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HK police warn protesters not to charge buildings
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong police warned of serious consequences if pro-democracy protesters try to occupy government buildings, as they have threatened to do if the territory's leader didn't resign by Thursday.... 10/2/2014 10:46 AM

Kosovo selects its first Oscar contender
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) -- Kosovo says it has nominated an Oscar contender for the first time since it announced independence in 2008 from Serbia.... 10/2/2014 10:40 AM

Surfer loses arm in shark attack in Australia
SYDNEY (AP) -- A man had part of his arm torn off by a suspected great white shark while surfing off the coast of Western Australia on Thursday, officials said.... 10/2/2014 10:34 AM

Bach: IOC will not reopen 2022 Olympic bid race
LONDON (AP) -- The International Olympic Committee will not reopen the bidding process for the 2022 Winter Games after Oslo's withdrawal left just two cities in the race, IOC President Thomas Bach told The Associated Press on Thursday.... 10/2/2014 10:34 AM

Turkey ponders new powers to fight IS militants
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's parliament was considering a motion Thursday to give the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group.... 10/2/2014 10:34 AM

Sky's no limit for Czech chimney climbers
DOLNI SMRZOVKA, Czech Republic (AP) -- From afar, they look like ants crawling up a tower into the sky.... 10/2/2014 10:13 AM

Bomb hits passenger bus in NW Pakistan, killing 7
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A bomb ripped through a mini-bus in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least seven passengers, police said.... 10/2/2014 10:04 AM

Kurdish fighters say IS group nearing Syrian town
BEIRUT (AP) -- A senior Kurdish fighter says the Islamic State group is closing in on the town of Kobani along the Syria-Turkey border and that his men are preparing for street battles.... 10/2/2014 10:00 AM

South Africa: white extremist's house stirs debate
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A provincial official in South Africa has proposed turning the home of a slain white extremist into a museum, arguing that the "ugly" side of the country's apartheid past should be remembered.... 10/2/2014 9:57 AM

Saudi Arabia: 2 million in Mecca for start of hajj
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- An estimated 2 million Muslims are streaming into a sprawling tent city near Mecca for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage. Saudi Arabia says there are 1.4 million visitors to the kingdom for the hajj.... 10/2/2014 9:43 AM

Watchdog: Turkey has fearful journalism climate
ISTANBUL (AP) -- An international media freedom watchdog says that while Turkey has released many journalists from prison recently, the government is creating a more fearful climate for critical media.... 10/2/2014 9:33 AM

Oops! UK council removes Banksy mural
LONDON (AP) -- A council in southern England says it instructed its workers to remove a mural before realizing it was the work of internationally famous graffiti artist Banksy.... 10/2/2014 9:25 AM

New EU economy chief vows tough budget oversight
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's incoming economy chief, Pierre Moscovici, vowed Thursday to be an impartial and tough enforcer of the bloc's deficit rules even though he failed to implement them as French finance minister.... 10/2/2014 9:20 AM

South Africa government criticized over Dalai Lama
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu, a periodic critic of South Africa's ruling party, now says the government is a "lickspittle bunch" for its alleged deference to China, a close business partner.... 10/2/2014 9:12 AM

European Central Bank to detail stimulus plan
NAPLES, Italy (AP) -- European Central Bank head Mario Draghi is expected Thursday to underline the bank's willingness to deploy more economic stimulus measures, a stance that could send the euro skidding even lower.... 10/2/2014 8:45 AM

Australian Parliament restricts veiled visitors
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Visitors who wear face veils to Australia's Parliament House have been restricted to sound-proof enclosed galleries usually reserved for noisy school groups under a new counterterrorism security measure announced on Thursday.... 10/2/2014 8:35 AM

Hong Kong protests hit city's role as finance hub
HONG KONG (AP) -- Shops in Hong Kong have closed and the local stock market has plunged but protesters are gambling their agitation for greater democracy will pay off by preserving institutions that made this former British colony a profitable asset to China.... 10/2/2014 8:34 AM

Union chief: Irish army running short of uniforms
DUBLIN (AP) -- Legend has it that Celtic warriors once charged into battle naked. Things aren't that bad in the modern Irish army, but its union chief says soldiers must wage a daily battle for uniforms.... 10/2/2014 8:31 AM


HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong police warn of serious consequences if protesters charge government buildings.... 10/2/2014 8:27 AM

Spanish sea rescuers find bodies of 2 migrants
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's Marine Rescue service says it has found the bodies of two sub-Saharan African migrants believed to have been in a boat with eight others that had left Morocco.... 10/2/2014 8:24 AM