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China, 20 other countries initiate new Asian bank
BEIJING (AP) -- Twenty-one Asian nations have signed on to a China-driven initiative to create a new development bank for Asia that's aimed at boosting infrastructure investment of all kinds. Beijing sees that as a way to raise its international standing, but Washington opposes the move as an unnecessary and potentially damaging rival to established institutions such as the World Bank.... 10/24/2014 10:12 AM

French journalists jailed in Indonesia's Papua
JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) -- Two French television journalists were sentenced to two and a half months in jail Friday for illegal reporting in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua.... 10/24/2014 9:59 AM

UEFA: Serbia gets 3-0 win vs Albania but no points
NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- UEFA awarded Serbia a 3-0 win over Albania on Friday but deducted the three points following the violence that broke out during their European Championship qualifier in Belgrade last week.... 10/24/2014 9:45 AM

Jailed Bangladesh ex-Islamist leader dies
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A former Bangladeshi Islamist party leader, whose imprisonment on war crimes charges triggered violent protests last year, has died of a heart attack in a prison cell of a government hospital.... 10/24/2014 9:39 AM

2 arrested after explosives found in Denmark
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Danish officials say they have arrested two men in Copenhagen in possession of one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of explosive material.... 10/24/2014 9:28 AM

Britain says EU is asking for bigger contribution
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Britain says its prime minister is protesting a European Union request for an additional 2.1 billion euro ($2.65 billion) contribution to the EU coffers at a time of increasing pressure at home for the country to leave the bloc.... 10/24/2014 9:06 AM

Sweden calls off search for submarine
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Swedish authorities called off their weeklong search for a suspected submarine in the Stockholm archipelago Friday, saying the presumed intruder had probably escaped into the Baltic Sea.... 10/24/2014 8:42 AM

Overnight French raid destroys IS arms center
PARIS (AP) -- France's military chief says an overnight air raid has destroyed an arms depot for the Islamic State group in Iraq.... 10/24/2014 8:38 AM

Global stocks rattled by Ebola case in New York
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Global stock markets retreated Friday as the first case of Ebola in New York overshadowed positive economic news.... 10/24/2014 8:35 AM

China launches experimental moon orbiter
BEIJING (AP) -- China launched an experimental spacecraft on Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.... 10/24/2014 8:35 AM

NKorea signals US must apologize to free detainees
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- After an American was released from North Korean custody, the attention has now focused on two other U.S. citizens still in its jails, and at least one North Korean legal expert has some unusual advice to offer: let Washington formally apologize to Pyongyang, and the country's leader will consider pardoning them.... 10/24/2014 8:32 AM

Marine murder case reveals US-Philippine sore spot
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them. The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila's uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master.... 10/24/2014 8:24 AM

Poland's Tusk denies claim on partition offer
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's former prime minister, Donald Tusk, denied Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that their two nations carve up Ukraine.... 10/24/2014 8:06 AM

Gestapo impostor tricked Nazi sympathizers in WWII
LONDON (AP) -- At the height of World War II, Hans Kohout wanted to give the Nazis advance word of a top-secret British tactic that could neutralize an enemy's air defenses, leaving major cities exposed to devastating air raids. Kohout, a naturalized British citizen, knew about it from his work at a plant doing defense-related work.... 10/24/2014 7:54 AM

Despite dry spell, N. Korea farms see good harvest
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Providing enough food to feed the nation is always a struggle for North Korea. But it looks like the residents of Pyongyang won't be lacking for cabbage and vegetables come next month, when the crops will be harvested.... 10/24/2014 7:40 AM

Insurgents kill 5 in attack in Afghanistan: police
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan police say five people were killed and two were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a car in an attack in one of the country's eastern provinces.... 10/24/2014 7:37 AM

Protesters in HK to vote on staying in streets
HONG KONG (AP) -- Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan to hold a spot referendum Sunday on whether to stay in the streets or accept government offers for more talks and clear their protest camps.... 10/24/2014 6:25 AM

Malaysian man crawls for 3 days after car smash
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A Malaysian man seriously injured in a car accident crawled through jungle for three days before happening upon an isolated village, authorities said Friday.... 10/24/2014 5:45 AM

Canadians seek to understand Parliament shooting
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Government leaders gathered in a show of resolution a day after a deadly attack on Canada's Parliament, as authorities and everyday Canadians sifted through confounding shards of the gunman's life seeking to understand what motivated the man to storm the nation's seat of power.... 10/24/2014 5:45 AM

Cloning whistle-blower: little change in S. Korea
CHUNCHEON, South Korea (AP) -- The whistle-blower who exposed breakthrough cloning research as a devastating fake says South Korea is still dominated by the values that allowed science fraudster Hwang Woo-suk to become an almost untouchable national hero.... 10/24/2014 5:23 AM