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Company: German man kidnapped in Nigeria is free
BERLIN (AP) -- The company that employed a German man kidnapped in Nigeria last week says he has been freed.... 10/30/2014 1:08 PM

Sri Lanka says no hope finding mudslide survivors
KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Hundreds of desperate Sri Lankan villagers clawed through the wreckage of a deadly landslide Thursday, defying police orders after a top disaster official said there was no chance of finding more survivors in the broken red earth of the high-elevation tea plantation.... 10/30/2014 1:03 PM

Group says militants killed 600 Iraqi prisoners
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An international rights group says Islamic State militants carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second-largest city of Mosul in June.... 10/30/2014 12:57 PM

Amid murder case, Philippines says US pact stays
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A security pact that allows thousands of American troops to join large-scale combat exercises in the Philippines is "imperfect" but Manila is unlikely to amend it, the country's top diplomat said Thursday.... 10/30/2014 12:54 PM

Protesters storm Burkina Faso parliament, set fire
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Protesters stormed Burkina Faso's parliament Thursday, dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main chamber ablaze, forcing the government to cancel a vote to allow the president to seek another term next year.... 10/30/2014 12:53 PM

AP Interview: Syrian official slams Turkey's role
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad's political adviser has accused Turkey of committing "aggression" against her country by allowing rebels to cross into the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani.... 10/30/2014 12:48 PM

Milosevic's widow ridicules EU lifting sanctions
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Slobodan Milosevic's exiled widow has ridiculed the European Union's decision to lift a 15-year freeze on assets of the former Serbian strongman, saying that the family has no property outside Serbia.... 10/30/2014 12:36 PM

Shell: oil drop yet to have full impact on profits
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Shell, Europe's largest oil producer, reported a dip in third quarter profit on Thursday, but said it has yet to feel the full impact of the recent slide in oil prices.... 10/30/2014 12:34 PM

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden's new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state - a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.... 10/30/2014 12:25 PM

Volkswagen Q3 profits jump 56 percent
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Automaker Volkswagen AG says that net profit jumped 56 percent in the third quarter as the company sees continuing sales growth in China and Europe.... 10/30/2014 12:24 PM

Ukraine-Russia gas talks deadlocked in Brussels
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Talks to guarantee that Russian gas imports flow into Ukraine throughout the winter appeared to be at an impasse Thursday because of doubts over payments from Kiev.... 10/30/2014 12:23 PM

South Africans mourn sport deaths
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Singing hymns and blowing vuvuzelas, South African sporting fans on Thursday paid final respects to three sporting figures who died within three days of each other.... 10/30/2014 11:58 AM

Wanted in US, Roman Polanski questioned in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Prosecutors in Poland have questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski at the request of U.S. prosecutors who are seeking his extradition on charges from 1977 of having sex with a minor.... 10/30/2014 11:51 AM

Peshmerga troops start entering Syrian border town
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered a northern Syrian border town, crossing over from Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops on their way into the embattled Kobani, activists said.... 10/30/2014 11:49 AM

Stocks mixed after Fed ends stimulus
HONG KONG (AP) -- Stock markets mostly rose in Asia but fell in Europe on Thursday after the Federal Reserve said it will end a stimulus program that was as massive as it was controversial. The dollar strengthened after the U.S. central bank hinted at an eventual interest rate hike.... 10/30/2014 11:48 AM

UN chief criticizes female genital mutilation
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is lauding the British newspaper The Guardian for its work to raise awareness about female genital mutilation.... 10/30/2014 11:31 AM

Israeli police kill suspected Palestinian shooter
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police on Thursday shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of trying to kill a hard-line Jewish activist in Jerusalem, an incident that quickly sparked clashes between masked stone throwers and Israeli riot police, threatening to further enflame the already high tensions in the city.... 10/30/2014 11:19 AM

Malala donates prize money to rebuild Gaza school
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The U.N. agency that assists Palestinian refugees says Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has donated $50,000 to rebuild a U.N. school in Gaza damaged during this summer's Israel-Hamas war.... 10/30/2014 11:15 AM

UK court says Libyan can sue over rendition
LONDON (AP) -- A British court says a former Libyan military commander can sue the U.K. government for its alleged role in his detention and rendition.... 10/30/2014 11:09 AM

Reporter's family urges Iran to release him
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The family of an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post who has been jailed in Iran since July is urging authorities to release him, saying on Thursday that his continued incarceration without charge is a "farce."... 10/30/2014 11:02 AM