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International monitors endorse Fiji election
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- A group of international observers who were scrutinizing this week's landmark Fiji election say the process was credible and the result should broadly reflect the will of voters.... 9/18/2014 6:23 AM

Australian leader warns of planned random attack
SYDNEY (AP) -- Counterterrorism raids in Sydney on Thursday were sparked by security intelligence that the Islamic State movement was planning a random, violent attack in Australia as a demonstration of its reach, the prime minister said.... 9/18/2014 6:13 AM

India, China leaders to discuss trade, investment
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi were Thursday scheduled to hold talks aimed at boosting trade and Chinese investment even as tensions rise between the countries over their disputed border in the high Himalayas.... 9/18/2014 6:09 AM

Polls open in historic Scottish independence vote
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Polls have opened across Scotland in a referendum that will decide whether the country leaves its 307-year-old union with England and becomes an independent state.... 9/18/2014 6:24 AM

UN's flight marks new era on Israel-Syria front
CAMP ZIOUANI, Golan Heights (AP) -- For four decades, a multinational United Nations mission has quietly monitored the sleepy Golan Heights - providing a symbol of stability between bitter enemies as it enforced a truce between Israel and Syria.... 9/18/2014 5:48 AM

Asian stocks mostly down after Fed meeting
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets mostly fell Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve increased its estimate for the level of the central bank's benchmark interest rate by the end of 2015, surprising investors who expected a slower pace of rate hikes.... 9/18/2014 5:41 AM

Hyundai Motor to pay $9.6 billion for Gangnam land
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A consortium led by Hyundai Motor Co. has offered 10 trillion won ($9.6 billion) for land in Seoul's tony Gangnam district where it will build a new headquarters.... 9/18/2014 5:37 AM

Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial
URUMQI, China (AP) -- A Muslim Uighur scholar accused of separatism sought to show Thursday that his writings and classroom lectures, including rhetoric saying Chinese are dragons and Uighurs are wolves, were not a campaign to split his native Xinjiang region from China.... 9/18/2014 5:28 AM

Scotland's independence vote puts UK union on edge
LONDON (AP) -- Breaking up is hard to do, especially after 307 years. The entire United Kingdom will find out just how hard if Scotland chooses independence in Thursday's vote.... 9/18/2014 5:08 AM

Bangladesh empowers parliament to impeach judges
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Bangladesh's parliament now has the authority to impeach Supreme Court judges after lawmakers late Wednesday voted to approve a much-debated amendment to the constitution.... 9/18/2014 4:15 AM

Doctor: Ford to undergo 40 days of chemotherapy
TORONTO (AP) -- Doctors say Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will undergo 40 days of chemotherapy to treat a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer that forced him to drop his bid for re-election.... 9/18/2014 4:06 AM

AP Interview: Silva seeks grassroots Brazil reform
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Front-running presidential candidate Marina Silva says the key to her support among millions of Brazilians who joined in anti-government protests last year is her understanding that reforming a broken political system will come from the ground up.... 9/18/2014 4:05 AM

Police step up security in Los Cabos after Odile
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (AP) -- Police stepped up patrolling overnight in the resort area of Los Cabos, where looters stripped many stores of goods and tens of thousands faced a fourth day without water or power Thursday in the aftermath of Hurricane Odile.... 9/18/2014 4:03 AM

AP PHOTOS: Survivor of Peru massacre guides team
PACCHA, Peru (AP) -- This remote hamlet on fertile Andean slopes beside the Apurimac river has been a ghost town for three decades, inhabited only by the buried bodies of villagers slain by security forces who considered them rebel sympathizers.... 9/18/2014 4:01 AM

Japan, neighbors agree to moves to protect eels
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan has agreed to cut purchases of eel fry from neighboring East Asian countries by 20 percent as part of moves to protect the endangered species.... 9/18/2014 3:32 AM

Japan logs trade deficit for 26th month in a row
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan logged a 948.5 billion yen ($8.7 billion) trade deficit in August, the 26th straight month of red ink, as slack demand from China and the U.S. stymied exports, the Finance Ministry said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 2:53 AM


SYDNEY (AP) -- Australian prime minister says fears of a demonstration killing led to Sydney police raids.... 9/18/2014 2:04 AM

Future of Olympic course unclear after hearing
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The future of the golf course under construction for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 was unclear Wednesday after the city of Rio and the course developer - both defendants in a lawsuit - failed to agree to changes proposed by a Brazilian court.... 9/18/2014 1:01 AM

US official: Venezuela fighting drug trafficking
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Even as the U.S. and Venezuela publicly feud about the role the South American country plays in fighting drug smuggling, there are signs the two nations may not be as far apart on the issue as it seems.... 9/18/2014 12:42 AM

Bahamas imposes new immigration restrictions
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- The Bahamas' government announced a measure Wednesday aimed at making it harder for migrants to work in the island chain and said it was considering additional restrictions as part of a plan that appeared mostly aimed at the large numbers of Haitians who have settled in the country in recent years.... 9/17/2014 11:33 PM