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Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- After emerging months ago in eastern Sierra Leone, Ebola is now hitting the western edges of the country where the capital is located with dozens of people falling sick each day, the government said Tuesday. So many people are dying that removing bodies is reportedly a problem.... 10/21/2014 2:36 PM

Hong Kong students, officials talk but don't agree
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong student leaders and government officials talked but agreed on little Tuesday as the city's Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on the key demand of activists camped in the streets now for a fourth week.... 10/21/2014 2:32 PM

Bulgarian court refuses Russian extradition plea
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- A Bulgarian court has refused a request from Moscow to extradite an opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, arguing that he could suffer because of his political activities and views.... 10/21/2014 2:17 PM

Total CEO dead in runway crash; plow driver drunk
MOSCOW (AP) -- Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday.... 10/21/2014 2:12 PM

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.... 10/21/2014 1:52 PM

Canadian soldier dies following car attack
SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec (AP) -- One of two Canadian soldiers hit by a car in a city near Montreal has died and authorities are examining whether the driver's links to radical Islam had spurred the attack. Neighbors said he was a recent convert.... 10/21/2014 1:49 PM

Hurricane remnants lash UK; 1 woman killed by tree
LONDON (AP) -- A woman has been killed by a falling tree in London as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo lashed Britain with rain and strong winds.... 10/21/2014 1:49 PM

Cyprus to block Turkey's EU entry bid over gas row
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Cyprus says it will block any progress in Turkey's ongoing talks to join the European Union in response to a Turkish gas search in waters where the EU member has already licensed companies to drill.... 10/21/2014 1:47 PM

Jerusalem stone may answer Jewish revolt questions
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli archaeologists said Tuesday they have discovered a large stone with Latin engravings that lends credence to the theory that the reason Jews revolted against Roman rule nearly 2,000 ago was because of their harsh treatment.... 10/21/2014 1:46 PM

Iran president pledges to back Iraq amid attacks
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Shiite powerhouse Iran has pledged enduring support for the Shiite-led government of Iraq in its battle against an ascendant Sunni insurgency spearheaded by the Islamic State group.... 10/21/2014 1:39 PM

Egypt sets appeal hearing for Al Jazeera staff
CAIRO (AP) -- The brother of an imprisoned Al-Jazeera reporter says a Cairo court has set the appeals hearing for three staffers of the Qatar-based broadcaster convicted in Egypt.... 10/21/2014 1:25 PM

Rwanda requires US, Spain visitor health reports
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Rwanda says that Rwanda's Ministry of Health is requiring visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the previous 22 days to report their medical condition to health authorities.... 10/21/2014 1:13 PM

Australia premier credited with 1970s reforms dies
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, whose government was credited with instituting lasting social reforms during a short tenure that ended in a bitter constitutional crisis, died Tuesday at the age of 98.... 10/21/2014 12:55 PM

WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in W. Africa in January
GENEVA (AP) -- The hunt for an Ebola vaccine will produce data soon about whether two experimental vaccines are safe and could lead to larger medical trials in West Africa by January, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday.... 10/21/2014 12:53 PM

Nepal vows new rules after worst trekking disaster
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal on Tuesday said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country's worst hiking disaster left dozens dead last week.... 10/21/2014 12:44 PM

UK suspect extradited to US to face terror charges
LONDON (AP) -- A mentally ill British man accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon was extradited to the U.S. on Tuesday after losing a nine-year legal battle.... 10/21/2014 12:38 PM

Pregnant Kate back at work after morning sickness
LONDON (AP) -- The Duchess of Cambridge has resumed her royal duties after spending more than two months out of the public eye while suffering from acute morning sickness.... 10/21/2014 12:25 PM

Syrian airstrikes kill 8 in town near Jordan
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say Syrian government airstrikes hit a rebel-held town along the country's southern border with Jordan, killing at least eight people.... 10/21/2014 12:25 PM

Pistorius out of Paralympic events for 5 years
LONDON (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius will be ineligible to compete in Paralympic events during the entirety of his five-year prison sentence.... 10/21/2014 12:01 PM

Pakistan pulls anti-government TV channel off air
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- An anti-government TV news channel in Pakistan was taken off air for 15 days after a high court ruled that the broadcaster was "maligning" the country's judiciary, the country's media regulation authority said.... 10/21/2014 11:41 AM