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AP names Victor Caivano director for Southern Cone
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Victor Caivano, a veteran photographer who has led photo coverage for The Associated Press in Spain and Brazil, has been named news director for the Southern Cone countries of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.... 10/1/2014 4:44 PM

Pope urges Europe to open doors to refugees
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis urged Europe to open its doors to refugees Wednesday as he marked the anniversary of a deadly migrant shipwreck off Sicily by meeting with survivors and relatives of the victims.... 10/1/2014 4:38 PM

Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings
HONG KONG (AP) -- Raising the stakes in their standoff with the authorities, student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests warned they will step up their actions if the territory's top official doesn't resign by Thursday, possibly occupying several important government buildings.... 10/1/2014 4:32 PM

UK drops terror case against ex-Guantanamo inmate
LONDON (AP) -- British prosecutors dropped terrorism charges Wednesday against a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who is a high-profile advocate for the rights of terror suspects.... 10/1/2014 4:31 PM

Baghdad car bomb kills 15
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A car bomb near pet and vegetable markets in Baghdad killed 15 people and wounded another 40 on Wednesday, Iraqi security and medical officials said.... 10/1/2014 4:30 PM

Cuba announces details of currency unification
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba's central bank chief is giving new details about the elimination of a special currency, saying that the shift will require putting more pesos into circulation and issuing higher-denomination bills.... 10/1/2014 4:20 PM

Syria blasts at school kill 22, including 10 kids
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Twin bombings near an elementary school in Syria killed at least 22 people on Wednesday, including at least 10 children, with the second blast going off as screaming parents frantically searched for their sons and daughters in a street littered with school bags and body parts.... 10/1/2014 4:13 PM

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 4:12 PM

Liberia short on ambulances for Ebola patients
FREEMAN RESERVE, Liberia (AP) -- The man with reddened eyes sat in his underwear outside his thatched home. He was weak from diarrhea, so his wife called the Ebola hotline for an ambulance. Now that it was here, though, he didn't want to go.... 10/1/2014 4:11 PM

British warplanes destroy IS targets in Iraq
LIMASSOL, Cyprus (AP) -- A British military officer says Royal Air Force warplanes flying out of a UK air base on Cyprus have destroyed four Islamic State group targets in Iraq over the last two days.... 10/1/2014 4:09 PM

East Jerusalem construction plan moves ahead
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Jerusalem municipality says it is pressing forward with a plan to build a controversial new housing development in east Jerusalem.... 10/1/2014 4:08 PM

At celeb-filled Louis Vuitton, venue is real star
PARIS (AP) -- Louis Vuitton's show caused traffic chaos early Wednesday with a sea of photographers clambering to get the must-have shot of attendees Jennifer Connelly, Selena Gomez, Sofia Coppola and Michelle Williams.... 10/1/2014 4:02 PM

Destruction of Syria weapons facilities to begin
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons facilities is expected to begin this month, and the first of the 12 facilities should be destroyed by the end of November, the organization tasked with eliminating the country's chemical weapons program says.... 10/1/2014 3:57 PM

Nigeria leader hails victories on Ebola, militants
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Celebrating recent victories over Ebola and Islamic extremists, President Goodluck Jonathan marked Nigeria's 54 years of independence from Britain on Wednesday.... 10/1/2014 3:51 PM

Slovakia sees 50 pct drop in Russian gas supplies
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) -- Slovakia says it has seen a 50 percent drop in Russian gas supplies in the past day.... 10/1/2014 3:44 PM

UK leader promises tax cuts, EU battle
LONDON (AP) -- Squeezed between insurgent anti-Europeans, a skittish party and suspicious voters, Britain's prime minister promised a tough stance on the EU and tax cuts for millions in a bid to bolster support for his Conservative Party before a national election next year.... 10/1/2014 3:39 PM

More bodies found on Japanese volcano; toll now 47
OTAKI, Japan (AP) -- One body recovered near the volcano's peak was in a squatting position and had to be dug out of a thick layer of ash. Another was caught between boulders bigger than large refrigerators. Police who recovered the bodies Wednesday portrayed a painful scene of death around the summit where hikers enjoying an autumn weekend hike were caught by the mountain's surprise eruption.... 10/1/2014 3:38 PM

Palestinians: Israeli occupation must end in 2016
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Palestinians are asking the U.N. Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from all Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 including East Jerusalem in a new push to achieve independence.... 10/1/2014 4:47 PM

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 3:30 PM

Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Rebels in eastern Ukraine appeared Wednesday to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport in Donetsk, the seizure of which would be a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists.... 10/1/2014 3:23 PM