elders tending to say they want to remain in the United Kingdom.... 9/15/2014 9:27 PM

Merkel: Russia must withdraw troops from Ukraine
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Russia must withdraw its troops from Ukraine for a peace plan there to work.... 9/15/2014 9:03 PM

Pope meets with Argentine judge in Dirty War probe
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis met Monday with an Argentine judge who played a key role in the recent convictions of two former military officers for one of the most notorious crimes of the country's Dirty War.... 9/15/2014 8:55 PM

Jean Paul Gaultier to stop making ready-to-wear
PARIS (AP) -- The house of Jean Paul Gaultier has announced that it is stopping women's and men's ready-to-wear collections.... 9/15/2014 8:36 PM

Air France strike amid Europe's low-cost shakeup
PARIS (AP) -- Air France canceled at least half its flights around the world on Monday as pilots began a weeklong strike, highlighting the trouble Europe's flagship airlines face in keeping up with low-cost competitors.... 9/15/2014 7:31 PM

UN Security Council to meet on Ebola
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States called an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Thursday on the Ebola crisis in West Africa, saying the situation on the ground is "dire" and getting worse every day.... 9/15/2014 7:26 PM

Union: Lufthansa pilots call off strike
BERLIN (AP) -- A union representing Lufthansa pilots says they have called off plans to walk off the job at Germany's busiest airport Tuesday.... 9/15/2014 7:25 PM

Parts of east Serbia cut off in new Balkan flood
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- New floods in the Balkans isolated parts of eastern Serbia on Monday as swollen rivers swept away roads and bridges, cutting power supplies and phone lines.... 9/15/2014 7:17 PM

Egypt raises $8.5B for Suez Canal expansion
CAIRO (AP) -- The head of Egypt's Central Bank said on Monday that it has raised $8.5 billion for the construction of an expansion of the Suez Canal by selling investment certificates.... 9/15/2014 7:06 PM

Mystery airstrikes target Libyan Islamist militias
CAIRO (AP) -- Unidentified warplanes conducted four airstrikes on Monday near the Libyan capital of Tripoli, leaving one dead and five wounded, a spokesman for Libya's Islamist-allied militias and a militia commander said.... 9/15/2014 6:48 PM

Gazans rush to enjoy life after ruinous war
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- After a ruinous war, Gaza is rushing back to a veneer of normalcy at astonishing speed. Street cafes and beaches are packed with people until late at night. Families crowd the few public parks. Wedding halls are booked solid.... 9/15/2014 6:42 PM

UN withdraws many peacekeepers from Golan Heights
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations said Monday it has withdrawn its peacekeepers from many positions on the Golan Heights because of escalating fighting in the war between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters.... 9/15/2014 6:41 PM

700 feared dead in 2 Mediterranean boat wrecks
GENEVA (AP) -- This year is on track to become the deadliest ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea after two heavily loaded boats were wrecked in the past week, possibly killing 700 people fleeing Africa for Europe - the same number as died during all of last year.... 9/15/2014 6:38 PM