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US: Over 50 countries agree to fight extremists
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says more than 50 countries have joined the coalition to fight the Islamic State extremist group.... 9/23/2014 6:45 PM

Countries pledge to end forest loss; Brazil balks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- More than 30 countries set the first-ever deadline on Tuesday to end deforestation by 2030, but the feasibility of such a goal was eroded when a key player, Brazil, said it would not join.... 9/23/2014 6:38 PM

Obama urges world to follow US lead on climate
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- In the first international test for his climate-change strategy, President Barack Obama pressed world leaders Tuesday to follow the United States' lead on the issue, even as a one-day United Nations summit revealed the many obstacles that still stand in the way of wider agreements to reduce heat-trapping pollution.... 9/23/2014 6:37 PM

Ukraine: Cease-fire being upheld on both sides
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A cease-fire in east Ukraine is being upheld by both government troops and Russia-backed rebels, a senior Ukrainian official said Tuesday, in a first step toward enforcing a truce that has been riddled by repeated violations since it was imposed earlier this month.... 9/23/2014 6:27 PM

Deutsche Bank co-CEO, 4 others face charges
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Prosecutors in Germany have charged Deutsche Bank co-CEO Juergen Fitschen and four other former top officials with lying to judges in a protracted legal battle between the bank and the now-defunct Kirch media group.... 9/23/2014 6:21 PM

Mexico sees sign of hope for Monarch butterflies
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Experts in Mexico say there is a tentative sign of hope for the mass migration of monarch butterflies, whose numbers dropped to their lowest level ever last year.... 9/23/2014 6:20 PM

Sierra Leone: 130 Ebola cases found in lockdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Health teams that went door-to-door in Sierra Leone found 130 confirmed cases of Ebola during a nationwide shutdown to slow the spread of the disease, an official said Tuesday, as authorities consider repeating the unprecedented exercise.... 9/23/2014 6:18 PM

Sculpture of end-of-WWII kiss lands in Normandy
CAEN, France (AP) -- A sculpture honoring a photograph of a kiss in Times Square that captured New York's celebration as World War II ended has gone up in Normandy for a one-year visit.... 9/23/2014 6:15 PM

Cameron: Queen 'purred' after Scottish vote
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has been overheard describing his nervousness about the Scotland referendum and how Queen Elizabeth II appeared relieved when he called to tell her the result.... 9/23/2014 6:11 PM

UN: More than 3,500 killed in Ukraine conflict
BERLIN (AP) -- The U.N. human rights office says the death toll from the conflict in eastern Ukraine has reached at least 3,543 if the 298 victims of the downing of Malaysian airlines flight 17 are included.... 9/23/2014 6:02 PM

Iraq officials: Baghdad car bomb kills 17 people
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi police officials say a car bomb on a busy commercial street in Baghdad has killed at least 17 people and wounded 35.... 9/23/2014 5:57 PM

Obama: No nation has 'free pass' on climate change
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- In a forceful appeal for international cooperation on limiting carbon pollution, President Barack Obama warned starkly on Tuesday that the globe's climate is changing faster than efforts to address it. "Nobody gets a pass," he declared. "We have to raise our collective ambition."... 9/23/2014 5:56 PM

Syrian refugees in Turkey reach 150,000
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Refugees streaming into Turkey from Syria say their home city, once bustling with 400,000 citizens, has become a ghost town, emptied of all people but a few thousand fighters trying to hold off an onslaught by Islamic militants.... 9/23/2014 5:22 PM

Ebola threat to EU is 'low' but readiness needed
MILAN (AP) -- EU health ministers say the chance that the deadly Ebola virus might spread to Europe is "low" but that they must improve coordination and prevention measures just in case.... 9/23/2014 5:14 PM

UN chief welcomes airstrikes in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations secretary-general welcomed airstrikes against militants in Syria which he said pose "an immediate threat to international peace and security."... 9/23/2014 4:52 PM

UK Labour leader lays out vision for the future
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's opposition leader Ed Miliband laid out his vision Tuesday for the country's top job ahead of national elections in 2015, offering a 10-year-blueprint for the future.... 9/23/2014 4:49 PM

Indian spacecraft on course to enter Mars orbit
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India will soon know if its first interplanetary mission will achieve its goal, when a spacecraft built with homegrown technology for a remarkably low price tag of $75 million begins its final maneuvers into orbit around Mars.... 9/23/2014 4:20 PM

German-US reporter held in Somalia is freed
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A German-American journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia more than two years ago was freed Tuesday, according to a Somali police official and a leader of the Somali pirates who held the journalist.... 9/23/2014 4:14 PM

Azerbaijan nabs 26 alleged militants
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- Authorities in Azerbaijan said Tuesday they have arrested 26 citizens of the ex-Soviet nation accused of joining militants in Syria, including the Islamic State group.... 9/23/2014 4:11 PM

British radio DJ convicted of indecent assault
LONDON (AP) -- Veteran British radio DJ Dave Lee Travis was convicted Tuesday of indecent assault.... 9/23/2014 4:10 PM