Thursday, October 23, 2014
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AP Exclusive: A week on the road in North Korea
LAKE CHON, North Korea (AP) -- The Kaema Plateau, the "Roof of Korea," is a stunning, forest-covered highland nestled in such treacherous mountains that it was never taken by the Allies during the Korean War. It's now a truck stop.... 10/23/2014 3:40 PM

Mom of Canada suspect: I cry for victims, not son
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.... 10/23/2014 3:39 PM

Attacks in southwestern Pakistan kill 12 people
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Attacks in Pakistan's troubled southwestern province of Baluchistan, including an assault on the country's beleaguered minority Shiites Muslims and a suicide bombing targeting a pro-Taliban cleric, killed 12 people on Thursday, police said.... 10/23/2014 3:26 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 Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.... 10/23/2014 3:22 PM

Nokia turnaround since handset unit sale continues
HELSINKI (AP) -- Nokia is showing signs that it has turned around its fortunes following the sale of its ailing cellphone unit to Microsoft.... 10/23/2014 3:19 PM

Trading restriction halts Portugal Telecom slide
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- A ban on the short-selling of Portugal Telecom shares helped the stock rebound following a plunge that analysts say leaves it vulnerable to a takeover bid.... 10/23/2014 2:48 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 2:47 PM

European authorities aim to purge weak banks
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Europe's biggest banks are facing a day of judgment as the European Central Bank prepares to unveil the results of a yearlong search through the dark corners of their finances.... 10/23/2014 2:47 PM

France reclaims title: world's largest wine maker
PARIS (AP) -- France has reclaimed its crown as world's biggest wine producer after a poor 2014 harvest saw Italy's wine production plunge 15 percent.... 10/23/2014 2:46 PM

Cyprus: crews locate small plane wreckage, bodies
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- The bodies of two people have been found near wreckage belonging to a small aircraft that vanished over the Mediterranean Sea while en route to Beirut from Cyprus, the defense minister said Thursday.... 10/23/2014 2:34 PM

1 killed, 11 injured in German gas pipe explosion
BERLIN (AP) -- Authorities say one person was killed and 11 were injured in an explosion after a gas pipe was damaged during construction work in a western German city.... 10/23/2014 2:34 PM

Moscow airport chief resigns after Total crash
MOSCOW (AP) -- The general director of Moscow's Vnukovo Airport and his deputy resigned Thursday and Russian investigators detained four other airport employees following a plane crash that killed a top French oil executive and three crew members.... 10/23/2014 2:29 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 2:27 PM

Tunisia militant shootouts kill 2 people
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Three days before a national election in Tunisia, police clashed with suspected militants in two areas of the country on Thursday and at least two people were killed.... 10/23/2014 2:27 PM

French moving troops toward Libyan border
PARIS (AP) -- A top French military official says the country is moving troops toward the Libyan border within weeks and, along with U.S. intelligence, is monitoring al-Qaida arms shipments to Africa's Sahel region.... 10/23/2014 2:23 PM

Lebanon reports first suspected case of Ebola
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Lebanese man who arrived from West Africa is suspected of having Ebola and was quarantined on Thursday in a Beirut hospital, the first such suspected case in the country, Lebanon's health minister said.... 10/23/2014 2:13 PM

China punishes 17 officials for village clash
BEIJING (AP) -- Local authorities have punished 17 officials in southwest China after one of the most violent land conflicts in recent years left eight people dead, state media reported Thursday.... 10/23/2014 2:09 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 2:09 PM

China's ruling party plans on improving judiciary
BEIJING (AP) -- China's ruling Communist Party announced steps Thursday to improve judicial independence and check political interference in the courts in hopes to boost legal justice and alleviate social tensions. Yet, observers say it has failed to produce meaningful legal checks on the ruling party itself.... 10/23/2014 2:08 PM

Activists: Syria airstrikes toll over 500
MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) -- U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Syria have killed more than 500 people, mainly Islamic militants, since they began last month, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani.... 10/23/2014 2:02 PM