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EU increases Syria refugee aid by $280 million
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is increasing its aid to those affected by the civil war in Syria by 215 million euros ($280 million).... 9/23/2014 8:17 PM

Airstrikes alone may not defeat Sunni militants
BAGHDAD (AP) -- In their Syrian strongholds, extremists from the Islamic State group had been moving into civilian apartment buildings for cover days before the U.S. and its allies began pounding them before dawn Tuesday, activists say. It's just one sign of the difficulties in trying to destroy the group by relying mainly on airstrikes.... 9/23/2014 8:10 PM

US: Syria failed to confront Islamic State havens
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.S. has told the U.N. secretary-general that airstrikes against Islamic State group strongholds in Syria have begun because Syria's leaders have failed to stand up to the threat.... 9/23/2014 8:05 PM

New jihad appeal makes policing even harder
PARIS (AP) -- The Islamic State group's call on Muslims to go after the "filthy French" and other Westerners multiplies already deep security concerns in nations targeting the militant organization.... 9/23/2014 8:01 PM

Mexico: 2 burned bodies found in congressman's car
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) -- Mexican authorities say two burned bodies have been discovered inside a vehicle in which a congressman and his driver were kidnapped a day earlier.... 9/23/2014 8:01 PM

Yemeni Shiite rebel leader vows to fight al-Qaida
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The leader of Shiite rebels who swept through Yemen's capital vowed on Tuesday to go after al-Qaida's branch in the country, a show of the group's strength and confidence as it ignored calls by the government for its fighters to leave the city.... 9/23/2014 7:51 PM

Life term for China scholar chills ethnic dialogue
BEIJING (AP) -- A life sentence given to a moderate Chinese scholar on Tuesday shows the ruling Communist Party is cutting off dialogue on ethnic tensions and could backfire by radicalizing minorities, scholars and analysts said.... 9/23/2014 7:48 PM

Mexico sees sign of hope for Monarch butterflies
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Experts in Mexico said Tuesday there is a tentative sign of hope for the mass migration of monarch butterflies, whose numbers dropped to their lowest level ever last year.... 9/23/2014 7:42 PM

Assad backs all efforts to fight terrorism
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- 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 in Syria.... 9/23/2014 7:39 PM

Obama urges world to follow US lead on climate
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- In the first international test for his climate-change strategy, President Barack Obama pressed world leaders Tuesday to follow the United States' lead on the issue, even as a one-day United Nations summit revealed the many obstacles that still stand in the way of wider agreements to reduce heat-trapping pollution.... 9/23/2014 7:35 PM

Vatican puts ex-Dominican envoy under house arrest
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican put its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest Tuesday after opening a criminal trial against him, the first time a high-ranking Vatican official has ever faced criminal charges for sexually abusing youngsters.... 9/23/2014 7:31 PM

Models nearly cooked as Paris Fashion Week starts
PARIS (AP) -- Ninety-three shows, nine days, one fashion-crazed city.... 9/23/2014 7:19 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 7:10 PM

Mexico rights agency probes death of 22 in clash
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's governmental human rights agency said Tuesday it is investigating the deaths of 22 people in a clash with the army that one witness has described as a massacre.... 9/23/2014 7:03 PM

UK regulator fines Barclays record $62 million
LONDON (AP) -- U.K. regulators fined Barclays Bank Plc, Britain's second-biggest bank, a record 37.7 million pounds ($62 million) for failing to properly protect client assets.... 9/23/2014 6:59 PM

Islamic militants parade captured Iraqi soldiers
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Islamic State group on Tuesday paraded captured Iraqi troops through the streets of a militant stronghold west of Baghdad, residents said.... 9/23/2014 6:58 PM

US: Over 50 countries agree to fight extremists
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says more than 50 countries have joined the coalition to fight the Islamic State extremist group.... 9/23/2014 6:45 PM

Countries pledge to end forest loss; Brazil balks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- More than 30 countries set the first-ever deadline on Tuesday to end deforestation by 2030, but the feasibility of such a goal was eroded when a key player, Brazil, said it would not join.... 9/23/2014 6:38 PM

Ukraine: Cease-fire being upheld on both sides
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A cease-fire in east Ukraine is being upheld by both government troops and Russia-backed rebels, a senior Ukrainian official said Tuesday, in a first step toward enforcing a truce that has been riddled by repeated violations since it was imposed earlier this month.... 9/23/2014 6:27 PM

Deutsche Bank co-CEO, 4 others face charges
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Prosecutors in Germany have charged Deutsche Bank co-CEO Juergen Fitschen and four other former top officials with lying to judges in a protracted legal battle between the bank and the now-defunct Kirch media group.... 9/23/2014 6:21 PM