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Japan trade, justice ministers quit amid scandals
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's trade and justice ministers resigned Monday after accusations they misused campaign funds in the biggest setback so far for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's conservative administration.... 10/20/2014 8:28 AM

Top Iraq Shiite cleric backs PM's fight against IS
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has met with the country's prime minister in a sign of support for his newly-formed government and its struggle against the Islamic State extremist group.... 10/20/2014 8:23 AM

Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesia's new president
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Joko Widodo completed a journey from riverside shack to presidential palace on Monday, cheered through the streets following his inauguration by tens of thousands of ordinary Indonesians in a reminder to the opposition-controlled parliament of the strong grass-roots support that swept him to power.... 10/20/2014 7:50 AM

Attacks on Afghan checkpoints kill 4 troops
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Officials say insurgents have attacked several army checkpoints in eastern and southern Afghanistan, killing at least four troops and wounding several people.... 10/20/2014 7:11 AM

Liberia president describes heavy cost of Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people in her country and has brought it to "a standstill," noting that Liberia and two other badly hit countries were already weakened by years of war.... 10/20/2014 7:01 AM

Nepal to end rescue operation on trekking route
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal was wrapping up rescue operations in its northern mountains Monday, saying all the hikers believed to have been stranded on a trekking route by a series of deadly blizzards are now safe.... 10/20/2014 6:17 AM

Pilots at Lufthansa long-haul fleet to strike
BERLIN (AP) -- A planned strike by pilots at Lufthansa has been expanded to include a one-day walkout Tuesday at the German airline's long-haul fleet.... 10/20/2014 6:16 AM

Australia's Parliament House lifts face veil ban
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a short-lived ban on facial coverings including burqas and niqabs after the prime minister intervened.... 10/20/2014 6:09 AM

China gives $6 million for food in Ebola countries
BEIJING (AP) -- China has donated $6 million to help stave off food shortages in the three African countries worst affected by the Ebola virus, the World Food Program announced Monday, part of Beijing's growing assistance to a continent where its companies have become major investors.... 10/20/2014 6:03 AM

Fire exposes illegal Chinese factories in Italy
PRATO, Italy (AP) -- There was no fire alarm at the garment factory outside Florence where Chen Changzhong worked and lived.... 10/20/2014 5:56 AM

HK leader: 'External forces' involved in protests
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's leader has claimed that "external forces" are participating in student-led pro-democracy protests that have occupied parts of this financial capital for more than three weeks, but provided no evidence to back his accusation.... 10/20/2014 5:33 AM

Expelled Nazis paid millions in Social Security
OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) -- Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.... 10/20/2014 5:25 AM

China's ruling party opens meeting on rule of law
BEIJING (AP) -- The conundrum of bolstering rule of law in Communist Party-run China was on the agenda for the ruling party's top leaders Monday as they opened a four-day conclave to guide policy for the coming year.... 10/20/2014 5:09 AM

Federal police take control of 13 towns in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Federal police have taken control of 13 municipalities in southern Mexico where local police are suspected of links to organized crime and possibly to the case of 43 missing students, a top official said.... 10/20/2014 4:42 AM

Argentine town faces ghosts of its Dirty War
OLAVARRIA, Argentina (AP) -- Shade trees hide the crumbling farm house outside of Olavarria. Hidden at the end of a dirt path, the white plaster coating is falling away from the brick foundation like scabs peeling off an unhealed wound.... 10/20/2014 4:20 AM

AP PHOTOS: New gloss on Cuba's classic cars
HAVANA (AP) -- When Martin Viera's Chevrolet rolled out of the dealer's lot, Harry Truman was president of the United States, gasoline cost 27 cents a gallon and a 24-year-old lefty named Tommy Lasorda was pitching for Almendares in the Cuban winter baseball league.... 10/20/2014 4:19 AM

Japan's trade minister quits over funding scandal
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's trade minister resigned Monday and reports said the justice minister would also quit amid allegations of misuse of campaign funds, in the biggest setbacks so far for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's conservative administration.... 10/20/2014 4:12 AM

Kerry seeks Asia's help in anti-Islamic State push
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Indonesia for a brief visit aimed at building Asian support for the fights against Islamic State extremists and the deadly Ebola virus.... 10/20/2014 4:05 AM

Brazilian candidates spar over poverty, corruption
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff highlighted her government's achievements in reducing poverty while her rival used Sunday night's presidential debate to attack her on allegations of bribery in state-run oil company Petrobras.... 10/20/2014 2:33 AM

Marine accused in Philippine killing tests US ties
OLONGAPO, Philippines (AP) -- Inside a funeral parlor, a Filipino mother sits and weeps next to a coffin containing the body of her daughter and demands answers. On a hulking American assault ship moored at a nearby port sits a man who might have them - a U.S. Marine authorities suspect in the brutal slaying at a cheap hotel more than a week ago.... 10/20/2014 1:06 AM