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Syria: 15 children die after getting vaccinations
BEIRUT (AP) -- At least 15 children died after receiving vaccinations in rebel-held parts of Syria, and activists said Wednesday that the death toll from two days of government airstrikes in the central city of Talbiseh climbed to nearly 50, a heavy toll even by the vicious standards of the country's civil war.... 9/17/2014 2:36 PM

Rise in extremists recruiting French women, girls
PARIS (AP) -- Recruiters for Islamic extremist groups are increasingly targeting French women and girls, with nearly 100 either in Syria or on their way and 175 being monitored at home, security officials say.... 9/17/2014 2:32 PM

Indonesia adds more copters to fight forest fires
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia on Wednesday added more water-dropping helicopters to fight forest and plantation wildfires that are spreading haze across the region, limiting visibility and increasing air pollution.... 9/17/2014 2:27 PM

Researchers locate site of gas chambers in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish and Israeli Holocaust researchers say they have discovered the exact location of the building that housed gas chambers at Sobibor, one of the death camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.... 9/17/2014 2:25 PM

Celebrity rabbi takes plea bargain over bribery
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A multimillionaire Israeli celebrity rabbi with a following in the United States has accepted a plea bargain in which he admits to attempting to bribe a senior police official, and could now face a one-year prison sentence, Israel's Justice Ministry said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 2:23 PM

AP Interview: Iraq premier says no foreign troops
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's new prime minister said Wednesday that foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country's fight against the Islamic State group, flatly rejecting the idea a day after the top U.S. general recommended that American forces may be needed if current efforts to combat the extremists fail.... 9/17/2014 2:22 PM

Puerto Rico police arrest reggaeton star Don Omar
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.... 9/17/2014 2:15 PM

French terror case against Iran opposition dropped
PARIS (AP) -- French judges have thrown out terrorism-linked charges against nine members of an exiled Iranian opposition group, closing a case that began 11 years ago with mass arrests that provoked several deaths by protesters setting themselves afire.... 9/17/2014 2:08 PM

Top Saudi clerics issue edict against terrorism
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's highest body of religious scholars issued a stern ruling on Wednesday calling terrorism a "heinous crime" and saying perpetrators including Islamic State militants deserve punishment in line with Islamic law.... 9/17/2014 2:07 PM

Liberia hopes US Ebola aid pushes world to do more
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia's president called Wednesday on the world to do more to end a spiraling Ebola outbreak, saying "Liberia cannot defeat Ebola alone."... 9/17/2014 2:06 PM

Japan wants North Korea abductions report soon
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese Cabinet minister on Wednesday urged North Korea to quickly release the results of a new investigation into the fate of dozens, possibly hundreds, of Japanese believed to have been abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and `80s.... 9/17/2014 1:52 PM

Tycoon's arrest sends shock wave through Russia
MOSCOW (AP) -- The arrest of a Russian telecoms and oil tycoon has sent shock waves through the country's business community, with some fearing a return to the dark days of a decade ago, when the Kremlin asserted its power by imprisoning the country's then-richest man and expropriating his companies.... 9/17/2014 1:50 PM

Czechs to train Iraqi helicopter pilots
PRAGUE (AP) -- The Czech Defense Ministry says it has signed a deal with Iraq to provide training to 31 helicopter pilots from the Iraqi air force.... 9/17/2014 1:48 PM

Experts: Chopin's heart shows signs of TB
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish medical experts say that the preserved heart of 19th century composer Frederic Chopin shows signs of tuberculosis and possibly some other lung disease.... 9/17/2014 1:48 PM

Britain might learn from split of Czechoslovakia
PRAGUE (AP) -- If Scotland says yes to independence in Thursday's referendum, there might be a lesson to learn from the amicable split of Czechoslovakia on Jan. 1, 1993. Known as a "velvet divorce," the breakup was nothing like the secessionist wars that raged in Yugoslavia. It was as peaceful and smooth as the 1989 Velvet Revolution that threw off oppressive communist rule in Czechoslovakia, and is considered a success even by its opponents.... 9/17/2014 1:43 PM

Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial
URUMQI, China (AP) -- A high-profile Muslim Uighur scholar and government critic denied that he engaged in separatism as he stood trial Wednesday in China's far western region of Xinjiang, where authorities say terrorists are seeking an independent state.... 9/17/2014 1:36 PM

AP NewsAlert
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi prime minister: Iran's absence from Paris meeting on fighting IS group `puzzling'... 9/17/2014 1:34 PM

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberian president says she hopes promised US anti-Ebola aid spurs world into further action.... 9/17/2014 1:29 PM

Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Will the ayes have it, or will Scotland say naw thanks?... 9/17/2014 1:28 PM

Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners
PARIS (AP) -- About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 1:25 PM