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Ukraine pauses before decisive vote
MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine braced for decisive parliamentary elections Saturday against the backdrop of unrest in eastern regions roiled by conflict between government troops and pro-Russian separatist forces.... 10/25/2014 4:31 PM

Mussolini air raid shelter opens to tourists
ROME (AP) -- A Roman villa's wine cellar, which was converted into an air raid shelter for Benito Mussolini and the Italian dictator's family, is opening its anti-gas steel doors to tourists.... 10/25/2014 4:29 PM

Jack Bruce, bassist of 60's band Cream, dies at 71
LONDON (AP) -- British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream, has died. He was 71.... 10/25/2014 4:27 PM

WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.... 10/25/2014 3:35 PM

Rome protesters target plans to make firing easier
ROME (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of protesters have rallied in Rome to protest Premier Matteo Renzi's plan to make it easier to fire workers.... 10/25/2014 3:26 PM

Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran hanged a woman on Saturday who was convicted of murdering a man she said was trying to rape her, the official IRNA news agency reported.... 10/25/2014 3:24 PM

Suicide attack kills 8 Shiite militiamen in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi authorities say a suicide bombing has killed eight Shiite militiamen just north of Baghdad.... 10/25/2014 2:59 PM

Extremists shell northern Syrian town
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists and a Kurdish official say fighters from the Islamic State group are shelling the northern Syrian town of Kobani, where they continue to fight Kurdish troops.... 10/25/2014 2:50 PM

Number of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar tops 100,000
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with the number who have fled by boat since communal violence broke out two years ago now topping 100,000, a leading expert said Saturday.... 10/25/2014 2:31 PM

Colleagues: US doctor with Ebola was very careful
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- An American doctor who caught Ebola while treating patients in Guinea was a hard worker who conscientiously followed safety procedures, two colleagues said Saturday.... 10/25/2014 1:51 PM

Egypt leader: 'Foreign hands' behind Sinai attack
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Saturday that an assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 30 troops was a "foreign-funded operation" and vowed to take drastic action against militants.... 10/25/2014 1:32 PM

Brazil's election: 'Ghosts' versus 'Monsters'
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian voters electing a new president this weekend are being asked to decide what scares them least: the incumbent's warnings about the "ghosts of the past," or her challenger's charges about the "monsters of the present."... 10/25/2014 1:22 PM

Botswana ruling party shows early lead in election
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The party that has ruled Botswana for nearly five decades has taken an early lead in the country's election.... 10/25/2014 12:58 PM

Number of Islamic extremists growing in Germany
BERLIN (AP) -- The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says the number of Islamic extremists in the country is growing rapidly.... 10/25/2014 10:20 AM

16 killed in northwest China coal mine collapse
BEIJING (AP) -- A coal mine shaft collapsed in northwestern China, killing 16 miners, an official said Saturday, highlighting the persistence of safety problems in the industry despite a leveling off of demand.... 10/25/2014 8:43 AM

Tunisians skeptical on eve of historic election
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- In a raucous cafe in a Tunis slum, men talked in loud voices and paid little attention to the politicians debating on the television mounted on the wall. Qais Jebali swiftly made espressos behind the bar and explained why no one in the gritty neighborhood of Tadamon cared about the upcoming elections.... 10/25/2014 8:34 AM

Women on front lines in Syria, Iraq against IS
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Just over a year ago, Afshin Kobani was a teacher. Now, the Kurdish Syrian woman has traded the classroom for the front lines in the battle for Kobani, a town besieged by fighters from the Islamic State extremist group.... 10/25/2014 8:32 AM

Tunisians gear up for pivotal elections
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisians vote Sunday to elect a permanent parliament and complete a democratic transition that began when they overthrew their long-ruling dictator in 2011.... 10/25/2014 8:23 AM

Europe's bank test aims to strengthen economy
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The European Central Bank on Sunday will reveal the results of a yearlong search through the books of Europe's 130 biggest banks, a key part of the region's effort to recover from its debt and economic crisis.... 10/25/2014 7:14 AM

Outgoing president's party leads Uruguay contest
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- The political party of outgoing President Jose Mujica, who gained international notice for social reforms such as legalization of marijuana and gay marriage, leads going into Sunday's election to replace him but victory is far from assured.... 10/25/2014 4:21 AM