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World stock markets slip on China growth jitters
TOKYO (AP) -- Stock markets fell Monday ahead of a preliminary manufacturing survey from China that might show renewed weakness in the world's second-largest economy.... 9/22/2014 8:18 AM

Pakistan appoints new spy chief
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's army on Monday named a new chief to head the country's premier intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, which is also known by its acronym ISI.... 9/22/2014 8:14 AM

Egypt militants claim blast near foreign ministry
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian militant group claimed responsibility for Sunday's bomb blast in a busy downtown Cairo street near the Foreign Ministry that killed two senior police officers and wounded several other policemen.... 9/22/2014 8:09 AM

Some 130,000 Syrians reach Turkey, fleeing IS
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The number of Syrian refugees who have reached Turkey in the past four days after fleeing the advance of Islamic State militants now totals 130,000, Turkey's deputy prime minister said Monday.... 9/22/2014 8:05 AM

New Afghan leader to name woman to Supreme Court
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's new president-elect says he wants Afghan women represented at the highest levels of government, and he pledged to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court.... 9/22/2014 7:55 AM

China reveals cases of torture in police detention
BEIJING (AP) -- Three police officers and four other people helping them have been convicted of torturing suspects to obtain confessions, China's official state news agency reported, in a rare example of a prosecution of the practice.... 9/22/2014 7:52 AM

Affluence eludes poor crowding into Asian cities
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Down a concrete path, between rail tracks that buzz with each approaching train and a river choked by plastic and raw sewage, Asih Binti Arif cradles her baby and reflects on dreams gone dark.... 9/22/2014 7:47 AM

Russia wants to keep Ukraine off UN radar
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- As world leaders gather at the U.N. this week, the U.S. and its European allies are consumed by efforts to blunt the savage advance of the Islamic State group, to end the raging Ebola epidemic and to make progress in nuclear negotiations with Iran. That's likely just fine with Vladimir Putin, since these issues distract from Russia's presence in neighboring Ukraine.... 9/22/2014 7:38 AM

Spanish priest with Ebola flown back to Madrid
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish priest who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone has been flown back to Spain and taken to a Madrid hospital.... 9/22/2014 7:33 AM

Group: Tibetan student dies after self-immolation
BEIJING (AP) -- A Tibetan student died last week after setting himself on fire, in the first such protest in five months, a London-based activist group said Monday.... 9/22/2014 7:32 AM

Fiji's military ruler sworn in as elected leader
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- Fiji's military ruler was sworn in as the South Pacific nation's elected leader Monday after results confirmed his big win in the first election since he led a coup eight years ago.... 9/22/2014 7:25 AM

Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle
HONG KONG (AP) -- Thousands of Hong Kong students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing's decision to restrict electoral reforms in a weeklong strike marking the latest phase in the battle for democracy in the southern Chinese city.... 9/22/2014 7:13 AM

New Zealand leader wants flag vote held next year
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Fresh off a big election win, New Zealand Prime Minster John Key said Monday that he wants the nation to vote next year on changing its flag.... 9/22/2014 6:53 AM

Week of diplomacy: Israel-Hamas talks, Abbas at UN
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- It's a busy week in Mideast diplomacy, book-ended by the launch of Israel-Hamas talks about a border deal for blockaded Gaza and the Palestinian president's U.N. speech about a new strategy for dealing with Israel.... 9/22/2014 5:22 AM

US firm in China meat scandal lays off 340 staff
BEIJING (AP) -- A U.S. meat supplier said Monday it is laying off most of the workforce of a Chinese subsidiary accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other major restaurant chains.... 9/22/2014 5:02 AM

Dynamiting barely dents Peru's narco air bridge
PICHARI, Peru (AP) -- The dynamiting of clandestine airstrips by Peruvian security forces in the world's No. 1 coca-growing valley cuts into profits but hardly discourages cocaine traffickers who net tens of thousands of dollars with each Bolivia-bound flight.... 9/22/2014 4:16 AM

Cuban baseball opening runs into trouble
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba's unprecedented effort to stop a devastating baseball talent drain doesn't seem to be working, with a string of stars leaving for the major leagues in the year since the government allowed a small number to play professionally overseas.... 9/22/2014 4:15 AM

Australia to prohibit secret service torture
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The Australian government has bent to public pressure by proposing a specific prohibition on secret service officers torturing suspected terrorists.... 9/22/2014 3:40 AM

Yemen government signs peace deal with Shiites
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni government officials and Shiite rebels signed a peace agreement on Sunday following days of violence that left more than 140 people dead and sent thousands fleeing their homes, state media said, although major rebel advances earlier in the day deepened a sense of uncertainty in the country.... 9/22/2014 2:53 AM

China says 2 killed, many injured in explosions
BEIJING (AP) -- Multiple explosions in a county in China's western region of Xinjiang have killed at least two people and injured many others, regional authorities said Monday.... 9/22/2014 2:08 AM