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Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Rebels in eastern Ukraine appear to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport of Donetsk, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists that further undermines a shaky cease-fire in the region.... 10/1/2014 10:33 AM

Philippines won't send troops to unclear mission
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine president said Wednesday his government would no longer deploy peacekeepers in "impossible" missions like the Golan Heights, where Filipino forces came under attack by Syrian insurgents.... 10/1/2014 10:31 AM

Reports: Blasts in central Syria cause casualties
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian activists say two explosions have struck near a school in the central city of Homs, causing casualties, including among children.... 10/1/2014 10:26 AM

Protesters to HK boss: Quit or we occupy buildings
HONG KONG (AP) -- Student leaders of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong say that if the territory's leader doesn't resign by Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings.... 10/1/2014 10:13 AM

Bodies found on Japan volcano, raising toll to 48
OTAKI, Japan (AP) -- One body recovered near the volcano's summit was in a squatting position and had to be dug out of a thick layer of ash. Another was caught between huge boulders bigger than large refrigerators. Police who recovered a dozen bodies on Wednesday portrayed a painful scene of death around the summit where hikers enjoying a weekend autumn hike were caught by the mountain's surprise eruption.... 10/1/2014 10:13 AM

UN: At least 1,119 Iraqis killed in September
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.N. mission in Baghdad says at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but that the real figure was likely much higher since the organization's death toll does not include killings in areas controlled by the Islamic State group.... 10/1/2014 10:03 AM

Moet bets on bubbly in China with sparkling winery
YONGNING COUNTY, China (AP) -- France's Moet Hennessy is betting on China's taste for bubbly with the launch of sales this month by the first foreign-owned Chinese winery devoted to sparkling wine.... 10/1/2014 10:01 AM

Germany reports Eurofighter manufacturing fault
BERLIN (AP) -- The German military says a manufacturing fault has been discovered in the Eurofighter jet affecting the aircraft's fuselage, leading it to suspend deliveries.... 10/1/2014 9:51 AM

Spanish rescued after 12 days trapped in Peru cave
LEIMEBAMBA, Peru (AP) -- A Spanish speleologist has been rescued in Peru after spending 12 days trapped about 400 meters (1,300 feet) underground in a cave in Peru's remote Amazon region.... 10/1/2014 9:28 AM

Japan's Shinkansen bullet train turns 50
TOKYO (AP) -- It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, "like flying in the sky."... 10/1/2014 9:28 AM

NATO gets new chief_one Putin may approve of
BRUSSELS (AP) -- At a time of daunting geopolitical crises, NATO is undergoing its own version of regime change, with the arrival of a new chief official who has the blessing, at least temporarily, of one of the West's biggest adversaries: Russian President Vladimir Putin.... 10/1/2014 9:23 AM

Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons
BEIJING (AP) -- The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.... 10/1/2014 9:23 AM

New Polish premier wants more US military presence
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's new prime minister says she will work for a greater U.S. military presence in Poland.... 10/1/2014 9:07 AM

APNewsBreak: Nazi hunter pushes for new probe
BERLIN (AP) -- The Simon Wiesenthal Center has identified dozens of former members of Nazi mobile death squads who might still be alive, and is pushing the German government for an investigation, The Associated Press has learned.... 10/1/2014 9:01 AM

Karadzic closing his defense in UN genocide trial
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic insisted Wednesday that United Nations prosecutors do not have "a shred of evidence" linking him to atrocities throughout the Bosnian war, and accused them of putting the entire Serb people on trial.... 10/1/2014 8:56 AM

Saudi overhaul reshapes Islam's holiest city Mecca
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- As a child, Osama al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric merchants where his father owned a store. At that time, Mecca was so small, pilgrims could sit at the cube-shaped Kaaba and look out at the serene desert mountains where the Prophet Muhammad once walked.... 10/1/2014 8:49 AM

Former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat dead at 87
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat, who presided over the city's transformation into a vibrant and open urban center, has died at the age of 87.... 10/1/2014 8:45 AM

France's Socialists detail hefty spending cuts
PARIS (AP) -- France's Socialist government has detailed a 21 billion-euro ($26.5 billion) cost-cutting plan, the deepest-ever spending cuts in the country's modern history.... 10/1/2014 8:17 AM

Taliban suicide bombers kill 7 in Kabul, wound 21
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul early Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding 21, just a day after the signing of a key U.S.-Afghan security pact.... 10/1/2014 8:01 AM

Australian Parliament passes counterterror laws
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The Australian Parliament on Wednesday passed a raft of counterterrorism laws that extend secret service powers despite concerns about its impact on press freedom.... 10/1/2014 7:48 AM