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Mexico sees sign of hope for Monarch butterflies
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Experts in Mexico said Tuesday 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 7:42 PM

Assad backs all efforts to fight terrorism
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria.... 9/23/2014 7:39 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 7:35 PM

Vatican puts ex-Dominican envoy under house arrest
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican put its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest Tuesday after opening a criminal trial against him, the first time a high-ranking Vatican official has ever faced criminal charges for sexually abusing youngsters.... 9/23/2014 7:31 PM

Models nearly cooked as Paris Fashion Week starts
PARIS (AP) -- Ninety-three shows, nine days, one fashion-crazed city.... 9/23/2014 7:19 PM

Algerian troops search for kidnapped Frenchman
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algerian police and soldiers combed the imposing Djura Djura mountains on Tuesday searching for a kidnapped Frenchman that a security official said had been snatched by a former al-Qaida commander.... 9/23/2014 7:10 PM

New jihad appeal makes policing even harder
PARIS (AP) -- The Islamic State group's call on Muslims to go after the "filthy French" and other Westerners multiplies already deep security concerns in nations targeting the militant organization.... 9/23/2014 7:06 PM

Mexico rights agency probes death of 22 in clash
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's governmental human rights agency said Tuesday it is investigating the deaths of 22 people in a clash with the army that one witness has described as a massacre.... 9/23/2014 7:03 PM

UK regulator fines Barclays record $62 million
LONDON (AP) -- U.K. regulators fined Barclays Bank Plc, Britain's second-biggest bank, a record 37.7 million pounds ($62 million) for failing to properly protect client assets.... 9/23/2014 6:59 PM

Islamic militants parade captured Iraqi soldiers
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Islamic State group on Tuesday paraded captured Iraqi troops through the streets of a militant stronghold west of Baghdad, residents said.... 9/23/2014 6:58 PM

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

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

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

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

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