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Mom of Canada suspect: I cry for victims, not son
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The mother of the man identified as Ottawa gunman has told The Associated Press she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.... 10/23/2014 1:18 PM

For teen with passport, Syria trip can be seamless
PARIS (AP) -- The teenage sisters told their father they were staying home sick from their suburban Denver school. Instead, they took $2,000 and their passports and headed off for Syria with a 16-year-old friend. They made it as far as Germany before border guards detained them for questioning.... 10/23/2014 1:17 PM

China punishes 17 officials for village clash
BEIJING (AP) -- Seventeen officials have been punished in southwest China after one of the most violent land conflicts in recent years left eight people dead.... 10/23/2014 1:11 PM

Ukraine pins hopes on a new-look parliament
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's parliament is something halfway between a wrestling pit and a shady backroom for hatching deals. Optimists believe Sunday's elections will change all that.... 10/23/2014 1:11 PM

Dancing priests become Internet sensation
ROME (AP) -- A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keyes-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.... 10/23/2014 1:11 PM

Woman who beat Ebola mourns for her slain dog
MADRID (AP) -- The husband of the Spanish nursing assistant who beat Ebola says his wife now knows that authorities killed their dog Excalibur while she was in the hospital and is questioning that decision.... 10/23/2014 1:10 PM

Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer
BEIJING (AP) -- China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The young billionaire delighted an audience of students at a prestigious Beijing university this week with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese.... 10/23/2014 1:09 PM

Albania, Kosovo officials visit rival Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- A Kosovo foreign minister traveled to Serbia on Thursday for the first time since Kosovo declared independence in 2008. Enver Hoxhaj described the visit as a historic event and a sign of improving ties.... 10/23/2014 1:08 PM

Heads or tails? Coin toss decides Peru election
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- A coin toss has decided the mayoral race in small town high in the Peruvian Andes after two candidates tied at the ballot box.... 10/23/2014 1:04 PM

AP Interview: Russia's Navalny vows to fight Putin
MOSCOW (AP) -- Alexei Navalny is in bare feet, dressed in blue jeans and a checkered shirt, as he opens the door to his apartment in a drab Soviet-era block.... 10/23/2014 1:00 PM

Coal-rich Poland ready to block EU climate deal
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and other East European countries who say their developing economies and electricity bills would suffer too much from the new target.... 10/23/2014 12:56 PM

Danes summon Turkish diplomat over freed suspect
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Denmark has summoned Turkey's ambassador over the disappearance of a man suspected of attempted murder who was arrested in Istanbul at Denmark's request.... 10/23/2014 12:56 PM

EU leaders seek more Ebola funding at summit
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has contributed another 24.4 million euros ($31 million) to the fight against Ebola, as the bloc's leaders try to close in on a 1 billion-euro ($1.26 billion) fund to fight the deadly virus.... 10/23/2014 12:49 PM

How a small club like Freiburg makes ends meet
FREIBURG, Germany (AP) -- Financially disadvantaged, Freiburg deploys an array of coping strategies to stay in Germany's top division. Here, at a glance, is how one of the Bundesliga's most modest clubs makes ends meet:... 10/23/2014 12:36 PM

Swiss chain sorry for 'unforgivable' packaging
GENEVA (AP) -- A leading Swiss supermarket chain is apologizing for what it calls an "unforgivable blunder": distributing mini-containers of coffee cream bearing portraits of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.... 10/23/2014 12:32 PM

Would football be richer without small clubs?
FREIBURG, Germany (AP) -- From a corner office of Freiburg's homely stadium, club chairman Fritz Keller gazes over one of the loveliest views in football. Autumn's reds, browns and golds streak the surrounding Black Forest. Buzzards wheel in the air above.... 10/23/2014 12:30 PM

Botswana's ruling party favored in elections
GABORONE, Botswana (AP) -- The ruling party in Botswana, which has dominated politics since independence in 1966, is again the front-runner ahead of elections Friday in the southern African nation.... 10/23/2014 12:15 PM

North Korea steps up effort to prevent Ebola entry
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea has stepped up measures to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus into the reclusive country, state media reported Thursday, while a travel agent that specializes in North Korean tours said it has been informed that Pyongyang may ban foreign tourists from visiting.... 10/23/2014 12:12 PM

Threat to break isolation in Liberia over food
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of isolation because they have no food, the West African nation's state radio reported Thursday.... 10/23/2014 12:09 PM

Stocks subdued after business surveys
TOKYO (AP) -- World stock markets were subdued Thursday after a survey showed China's factory output grew at the slowest pace in five months and a separate report suggested some improvement in Europe's business activity.... 10/23/2014 11:58 AM