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Asian stocks drift after Wall Street slide
BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stock markets drifted Wednesday as the boost from stronger Chinese manufacturing was offset by grim economic news from Europe and airstrikes in Syria.... 9/24/2014 3:33 AM

Mars missions: Successes and failures
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Getting a spacecraft to orbit Mars is a complex mission that few countries have attempted, and even fewer have achieved.... 9/24/2014 3:32 AM

Long sentences given in Miss Venezuela's slaying
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Three men who confessed to killing a former Miss Venezuela and her husband in a crime that shocked a nation increasingly accustomed to violence have each been sentenced to more than 20 years in jail.... 9/24/2014 3:09 AM

India succeeds putting spacecraft in Martian orbit
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday morning and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers.... 9/24/2014 3:07 AM

Australian police shoot suspected terrorist dead
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A terror suspect shot dead after he stabbed two Australian counterterrorism police officers had his passport canceled recently on national security grounds, top police officials said Wednesday.... 9/24/2014 2:47 AM

Ex-Chinese planning official on trial for graft
BEIJING (AP) -- The former deputy chief of the agency in charge of steering the world's second-largest economy went on trial Wednesday accused of taking bribes, Chinese state media reported, as a campaign against official corruption intensifies.... 9/24/2014 2:45 AM

Life term for China scholar chills ethnic dialogue
BEIJING (AP) -- A life sentence given to a moderate Chinese scholar on Tuesday shows the ruling Communist Party is cutting off dialogue on ethnic tensions and could end up radicalizing minority groups already resentful of central government rule, scholars and analysts said.... 9/24/2014 2:35 AM

Fonterra posts revenue jump; cuts forecast payout
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra posted record revenue Wednesday but signaled a tougher year ahead for farmers by cutting its projected payout to them.... 9/24/2014 1:06 AM

Vatican puts ex-Dominican envoy under house arrest
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican put its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest Tuesday after opening a criminal trial against him, the first time a high-ranking Vatican official has ever faced criminal charges for sexually abusing youngsters.... 9/23/2014 11:40 PM

Toronto's mayor resting at home after chemo
TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been released from a hospital after undergoing his first round of chemotherapy.... 9/23/2014 10:50 PM

Obama urges world to follow US lead on climate
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- In the first international test for his climate-change strategy, President Barack Obama pressed world leaders Tuesday to follow the United States' lead on the issue, even as a United Nations summit revealed the many obstacles that still stand in the way of wider agreements to reduce heat-trapping pollution.... 9/23/2014 9:48 PM

Wife of hostage held in Syria receives life plea
LONDON (AP) -- The wife of a British aid worker held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State group said Tuesday she has received an audio message from him pleading for his life.... 9/23/2014 9:16 PM

FACT CHECK: Obama in UN speech spins statistics
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- President Barack Obama glossed over some inconvenient truths Tuesday in his climate-change speech to the United Nations. For one, as the U.S. cleans up emissions at home, it's sending dirty fuel abroad to pollute the same sky.... 9/23/2014 9:16 PM

Arab states single out Israel at IAEA
VIENNA (AP) -- Arab countries have circulated a resolution at a nuclear meeting that singles out Israel for special attention over its alleged nuclear arsenal.... 9/23/2014 9:00 PM

Mexico: 2 burned bodies found in congressman's SUV
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) -- Two charred bodies were discovered Tuesday inside a burned-out vehicle in which a congressman and his driver were kidnapped at gunpoint the previous day, Mexican authorities said.... 9/23/2014 8:58 PM

German-US reporter held in Somalia is freed
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A German-American journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia more than two years ago was freed Tuesday, according to a Somali police official and a leader of the Somali pirates who had held him.... 9/23/2014 8:52 PM

Nearly-cooked models start Paris Fashion Week
PARIS (AP) -- Ninety-three shows, nine days, one fashion-crazed city.... 9/23/2014 8:26 PM

Syrian refugees in Turkey reach 150,000
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Refugees streaming into Turkey from Syria say their home city, once bustling with 400,000 citizens, has become a ghost town, emptied of all people but a few thousand fighters trying to hold off an onslaught by Islamic militants.... 9/23/2014 8:25 PM

EU increases Syria refugee aid by $280 million
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is increasing its aid to those affected by the civil war in Syria by 215 million euros ($280 million).... 9/23/2014 8:17 PM

Airstrikes alone may not defeat Sunni militants
BAGHDAD (AP) -- In their Syrian strongholds, extremists from the Islamic State group had been moving into civilian apartment buildings for cover days before the U.S. and its allies began pounding them before dawn Tuesday, activists say. It's just one sign of the difficulties in trying to destroy the group by relying mainly on airstrikes.... 9/23/2014 8:10 PM