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Sierra Leone considers repeating Ebola shutdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone's president said Tuesday that health workers found "many sick people and corpses" during a three-day lockdown of the country, which is battling an unprecedented Ebola outbreak.... 9/23/2014 4:20 PM

Indian spacecraft on course to enter Mars orbit
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India will soon know if its first interplanetary mission will achieve its goal, when a spacecraft built with homegrown technology for a remarkably low price tag of $75 million begins its final maneuvers into orbit around Mars.... 9/23/2014 4:20 PM

German-US reporter held in Somalia is freed
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A German-American journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia more than two years ago was freed Tuesday, according to a Somali police official and a leader of the Somali pirates who held the journalist.... 9/23/2014 4:14 PM

Azerbaijan nabs 26 alleged militants
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- Authorities in Azerbaijan said Tuesday they have arrested 26 citizens of the ex-Soviet nation accused of joining militants in Syria, including the Islamic State group.... 9/23/2014 4:11 PM

British radio DJ convicted of indecent assault
LONDON (AP) -- Veteran British radio DJ Dave Lee Travis was convicted Tuesday of indecent assault.... 9/23/2014 4:10 PM

Spain scraps abortion plan, justice chief quits
MADRID (AP) -- The Spanish government has scrapped plans to restrict the availability of abortion because there was no consensus for change, the prime minister said Tuesday, in a move that brought the resignation of the justice minister who was in charge of introducing a new law.... 9/23/2014 4:09 PM

UK Labour leader lays out vision for the future
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's opposition leader Ed Miliband has laid out his vision for the country's top job ahead of national elections in 2015, offering a 10-year-blueprint for the future.... 9/23/2014 4:06 PM

Algerian troops search for kidnapped Frenchman
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algerian police and soldiers combed the imposing Djura Djura mountains on Tuesday searching for a kidnapped Frenchman that a security official said had been snatched by a former al-Qaida commander.... 9/23/2014 4:03 PM

Chad considering anti-gay legislation, says group
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Amnesty International says a draft anti-gay bill in Chad represents a backward step for human rights in the country.... 9/23/2014 4:00 PM

UN to leaders: Set 'new course' on climate change
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Challenged by the United Nations chief to set a new course for a warming globe and reverse the rise of heat-trapping gases, world leader after world leader Tuesday made promises of billions of dollars and better care of planet Earth.... 9/23/2014 3:57 PM

US: Ebola cases could hit 1.4 million by mid-Jan.
LONDON (AP) -- New estimates by the World Health Organization and the U.S. health agency are warning that the number of Ebola cases could soar dramatically - the U.S. says up to 1.4 million by mid-January in two nations alone - unless efforts to curb the outbreak are significantly ramped up.... 9/23/2014 3:56 PM

South Africa makes nuclear deal with Russia
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa has signed a deal with Russia to get up to eight nuclear reactors built with Russian technology.... 9/23/2014 3:48 PM

World trade body cuts forecasts
BERLIN (AP) -- The World Trade Organization has sharply reduced its forecast for global trade growth this year, pointing to uneven economic growth in countries including China and the U.S.... 9/23/2014 3:45 PM

Assad backs efforts to fight terrorism
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group. Damascus said the U.S. informed it beforehand that the strikes were coming.... 9/23/2014 3:43 PM

Air France pilots protest as premier spurns strike
PARIS (AP) -- Scores of striking Air France pilots took their protest to the streets on Tuesday, demonstrating in full uniform outside of France's National Assembly to demand government intervention to end an eight-day standoff.... 9/23/2014 3:40 PM

Shoemaker Jimmy Choo to list shares in London
LONDON (AP) -- Luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo has announced its intention to float its shares in London next month as part of an expansion drive, particularly in China.... 9/23/2014 3:28 PM

Hamas suspects in slaying of Israeli teens killed
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers, a gruesome attack that had triggered a chain of events that led to the war in Gaza this summer.... 9/23/2014 3:19 PM

Russia proposes curbs for foreign media ownership
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's parliament has given preliminary approval to a bill limiting foreign ownership in Russian media to 20 percent.... 9/23/2014 3:08 PM

Australian counterterror officer shoots man dead
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A man was shot dead and two counterterrorism police were stabbed in a confrontation in Australia's second largest city on Tuesday, police said.... 9/23/2014 3:06 PM

President: "foreign plot" behind Shiites' advances
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi says the sweep by Shiite rebels over the capital is part of a "foreign plot," implicltly blaming Iran, which he has accused of backing the group.... 9/23/2014 3:03 PM