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France to provide air support in Iraq
PARIS (AP) -- France has agreed to provide air support requested by Iraq to bolster its fight against the Islamic State group fighters who've captured swathes of the country, French President Francois Hollande said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 4:06 PM

Pakistan rescues thousands as floods hit south
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's disaster management agency said Thursday it had evacuated thousands of people stranded in parts of the country's south after it was hit by floods, as the military air-dropped rations and civil authorities sent truckloads of supplies to the regions where waters were receding after wreaking havoc.... 9/18/2014 4:02 PM

Leading Bahrain activist released from jail
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Bahrain's Interior Ministry says police have released human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja, who was detained last month after landing in the Gulf Arab country on a visit to see her jailed father.... 9/18/2014 3:54 PM

IS group seizes 21 villages in northern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State fighters backed by tanks have captured 21 Kurdish villages over the past 24 hours in northern Syria near the Turkish border, prompting civilians to flee their homes amid fears of retribution by the extremists sweeping through the area, activists said.... 9/18/2014 3:43 PM

Amnesty: Nigerian police routinely use torture
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Nigeria's police and military routinely torture women, men and children as young as 12 with beatings, shootings, rape, electric shocks and pliers used to pull out teeth and nails, Amnesty International charged Thursday.... 9/18/2014 3:40 PM

AP Interview: Hamas No. 2 says war a lesser option
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas' No. 2 leader says the Islamic militant group does not want another war with Israel but suggests more fighting is inevitable unless Israel ends its blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza.... 9/18/2014 3:38 PM

Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Shoppers crowded streets and markets in Sierra Leone's capital on Thursday stocking up for a three-day shutdown that authorities will hope will slow the spread of the Ebola outbreak that is accelerating across West Africa.... 9/18/2014 3:29 PM

PARIS (AP) -- French president agrees to Iraqi request for air support against Islamic State group .... 9/18/2014 3:28 PM

US: Syrian rebel training may start in 3 months
PARIS (AP) -- The top U.S. military officer says it will take at least three months to begin to train and arm moderate Syrian rebel forces.... 9/18/2014 3:25 PM

Kerry, Afghan candidate discuss vote impasse
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ratcheted up the pressure on Afghanistan's rival presidential contenders to reach a compromise on a national unity government, reminding them that Washington and the international community will withdraw financial support if they fail to strike a deal, a campaign official said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 3:23 PM

Ukraine reports sporadic violations of cease-fire
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's cease-fire appears largely to be holding, with one killing reported in the last two days in Donetsk, one of the hardest-hit cities in the conflict, officials said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 3:12 PM

Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial
URUMQI, China (AP) -- A prominent Muslim Uighur scholar being tried on separatism charges told a court in far western China on Thursday that he never advocated the overthrow of Chinese rule in his native Xinjiang, according to his lawyer.... 9/18/2014 3:04 PM

Albania central bank chief fired amid fraud case
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albania's parliament has fired the country's central bank governor, following his recent arrest after millions of dollars from the bank's reserves went missing.... 9/18/2014 3:01 PM

South African parliament hosts another ruckus
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African opposition lawmaker wanted to get a point across to the deputy president during a parliamentary debate. So he raised his middle finger in a gesture widely recognized as obscene.... 9/18/2014 2:59 PM

North Korean team welcomed to Asian Games village
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) -- First hurdle cleared - the Asian Games organizers raised the right flag for North Korea on Thursday. The South Korean break dancers, however, found themselves working a tough audience.... 9/18/2014 2:59 PM

Whaling meeting votes against Japan's hunt
PORTOROZ, Slovenia (AP) -- An international whaling conference voted Thursday against Japan's highly criticized plans to resume whaling in the Antarctic next year, but Japan vowed to go ahead anyway.... 9/18/2014 2:55 PM

Puerto Rico singer Don Omar faces abuse charges
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar has been charged with four counts of domestic violence.... 9/18/2014 2:44 PM

Scots decide whether to declare independence
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Scots held the fate of the United Kingdom in their hands Thursday as they voted in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage with England that built an empire but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling and one-sided.... 9/18/2014 2:35 PM

Chile arrests 3 suspects in subway bomb attack
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chilean police arrested three suspects on Thursday in the country's worst bomb attack in more than two decades.... 9/18/2014 2:34 PM

India, China vow cooperation as troops face off
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian and Chinese troops faced off at their countries' unmarked border in the Himalayas on Thursday as their leaders were promising to boost economic cooperation and substantially increase Chinese investment in India's infrastructure at a rare meeting.... 9/18/2014 2:31 PM