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Japan's exports up in September, deficit persists
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's trade deficit edged higher in September though exports rose more than expected as the yen weakened to a near six-year low, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday.... 10/22/2014 2:49 AM

APEC finance ministers meeting in Beijing
BEIJING (AP) -- Asia Pacific finance ministers are meeting in Beijing amid concerns over a slowdown in the regional economy highlighted by lower Chinese growth figures.... 10/22/2014 2:44 AM

Australian officials deny elite troop shortage
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Senior officers say Australia has recently deployed troops with diagnosed mental illnesses and on multiple tours of duty, but not because of any shortage of elite combat troops.... 10/22/2014 2:24 AM

Marine suspect transferred to Philippine detention
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The U.S. military turned over a Marine suspect in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino to the Philippine military's main camp in the capital Wednesday, easing a looming irritant over his custody, officials said.... 10/22/2014 2:20 AM

Fashion icon mourned in Dominican homeland
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Designer Oscar de la Renta was mourned Tuesday in the Dominican Republic as a native son who brought glamour and prestige to a largely poor country better known for baseball and beaches than elegant evening wear.... 10/22/2014 2:19 AM

Mexican rights agency says army executed 15 of 22
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Soldiers executed at least 12 and probably 15 people at a warehouse in southern Mexico last summer, the government Human Rights Commission said Tuesday in a sweeping indictment of attempts by the military and civilian prosecutors to cover up the crimes.... 10/22/2014 1:43 AM

UN: Assault on Yazidis may be genocide attempt
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A United Nations official says evidence strongly indicates that the Islamic State group's assault on Iraq's Yazidi religious minority is "an attempt to commit genocide."... 10/21/2014 11:35 PM

Terrorist ideology blamed in Canada car attack
SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec (AP) -- A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey, authorities said Tuesday.... 10/21/2014 11:07 PM

Egypt sets appeal hearing for Al-Jazeera staff
CAIRO (AP) -- A Cairo court has set an appeals hearing for three Al-Jazeera English journalists convicted of terrorism-related charges last June amid widespread international condemnation.... 10/21/2014 10:34 PM

Police find dead infants in Winnipeg locker
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) -- The remains of as many as four dead infants were found in a storage locker in Winnipeg, Canadian police said Tuesday, though it was not yet clear if the deaths were homicides.... 10/21/2014 9:41 PM

Australian runaway teenager reportedly in IS video
SYDNEY (AP) -- An Australian teenage runaway has reportedly appeared in an Islamic State propaganda video, warning that the movement won't stop fighting until the extremists' notorious black flag is flying above every nation.... 10/21/2014 9:27 PM

IS fighters seize weapons cache meant for Kurds
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday.... 10/21/2014 9:04 PM

IAPA: Press freedom deteriorating in the Americas
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Freedom of expression and the press have sharply deteriorated in the Americas over the last six months due to an increase in censorship and physical attacks on journalists, the Inter American Press Association said Tuesday.... 10/21/2014 9:02 PM

Israelis question care of Hamas leader's daughter
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel and the Gaza Strip are bound by much more than enmity: Israel controls nearly everything that comes in and out of the territory, including food and energy, and sometimes allows Gazans to enter the country for medical care.... 10/21/2014 8:56 PM

Cuba sends 91 more doctors to fight Ebola
HAVANA (AP) -- Every few years Dr. Leonardo Fernandez flies to a nation shaken by natural disaster, political turmoil or disease, leaving his hospital in eastern Cuba for countries that have included Pakistan, Nicaragua and East Timor.... 10/21/2014 8:47 PM

Assad pursues withering campaign against rebels
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition's war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas considered more crucial to the survival of his government.... 10/21/2014 8:45 PM

Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- After emerging months ago in eastern Sierra Leone, Ebola is now hitting the western edges of the country where the capital is located with dozens of people falling sick each day, the government said Tuesday. So many people are dying that removing bodies is reportedly a problem.... 10/21/2014 8:34 PM

Congo doctor Mukwege wins EU human rights prize
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- European lawmakers have awarded their top human rights prize to Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege who campaigns against sexual violence targeting women in war.... 10/21/2014 8:14 PM

Ukraine, Russia end gas talks without breakthrough
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Ukraine and Russia on Tuesday failed to get a decisive breakthrough in their standoff over gas supplies to Kiev and will resume European Union-sponsored talks next week.... 10/21/2014 8:09 PM

Oil CEO in sad toll of famed plane crash victims
PARIS (AP) -- Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA whose silver handlebar earned him the nickname "Big Mustache," died late Monday at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, according to Russian investigators.... 10/21/2014 7:40 PM