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Watchdog: Turkey has fearful journalism climate
ISTANBUL (AP) -- An international media freedom watchdog says that while Turkey has released many journalists from prison recently, the government is creating a more fearful climate for critical media.... 10/2/2014 8:12 AM

Denmark votes to send jet fighters to Iraq
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Danish lawmakers have confirmed the government's proposal to send seven F-16 fighter jets to join an international coalition to take part in airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group.... 10/2/2014 8:09 AM

New economics head vows tough EU budgets oversight
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's incoming economics chief vows to be an impartial and tough enforcer of the bloc's budget and deficit rules even though he failed to implement them as French Finance Minister.... 10/2/2014 8:02 AM

Millions across India join cleanliness campaign
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's prime minister joined millions of schoolchildren, officials and ordinary people who picked up brooms and dustpans Thursday in a countrywide campaign to clean parks, public buildings and streets.... 10/2/2014 7:58 AM

Australian Parliament restricts veiled visitors
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Visitors who wear face veils to Australia's Parliament House have been restricted to sound-proof enclosed galleries usually reserved for noisy school groups under a new counterterrorism security measure.... 10/2/2014 7:55 AM

Philips loses $467M patent suit to US competitor
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Royal Philips NV says it will book a $467 million (366 million-euro) charge in the third quarter after losing a patent lawsuit to smaller U.S. competitor Masimo Corp.... 10/2/2014 7:51 AM

China warns of chaos if Hong Kong protests persist
HONG KONG (AP) -- China's ruling party mouthpiece warned of "chaos" and expressed strong support for Hong Kong's embattled leader in his face-off with pro-democracy protesters who have threatened to occupy government offices unless he steps down by the end of Thursday.... 10/2/2014 7:07 AM

Turkey considers Iraq, Syria incursions
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's parliament is considering a motion that would give the government new powers to launch military operations in Syria and Iraq and allow foreign forces to make incursions from its territory.... 10/2/2014 7:02 AM

Surfer loses arm in shark attack in Australia
SYDNEY (AP) -- A man had part of his arm torn off by a suspected great white shark while surfing off the coast of Western Australia on Thursday, officials said.... 10/2/2014 6:57 AM

Palestinian-born candidate runs for Berlin mayor
BERLIN (AP) -- Berlin's mayor broke ground 13 years ago by winning election after coming out as gay. Now a top candidate to succeed him wants to make history of his own: Palestinian-born Raed Saleh is seeking to become Berlin's first immigrant mayor.... 10/2/2014 6:43 AM

15 feared dead in explosives factory blast
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Authorities say a blast at an explosives factory in northwestern Bulgaria may have killed as many as 15 people.... 10/2/2014 6:15 AM

Anger mounts as Kashmir floodwaters subside
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- As floodwaters ripped through Indian-controlled Kashmir, Abdul Majeed spent five days holed up with his family in their attic, watching helplessly as army helicopters plucked tourists from hotel rooftops and government boats ferried officials to safety.... 10/2/2014 6:02 AM

Filipinos express support for Hong Kong protest
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Filipinos opposed to Chinese claims in the South China Sea expressed support Thursday for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, saying Beijing should not use force to stop the protests in the global financial hub or in resolving its territorial disputes with the Philippines.... 10/2/2014 5:55 AM

Australia lifts Ebola donation to $16 million
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia more than doubled its donation to the fight against Ebola in West Africa to 18 million Australian dollars ($16 million) on Thursday, but resisted demands to send personnel.... 10/2/2014 5:39 AM

Latest suicide attack in Afghanistan kills 3
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Officials say that a suicide bomber has killed three army officers and wounded seven others in Kabul, a day after two such attacks killed 11.... 10/2/2014 4:53 AM

AP PHOTOS: Trash pickers worry about end of dump
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Against a distant skyline of high-rise buildings, huge vultures dive over the nearly 9 tons of rubbish that arrive daily at the huge dump in Brazil's capital as nearly 3,000 trash pickers set aside recyclable plastic, metal and paper to sell.... 10/2/2014 4:06 AM

Alleged Beltran Leyva cartel boss nabbed in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Hector Beltran Leyva, the purported head of a feared drug gang allegedly run by his family, became the fourth brother to fall when soldiers grabbed him while dining at a seafood restaurant.... 10/2/2014 4:04 AM

Venezuelans looking to 'Holy Thugs' for protection
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- They gather in the cemetery, sometimes by the dozens, kneeling in prayer, drinking liquor and smoking cigarettes as offerings to the small statue of the long-dead robber Ismael.... 10/2/2014 4:00 AM

Iraq considering Australian airstrike request
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Iraq's ambassador to Australia on Thursday gave no timetable for when his government might decide on Australia's request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State targets.... 10/2/2014 3:32 AM

IOC on Rio: 'Lot of progress' but schedule 'tight'
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have made "a lot of progress" in the last six months but the schedule "remains tight," the head of the IOC's inspection team said Wednesday.... 10/2/2014 12:51 AM