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Verdict postponed on Saudi Shiite cleric
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday postponed issuing its verdict in a sensitive case against a popular Shiite cleric who faces charges that carry a death sentence.... 9/16/2014 1:53 PM

Oligarch buys Russia's most popular social media
MOSCOW (AP) -- A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has splashed out $1.5 billion to gain full control of Russia's most popular social network, VKontakte, bringing an end to a months-long dispute that saw the original investors sue each other in court.... 9/16/2014 1:52 PM

Brazilian archbishop robbed at gunpoint in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian church officials say the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro has escaped injury during a robbery by three gunmen.... 9/16/2014 1:44 PM

Scotland took long road to independence vote
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland's National Monument. A colonnade of classical stone pillars modeled on the Parthenon in Athens, it's grand, inspiring - and unfinished, ever since the money to build it ran out two centuries ago.... 9/16/2014 1:42 PM

Exploring 'graveyard of ships' near San Francisco
GULF OF THE FARALLONES NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY (AP) -- Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush.... 9/16/2014 1:34 PM

UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola
GENEVA (AP) -- The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could end up costing nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 1:31 PM

Coptic Christians clash with police in Egypt
CAIRO (AP) -- A couple hundred Christian protesters clashed with police in southern Egypt after holding a demonstration on Tuesday in front of a police station demanding authorities locate an abducted housewife, a security official said.... 9/16/2014 1:30 PM

Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's parliament ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union on Tuesday, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal.... 9/16/2014 1:24 PM

Woman survives 4 days after Nigeria building falls
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Rescue workers early Tuesday dug a woman out of the rubble of a building that collapsed four days ago and she walked away with only a slight injury, a government spokesman said.... 9/16/2014 1:22 PM

Chinese president to launch port city in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Sri Lanka on Tuesday to forge closer ties and help launch a $1.4 billion port city project funded by his government.... 9/16/2014 1:14 PM

Weakening Odile pushes up Mexico's Baja California
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) -- A weakening Tropical Storm Odile pushed up Mexico's Baja California Peninsula early Tuesday, dumping heavy rains that could bring dangerous flash floods and mudslides but also a potential boon to the drought-stricken region.... 9/16/2014 1:06 PM

Syrian aircraft crashes in city held by IS group
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Syrian military aircraft crashed into the de facto capital of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, killing at least eight people, as thousands of residents fled to nearby villages in anticipation of expected U.S. airstrikes against the militants, activists said.... 9/16/2014 12:58 PM

Roadside bomb kills 6 policemen in Egypt's Sinai
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- A powerful explosion killed five Egyptian police conscripts and an officer near the border town of Rafah in the restive Sinai Peninsula early Tuesday, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of a local al-Qaida-inspired group, Egyptian security officials said.... 9/16/2014 12:56 PM

Iraqi lawmakers reject picks for interior, defense
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi parliament rejected the prime minister's nominees for defense and interior ministers, leaving the two crucial posts unfilled as a U.S.-led coalition prepares to intensify airstrikes against the Islamic States group that controls vast parts of the country.... 9/16/2014 12:55 PM

South Africa sends murder suspect to Botswana
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Human rights lawyers are pressing South Africa to explain why a murder suspect from Botswana was illegally deported to his country, where he could be executed if convicted.... 9/16/2014 12:48 PM

World stocks sag ahead of Fed meeting
TOKYO (AP) -- Global stock markets mostly fell Tuesday as jittery investors played it safe ahead of a potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting and the referendum on Scotland's independence.... 9/16/2014 12:44 PM

Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- A Belgian convicted of murder and rape who has been imprisoned for almost three decades has been granted the right to die after doctors agreed his psychiatric condition was incurable, an official and a lawyer said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 12:31 PM

1 Polish soldier killed, 2 wounded in Afghanistan
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- One Polish soldier was killed and two others wounded Tuesday in a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital, a military spokesman said.... 9/16/2014 12:28 PM

West Bank settler group boasts rapid growth
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The main organization representing West Bank settlers says the population of Jewish Israelis living in the West Bank experienced strong growth during the first half of this year.... 9/16/2014 12:23 PM

Dutch ease off austerity, will spend on military
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Dutch government is presenting a budget for 2015 that for the first time in years will be focused less on financial austerity and more on security in light of international conflicts.... 9/16/2014 12:21 PM