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Amnesty blasts China's torture tool industry
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese production and export of police equipment primarily used for torture, such as electric shock wands and neck-and-wrist cuffs connected by a chain, has grown dramatically, enabling human rights violations at home and abroad, Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday.... 9/23/2014 4:23 AM

WHO: 21,000 Ebola cases by November if no changes
LONDON (AP) -- New estimates from the World Health Organization warn the number of Ebola cases could hit 21,000 in six weeks unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up.... 9/23/2014 3:50 AM

Explosion at Chinese fireworks factory kills 12
BEIJING (AP) -- An explosion at a fireworks factory in southern China killed 12 people and injured 33 others, the local government said Tuesday.... 9/23/2014 3:44 AM

China stocks rebound on stronger manufacturing
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese stocks rebounded Tuesday on unexpectedly strong manufacturing but other Asian markets fell following Wall Street's tumble.... 9/23/2014 3:32 AM

Islamic State offensive poses problems for Turkey
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Fierce fighting Monday between the Islamic State militant group and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees and raising pressure for the government to step up efforts to take on the Sunni extremists. Meanwhile, the United States and five Arab countries launched the first airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters.... 9/23/2014 3:27 AM

China factory index ticks up, easing growth fears
HONG KONG (AP) -- Growth in China's sprawling manufacturing industry unexpectedly ticked higher in September, according to a report Tuesday, easing concerns about the No. 2 economy's recovery.... 9/23/2014 3:20 AM

Guatemala emergency measures after deadly clash
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemalan authorities have suspended some constitutional rights in a central municipality where 11 villagers died in a battle with guns and machetes.... 9/23/2014 2:48 AM

Islamist group kidnaps Frenchman in Algeria
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- A splinter group from al-Qaida's North African branch kidnapped a French citizen and said Monday that it would kill him unless France halts it airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq.... 9/22/2014 10:27 PM

Many still lack power in Los Cabos; storm toll 5
LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) -- Authorities in northwestern Mexico were struggling to get power back on in the resort zone of Los Cabos a week after Hurricane Odile barreled through, saying Monday that electricity had been restored to 19 percent of customers in the area.... 9/22/2014 10:15 PM

UN members endorse Indigenous Peoples rights
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations General Assembly on Monday approved a document strengthening the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide.... 9/22/2014 10:08 PM

Sierra Leone, Liberia brace for new Ebola cases
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Two of the West African nations hardest hit by Ebola were bracing for new caseloads on Monday after trying to outflank the outbreak with a nationwide checkup and a large new clinic.... 9/22/2014 10:05 PM

Syrian opposition chief urges airstrikes in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The head of Syria's main Western-backed opposition group on Thursday called for immediate U.S. airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Syria, saying urgent action was required "to avert catastrophe."... 9/22/2014 9:38 PM

Islamic State militants kill 40 Iraqi troops
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State militants disguised in Iraqi army uniforms and driving stolen Humvees killed at least 40 Iraqi soldiers and captured 68 others in western Anbar province, breaking through a deteriorating Iraqi military offensive in an area where the United States recently broadened its airstrike campaign.... 9/22/2014 9:17 PM

Yemeni Shiite rebel sweep into capital kills 340
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- In a stunning sweep of the Yemeni capital, the country's Shiite rebels seized homes, offices and military bases of their Sunni foes on Monday, forcing many into hiding and triggering an exodus of civilians from the city after a week of fighting that left 340 people dead.... 9/22/2014 9:06 PM

Week of diplomacy: Israel-Hamas talks, Abbas at UN
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- It's a busy week in Mideast diplomacy, book-ended by the launch of Israel-Hamas talks about a border deal for blockaded Gaza and the Palestinian president's U.N. speech about a new strategy for dealing with Israel.... 9/22/2014 8:36 PM

Argentine doctors tried in 'dirty war' baby thefts
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Two Argentine doctors are being tried on suspicion of stealing babies from political prisoners during the country's 1976-1983 dictatorship.... 9/22/2014 8:26 PM

Israel court condemns African migrant detentions
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A high Israeli court on Monday condemned the government's policy of detaining illegal African migrants captured in the Negev Desert, ordered that a detention facility be closed within three months and banned new detentions for a year.... 9/22/2014 8:24 PM

Islamic State group calls for attacking civilians
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group's spokesman said its fighters are ready to battle a U.S.-led military coalition, casting it as a historic clash between Muslims and their enemies and calling for attacks at home and abroad.... 9/22/2014 7:57 PM

Computer bungle leads to Mexico child porn arrest
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Prosecutors in western Mexico said Monday they have arrested a man who was promoting children's camping trips in front of a group of parents, but accidentally called up images of child pornography on his computer.... 9/22/2014 7:41 PM

Mexico: Alert over mine spill into river to Ariz.
CANANEA, Mexico (AP) -- Authorities in a northern Mexican state issued a binational alert Monday after contaminants from a copper mine spilled into a river that flows into the U.S. state of Arizona.... 9/22/2014 7:29 PM