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New Zealand prime minister wins 3rd term in office
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Prime Minister John Key won an emphatic victory Saturday in New Zealand's general election to return for a third term in office, a result that will be seen as an endorsement of the way his National Party has handled the economy.... 9/20/2014 12:38 PM

Turkey: 49 hostages have been freed
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by the Islamic State group in Iraq were freed Saturday, resolving a serious crisis which Turkish officials had long cited as a reason to avoid moving aggressively against the violent militant group.... 9/20/2014 12:38 PM

Pope creates panel to `safeguard' marriage bond
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has created a commission to study how to safeguard what the church calls the everlasting bonds of marriage while streamlining annulment procedures.... 9/20/2014 12:26 PM

Pope Albania visit showcases Muslim-Christian ties
DERVEN, Albania (AP) -- The one-room, stone church of St. Nicholas has sat on the top of a hill here since the 16th century, destroyed three times and rebuilt in a testament to the Catholic presence in this region that dates to St. Paul. Its latest incarnation, however, is particularly poignant: 15 Muslim families chipped in to help rebuild it in a sign of the remarkable coexistence that exists in Albania between Christians and Muslims.... 9/20/2014 12:23 PM

Quakes destroy or damage 83 houses in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A series of earthquakes have destroyed 17 houses and damaged 66 others in a southern Philippine town, slightly injuring three people.... 9/20/2014 12:19 PM

Jailed Venezuelan police chief freed
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A police chief whose decade-long imprisonment was taken up by Venezuela's opposition has been freed from jail.... 9/20/2014 12:16 PM

Dalai Lama praises China's leader as 'realistic'
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The Dalai Lama praised Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday for being "more realistic" and principled than his predecessors, a day after Xi's three-day visit to India ended.... 9/20/2014 12:15 PM

Sierra Leone complies with Ebola lockdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Officials say thousands of health care workers successfully fanned out across Sierra Leone on the first day of an unprecedented three-day anti-Ebola lockdown despite some logistical blunders.... 9/20/2014 12:09 PM

Munich expects 6 million visitors at Oktoberfest
MUNICH (AP) -- Four taps on the keg and the beer started to flow.... 9/20/2014 12:06 PM

'Nearly empty' Picasso museum open in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- Paris' Picasso museum is reopening for two days this weekend after five years of closure over a renovation fraught with setbacks, accusations and sackings. But if the public expects art they'll be disappointed: it's practically empty.... 9/20/2014 12:00 PM

Kurds head to Syria from Turkey to fight militants
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say hundreds of Kurdish fighters are crossing into Syria from Turkey to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants.... 9/20/2014 11:53 AM

Brown credited with turning Scot independence tide
KIRKCALDY, Scotland (AP) -- Dour. Grim. Downright uninspiring. When Gordon Brown ended a disappointing three years as British prime minister in 2010, few would have credited him as the man most likely to swing a popular vote ever again.... 9/20/2014 11:39 AM

Buffer zone agreed on in Ukrainian peace talks
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russian militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce in eastern Ukraine.... 9/20/2014 11:36 AM

Kenya police chief warns residents to be vigilant
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's police chief is asking residents to be "extra vigilant" of attacks in the week following Sunday's anniversary of the Westgate Mall attack.... 9/20/2014 11:25 AM

Renewed Yemen clashes kill 4 civilians
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A third day of fighting in Yemen's capital between Shiite rebels and Sunni militiamen killed at least four civilians on Saturday, security and health officials said.... 9/20/2014 11:17 AM

Afghan presidential vote result to come Sunday
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's drawn-out presidential election may finally be coming to an end.... 9/20/2014 10:55 AM


VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope names moderate Bishop Blase Cupich to lead Chicago, replacing conservative George.... 9/20/2014 10:24 AM

Jihadi ideologue calls for freeing British hostage
CAIRO (AP) -- A renowned jihadi ideologue on Saturday urged the Islamic State group to release British aid worker Alan Henning, saying Islam forbids harming non-Muslims who work with relief agencies.... 9/20/2014 9:51 AM

Kiribati leader visits Arctic on climate mission
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Fearing that his Pacific island nation could be swallowed by a rising ocean, the president of Kiribati says a visit to the melting Arctic has helped him appreciate the scale of the threat.... 9/20/2014 9:30 AM

Philippine storm moves north, leaves 5 dead
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A storm that brought torrential monsoon rains which flooded much of the Philippine capital gained strength and battered the country's northernmost provinces Saturday with heavy downpours and strong winds.... 9/20/2014 6:41 AM