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Rights group: Migrant workers abused in UAE homes
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Many Asian and African women working as domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates say their employers beat them with sticks or cables, punched and slapped them, and there's little they can do because they're excluded from the country's labor law protections, a rights group said Thursday.... 10/23/2014 2:23 AM

Canada's PM says shooting rampage was terrorism
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- A masked gunman killed a soldier standing guard at Canada's war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in an attack that was stopped cold when he was shot to death by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms. Canada's prime minister called it the country's second terrorist attack in three days.... 10/23/2014 2:10 AM

Wall Street, oil price drops pull down Asia stocks
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stocks fell moderately in early Thursday trading following a drop overnight on Wall Street, which was tempered by optimism about global growth.... 10/23/2014 1:51 AM

Canada PM: attacks against soldiers are terrorism
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Canada's prime minister says Wednesday's fatal shooting of a Canadian soldier in Ottawa and a hit-and-run that killed another earlier this week are grim reminders that Canada is not immune to terrorism.... 10/23/2014 12:32 AM

Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police called a terror attack.... 10/23/2014 12:28 AM

Mexico: Mayor linked to deadly attack on students
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Officials said Wednesday that a drug gang implicated in the disappearance of 43 students in a southern city essentially ran the town, paying the mayor hundreds of thousands of dollars a month out of its profits from making opium paste to fuel the U.S. heroin market.... 10/22/2014 10:05 PM

Puerto Rico power company officials face charges
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's justice department has filed fraud and other charges against officials at the troubled state-owned power company in the U.S. territory.... 10/22/2014 9:50 PM

Mexico banda musician found dead in northern state
CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) -- A member of the popular musical group Banda el Recodo was found dead in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan early Wednesday, and his wife and her alleged lover were detained on suspicion of murder.... 10/22/2014 9:44 PM

Canadian official IDs Ottawa gunman
TORONTO (AP) -- A Canadian official has identified the dead Ottawa gunman as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.... 10/22/2014 9:31 PM

Nigeria truce is shaky, no news of abducted girls
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Days after Nigeria's military raised hopes with the announcement that Islamic extremists had agreed to a cease-fire, Boko Haram is still fighting and there is no word on the fate of the 219 schoolgirls held hostage for six months.... 10/22/2014 8:58 PM

Golf prodigy began by swinging a broken broomstick
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Dylan Reales started learning to play golf by swinging a broken broomstick at fruit and vegetables discarded at a temporary market in front of his house in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires.... 10/22/2014 8:26 PM

UN inquiry head rejects N. Korea's 'honeyed words'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- "A few honeyed words" by North Korea as it tries to avoid a referral to the International Criminal Court has not changed the human rights situation on the ground there, the head of a U.N. commission of inquiry on the North told reporters Wednesday.... 10/22/2014 7:56 PM

Appeal sought in Puerto Rico gay marriage case
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A federal court judge has rejected an attempt to end a ban on same-sex marriages in Puerto Rico, saying political order itself depends on traditional marriage and deriding the logic of courts that have overturned such bans. The five gay couples who filed the suit will appeal, their attorney said Wednesday.... 10/22/2014 7:48 PM

Missile, fire from Egypt wounds 2 Israeli troops
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Attackers inside Egypt fired an anti-tank missile and automatic rifles at a military vehicle in Israel on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers in a rare cross-border incident, the military said.... 10/22/2014 7:46 PM

Gaza rebuilding slowed by trickle of aid, rivalry
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Several dozen tons of cement bags stored in a warehouse are one of the few tangible achievements so far of a $2.7 billion plan to rebuild war-wrecked Gaza Strip.... 10/22/2014 7:40 PM

Tourists watch solar alignment in Egypt temple
ABU SIMBEL, Egypt (AP) -- Hundreds of visitors gathered in Egypt on Wednesday at the Great Temple of Ramses II to watch the sun illuminate colossal statues, a rare 3,200-year-old astronomical ceremony that happens twice a year.... 10/22/2014 7:36 PM

Libyan army troops advance into Benghazi
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- Libyan army troops on Wednesday pushed into Benghazi, the first time in two months that government forces had entered the eastern city, which has been under control of Islamist militias.... 10/22/2014 7:29 PM

Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Last year's feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors.... 10/22/2014 7:19 PM

Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers OK fighters for Syria
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- Lawmakers in Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdish region Wednesday authorized peshmerga forces to go to neighboring Syria and help fellow Kurds combat Islamic State militants in the key border town of Kobani, providing much-needed boots on the ground.... 10/22/2014 7:06 PM

Dozens released Ebola-free from Sierra Leone site
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Dozens of Ebola survivors have been discharged from a treatment center near Sierra Leone's capital and told they were virus-free, as police and residents clashed in other areas of the West African country.... 10/22/2014 7:05 PM