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Survivors of Lampedusa shipwreck to meet pope
MILAN (AP) -- Survivors of the Lampedusa shipwreck that killed 368 migrants, mostly Eritreans, will visit the island and meet with Pope Francis to mark the tragedy's anniversary.... 9/30/2014 12:47 PM

Officials: Wave of attacks kills 19 across Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Officials say a wave of bombings targeted commercial areas across Iraq has killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens.... 9/30/2014 12:47 PM

UK government plans curbs on nonviolent extremism
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's interior minister on Tuesday proposed new powers to bar people with extremist views from appearing on television or publishing on social media even if they are not breaking any laws.... 9/30/2014 12:44 PM

Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives.... 9/30/2014 12:41 PM

Islamist-allied militias in Libya reject UN talks
CAIRO (AP) -- Islamist-allied militias in control of the Libyan capital on Tuesday rejected the United Nations' call for a cease-fire in the battered nation, insisting instead that their rivals be disarmed.... 9/30/2014 12:40 PM

South Sudan factions agree on federal government
BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia (AP) -- Mediators say South Sudan's warring factions have agreed on the installation of a federal system of government in South Sudan.... 9/30/2014 12:37 PM

Afghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year, ending a year of uncertainty over the fate of foreign troops supporting Afghanis as they take over responsibility for the country's security.... 9/30/2014 12:37 PM

Myanmar and Sri Lankan hard-liners ink agreement
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- A Myanmar Buddhist monk and a Sri Lankan ultranationalist both known for campaigning against Muslims formally signed on Tuesday an agreement to work together to protect Buddhism, which they say is challenged worldwide.... 9/30/2014 12:35 PM

ECB under pressure as inflation falls again
LONDON (AP) -- Inflation across the 18 euro countries dipped further toward zero in September, piling pressure on the European Central Bank to pull the trigger on its biggest stimulus weapon - a large-scale program to create new money.... 9/30/2014 12:31 PM

EU says Ireland grants Apple illegal tax benefits
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Ireland appears to be granting Apple illegal tax rebates that may have to be recouped, the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday as it pressed on with an inquiry into the iPhone maker's overseas tax practices.... 9/30/2014 12:27 PM

Mexican's 'Harry Potter' hoard is world's biggest
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of "Harry Potter" memorabilia was named the world's largest.... 9/30/2014 12:23 PM

Germany vows better checks on refugee guards
BERLIN (AP) -- A German official says he's tightening checks on security personnel at asylum centers following allegations that private guards repeatedly abused refugees.... 9/30/2014 12:20 PM

Ukrainians gear up for winter without Russian gas
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- For Alexei Polezhai, who sells water heaters and wood-burning stoves at his two shops in Kiev, sales this fall have been remarkably good considering the dramatic collapse in the rest of the Ukrainian economy this year.... 9/30/2014 12:07 PM

Hostage tale suggests IS wary of upsetting Turkey
SILOPI, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish truck driver Ozgur Simsek was sleeping off a 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) fuel run to the Qayara power station in Iraq, he said, when he heard banging on his vehicle's door.... 9/30/2014 11:57 AM

Putin visits Kazakhstan after remarks cause alarm
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting Kazakhstan to stress the need for close ties, a month after he caused alarm in the former Soviet republic by seeming to question its future as an independent state.... 9/30/2014 11:50 AM

HK leader says China adamant; students seek talks
HONG KONG (AP) -- Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them on Tuesday and threatened wider actions if he did not, after he said China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub.... 9/30/2014 11:36 AM

US Ebola labs, parts for clinic arrive in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- U.S. mobile Ebola labs should be up and running in Liberia this week, and American troops have broken ground for a field hospital, as the international community races to increase the ability to care for the spiraling number of people infected with the dreaded disease.... 9/30/2014 11:36 AM

Wildlife populations plummet for 3,000 species
GENEVA (AP) -- About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world's biggest environmental groups.... 9/30/2014 11:35 AM

25th anniversary of East German exodus to the West
PRAGUE (AP) -- A former foreign minister of West Germany has arrived in Prague to meet former refugees from the East and commemorate events that led to communism's collapse in Eastern Europe and the reunification of Germany.... 9/30/2014 11:32 AM

Iraqi Arabs claim persecution by Kurds
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- When Sunni militants captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, in June, Abu Sara and his family feared their town of Taza, located some 50 kilometers southeast of the city, would inevitably be next. Government soldiers had dropped their weapons and abandoned their posts - forcing residents to fend for themselves.... 9/30/2014 10:58 AM