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Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Rebels in eastern Ukraine appeared to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport in Donetsk Wednesday, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists.... 10/1/2014 1:18 PM

UK drops terrorism case for 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 1:15 PM

Philippines seizes 15 paintings from Marcos family
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine government has seized 15 paintings from the former home of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, part of efforts to recover 156 artworks - including ones by Van Gogh, Monet and Michelangelo - that are part of his alleged ill-gotten wealth, an official said Wednesday.... 10/1/2014 1:08 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 12:57 PM

Russian news agency goes back to Soviet name: Tass
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian news agency known since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union as ITAR-Tass has reverted to its old, historical name: Tass.... 10/1/2014 12:52 PM

Spaniard rescued after 12 days in Peru cave
LEIMEBAMBA, Peru (AP) -- A Spanish speleologist has been rescued in Peru after 12 days trapped about 400 meters (1,300 feet) underground in a cave in Peru's remote Amazon region.... 10/1/2014 12:42 PM

Syria blasts at school kill 17, including 10 kids
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Twin bombings near a school in central Syria killed at least 17 people on Wednesday, including 10 children, as gruesome images appeared on social media networks purported to show Kurdish fighters slain at the hands of Islamic State militants during battles near Syria's border with Turkey.... 10/1/2014 12:41 PM

Taliban suicide bombers kill 7 in Kabul, wound 21
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul early Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding 21, just a day after the signing of a key U.S.-Afghan security pact.... 10/1/2014 12:38 PM

Ireland unit seeking secret IRA graves finds body
DUBLIN (AP) -- Forensic experts searching for the long-hidden graves of Irish Republican Army victims found the remains Wednesday of a body during a month-long search, the latest in a long line of grim discoveries that seek to resolve old grievances of the Northern Ireland conflict.... 10/1/2014 12:37 PM

Lawyer: Briton on death row in Pakistan attacked
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A lawyer for a mentally-ill British man on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy asked authorities Thursday to keep his client in hospital after a prison guard shot and wounded him.... 10/1/2014 12:31 PM

3 soldiers charged in Mexico army killing of 22
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Months after the Mexican army said it had killed 22 suspected gang members in a fierce shootout, three soldiers are being charged with homicide.... 10/1/2014 12:15 PM

UK's Cameron promises tax cuts, EU battle
LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a tough stance on Europe and tax cuts for millions in a speech designed to rally the Conservative faithful and sway other voters ahead of a national election next year.... 10/1/2014 12:11 PM

Germany reports Eurofighter manufacturing fault
LONDON (AP) -- The joint venture making the Eurofighter plane said Wednesday that it was managing a problem discovered with the fuselage after Germany's military suspended deliveries of the plane.... 10/1/2014 12:07 PM

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 11:55 AM

France's Socialists detail hefty spending cuts
PARIS (AP) -- France's Socialist government has detailed a 21 billion-euro ($26.5 billion) cost-cutting plan, the biggest in the country's modern history, saying it will focus on trimming welfare benefits.... 10/1/2014 11:51 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 11:46 AM

UN: At least 1,119 Iraqis killed in September
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The United Nations said Wednesday that at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but that the real figure was likely much higher since the reported death toll did not include killings in areas controlled by the Islamic State group.... 10/1/2014 11:43 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 were attacked by Syrian insurgents.... 10/1/2014 11:40 AM

New Polish premier wants more US military presence
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's new prime minister says she will seek a greater U.S. military presence in Poland because the conflict in neighboring Ukraine has made Poland's security and the U.S.-Polish relationship even more important.... 10/1/2014 11:36 AM

World's 1st bullet train, made in Japan, turns 50
TOKYO (AP) -- It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, "like flying in the sky."... 10/1/2014 11:31 AM