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Philippine peacekeepers pull out early from Golan
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The bulk of Filipino peacekeepers of more than 240 soldiers have pulled out two weeks early from the U.N. mission in the Golan Heights due to escalating fighting in the border region, the Philippine military said Friday.... 9/19/2014 7:12 AM

AP Photos: Scenes from Iraq's Mosul then and now
CAIRO (AP) -- Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, is locked under the rule of extremists from the Islamic State group trying to purge it of everything they see as contradicting their stark vision of Islam.... 9/19/2014 7:08 AM

Alibaba mega IPO caps founder Jack Ma success tale
HONG KONG (AP) -- When Jack Ma founded Alibaba 15 years ago he insisted the e-commerce venture should see itself as competing against Silicon Valley, not other Chinese companies. That bold ambition from a time when China was still a corporate backwater has been vindicated this week by Alibaba completing a mammoth sale of shares to investors in the U.S. and elsewhere.... 9/19/2014 6:50 AM

North Korea struts in style on world sports stage
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea is making a statement on the international sports stage - a fashion statement.... 9/19/2014 6:48 AM

Scots reject independence in historic vote
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.... 9/19/2014 6:33 AM

UK leader pledges to honor promises to Scotland
LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to live up to commitments to Scotland made ahead of the independence vote, including plans for new powers on tax, spending and welfare.... 9/19/2014 6:33 AM

Artist says tax case shows China's dark side
BEIJING (AP) -- China's best-known artist dissident Ai Weiwei blasted his country's Communist government for losing its principles and using underhanded ploys to try to silence critics.... 9/19/2014 5:59 AM

2-time Grand Slam winner Li Na retires from tour
BEIJING (AP) -- Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries.... 9/19/2014 5:39 AM

Floods shut down Philippine capital
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Heavy rains from a storm and the seasonal monsoon caused widespread flooding Friday in the Philippine capital and nearby provinces, shutting down schools and government offices.... 9/19/2014 5:27 AM

Pound rises as Scotland votes to stay in UK
HONG KONG (AP) -- The British pound jumped as Scotland voted to stay part of the United Kingdom while Japanese shares surged as the yen extended losses against the dollar. Other Asian benchmarks were subdued for lack of major economic data.... 9/19/2014 5:25 AM

Malaysian student sentenced to 1 year for sedition
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A Malaysian court sentenced a student democracy activist to a year in jail on Friday after finding him guilty of sedition, drawing immediate condemnation from human rights groups who accuse the government of using the colonial-era law to stifle freedom of expression.... 9/19/2014 5:13 AM

Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror campaign so far from the Middle East.... 9/19/2014 5:05 AM

Roadside bombs kills 5 UN peacekeepers in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A roadside bomb in northern Mali killed five U.N. peacekeepers and wounded several others on Thursday, a spokesman said of the latest in a string of deadly attacks on the force.... 9/19/2014 4:48 AM

New round of Iran nuclear talks faces old hurdles
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Seven months and more than a half dozen rounds into talks on a substantive nuclear deal, Iran and six world powers gathering for another session appear no closer to an agreement.... 9/19/2014 4:30 AM

Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial
URUMQI, China (AP) -- A prominent Muslim Uighur scholar being tried on separatism charges told a court in far western China that he never advocated the overthrow of Chinese rule in his native Xinjiang, according to his lawyer.... 9/19/2014 4:08 AM

Nepal clears Indian firm to build power plant
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal's government has endorsed plans for Indian company GMR to build the Himalayan nation's largest hydro power plant in a small step toward easing chronic power shortages, officials said Friday.... 9/19/2014 4:04 AM

Mexico rights body probes deadly army-gang faceoff
ARCELIA, Mexico (AP) -- Mexico's Civil Rights Commission says it is investigating the circumstances of a June confrontation between the army and a suspected drug gang that left 22 people dead.... 9/19/2014 4:02 AM

Hunt for missing Malaysia plane to resume
SYDNEY (AP) -- Crews will resume the underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at the end of the month, and will begin the search in an area farther south than initially planned, a senior search official said Friday.... 9/19/2014 3:38 AM

Thai military ruler apologizes for bikini comment
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's military ruler apologized for suggesting that attractive foreign tourists might be unsafe on the country's world-famous beaches if they wear bikinis.... 9/19/2014 3:34 AM

Mexico boosts Los Cabos security after looting
LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) -- Federal police on Thursday vowed to restore order in the hurricane-stricken resort area of Los Cabos after looting emptied store shelves and unnerved residents who worried their homes could be next.... 9/19/2014 2:42 AM