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Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: "Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?"... 9/17/2014 3:37 PM

5 spring trends from London Fashion Week
LONDON (AP) -- They came, they saw, and now they've jetted off to Milan for another round of catwalk shows.... 9/17/2014 3:35 PM

AP Interview: Iraq premier says no foreign troops
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's prime minister strongly rejected the idea of the U.S. or other nations sending ground forces to his country to help fight the Islamic State group, saying Wednesday that foreign troops are "out of the question."... 9/17/2014 3:34 PM

French case against Iran opposition group dropped
PARIS (AP) -- French judges have thrown out terrorism-linked charges against nine members of an exiled Iranian opposition group, closing the last part of a case that began 11 years ago with mass arrests that provoked several deaths by protesters setting themselves afire.... 9/17/2014 3:30 PM

Experts: Chopin's heart shows signs of TB
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The preserved heart of composer Frederic Chopin contains signs of tuberculosis and possibly some other lung disease, medical experts said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 3:30 PM

Pakistan airstrikes kill 40 militants, army says
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's military launched airstrikes on five militant hideouts in a troubled tribal region near the border with Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing 40 suspected fighters as part of a massive operation that began this summer.... 9/17/2014 3:27 PM

Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- There was excitement among thousands of voters and relief from the international community Wednesday as Fijians cast ballots in a landmark election they hope will end more than a quarter-century of political turmoil and eight years of autocratic rule. But democracy may not have much of a new look to it.... 9/17/2014 3:26 PM

Laments, long lines amid Air France pilots' strike
PARIS (AP) -- "I'm going to cry!" groaned Stephanie Leon, parking a palm on her forehead in distress as she walked into Charles de Gaulle airport and saw the departures board: Her Air France flight to the Dominican Republic had been cancelled.... 9/17/2014 3:18 PM

Puerto Rico police arrest reggaeton star Don Omar
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar was arrested Wednesday in the U.S. territory on suspicion of domestic violence, according to police.... 9/17/2014 3:13 PM

Japan seeks backing for whaling despite UN ruling
PORTOROZ, Slovenia (AP) -- Japan sought international backing Wednesday for its highly criticized plan to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic next year, despite a ruling against it by the top U.N. court.... 9/17/2014 3:08 PM

Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial
URUMQI, China (AP) -- A high-profile Muslim Uighur scholar and government critic denied that he had encouraged separatism as he stood trial Wednesday in China's far western region of Xinjiang, where authorities say terrorists are seeking an independent state.... 9/17/2014 2:54 PM

Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills 2, wounds 3
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Shelling in the rebel-held eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk killed two people Wednesday and wounded three others, municipal authorities said.... 9/17/2014 2:45 PM

Weakened Odile heads toward US; tourists evacuated
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's government airlifted thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort of Los Cabos, as a weakened Odile headed over the Gulf of California Wednesday on a path toward Arizona and a new storm loomed to the south.... 9/17/2014 2:41 PM

Syria: 15 children die after getting vaccinations
BEIRUT (AP) -- At least 15 children died after receiving vaccinations in rebel-held parts of Syria, and activists said Wednesday that the death toll from two days of government airstrikes in the central city of Talbiseh climbed to nearly 50, a heavy toll even by the vicious standards of the country's civil war.... 9/17/2014 2:36 PM

Rise in extremists recruiting French women, girls
PARIS (AP) -- Recruiters for Islamic extremist groups are increasingly targeting French women and girls, with nearly 100 either in Syria or on their way and 175 being monitored at home, security officials say.... 9/17/2014 2:32 PM

Indonesia adds more copters to fight forest fires
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia on Wednesday added more water-dropping helicopters to fight forest and plantation wildfires that are spreading haze across the region, limiting visibility and increasing air pollution.... 9/17/2014 2:27 PM

Researchers locate site of gas chambers in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish and Israeli Holocaust researchers say they have discovered the exact location of the building that housed gas chambers at Sobibor, one of the death camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.... 9/17/2014 2:25 PM

Celebrity rabbi takes plea bargain over bribery
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A multimillionaire Israeli celebrity rabbi with a following in the United States has accepted a plea bargain in which he admits to attempting to bribe a senior police official, and could now face a one-year prison sentence, Israel's Justice Ministry said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 2:23 PM

Top Saudi clerics issue edict against terrorism
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's highest body of religious scholars issued a stern ruling on Wednesday calling terrorism a "heinous crime" and saying perpetrators including Islamic State militants deserve punishment in line with Islamic law.... 9/17/2014 2:07 PM

Liberia hopes US Ebola aid pushes world to do more
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia's president called Wednesday on the world to do more to end a spiraling Ebola outbreak, saying "Liberia cannot defeat Ebola alone."... 9/17/2014 2:06 PM