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Luck, instinct determined fates of volcano hikers
TOKYO (AP) -- Huge boulders falling from the sky. Billowing gray smoke that cast total darkness over the mountain. Volcanic ash piling on the ground and fumes filling the air.... 9/30/2014 3:40 PM

ECB under pressure as inflation falls again
LONDON (AP) -- Inflation across the 18 euro countries dipped further toward zero in September, piling pressure on the European Central Bank to pull the trigger on its biggest stimulus weapon - a large-scale program to create new money.... 9/30/2014 3:17 PM

Hong Kong leader rejects protesters' demands
HONG KONG (AP) -- Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them, threatening wider actions if he did not, after he said Tuesday that China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub.... 9/30/2014 3:15 PM

At 69, satirist keeps South Africa laughing
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The cross-dressing South African satirist says he doesn't tell jokes and can't remember punchlines.... 9/30/2014 3:14 PM

UN: Islamic State forcing thousands to flee Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N humanitarian chief says tens of thousands of people are fleeing Syria as the Islamic State militant group expands its grip on large parts of the country.... 9/30/2014 2:56 PM

Afghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year, ending a year of uncertainty over the fate of foreign troops supporting Afghans as they take over responsibility for the country's security.... 9/30/2014 2:36 PM

Cyprus police: precious Degas painting stolen
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Cyprus police say thieves broke into the home of an art collector and took a painting by famed Impressionist Edgar Degas worth millions.... 9/30/2014 2:36 PM

Correction: Ebola story
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- In a story Sept. 29 about the Ebola outbreak, The Associated Press reported erroneously that France promised another field hospital for Guinea and that it would send 25 more doctors. It has promised only one hospital, along with doctors to staff it, and was merely repeating that promise.... 9/30/2014 2:20 PM

Gaza lions sent to Jordan after war damages zoo
BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A trio of scrawny lions was brought into Israel from Gaza on Tuesday en route to a better life at a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan after their zoo was damaged in the recent Israel-Hamas war.... 9/30/2014 2:13 PM

US-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey
BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted Islamic State fighters pressing their offensive against a Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish border on Tuesday in an attempt to halt the militants' advance, activists said.... 9/30/2014 2:08 PM

Egypt president gives army control of arms imports
CAIRO (AP) -- The Egyptian president has amended a law, giving the country's army control over weapons and ammunition imports.... 9/30/2014 2:06 PM

Algeria opposition warns over president's absence
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- One of Algeria's main opposition politicians has warned that the country is in a state of paralysis because of the ongoing absence of the ailing president in the midst of a series of crises.... 9/30/2014 2:06 PM

UK Conservatives seek TV, online ban on extremists
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's interior minister on Tuesday proposed new powers to bar people with extremist views from appearing on television or publishing on social media, even if they are not breaking any laws.... 9/30/2014 1:54 PM

Iraqi Arabs claim persecution by Kurds
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- When Sunni militants captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, in June, Abu Sara and his family feared their town of Taza, located some 50 kilometers southeast of the city, would inevitably be next. Government soldiers had dropped their weapons and abandoned their posts - forcing residents to fend for themselves.... 9/30/2014 1:49 PM

South Sudan factions agree on federal government
BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia (AP) -- South Sudan's warring factions have agreed on the installation of a federal system of government in South Sudan, mediators announced Tuesday, saying progress was being made in talks aimed at finding a political solution to violence in the world's newest country.... 9/30/2014 1:28 PM

EU keeps Russia sanctions in place for now
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union ambassadors have decided to keep Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia in place for the time being.... 9/30/2014 1:26 PM

Putin visits Kazakhstan after remarks cause alarm
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Kazakhstan on Tuesday to stress the need for close ties between the two countries, a month after he caused alarm in the former Soviet republic by seeming to question its future as an independent state.... 9/30/2014 1:22 PM

Hostage tale suggests IS wary of upsetting Turkey
SILOPI, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish truck driver Ozgur Simsek was sleeping off a 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) fuel run to the Qayara power station in Iraq, he said, when he heard banging on his vehicle's door.... 9/30/2014 1:14 PM

Spain's Catalonia halts independence vote campaign
MADRID (AP) -- The regional government of Catalonia says it will heed a decision by Spain's top court suspending its plans to hold an independence referendum but vows to continue efforts to hold a vote.... 9/30/2014 1:12 PM

Germany vows better checks on refugee guards
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's most populous state is tightening checks on security personnel at asylum centers following allegations that private guards repeatedly abused refugees, a senior official said Tuesday.... 9/30/2014 1:06 PM