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Lawmaker: Italian spy agency paid Mafia bosses
ROME (AP) -- An Italian lawmaker has decried a secret arrangement in which intelligence agents paid imprisoned top Mafiosi for information during several of the years when Silvio Berlusconi was premier.... 9/30/2014 7:56 PM

Wave of attacks kills nearly 50 in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A wave of car bombings and other attacks mainly targeting Shiite areas of Iraq killed at least 47 people on Tuesday, including more than 20 in the capital Baghdad, officials said.... 9/30/2014 7:46 PM

Hong Kong leader refuses to meet with protesters
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's leader refused to meet with pro-democracy demonstrators by their midnight deadline Tuesday, despite their threats to expand the street protests that have posed the stiffest challenge to Beijing's authority since China took control of the former British colony in 1997.... 9/30/2014 7:30 PM

Iranian filmmakers call for nuclear deal
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Six prominent Iranian film directors have launched a campaign calling for a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.... 9/30/2014 7:27 PM

No images of Hong Kong protests in China's media
BEIJING (AP) -- China's government has cut off news about Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests to the rest of the country, a clampdown so thorough that no image of the rallies has appeared in state-controlled media, and at least one man has been detained for reposting accounts of the events.... 9/30/2014 7:15 PM

Algeria identifies some kidnappers of French hiker
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algeria's justice minister said Tuesday that some of the members of the group that kidnapped and beheaded a French hiker have been identified.... 9/30/2014 7:14 PM

UN: Islamic State forcing thousands to flee Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N humanitarian chief on Tuesday said tens of thousands of people are fleeing Syria as the Islamic State militant group expands its grip on large parts of the country despite a U.S.-led airstrike campaign.... 9/30/2014 7:04 PM

US-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey
BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq frontier Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish border that is under assault by the militants, activists said.... 9/30/2014 6:57 PM

Kurds claim advances in Iraq as Britain joins fray
SALHIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish officials said Tuesday their fighters recaptured a key Iraqi border crossing into Syria from Islamic State group militants in intense fighting, as Britain joined the U.S.-led international air campaign against the extremists, carrying out its first strikes in Iraq.... 9/30/2014 6:56 PM

Israel, Palestinians part ways in dueling speeches
JERUSALEM (AP) -- In a pair of fiery speeches at the United Nations, the Israeli and Palestinian leaders appear to have abandoned any hope of reviving peace talks and instead seem intent on pressing forward with separate diplomatic initiatives that all but ignore each other.... 9/30/2014 6:42 PM

Guinea-Bissau leader pardons accused in coup try
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau (AP) -- Guinea-Bissau's new president has pardoned a group of soldiers who were convicted in a failed 2012 coup attempt, according to a decree read out on the radio Tuesday.... 9/30/2014 6:01 PM

Argentina moves to local trustee for bonds
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina deposited a $161 million bond interest payment with a newly appointed local trustee on Tuesday in defiance of a U.S. judge who held it in contempt a day earlier for attempting illegal moves to service its debt.... 9/30/2014 5:52 PM

Tunisia presidential vote to feature 27 candidates
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's election commission has announced that 27 candidates will be competing in November's presidential election.... 9/30/2014 5:51 PM

Catholic priest in Puerto Rico accused of abuse
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest in a small town on the west coast of Puerto Rico is being investigated for improper conduct with a minor and has been suspended from his duties, church and government officials said Tuesday.... 9/30/2014 5:44 PM

Turkey mulls permit for incursions in Syria, Iraq
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's parliament will vote on a motion that would allow foreign forces as well as Turkish soldiers to make incursions into Syria and Iraq from its territory, Turkey's deputy prime minister said Tuesday.... 9/30/2014 5:34 PM

Panama inaugurates Frank Gehry-designed museum
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- After years of delays, Panama has inaugurated a museum designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that officials hope will become a cultural landmark and symbolize the country's recent economic ascent.... 9/30/2014 5:31 PM

Bahamas strikes tough tone on immigration at UN
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The foreign minister of the Bahamas said Tuesday his country is determined to control illegal immigration, saying that allowing it to balloon could be a "recipe for civil strife."... 9/30/2014 5:30 PM

Afghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year, ending a year of uncertainty over the fate of foreign troops supporting Afghans as they take over the fight against the Taliban insurgency.... 9/30/2014 5:30 PM

US Ebola labs, health equipment arrive in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- American mobile Ebola labs should be up and running in Liberia this week, and U.S. troops have broken ground for a field hospital, as the international community races to increase the ability to care for the spiraling number of people infected with the disease.... 9/30/2014 5:28 PM

Imprisoned Dutch killer Van der Sloot now a father
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Imprisoned Dutch killer Joran van der Sloot is now a father.... 9/30/2014 5:14 PM