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Blair says airstrikes not enough to beat militants
LONDON (AP) -- Western powers must be ready to commit ground forces to the fight against militants from the Islamic State group because airstrikes alone won't defeat these "fanatical" extremists, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday.... 9/22/2014 10:40 AM

Kiev notes progress on eastern Ukraine cease-fire
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian officials say government troops have begun withdrawing heavy artillery in the east of the country, as have pro-Russian rebels in the region.... 9/22/2014 10:38 AM

Has Sierra Leone shutdown slowed Ebola's spread?
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Life is returning to normal in the capital of Sierra Leone after an unprecedented three-day lockdown during which officials said more 1 million households were checked for Ebola patients and given information on the deadly disease.... 9/22/2014 10:33 AM

Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle
HONG KONG (AP) -- Thousands of Hong Kong college and university students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing's decision to restrict voting reforms, the start of a weeklong strike that marks the latest phase in the battle for democracy in the southern Chinese city.... 9/22/2014 10:28 AM

China reveals cases of torture in police detention
BEIJING (AP) -- Three police officers and four other people have been convicted of torturing suspects to obtain confessions, China's official state news agency reported, in a rare instance of prosecution of the practice.... 9/22/2014 9:40 AM

South Africa: Park staff arrested for poaching
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A ranger and two other employees of South Africa's parks service were arrested on suspicion of rhino poaching in the country's flagship wildlife reserve, the agency said Monday.... 9/22/2014 9:36 AM

New Afghan leader to name woman to Supreme Court
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's new president-elect says he wants Afghan women represented at the highest levels of government, including on the Supreme Court.... 9/22/2014 8:59 AM

Polish president swears in reshuffled government
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The Polish president is swearing in a reshuffled government under new prime minister Ewa Kopacz.... 9/22/2014 8:35 AM

Some 130,000 Syrians reach Turkey, fleeing IS
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The number of Syrian refugees who have reached Turkey in the past four days after fleeing the advance of Islamic State militants now totals 130,000, Turkey's deputy prime minister said Monday.... 9/22/2014 8:31 AM

German employers struggle to find apprentices
BERLIN (AP) -- It's lunchtime at Tauro and the restaurant staff are bustling to keep up with orders for marinated pork ribs, spinach-filled crepes and chicken breast with ricotta and pine kernels.... 9/22/2014 8:26 AM

World stock markets slip on China growth jitters
TOKYO (AP) -- Stock markets fell Monday ahead of a preliminary manufacturing survey from China that might show renewed weakness in the world's second-largest economy.... 9/22/2014 8:18 AM

Pakistan appoints new spy chief
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's army on Monday named a new chief to head the country's premier intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, which is also known by its acronym ISI.... 9/22/2014 8:14 AM

Egypt militants claim blast near foreign ministry
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian militant group claimed responsibility for Sunday's bomb blast in a busy downtown Cairo street near the Foreign Ministry that killed two senior police officers and wounded several other policemen.... 9/22/2014 8:09 AM

Affluence eludes poor crowding into Asian cities
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Down a concrete path, between rail tracks that buzz with each approaching train and a river choked by plastic and raw sewage, Asih Binti Arif cradles her baby and reflects on dreams gone dark.... 9/22/2014 7:47 AM

Russia wants to keep Ukraine off UN radar
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- As world leaders gather at the U.N. this week, the U.S. and its European allies are consumed by efforts to blunt the savage advance of the Islamic State group, to end the raging Ebola epidemic and to make progress in nuclear negotiations with Iran. That's likely just fine with Vladimir Putin, since these issues distract from Russia's presence in neighboring Ukraine.... 9/22/2014 7:38 AM

Spanish priest with Ebola flown back to Madrid
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish priest who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone has been flown back to Spain and taken to a Madrid hospital.... 9/22/2014 7:33 AM

Group: Tibetan student dies after self-immolation
BEIJING (AP) -- A Tibetan student died last week after setting himself on fire, in the first such protest in five months, a London-based activist group said Monday.... 9/22/2014 7:32 AM

Fiji's military ruler sworn in as elected leader
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- Fiji's military ruler was sworn in as the South Pacific nation's elected leader Monday after results confirmed his big win in the first election since he led a coup eight years ago.... 9/22/2014 7:25 AM

New Zealand leader wants flag vote held next year
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Fresh off a big election win, New Zealand Prime Minster John Key said Monday that he wants the nation to vote next year on changing its flag.... 9/22/2014 6:53 AM

Week of diplomacy: Israel-Hamas talks, Abbas at UN
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- It's a busy week in Mideast diplomacy, book-ended by the launch of Israel-Hamas talks about a border deal for blockaded Gaza and the Palestinian president's U.N. speech about a new strategy for dealing with Israel.... 9/22/2014 5:22 AM