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Weakening Odile pushes up Mexico's Baja California
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) -- A weakening Tropical Storm Odile pushed up Mexico's Baja California Peninsula on Tuesday, dumping heavy rains that could bring dangerous flash floods and mudslides but also a potential boon to the drought-stricken region.... 9/16/2014 5:15 PM

French prime minister wins confidence vote
PARIS (AP) -- French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has won a vote of confidence in a tense ballot, allowing him to push through economic reforms that have divided the left.... 9/16/2014 5:14 PM

Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- A Belgian man convicted of murder and rape is being put to death. Yet the country doesn't have the death penalty. Confused? Authorities have granted a request for assisted suicide by the man, who says he's a menace to society and can't live knowing that.... 9/16/2014 5:10 PM

Sides in Scottish referendum make final push
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- The two sides in Scotland's independence debate scrambled Tuesday to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation.... 9/16/2014 5:06 PM

Egypt says restoration of oldest pyramid on track
SAQQARA, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt's antiquities minister has brought journalists inside a 4,600-year old pyramid to reject recent accusations of mismanagement at the site as false and "without evidence."... 9/16/2014 4:58 PM

Tracing the rise of Ebola in West Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Since the Ebola outbreak first emerged in West Africa, The Associated Press has been reporting on it. A timeline compiled from AP dispatches since March shows the dreaded disease being identified in a remote part of Guinea and then spreading to another country and then two more nations with authorities being alternately alarmed or confident.... 9/16/2014 4:51 PM

Sri Lanka backs China's maritime 'Silk Road' plan
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping won Sri Lanka's support Tuesday for a proposed maritime "Silk Road" linking China with Europe, and helped launch billion-dollar power plant and port city projects funded by his government.... 9/16/2014 4:46 PM

UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola
GENEVA (AP) -- The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could cost nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 4:37 PM

Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a third of the country.... 9/16/2014 4:27 PM

West Bank settler group boasts rapid growth
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's settler population in the West Bank increased by 2 percent in the first half of the year, an advocacy group announced Tuesday, signaling robust growth in the settlements even while Israel was conducting peace talks with the Palestinians.... 9/16/2014 4:27 PM

Legislator: 53 Turkish families joined IS
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A Turkish opposition legislator said Tuesday that at least 53 Turkish families - some with children - had crossed into Syria to join the Islamic State group in the past week alone and accused Turkey's government of doing little to stem the flow.... 9/16/2014 4:23 PM

Brazilian archbishop robbed at gunpoint in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro escaped injury during a robbery by three gunmen, the city's archdiocese said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 4:15 PM

UN brokers agreement to start Gaza rebuilding
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations has brokered an agreement to enable the reconstruction the Gaza Strip, giving a lead role to the Palestinian Authority while involving the private sector, the U.N.'s top Mideast envoy said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 4:10 PM

Next title: Elizabeth, Queen of Scots?
LONDON (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth II can keep her magnificent Scottish castle at Balmoral should Scots vote for independence - and chances are she will be able to keep her role as well.... 9/16/2014 3:33 PM

Ukraine legislators ratify landmark EU deal
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's parliament ratified a landmark association agreement with the European Union on Tuesday, firmly pivoting the country toward the West and drawing a line under the issue that last year sparked massive protests and led to the ex-president's ouster.... 9/16/2014 3:31 PM

World Bank: Palestinian economy to shrink in 2014
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinian economy is expected to contract for the first time in seven years in 2014, the result of the recent Gaza war, continued Israeli and Egyptian restrictions on Palestinian trade and a drop in foreign aid, the World Bank said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 3:28 PM

Scotland took long road to independence vote
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland's National Monument. A colonnade of classical stone pillars modeled on the Parthenon in Athens, it's grand, inspiring - and unfinished, ever since the money to build it ran out two centuries ago.... 9/16/2014 3:24 PM

Belfast officer who oversaw Adams arrest promoted
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Rival factions in Northern Ireland's unity government are accusing each other of bias after a policeman who oversaw the arrest of Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams was promoted to the force's second-highest post.... 9/16/2014 3:12 PM

1 dead, 1 injured in Danish courthouse shooting
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A 67-year-old gunman opened fire in a Copenhagen courthouse Tuesday, killing a lawyer and seriously wounding the father of his 3-year-old grandchild in connection with a custody dispute, authorities said.... 9/16/2014 3:02 PM

Afghan suicide bomber kills 3 foreign troops
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three members of the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said.... 9/16/2014 2:58 PM