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Iran president pledges to back Iraq amid attacks
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Shiite powerhouse Iran has pledged enduring support for the Shiite-led government of Iraq in its battle against an ascendant Sunni insurgency spearheaded by the Islamic State group.... 10/21/2014 1:39 PM

Egypt sets appeal hearing for Al Jazeera staff
CAIRO (AP) -- The brother of an imprisoned Al-Jazeera reporter says a Cairo court has set the appeals hearing for three staffers of the Qatar-based broadcaster convicted in Egypt.... 10/21/2014 1:25 PM

Total CEO dead in runway crash; plow driver drunk
MOSCOW (AP) -- Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday.... 10/21/2014 1:24 PM

Rwanda requires US, Spain visitor health reports
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Rwanda says that Rwanda's Ministry of Health is requiring visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the previous 22 days to report their medical condition to health authorities.... 10/21/2014 1:13 PM

Canadian soldier dies following car attack
SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec (AP) -- One of two Canadian soldiers hit by a car in a city near Montreal has died and authorities are examining whether the driver's links to radical Islam had spurred the attack. Neighbors said he was a recent convert.... 10/21/2014 1:11 PM

Australia premier credited with 1970s reforms dies
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, whose government was credited with instituting lasting social reforms during a short tenure that ended in a bitter constitutional crisis, died Tuesday at the age of 98.... 10/21/2014 12:55 PM

WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in W. Africa in January
GENEVA (AP) -- The hunt for an Ebola vaccine will produce data soon about whether two experimental vaccines are safe and could lead to larger medical trials in West Africa by January, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday.... 10/21/2014 12:53 PM

Nepal vows new rules after worst trekking disaster
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal on Tuesday said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country's worst hiking disaster left dozens dead last week.... 10/21/2014 12:44 PM

UK suspect extradited to US to face terror charges
LONDON (AP) -- A mentally ill British man accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon was extradited to the U.S. on Tuesday after losing a nine-year legal battle.... 10/21/2014 12:38 PM

Hong Kong students, officials talk but don't agree
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong student leaders and government officials held talks Tuesday to end pro-democracy protests now in their fourth week even as the city's Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on the activists' key demand.... 10/21/2014 12:25 PM

Pregnant Kate back at work after morning sickness
LONDON (AP) -- The Duchess of Cambridge has resumed her royal duties after spending more than two months out of the public eye while suffering from acute morning sickness.... 10/21/2014 12:25 PM

Syrian airstrikes kill 8 in town near Jordan
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say Syrian government airstrikes hit a rebel-held town along the country's southern border with Jordan, killing at least eight people.... 10/21/2014 12:25 PM

Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- The number of people infected with Ebola in western Sierra Leone, on the other side of the country from where the first cases emerged months ago, is soaring with more than 20 deaths daily, the government and local media reported Tuesday.... 10/21/2014 12:19 PM

Oscar Pistorius starts serving 5-year prison term
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.... 10/21/2014 12:08 PM

Jerusalem stone may answer Jewish revolt questions
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli archaeologists say they have discovered a stone with Latin engravings that could help answer questions surrounding a Jewish revolt nearly 2,000 years ago.... 10/21/2014 12:02 PM

Pistorius out of Paralympic events for 5 years
LONDON (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius will be ineligible to compete in Paralympic events during the entirety of his five-year prison sentence.... 10/21/2014 12:01 PM

China relief helps shore up markets
LONDON (AP) -- European stocks rebounded Tuesday after figures showed China's economic growth slowed less than feared. U.S. shares were poised to make further gains at the open too amid further signs that markets have found a surer footing.... 10/21/2014 11:55 AM

Pakistan pulls anti-government TV channel off air
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- An anti-government TV news channel in Pakistan was taken off air for 15 days after a high court ruled that the broadcaster was "maligning" the country's judiciary, the country's media regulation authority said.... 10/21/2014 11:41 AM

Ultra-Orthodox Jews attack Jerusalem buses over ad
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews hurled stones and slashed the tires of buses bearing ads promoting female worship at a key Jerusalem holy site, Israeli police said Tuesday.... 10/21/2014 11:35 AM

Top Romanian lawmaker in corruption probe resigns
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A key lawmaker in Romania has quit Parliament after prosecutors announced they are seeking his arrest on suspicion of influence peddling two weeks before a presidential election.... 10/21/2014 11:30 AM