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Clarification: Turkey-Islamic State-Istanbul story
ISTANBUL (AP) -- In a story Oct. 17, The Associated Press reported that the owner of a bookstore in Istanbul that sells pins bearing the emblem of the Islamic State group said jihadists should not be classified as terrorists. The story should have specified that Osman Akyildiz said he does not support the Islamic State militants' campaign of beheadings.... 10/23/2014 10:10 AM

Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer
BEIJING (AP) -- China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who delighted an audience of students in Beijing with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese.... 10/23/2014 10:06 AM

Cyprus president hospitalized in Brussels
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- The president of Cyprus was admitted to a hospital in Brussels after a prolonged nosebleed that doctors said was caused by hypertension, an official said Thursday.... 10/23/2014 10:06 AM

Separatists protest in Kashmir against Modi visit
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Shops and businesses are closed in Indian-controlled Kashmir because of a protest by separatist groups against a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.... 10/23/2014 10:04 AM

Dancing priests become Internet sensation
ROME (AP) -- A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keyes-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.... 10/23/2014 10:02 AM

Guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is cancer-free
LONDON (AP) -- British guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is free of cancer, two years after being told he had months to live.... 10/23/2014 9:58 AM

Watchdog: many countries fall short on bribe rules
BERLIN (AP) -- An anti-corruption watchdog says that several of the Group of 20 global economic powers are making little or no effort to enforce rules barring multinational companies from paying bribes abroad, and only Canada has improved significantly in the past year.... 10/23/2014 9:53 AM

Europe shares up, Asia down on business surveys
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stocks fell Thursday after China's factory output grew at the slowest pace in five months while European markets gained on a survey that showed an improvement in the region's business activity.... 10/23/2014 9:50 AM

Activists: Syria airstrikes toll over 500
BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Syria have killed more than 500 people, mainly Islamic militants, since they began last month, activists said Thursday, as warplanes targeted an oil field in the eastern Deir el-Zour province near Iraq.... 10/23/2014 9:42 AM

Threat to break isolation in Liberia over food
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of an isolation because they have no food, the West African nation's state radio reported Thursday.... 10/23/2014 9:38 AM

Police: Gunmen kill 8 Shiite Muslims in Pakistan
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Four gunmen attacked a minibus carrying Shiite Muslims in southwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing eight of them, police said.... 10/23/2014 9:29 AM

Rwanda cancels Ebola screenings for US, Spain
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Rwanda's minister of health is reversing a decision she made to require visitors who had been in the U.S. or Spain during the previous 22 days to report their medical condition to Rwandan authorities daily.... 10/23/2014 9:23 AM

Tesco chairman resigns after accounting scandal
LONDON (AP) -- The chairman of Tesco, the world's second-biggest retailer behind Walmart, announced his resignation Thursday amid an accounting scandal in which the company admitted it had overstated its projected profits.... 10/23/2014 9:21 AM

China, Iran defense officials pledge closer ties
BEIJING (AP) -- China's defense minister met Thursday with Iran's navy commander in the latest sign of warming ties between their two militaries following their first joint naval drills in the Persian Gulf last month.... 10/23/2014 9:15 AM

Tunisia forces clash with militants, local killed
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's Interior Ministry spokesman says police have carried out a pair of counter-terror operations, capturing two suspected militants in the deep south and surrounding a home near the capital.... 10/23/2014 9:01 AM

Investigators detain 4 more in Moscow plane crash
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian investigators have detained four more employees of Moscow's Vnukovo Airport following a plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil company Total and three crew members.... 10/23/2014 8:42 AM

China opposes sending North Korea to int'l court
BEIJING (AP) -- China says it's against referring ally North Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record.... 10/23/2014 8:28 AM

Cyprus: crews locate wreckage of small plane
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- The chief of Cyprus' aircraft accidents board says search crews have found wreckage belonging to a small aircraft that vanished while en route to Beirut, Lebanon, from the east Mediterranean island.... 10/23/2014 8:18 AM

Schumacher's doctor sees progress after injury
PARIS (AP) -- A French physician who treated Michael Schumacher for nearly six months after the Formula One champion struck his head in a ski accident says he is no longer in a coma and predicted a possible recovery within three years.... 10/23/2014 6:46 AM

India picks up pace on economic overhaul
NEW DELHI (AP) -- After months of criticism for not moving aggressively enough on promises of an economic overhaul, India's new prime minister has announced a string of policies designed to kick-start Asia's third-largest economy.... 10/23/2014 6:36 AM