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Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- There was excitement among thousands of voters and relief from the international community Wednesday as Fijians cast ballots in a landmark election they hope will end more than a quarter-century of political turmoil and eight years of autocratic rule. But democracy may not have much of a new look to it.... 9/17/2014 4:22 PM

Thailand says no DNA match yet for slain Britons
BANGKOK (AP) -- Police in Thailand said Wednesday that DNA samples from the bodies of two British tourists found bludgeoned on a resort island did not match any collected from 12 people who were among those in the area.... 9/17/2014 4:16 PM

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 4:14 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 4:14 PM

Gunmen capture Lebanese soldier in border town
BEIRUT (AP) -- Gunmen crossed the border from Syria into Lebanon and captured a Lebanese soldier on Wednesday in the first such kidnapping since an incursion last month raised fears of growing spillover from Syria's deadly civil war.... 9/17/2014 4:11 PM

Nigerian preacher faces scrutiny after disaster
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- A Nigerian televangelist whose exuberant followers across Africa and beyond believe he has powers of healing and prophesy is now under scrutiny after one of his buildings collapsed, killing at least 70 people.... 9/17/2014 4:11 PM

AP Interview: Iraq premier says no foreign troops
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's prime minister strongly rejected the idea of the U.S. or other nations sending ground forces to his country to help fight the Islamic State group, saying Wednesday that foreign troops are "out of the question."... 9/17/2014 4:08 PM

1st UK volunteer gets experimental Ebola vaccine
LONDON (AP) -- British scientists say a former nurse has become the first person in the country to receive an experimental Ebola vaccine in an early trial to test its safety.... 9/17/2014 4:01 PM

East Ukraine casualties rise as rebels reject deal
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Shelling in rebel-held parts of east Ukraine killed at least 12 civilians on Wednesday, as a top leader of pro-Russian rebels rejected Ukrainian legislation meant to end the unrest by granting self-rule to large swaths of the east.... 9/17/2014 3:57 PM

Puerto Rico police arrest reggaeton star Don Omar
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar was arrested Wednesday in the U.S. territory on suspicion of domestic violence, according to police.... 9/17/2014 3:44 PM

Is Scotland and France's 'Auld Alliance' back?
PARIS (AP) -- As the Scottish decide whether to break from the union with England, the embers of an even older Scottish alliance are being revived: "The Auld Alliance" with the French.... 9/17/2014 3:44 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 3:40 PM

Pistorius can expect cool reception in Paralympics
LONDON (AP) -- If Oscar Pistorius manages to avoid a lengthy prison sentence and returns to the track, he can expect a cool reception from Paralympic organizers.... 9/17/2014 3:38 PM

Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: "Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?"... 9/17/2014 3:37 PM

5 spring trends from London Fashion Week
LONDON (AP) -- They came, they saw, and now they've jetted off to Milan for another round of catwalk shows.... 9/17/2014 3:35 PM

French case against Iran opposition group dropped
PARIS (AP) -- French judges have thrown out terrorism-linked charges against nine members of an exiled Iranian opposition group, closing the last part of a case that began 11 years ago with mass arrests that provoked several deaths by protesters setting themselves afire.... 9/17/2014 3:30 PM

Experts: Chopin's heart shows signs of TB
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The preserved heart of composer Frederic Chopin contains signs of tuberculosis and possibly some other lung disease, medical experts said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 3:30 PM

Pakistan airstrikes kill 40 militants, army says
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's military launched airstrikes on five militant hideouts in a troubled tribal region near the border with Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing 40 suspected fighters as part of a massive operation that began this summer.... 9/17/2014 3:27 PM

Laments, long lines amid Air France pilots' strike
PARIS (AP) -- "I'm going to cry!" groaned Stephanie Leon, parking a palm on her forehead in distress as she walked into Charles de Gaulle airport and saw the departures board: Her Air France flight to the Dominican Republic had been cancelled.... 9/17/2014 3:18 PM

Japan seeks backing for whaling despite UN ruling
PORTOROZ, Slovenia (AP) -- Japan sought international backing Wednesday for its highly criticized plan to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic next year, despite a ruling against it by the top U.N. court.... 9/17/2014 3:08 PM