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Gaza widow offers insight into world of spies
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The 48-year-old Palestinian woman's husband was shot to death in 2012 by militants in the Gaza Strip for spying for Israel. A mother of seven, she herself was jailed by Gaza's Hamas rulers for aiding and abetting a spy - her husband.... 9/17/2014 12:08 PM

Separatists in Quebec, Scotland share lessons
MONTREAL (AP) -- Quebec's separatists are watching closely this week to see if the Scottish independence movement has learned from their failed attempts to break away from Canada. And they could be rejuvenated if Scotland breaks away from the United Kingdom.... 9/17/2014 12:02 PM

N. Korea powerful temptation for some Americans
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- One shouted about God's love as he crossed a frozen river, clutching a Bible. Another swam, drunk and naked. Several U.S. soldiers dashed around land mines.... 9/17/2014 12:01 PM

Japan wants North Korea abductions report soon
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese Cabinet minister on Wednesday urged North Korea to quickly release the results of a new investigation into the fate of dozens, possibly hundreds, of Japanese believed to have been abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and `80s.... 9/17/2014 11:47 AM

Pakistan airstrikes kill 40 militants, army says
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's military launched airstrikes on five militant hideouts in a troubled tribal region near the border with Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing 40 suspected fighters as part of a massive operation begun this summer.... 9/17/2014 11:35 AM

UN envoy says Cyprus peace talks enter new phase
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- A United Nations envoy says talks to reunify the ethnically divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus have moved up a gear with Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders looking to bridge gaps on core issues.... 9/17/2014 11:29 AM

Trade, investment hopes as China's Xi visits India
AHMEDABAD, India (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in the Indian prime minister's home state of Gujarat on Wednesday for a three-day visit expected to focus on India's need to improve worn out infrastructure and reduce its trade deficit.... 9/17/2014 11:29 AM

Pope OKs canonization for Sri Lanka's 1st saint
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis signed off Wednesday on Sri Lanka's first saint, bending the Vatican's rules once again to bypass the usual requirement that a second miracle be confirmed.... 9/17/2014 11:27 AM

Sony forecasts $2B loss as smartphones lag
TOKYO (AP) -- Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing down the value of its troubled smartphone business.... 9/17/2014 11:22 AM

Government urges end to Air France pilots strike
PARIS (AP) -- The French government wants Air France pilots to end a strike that has grounded half of the airline's flights this week amid anger over plans to shift much of its operations to a low-cost carrier.... 9/17/2014 11:21 AM

China police formally arrest Chan son in drug case
BEIJING (AP) -- Police in Beijing have formally arrested the son of Hong Kong martial arts film star Jackie Chan on suspicion of allowing other people to consume drugs, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of three years' imprisonment, prosecutors said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 11:20 AM

Celebrity rabbi takes plea bargain over bribery
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A multimillionaire Israeli celebrity rabbi with a following in the U.S. has accepted a plea bargain in a high-profile bribery case and could face a year in prison, an Israeli official said Wednesday, bringing closer an end to one of the rabbi's various legal sagas.... 9/17/2014 11:13 AM

Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Excitement and anxiety are mounting in Scotland on the final day of campaigning before an independence referendum.... 9/17/2014 11:02 AM

Spain hosts conference on deepening Libya crisis
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's foreign minister has warned an international conference focusing on Libya that the country could slide into a civil war situation similar to what is happening in Syria.... 9/17/2014 10:55 AM

Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills 2, wounds 3
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Shelling in the rebel-held eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk killed two people Wednesday and wounded three others, municipal authorities said.... 9/17/2014 10:32 AM

Scots' inventions are fuel for independence debate
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- What has Scotland ever done for us? Plenty, it turns out.... 9/17/2014 10:24 AM

Milestones of Scots' journey to independence vote
LONDON (AP) -- These are the milestones of Scotland's journey from Great Britain to the United Kingdom and, following Thursday's vote, a possible return to independence.... 9/17/2014 10:19 AM

Thailand conducts autopsies on slain Britons
BANGKOK (AP) -- Police in Thailand said Wednesday they have conducted autopsies on two British tourists whose bludgeoned bodies were found on a scenic resort island this week.... 9/17/2014 10:15 AM

Swedish king involved in car crash, unhurt
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden's royal palace says King Carl XVI Gustaf was involved in a car crash on his way to an airport in Stockholm but was unhurt.... 9/17/2014 9:38 AM

US man held for alleged attempt to swim to N Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river to rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 9:29 AM