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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 12:41 AM

Mexico: Alleged drug boss Beltran believed caught
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Alleged cartel capo Hector Beltran Leyva is believed to have been captured, two Mexican federal officials said Wednesday, which would be the latest in a string of high-profile drug arrests in the country.... 10/2/2014 12:26 AM

Iraqi Kurds fight Islamic State with aged weapons
MAHMOUDIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- The exhausted Kurdish fighters leaned against a pair of antiquated green cannons on a hill overlooking this northern Iraqi village, the ground around them littered with shrapnel from fierce battles with Islamic State militants.... 10/1/2014 11:51 PM

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MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico federal officials say alleged cartel capo Hector Beltran Leyva believed captured.... 10/1/2014 10:57 PM

Jamaica sets campaign to develop sports tourism
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaica is launching an initiative to develop sports tourism on the island that is the world's dominant sprinting hothouse.... 10/1/2014 10:45 PM

Mexico's probe of army slayings raises doubts
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- For more than two months, Mexico did little to explain how a Mexican army patrol escaped practically unharmed from a gunfight that left 22 suspected criminals dead in a grain warehouse. This week, officials changed their story to say soldiers may have committed murder, but questions about the lop-sided confrontation remain.... 10/1/2014 10:35 PM

Soldiers, drug gang battle in Rio de Janeiro slum
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian soldiers and drug gang members have engaged in an intense and prolonged gunbattle in a Rio de Janeiro slum that killed at least one person.... 10/1/2014 10:32 PM

Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine advanced Wednesday on the government-held airport in Donetsk, pressing to seize the key transportation hub even as the two sides bargained over a troop pullout under a much-violated truce.... 10/1/2014 10:31 PM

Russia halts student exchange program with US
MOSCOW (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has voiced regret about Russia's decision to cancel its participation in a major high school student exchange program.... 10/1/2014 10:24 PM

Canada identifies long lost British explorer ship
TORONTO (AP) -- Experts identified a shipwreck uncovered last month in the Arctic as the HMS Erebus, the ship British Rear Adm. Sir John Franklin was likely sailing on when it vanished along with another vessel 170 years ago, Canada's prime minister announced Wednesday.... 10/1/2014 10:08 PM

Guatemala ex-police on trial in 1980 embassy fire
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- A former police officer went on trial Wednesday charged in the deaths of 37 people more than three decades ago when the Spanish Embassy burned down during this Central American nation's bloody civil conflict.... 10/1/2014 9:42 PM

Cuba says it's likely to increase money supply
HAVANA (AP) -- The planned elimination of Cuba's unusual dual-currency system will likely mean printing more of the single currency that remains, the country's central bank chief said in a report published Wednesday.... 10/1/2014 9:30 PM

'Vultures' hover over Argentina -US relations
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Relations between Argentina and the United States have sunk so low the South American nation's president is blaming the Obama administration for her country's debt crisis and suggesting Washington might even want to have her killed.... 10/1/2014 9:04 PM

US snowboarder killed in avalanche in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A U.S. snowboarder, climber and mountain guide has been killed in an avalanche in Argentina.... 10/1/2014 8:43 PM

Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings
HONG KONG (AP) -- Raising the stakes in their standoff with the authorities, Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters threatened to occupy key government buildings unless the territory's top official resigns by the end of the day Thursday.... 10/1/2014 7:42 PM

Greece's govt to call confidence vote
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's troubled coalition government said Wednesday it would call a vote of confidence in parliament next week, hours after the country's leftwing opposition demanded early elections citing ongoing austerity measures.... 10/1/2014 7:30 PM

Hong Kong protesters try to win over tourists
HONG KONG (AP) -- The luxury boutiques of Hong Kong's Tsim Shai Tsui district are so mobbed with vacationing Chinese customers that store owners have put up red velvet ropes to control the crowds. Pro-democracy protesters saw it as a perfect spot to spread the word to their mainland brethren.... 10/1/2014 7:30 PM

Bieber, Kardashian, Vuitton $100M venue wrap Paris
PARIS (AP) -- Louis Vuitton's show caused traffic chaos early Wednesday with photographers clambering to get the must-have shot of guests Jennifer Connelly, Selena Gomez, Sofia Coppola and Michelle Williams.... 10/1/2014 7:13 PM

UN says Syria vaccine deaths was an NGO 'mistake'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The recent deaths of Syrian children after receiving measles vaccinations was the result of a "mistake" by a non-governmental partner who mixed in a muscle relaxant meant for anesthesia, a spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general said Wednesday.... 10/1/2014 7:01 PM

UN says 1st staffer dies of 'probable' Ebola
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations said Wednesday a staff member in Liberia has died from "probable Ebola," while the World Health Organization said it was optimistic that an Ebola vaccine could be available for mass vaccination campaigns as early as 2015.... 10/1/2014 6:48 PM