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Syria refugee flood to Turkey hits 100,000
KUCUK KENDIRCILER, Turkey (AP) -- The number of refugees seeking shelter in Turkey from the Islamic State group's advance across northeastern Syria has hit 100,000, Turkey said Sunday as clashes broke out on the border between Turkish security guards and Kurds.... 9/21/2014 1:51 PM

Hopes dim for return of Philippine troops to Golan
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said he's been told security threats on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights are not expected to ease soon, dimming hopes that U.N. peacekeepers can be deployed back to the region in the near future.... 9/21/2014 1:45 PM

Scotland's leader: Voters 'tricked' in referendum
LONDON (AP) -- Scotland's independence leader has accused Britain's politicians of reneging on their promises to give more powers to Scots, as the main political parties bickered over how to take political reform forward.... 9/21/2014 1:43 PM

Attacks kill 6 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Bomb and mortar fire attacks killed six people in Shiite areas in and around Baghdad on Sunday, as Iraqi security forces said they succeeded in breaking a siege on soldiers who had been surrounded by Islamic State militants west of Baghdad.... 9/21/2014 1:41 PM

US general: Arab nations needed in Iraq, Syria
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- The still-evolving military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday.... 9/21/2014 1:37 PM

New Afghan president, but vote totals kept secret
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's election commission has named Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner of the country's presidential election, but the commission did not release final vote figures.... 9/21/2014 1:25 PM

Egypt to host post-Gaza war talks this week
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Egypt will host a brief round of indirect talks this week between Israelis and Palestinians on a sustained Gaza cease-fire deal, as well as negotiations between Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah on who should run the territory, a Palestinian official said Sunday.... 9/21/2014 1:24 PM

Syria blasts coalition against Islamic State
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria's parliament speaker said Sunday that the U.S. should work with Damascus in assembling a coalition to battle the Islamic State extremist group rather than allying with nations that support terrorism.... 9/21/2014 1:06 PM

Pope denounces perversion of religion for violence
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Pope Francis denounced that extremists around the world are "perverting" religion to justify violence as he visited Albania on Sunday, holding up as a model the Balkan nation where Christians and Muslims endured brutal oppression under communism but now live and work peacefully together.... 9/21/2014 1:06 PM

Kenya marks 1 year since Westgate mall attack
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenyans marked one year since four gunmen stormed the upscale Westgate Mall in Nairobi, killing 67 people and leaving the capital unsettled for days as militants battled with security and people trapped inside tried to flee the fighting.... 9/21/2014 1:03 PM

Roadside bomb kills 2 policemen in Egypt's capital
CAIRO (AP) -- A roadside bomb went off on Sunday on a busy downtown Cairo street near the Nile-side Egyptian Foreign Ministry, killing two senior policemen, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.... 9/21/2014 12:59 PM

At Asian Games, rivalries not always about sports
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) -- On the one hand, you have China and India, which account for about a quarter of the world's population. On the other, the Maldives, population 345,000. There's Bhutan, which has been described as the happiest place on Earth, and Syria, which certainly isn't. And for good measure, why not throw in some of the most repressive regimes on the planet - North Korea, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan?... 9/21/2014 12:20 PM

Chinese destroyer docks in Iran, first such visit
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A Chinese destroyer has docked in a southern Iranian port in the first such visit to the country by the Chinese navy, Iran's state television reported on Sunday.... 9/21/2014 12:19 PM

Wife of UK hostage issues plea to militants
LONDON (AP) -- The wife of a British aid worker held hostage by the Islamic State group has issued a statement pleading for the militants to release him and respond to her messages "before it is too late."... 9/21/2014 12:12 PM

Gang robs security guard outside Berlin Apple shop
BERLIN (AP) -- Police are hunting for a gang that robbed a security guard as he was picking up cash from Germany's biggest Apple's store.... 9/21/2014 12:11 PM

Turkey: We'll keep secret behind hostage release
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his government will not reveal details of a covert operation that ensured the release of 49 people held hostage by the Islamic State group.... 9/21/2014 11:56 AM

German families to sue Ukraine over MH17 crash
BERLIN (AP) -- A German lawyer says he plans to sue Ukraine for negligence in the downing of Malaysia Airline Flight 17.... 9/21/2014 11:30 AM

Ukraine says it won't pull back troops just yet
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Ukrainian official says Kiev won't pull back its troops until the previously agreed cease-fire is implemented.... 9/21/2014 10:50 AM

Spanish judge indicts 9 persons for cyber fraud
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish judge charged nine people with fraud Sunday for allegedly participating in the theft of $45 million after a massive hacking of a bank's card payments system.... 9/21/2014 10:31 AM

Retiring Li Na has "no regrets" about retiring
BEIJING (AP) -- Two days after announcing the end of her momentous tennis career in an open letter to friends and fans, Li Na entered her farewell news conference with the appearance of somebody who had been crying.... 9/21/2014 10:23 AM