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Verdict postponed on Saudi Shiite cleric
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday postponed issuing its verdict in a sensitive case against a popular Shiite cleric who faces charges that carry the death sentence.... 9/16/2014 2:16 PM

West Bank settler group boasts rapid growth
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's settler population in the West Bank increased by 2 percent in the first half of the year, an advocacy group announced Tuesday, signaling robust growth in the settlements even while Israel was conducting peace talks with the Palestinians.... 9/16/2014 2:14 PM

AP names Maya Alleruzzo Mideast photo editor
CAIRO (AP) -- Maya Alleruzzo, a photographer who has covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during a 12-year stint in the region, has been named regional photo editor for the Middle East by The Associated Press.... 9/16/2014 2:14 PM

German court lifts injunction banning Uber
BERLIN (AP) -- A court in Germany has lifted an emergency injunction that banned the ridesharing service Uber from operating anywhere in the country.... 9/16/2014 2:13 PM

Kurdish police to get help from Czech Republic
PRAGUE (AP) -- The Czech Republic says it will help train Kurdish forces to fight Islamic State militants.... 9/16/2014 2:10 PM

Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- A Belgian convicted of murder and rape who has been imprisoned for almost three decades has been granted the right to die after doctors agreed his psychiatric condition was incurable, an official and a lawyer said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 2:07 PM

Pope to focus on grandparents after newlyweds
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a special Mass for grandparents.... 9/16/2014 2:06 PM

Turkish PM: Turks are not joining IS group en mass
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Turkey's new prime minister strongly rejected Western media reports that many of his fellow countrymen are swelling the ranks of the Islamic State group.... 9/16/2014 2:06 PM

South Sudan urges groups to hire more nationals
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A South Sudanese official says the government in a new policy wants all non-governmental organizations to start hiring more nationals.... 9/16/2014 2:00 PM

Stagnant floodwater raising health risk in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Health workers were scrambling Tuesday to manage a mounting health crisis nearly two weeks after massive flooding engulfed much of Kashmir, and were treating cases of diarrhea, skin allergies and fungus while hoping the stagnant waters do not create conditions for more serious disease outbreaks.... 9/16/2014 2:00 PM

Oligarch buys Russia's most popular social media
MOSCOW (AP) -- A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has splashed out $1.5 billion to gain full control of Russia's most popular social network, VKontakte, bringing an end to a months-long dispute that saw the original investors sue each other in court.... 9/16/2014 1:52 PM

Brazilian archbishop robbed at gunpoint in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian church officials say the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro has escaped injury during a robbery by three gunmen.... 9/16/2014 1:44 PM

Scotland took long road to independence vote
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland's National Monument. A colonnade of classical stone pillars modeled on the Parthenon in Athens, it's grand, inspiring - and unfinished, ever since the money to build it ran out two centuries ago.... 9/16/2014 1:42 PM

Exploring 'graveyard of ships' near San Francisco
GULF OF THE FARALLONES NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY (AP) -- Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush.... 9/16/2014 1:34 PM

UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola
GENEVA (AP) -- The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could end up costing nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 1:31 PM

Coptic Christians clash with police in Egypt
CAIRO (AP) -- A couple hundred Christian protesters clashed with police in southern Egypt after holding a demonstration on Tuesday in front of a police station demanding authorities locate an abducted housewife, a security official said.... 9/16/2014 1:30 PM

Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's parliament ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union on Tuesday, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal.... 9/16/2014 1:24 PM

Woman survives 4 days after Nigeria building falls
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Rescue workers early Tuesday dug a woman out of the rubble of a building that collapsed four days ago and she walked away with only a slight injury, a government spokesman said.... 9/16/2014 1:22 PM

Chinese president to launch port city in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Sri Lanka on Tuesday to forge closer ties and help launch a $1.4 billion port city project funded by his government.... 9/16/2014 1:14 PM

Weakening Odile pushes up Mexico's Baja California
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) -- A weakening Tropical Storm Odile pushed up Mexico's Baja California Peninsula early Tuesday, dumping heavy rains that could bring dangerous flash floods and mudslides but also a potential boon to the drought-stricken region.... 9/16/2014 1:06 PM