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Bomb explodes outside Spanish town hall
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's Interior Ministry is blaming an outlawed separatist group for a bomb explosion outside a town hall in the northwestern region of Galicia.... 10/1/2014 11:11 AM

Japan's Shinkansen bullet train turns 50
TOKYO (AP) -- It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, "like flying in the sky."... 10/1/2014 11:10 AM

Former NATO chief opens strategic consultancy
HELSINKI (AP) -- Ex-NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen is opening a consultancy in Denmark to give strategic advice to governments, organizations and corporations.... 10/1/2014 11:10 AM

Taiwan throws support behind HK democracy demands
BEIJING (AP) -- Taiwan, an island that China's ruling Communist Party has long sought to bring into its fold under the same "one country, two systems" arrangement it has for Hong Kong, has thrown its support behind Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.... 10/1/2014 11:08 AM

At Paris show, carmakers look to better times
PARIS (AP) -- European carmakers are hoping to impress with new models at this week's Paris Motor Show and prove they have come out stronger from years of economic trouble and cost-cutting.... 10/1/2014 11:06 AM

Official: School blasts kill 17, including 10 kids
DAMASCUS (AP) -- A Syrian official says 17 people, including 10 children, have been killed in twin explosions near a school in the central city of Homs.... 10/1/2014 11:02 AM

Pakistan lawyer: British man on death row attacked
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A lawyer for a mentally-ill British man on death row in Pakistan has asked authorities to keep his client in hospital after he was wounded by a prison guard.... 10/1/2014 10:48 AM

7 arrested in Greece in migrant smuggling ring
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- Greek police say they have arrested seven people, including an airline pilot and a ground crew staff member, on suspicion of participating in a ring smuggling migrants onto flights from Thessaloniki to other EU countries.... 10/1/2014 10:46 AM

UK drops terrorism case for ex-Guantanamo inmate
LONDON (AP) -- British prosecutors have dropped terrorism charges against a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who is a high-profile advocate for the rights of terror suspects.... 10/1/2014 10:43 AM

Protesters to HK boss: Quit or we occupy buildings
HONG KONG (AP) -- Student leaders of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong warned Wednesday that if the territory's leader doesn't resign by the end of Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings.... 10/1/2014 10:40 AM

Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Rebels in eastern Ukraine appear to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport of Donetsk, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists that further undermines a shaky cease-fire in the region.... 10/1/2014 10:33 AM

Philippines won't send troops to unclear mission
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine president said Wednesday his government would no longer deploy peacekeepers in "impossible" missions like the Golan Heights, where Filipino forces came under attack by Syrian insurgents.... 10/1/2014 10:31 AM

Bodies found on Japan volcano, raising toll to 48
OTAKI, Japan (AP) -- One body recovered near the volcano's summit was in a squatting position and had to be dug out of a thick layer of ash. Another was caught between huge boulders bigger than large refrigerators. Police who recovered a dozen bodies on Wednesday portrayed a painful scene of death around the summit where hikers enjoying a weekend autumn hike were caught by the mountain's surprise eruption.... 10/1/2014 10:13 AM

UN: At least 1,119 Iraqis killed in September
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.N. mission in Baghdad says at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but that the real figure was likely much higher since the organization's death toll does not include killings in areas controlled by the Islamic State group.... 10/1/2014 10:03 AM

Moet bets on bubbly in China with sparkling winery
YONGNING COUNTY, China (AP) -- France's Moet Hennessy is betting on China's taste for bubbly with the launch of sales this month by the first foreign-owned Chinese winery devoted to sparkling wine.... 10/1/2014 10:01 AM

Germany reports Eurofighter manufacturing fault
BERLIN (AP) -- The German military says a manufacturing fault has been discovered in the Eurofighter jet affecting the aircraft's fuselage, leading it to suspend deliveries.... 10/1/2014 9:51 AM

Spanish rescued after 12 days trapped in Peru cave
LEIMEBAMBA, Peru (AP) -- A Spanish speleologist has been rescued in Peru after spending 12 days trapped about 400 meters (1,300 feet) underground in a cave in Peru's remote Amazon region.... 10/1/2014 9:28 AM

NATO gets new chief_one Putin may approve of
BRUSSELS (AP) -- At a time of daunting geopolitical crises, NATO is undergoing its own version of regime change, with the arrival of a new chief official who has the blessing, at least temporarily, of one of the West's biggest adversaries: Russian President Vladimir Putin.... 10/1/2014 9:23 AM

Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons
BEIJING (AP) -- The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.... 10/1/2014 9:23 AM

New Polish premier wants more US military presence
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's new prime minister says she will work for a greater U.S. military presence in Poland.... 10/1/2014 9:07 AM