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Chinese patriotism fuels cruises to disputed isles
ABOARD THE COCONUT PRINCESS (AP) -- Zhang Jing watched the gray shells of the Paracel Islands emerge from the purple, pre-dawn South China Sea. Here was the focal point of a cruise more about politics than pleasure.... 9/30/2014 6:27 AM

Thai man gets death penalty for train rape, murder
HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) -- A Thai court has sentenced a man to death after convicting him of raping a 13-year-old girl on an overnight train, killing her and then throwing her body out the window.... 9/30/2014 6:02 AM

New tremors raise concern at Japan's Mount Ontake
KISO, Japan (AP) -- Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit.... 9/30/2014 5:43 AM

Hong Kong leader says Beijing won't back down
HONG KONG (AP) -- Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong set a Wednesday deadline for a response from the government to meet their demands for reforms after spending another night blocking streets in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience.... 9/30/2014 5:34 AM

Australian police arrest 1 in counterterror raids
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- One man was arrested in counterterrorism raids in the Australian city of Melbourne on Tuesday after police said he provided money to a U.S. citizen fighting alongside extremists in Syria.... 9/30/2014 4:46 AM

Asian stocks mostly lower after US declines
BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stocks were mostly lower Tuesday after Wall Street's losses overnight and pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a major financial center, added to worries about political risk.... 9/30/2014 4:28 AM

China celebrates new holiday of Martyr's Day
BEIJING (AP) -- President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders solemnly presented flower baskets Tuesday at the People's Heroes Monument in central Beijing to mark Martyr's Day, one of three new holidays created this year in a renewed focus on World War II.... 9/30/2014 4:20 AM

Convicted priest says El Salvador backed gang work
MADRID (AP) -- Those who love Antonio Rodriguez know him affectionately as "Father Tony," the Roman Catholic priest who spent 15 years working in El Salvador's roughest neighborhoods to get vulnerable young men out of a gang lifestyle that often ends in death.... 9/30/2014 4:09 AM

S. Korean ship runs aground, everyone rescued
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean cruise ship ran aground off the southwestern coast Tuesday but all of the 109 people aboard the vessel have been rescued, coast guard officers said.... 9/30/2014 3:24 AM

Netanyahu: Hamas, Islamic State group share creed
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- In a blistering speech to the United Nations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday that Hamas and the Islamic State group are "branches of the same poisonous tree," both bent on world domination through terror, just as the Nazis were.... 9/30/2014 3:05 AM

Mexico detains 5 in suspected oil theft ring
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico says it has nabbed five suspected members of a ring believed to have stolen over 1 million gallons (4 million liters) of oil per month in a northeastern state.... 9/30/2014 2:13 AM

Anti-gay remarks at debate spark anger in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) -- A minor character in Brazil's election race faced a firestorm of criticism on Monday after saying during a presidential debate that the country needs to stand up against gay people who should receive psychological help far away from the general population.... 9/30/2014 2:05 AM

Nicole Kidman reveals heartbreak at father's death
SYDNEY (AP) -- Actress Nicole Kidman on Tuesday broke her public silence since the death of her father more than two weeks ago by sharing her heartbreak and thanking well-wishers for their comforting thoughts and prayers.... 9/30/2014 1:28 AM

Mexico seeks 57 missing after weekend violence
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Authorities were searching Monday for 57 students reported missing after weekend violence left at least six people dead and 25 wounded in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero.... 9/30/2014 1:27 AM

Mexico official suspended after Hurricane Odile
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican official in Baja California Sur has been suspended amid reports linking him to possible looting in the aftermath of Hurricane Odile.... 9/30/2014 1:18 AM

Rousseff to tour Olympic venue with vote in days
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, in a close race for re-election, is touring the main venue for Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympic Games with voting just days away.... 9/30/2014 12:45 AM

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.... 9/29/2014 11:26 PM

AP INTERVIEW: US should hit all militants in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Syria's foreign minister said Monday that the U.S.-led bombing campaign should be expanded to target other militant groups besides the Islamic State group, noting that the fight against terrorism has aligned the Syrian regime with its Western and Arab opponents in a fight against a common enemy.... 9/29/2014 11:11 PM

Abbas, Netanyahu trade accusations at the UN
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked each other in speeches before world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly. Here is look at some of their remarks:... 9/29/2014 11:06 PM

Group: Wildlife populations down drastically
GENEVA (AP) -- Populations of about 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have plummeted far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world's biggest environmental groups.... 9/29/2014 10:37 PM