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Sweden raises estimate of foreign fighters
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden's security service says up to 150 people have left the country to join IS militants in the Middle East.... 10/22/2014 10:30 AM

Japan to send officials to North Korea next week
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's government said Wednesday that it will send a group of officials to North Korea next week for an update on the North's investigation into the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents in the 1970s and '80s.... 10/22/2014 10:23 AM

German firm wins appeal in Spain thalidomide case
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish court has upheld an appeal by a German pharmaceutical company, ditching a previous ruling that ordered the company to pay compensation to 22 Spaniards who blame their disabilities on the drug thalidomide.... 10/22/2014 10:23 AM

Snowplow driver says he didn't see Total CEO plane
MOSCOW (AP) -- The driver of the snowplow that apparently caused the plane carrying the Total CEO to crash at a Moscow airport says he neither saw nor heard the private jet as it sped toward him down the runway in the dark.... 10/22/2014 10:15 AM

Father of UK hostage dies after appeal to save son
LONDON (AP) -- The father of a British photojournalist held by the Islamic State group has died just weeks after he appealed from his hospital bed for the militants to release his son.... 10/22/2014 10:12 AM

Lawyers: Suspects retract claims they killed Brits
BANGKOK (AP) -- Two Myanmar migrant workers have retracted their confessions to killing two British travelers on a southern Thai resort island and now claim to have neither raped the female victim nor slain the pair, the men's lawyers said Wednesday.... 10/22/2014 10:10 AM

Century ago: Great War, great champagne vintage
EPERNAY, France (AP) -- Deep in the labyrinthine cellars of the Pol Roger champagne house, rows of century-old bottles caked in mold bear testimony to perhaps the greatest, and surely the most heroic of vintages.... 10/22/2014 10:07 AM

Kenny G visit to HK protest out of tune with China
HONG KONG (AP) -- Smooth jazz star Kenny G stopped in at Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on Wednesday but his visit was out of tune with Chinese authorities, who have warned about meddling by foreign forces.... 10/22/2014 9:58 AM

Liberians exiled by Ebola pray for end of outbreak
BUDUBURAM CAMP, Ghana (AP) -- Henry Boley left Liberia to attend a conference in Nigeria just days after his twins were born. Now, weeks later, he can't get home. Amanda Johnson, a 50-year-old Liberian living in Ghana, awaits her fiance's departure from their home country for their wedding, but refuses to return home because of Ebola.... 10/22/2014 9:50 AM

Kerry: US Congress important to Iran negotiations
BERLIN (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the Obama administration has no intention of cutting Congress out of the loop on any possible deal with Iran over its nuclear program.... 10/22/2014 9:50 AM

Romanian ex-prison chief fails to show for trial
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A former Romanian prison commander charged with torturing and causing the deaths of 12 political prisoners in the 1950s and 1960s has failed to show up for his trial, saying he is sick.... 10/22/2014 9:45 AM

Marine suspect guarded by US in Philippine camp
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A U.S. Marine suspected in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino was flown Wednesday from his warship to the Philippine military's main camp, where he will continue to be guarded by fellow Marines, in a compromise that eased a looming irritant over his custody.... 10/22/2014 9:36 AM

Iraqis return to school after delay from unrest
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi students went back to school on Wednesday amid tightened security as the academic year began a month late because thousands of people displaced by last summer's onslaught by the Islamic State group had taken shelter in school buildings.... 10/22/2014 9:28 AM

Tribes in tense Abu Ghraib vow to keep IS out
ABU GHRAIB, Iraq (AP) -- The Baghdad suburb of Abu Ghraib, best known for its infamous prison, sits close enough to Baghdad's airport that you can see the control tower in the distance. It's an enticing potential prize for Islamic State militants.... 10/22/2014 9:19 AM

Bank of England keeps rates steady
LONDON (AP) -- Bank of England policymakers remain split on raising interest rates, voting 7-2 at their last meeting to maintain a record low rate of 0.5 percent amid increasing pessimism about the global economy.... 10/22/2014 8:57 AM

Call me Jokowi, says Indonesia's president
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's new president says he wants to be called by his nickname, and has revealed who first gave it to him: a French furniture buyer.... 10/22/2014 8:04 AM

Pyongyang races to complete new airport
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Pyongyang isn't exactly an international travel hub. But attracting more tourists is one of North Korea's top agenda items, so thousands of soldier-builders are working feverishly these days to give the capital a fancy new airport.... 10/22/2014 7:40 AM

NKorea tries on the charm to avoid ICC referral
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- For an envoy of the North Korean government, which virtually bans the average citizen's contact with the outside world, Kim Ju Song looks breezily connected. A tablet computer is propped on his table in the United Nations' bustling delegates lounge. He hands out his name card with a Gmail address and mobile number and suggests a "coffee meeting to exchange views."... 10/22/2014 7:38 AM

Red Cross official: 6 months to contain Ebola
BEIJING (AP) -- A top Red Cross official said Wednesday that he is confident the Ebola epidemic that has killed thousands of people in West Africa can be contained within four to six months.... 10/22/2014 7:34 AM

Sweden closes probe into 2010 suicide bombing
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Swedish prosecutors have closed the investigation into a suicide bombing four years ago, saying Taimour Abdulwahab had no accomplices when he blew himself up in downtown Stockholm.... 10/22/2014 7:23 AM