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NATO gets new chief_one Putin may approve of
BRUSSELS (AP) -- At a time of daunting geopolitical crises, NATO is undergoing its own version of regime change, with the arrival of a new chief official who has the blessing, at least temporarily, of one of the West's biggest adversaries: Russian President Vladimir Putin.... 10/1/2014 9:23 AM

Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons
BEIJING (AP) -- The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.... 10/1/2014 9:23 AM

New Polish premier wants more US military presence
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's new prime minister says she will work for a greater U.S. military presence in Poland.... 10/1/2014 9:07 AM

Philippines won't send troops to unclear mission
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine president says his government will no longer deploy peacekeepers where they face unclear missions like in the Golan Heights, where Filipino forces came under attack by insurgents.... 10/1/2014 9:04 AM

APNewsBreak: Nazi hunter pushes for new probe
BERLIN (AP) -- The Simon Wiesenthal Center has identified dozens of former members of Nazi mobile death squads who might still be alive, and is pushing the German government for an investigation, The Associated Press has learned.... 10/1/2014 9:01 AM

Karadzic closing his defense in UN genocide trial
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic insisted Wednesday that United Nations prosecutors do not have "a shred of evidence" linking him to atrocities throughout the Bosnian war, and accused them of putting the entire Serb people on trial.... 10/1/2014 8:56 AM

Saudi overhaul reshapes Islam's holiest city Mecca
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- As a child, Osama al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric merchants where his father owned a store. At that time, Mecca was so small, pilgrims could sit at the cube-shaped Kaaba and look out at the serene desert mountains where the Prophet Muhammad once walked.... 10/1/2014 8:49 AM

Former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat dead at 87
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat, who presided over the city's transformation into a vibrant and open urban center, has died at the age of 87.... 10/1/2014 8:45 AM

France's Socialists detail hefty spending cuts
PARIS (AP) -- France's Socialist government has detailed a 21 billion-euro ($26.5 billion) cost-cutting plan, the deepest-ever spending cuts in the country's modern history.... 10/1/2014 8:17 AM

Taliban suicide bombers kill 7 in Kabul, wound 21
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul early Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding 21, just a day after the signing of a key U.S.-Afghan security pact.... 10/1/2014 8:01 AM

Bodies found on Japan volcano, raising toll to 48
OTAKI, Japan (AP) -- A dozen more bodies were found Wednesday near the ash-covered summit of a Japanese volcano as searches resumed amid concern of toxic gasses and another eruption.... 10/1/2014 7:49 AM

Australian Parliament passes counterterror laws
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The Australian Parliament on Wednesday passed a raft of counterterrorism laws that extend secret service powers despite concerns about its impact on press freedom.... 10/1/2014 7:48 AM

Japan's Shinkansen bullet train turns 50
TOKYO (AP) -- It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, "like flying in the sky."... 10/1/2014 7:41 AM

Agonizing wait for last victims of S. Korean ferry
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- In a dimly lit gym on Jindo island, hundreds of families have received tragic news over the past six months, and a tormented few still wait for it.... 10/1/2014 6:42 AM

12 killed as 2 trains collide in northern India
LUCKNOW, India (AP) -- A train overshot a stop signal and plowed into another express passenger train in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state, killing 12 people and injuring dozens, officials said Wednesday.... 10/1/2014 6:31 AM

Algeria's ailing president absent amid crises
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- The silence of Algeria's ailing president since the kidnapping and beheading of a French hiker by Islamic State-inspired militants has ignited new concerns over his health and whether he's fit to rule the oil-rich North African nation - or indeed whether he's still doing so.... 10/1/2014 6:21 AM

Protesters heckle Hong Kong leader on National Day
HONG KONG (AP) -- Pro-democracy protesters kept behind police barricades heckled Hong Kong's under-fire leader on Wednesday when he attended a flag-raising ceremony on China's National Day.... 10/1/2014 6:11 AM

Small countries struggle to be heard at the UN
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Honduras, terrorized by drug gangs, railed against the world for ignoring the violence and lack of jobs that sends thousands of young Central Americans fleeing north to the United States.... 10/1/2014 5:52 AM

3 soldiers charged in Mexico army killing of 22
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Months after the Mexican army said it had killed 22 suspected gang members in a fierce shootout, three soldiers are being charged with homicide.... 10/1/2014 5:40 AM

Australia sends 2 unarmed support planes over Iraq
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia was sending two unarmed air force planes to support U.S.-led coalition combat operations against the Islamic State movement in Iraq, but would not yet launch its own airstrikes, the prime minister said Wednesday.... 10/1/2014 5:32 AM