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Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle
HONG KONG (AP) -- Thousands of Hong Kong students are gearing up to boycott classes Monday over Beijing's decision to restrict electoral reforms in a weeklong strike marking the latest phase in the battle for democracy in the southern Chinese city.... 9/22/2014 5:55 AM

New Zealand leader wants flag vote held next year
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Fresh off a big election win, New Zealand Prime Minster John Key says he wants the nation to vote next year on changing its flag.... 9/22/2014 5:46 AM

Asian shares slip on jitters over China growth
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares were mostly lower Monday as investors awaited the release of a preliminary manufacturing survey from China this week that might show renewed weakness in the world's second-largest economy.... 9/22/2014 5:36 AM

Week of diplomacy: Israel-Hamas talks, Abbas at UN
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- It's a busy week in Mideast diplomacy, book-ended by the launch of Israel-Hamas talks about a border deal for blockaded Gaza and the Palestinian president's U.N. speech about a new strategy for dealing with Israel.... 9/22/2014 5:22 AM

US firm in China meat scandal lays off 340 staff
BEIJING (AP) -- A U.S. meat supplier said Monday it is laying off most of the workforce of a Chinese subsidiary accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other major restaurant chains.... 9/22/2014 5:02 AM

Dynamiting barely dents Peru's narco air bridge
PICHARI, Peru (AP) -- The dynamiting of clandestine airstrips by Peruvian security forces in the world's No. 1 coca-growing valley cuts into profits but hardly discourages cocaine traffickers who net tens of thousands of dollars with each Bolivia-bound flight.... 9/22/2014 4:16 AM

Cuban baseball opening runs into trouble
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba's unprecedented effort to stop a devastating baseball talent drain doesn't seem to be working, with a string of stars leaving for the major leagues in the year since the government allowed a small number to play professionally overseas.... 9/22/2014 4:15 AM

Australia to prohibit secret service torture
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The Australian government has bent to public pressure by proposing a specific prohibition on secret service officers torturing suspected terrorists.... 9/22/2014 3:40 AM

Fiji election results confirm big win for ruler
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- Official results Monday from a landmark Fiji election confirm a big win for the nation's military ruler.... 9/22/2014 3:27 AM

New Afghan president, but vote totals kept secret
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Ending months of vote-related tension, Afghanistan's election commission named a new president Sunday only hours after the leading candidates signed a power-sharing deal that names one of them as the country's new chief executive.... 9/22/2014 3:03 AM

Yemen government signs peace deal with Shiites
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni government officials and Shiite rebels signed a peace agreement on Sunday following days of violence that left more than 140 people dead and sent thousands fleeing their homes, state media said, although major rebel advances earlier in the day deepened a sense of uncertainty in the country.... 9/22/2014 2:53 AM

China says 2 killed, many injured in explosions
BEIJING (AP) -- Multiple explosions in a county in China's western region of Xinjiang have killed at least two people and injured many others, regional authorities said Monday.... 9/22/2014 2:08 AM

Fashion-fearless Klum takes on Milan
MILAN (AP) -- Milan designers wrapped up five days of previews for next summer's womenswear looks on Sunday.... 9/21/2014 11:04 PM

Western Mexico state reports new mine spill
CANANEA, Mexico (AP) -- Authorities in northern Mexico have issued a new alert of a toxic spill in the Sonora River basin from a copper mine operated by Grupo Mexico, the state director of civil protection said Sunday.... 9/21/2014 10:46 PM

US Secretary of State Kerry meets Iran's Zarif
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry emerged from talks Sunday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif, saying Washington was intent on advancing negotiations focused on reducing Iran's atomic activities in exchange for an end to nuclear-related sanctions.... 9/21/2014 10:08 PM

Syria refugee flood to Turkey hits 100,000
KUCUK KENDIRCILER, Turkey (AP) -- The 19-year-old Kurdish militant, who has been fighting the Islamic State group in Syria, brought his family across the border into Turkey to safety Sunday. But in the tranquility of a Turkish tea garden just miles from the frontier, Dalil Boras vowed to head back after nightfall to continue the fight.... 9/21/2014 10:01 PM

Sierra Leone concludes nationwide Ebola lockdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone's capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola disease, volunteers said.... 9/21/2014 8:43 PM

Erdogan: Turkey won't give hostage release details
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The Turkish government won't reveal details of a covert operation that ensured the release of 49 people held hostage by the Islamic State group, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday.... 9/21/2014 8:34 PM

France's Sarkozy makes comeback TV appearance
PARIS (AP) -- Nicolas Sarkozy says he's learned a few things about himself in the two-and-a-half years since his bitter defeat in France's 2012 presidential elections.... 9/21/2014 7:58 PM

Bombings, mortar fire kill 13 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Bombs and mortar fire killed 13 people in Shiite areas in and around Baghdad on Sunday, as Iraqi security forces said they succeeded in breaking a siege on soldiers who had been surrounded by Islamic State militants west of Baghdad.... 9/21/2014 7:06 PM