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EU says Ireland grants Apple illegal tax benefits
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Ireland appears to be granting Apple illegal rebates that may have to be recouped, the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday as it pressed forward with an inquiry into Apple's overseas tax practices.... 9/30/2014 11:11 AM

Islamist-allied militias in Libya reject UN talks
CAIRO (AP) -- Islamist-allied militias in control of the Libyan capital say they reject the United Nations' call for a cease-fire.... 9/30/2014 11:06 AM

Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives.... 9/30/2014 11:01 AM

Afghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan and the United States have signed a long-awaited security pact that will allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year.... 9/30/2014 11:00 AM

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 10:58 AM

Car crash damages Poland's famous Solidarity wall
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish police say a car crash has knocked down a historic wall that unemployed electrician Lech Walesa jumped over in 1980 to lead a Gdansk shipyard strike that grew into the country's massive Solidarity freedom movement.... 9/30/2014 10:57 AM

US-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say the U.S.-led coalition has struck targets of the Islamic State group near a besieged Kurdish town along Syria's border with Turkey.... 9/30/2014 10:56 AM

Iran to help Lebanon army fight extremists
BEIRUT (AP) -- Iran will supply the Lebanese army with military equipment to be used in fighting Muslim extremist groups, a visiting senior Iranian official said on Tuesday.... 9/30/2014 10:24 AM

Albania borrows $150 million to improve power grid
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- The World Bank is lending Albania $150 million ((EURO)118 million) to help overhaul its dysfunctional state-run power sector and pay for electricity imports from other Balkan states.... 9/30/2014 10:10 AM

Hong Kong leader says Beijing won't back down
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday that China won't back down from its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub, dashing hopes that the standoff between demonstrators and authorities could be resolved quickly through negotiations.... 9/30/2014 9:54 AM

US Ebola labs, parts for clinic arrive in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- U.S. mobile Ebola labs should be up and running in Liberia this week, and American troops have broken ground for a field hospital, as the international community races to increase the ability to care for the spiraling number of people infected with the dreaded disease.... 9/30/2014 9:44 AM

Eurozone inflation falls to near 5-year low
LONDON (AP) -- Inflation across the 18 countries that use the euro dipped further toward zero in September, official figures showed Tuesday, a move that's likely to maintain pressure on the European Central Bank to back further stimulus measures.... 9/30/2014 9:38 AM

Thai man gets death penalty for train rape, murder
BANGKOK (AP) -- A former railway worker in Thailand was sentenced to death Tuesday for raping a 13-year-old girl on an overnight train, then killing her and throwing her body out the window, an attack that sparked outrage in the Southeast Asian nation and prompted calls for the execution of rapists.... 9/30/2014 9:31 AM

Nicole Kidman reveals heartbreak at father's death
SYDNEY (AP) -- Nicole Kidman revealed she was heartbroken over the death of her father this month and thanked well-wishers for their comforting thoughts and prayers.... 9/30/2014 9:20 AM

Australia says man sent money to American in Syria
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- One man was arrested in counterterrorism raids in the Australian city of Melbourne on Tuesday after police said he provided money to a U.S. citizen fighting alongside extremists in Syria.... 9/30/2014 8:33 AM

More and more French joining Mideast jihad
PARIS (AP) -- France's interior minister says the number of French radicals joining extremists in Syria and Iraq has soared this year, saying that justifies a tough new anti-terrorist law adopted this month.... 9/30/2014 8:21 AM

Chinese patriotism fuels cruises to disputed isles
ABOARD THE COCONUT PRINCESS (AP) -- On a cruise more about politics than pleasure, Zhang Jing watched the gray shells of the Paracel Islands emerge from the purple, pre-dawn South China Sea.... 9/30/2014 7:17 AM

New tremors raise concern at Japan's Mount Ontake
KISO, Japan (AP) -- Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit.... 9/30/2014 5:43 AM

China celebrates new holiday of Martyr's Day
BEIJING (AP) -- President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders solemnly presented flower baskets Tuesday at the People's Heroes Monument in central Beijing to mark Martyr's Day, one of three new holidays created this year in a renewed focus on World War II.... 9/30/2014 4:20 AM

Convicted priest says El Salvador backed gang work
MADRID (AP) -- Those who love Antonio Rodriguez know him affectionately as "Father Tony," the Roman Catholic priest who spent 15 years working in El Salvador's roughest neighborhoods to get vulnerable young men out of a gang lifestyle that often ends in death.... 9/30/2014 4:09 AM