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China opposes sending North Korea to int'l court
BEIJING (AP) -- China says it's against referring ally North Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record.... 10/23/2014 8:28 AM

Cyprus: crews locate wreckage of small plane
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- The chief of Cyprus' aircraft accidents board says search crews have found wreckage belonging to a small aircraft that vanished while en route to Beirut, Lebanon, from the east Mediterranean island.... 10/23/2014 8:18 AM

Cyprus president hospitalized in Brussels
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- A Cypriot official says the president of Cyprus has been admitted to a hospital in Brussels after a prolonged nosebleed that doctors said was caused by hypertension.... 10/23/2014 8:16 AM

Stocks sink as oil falls, China factories slumber
TOKYO (AP) -- Global stocks fell Thursday after another slump in oil prices added to doubts about the strength of global demand and China's manufacturing output grew at the slowest pace in five months.... 10/23/2014 8:09 AM

Schumacher's doctor sees progress after injury
PARIS (AP) -- A French physician who treated Michael Schumacher for nearly six months after the Formula One champion struck his head in a ski accident says he is no longer in a coma and predicted a possible recovery within three years.... 10/23/2014 6:46 AM

India picks up pace on economic overhaul
NEW DELHI (AP) -- After months of criticism for not moving aggressively enough on promises of an economic overhaul, India's new prime minister has announced a string of policies designed to kick-start Asia's third-largest economy.... 10/23/2014 6:36 AM

Police: Gunmen kill 8 Shiite Muslims in Pakistan
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Four gunmen attacked a minibus carrying Shiite Muslims in southwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing eight of them, police said.... 10/23/2014 6:36 AM

Canada's PM says shooting rampage was terrorism
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Two deadly attacks in three days against members of the military stunned Canadians and raised fears their country was being targeted for reprisals for joining the U.S.-led air campaign against an extremist Islamic group in Iraq and Syria.... 10/23/2014 6:30 AM

Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer
BEIJING (AP) -- China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, and he entertained an audience of students in Beijing with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese.... 10/23/2014 5:44 AM

AP Exclusive: A week on the road in North Korea
LAKE CHON, North Korea (AP) -- The Kaema Plateau, the "Roof of Korea," is a stunning, forest-covered highland nestled in such treacherous mountains that it was never taken by the Allies during the Korean War. It's now a truck stop.... 10/23/2014 5:39 AM

AP Exclusive: Driving up revered N. Korea mountain
LAKE CHON, North Korea (AP) -- When North Korea opens its doors, it does so for a reason. So it was when the authoritarian government granted permission for a road trip so extensive that few North Koreans - let alone a pair of American journalists - could imagine taking it.... 10/23/2014 5:33 AM

Australia weighs US request for Ebola Africa team
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister said Thursday he was considering a personal request from President Barack Obama to send a medical team to Africa to fight Ebola, but that priority remains responding to an outbreak in the Asia-Pacific region.... 10/23/2014 5:20 AM

Kenny G distances self from Hong Kong protesters
HONG KONG (AP) -- Smooth jazz star Kenny G insisted Thursday he's not a foreign provocateur supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, after Beijing signaled its displeasure over his inharmonious visit and repeated concerns about meddling by external forces.... 10/23/2014 4:22 AM

Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Last year's feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors.... 10/23/2014 4:18 AM

Gaza rebuilding slowed by trickle of aid, rivalry
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Several dozen tons of cement bags stored in a warehouse are one of the few tangible achievements so far of a $2.7 billion plan to rebuild war-wrecked Gaza Strip.... 10/23/2014 4:03 AM

Brazil race hinges on fickle lower middle class
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The political debate boiled in Lena's Salon in Rio's Cantagalo slum, as patrons argued about who should win Sunday's presidential election.... 10/23/2014 4:02 AM

AP PHOTOS: Brazil's poor, Rousseff's solid support
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Children play amid tumbledown shacks in some of Rio de Janeiro's poorest hillside "favela" slums, places where armed drug traffickers lay down the law, stray bullets fly and raw sewage oozes into the streets.... 10/23/2014 4:00 AM

Mexico: Mayor linked to deadly attack on students
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Officials said Wednesday that a drug gang implicated in the disappearance of 43 students in a southern city essentially ran the town, paying the mayor hundreds of thousands of dollars a month out of its profits from making opium paste to fuel the U.S. heroin market.... 10/23/2014 3:58 AM

Rights group: Migrant workers abused in UAE homes
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Many Asian and African women working as domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates say their employers beat them with sticks or cables, punched and slapped them, and there's little they can do because they're excluded from the country's labor law protections, a rights group said Thursday.... 10/23/2014 2:23 AM

Canada PM: attacks against soldiers are terrorism
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Canada's prime minister says Wednesday's fatal shooting of a Canadian soldier in Ottawa and a hit-and-run that killed another earlier this week are grim reminders that Canada is not immune to terrorism.... 10/23/2014 12:32 AM