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Weakened Odile heads over Mexico toward Arizona
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's government airlifted thousands of stranded foreign tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort of Los Cabos, as a weakened Odile headed over the Gulf of California Wednesday on a path toward the U.S. state of Arizona.... 9/17/2014 4:04 AM

Brazil election may change diplomatic direction
SAO PAULO (AP) -- More than a decade of Workers Party rule has seen Brazil prioritize ties with its leftist regional neighbors, from helping muscle socialist Venezuela into the Mercosur trade bloc to financing a billion-dollar transformation of an industrial port in Cuba.... 9/17/2014 4:02 AM

AP PHOTOS: Citizen patrols help police in Bolivia
EL ALTO, Bolivia (AP) -- The women and men march in formation across a local school yard on weekends, training as citizen volunteers in this city's fight against crime.... 9/17/2014 4:01 AM

Australia promises $6.4 million to fight Ebola
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia has announced it will immediately provide an additional 7 million Australian dollars ($6.4 million) to help the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.... 9/17/2014 3:49 AM

Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism
URUMQI, China (AP) -- A scholar from China's Muslim Uighur minority community who often criticized the country's ethnic policies is set to go on trial on separatism charges in the country's far western region of Xinjiang.... 9/17/2014 3:44 AM

S. Korea detains US man in waters near border
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across the border into rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 3:39 AM

US organizing summit on UN peacekeeping next week
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States is organizing a summit on U.N. peacekeeping on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly next week that will be addressed by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Rwanda's President Paul Kagame.... 9/17/2014 2:58 AM

Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface.... 9/17/2014 2:50 AM

Venezuelan protesters discuss explosives in video
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Two Venezuelan activists recently deported by Colombia have surfaced in a video that purportedly shows them discussing plans to stockpile weapons and launch attacks on government targets in apparent attempt to destabilize President Nicolas Maduro's rule.... 9/17/2014 2:22 AM

Fijians go to polls after 8 years of military rule
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Thousands of Fijians got their first chance to vote in eight years Wednesday in an election that promises to finally restore democracy to the South Pacific nation of 900,000.... 9/17/2014 1:52 AM

Ban: UN 'taking lead' on global fight on Ebola
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The head of the United Nations said Tuesday that the world body is "taking the lead now" on international efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has killed some 2,400 people and could spread further.... 9/17/2014 1:19 AM

Ukraine lawmakers ratify landmark deal with Europe
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country's rebellious eastern regions where it has been fighting Russian-backed separatists.... 9/17/2014 12:04 AM

Thai police search for clues after 2 Brits slain
BANGKOK (AP) -- Police on a scenic Thai resort island searched hotels and workers' residences Tuesday looking for clues into the slayings of two British tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier.... 9/16/2014 11:38 PM

FARC rebel ambush kills 7 police in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's police chief says leftist rebels have killed seven police officers and injured five in an ambush in the country's northwest.... 9/16/2014 11:04 PM

UN leader begins term during period of 'tumult'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Sam Kutesa began his first day as president of the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday by describing the current year as "tumultuous" and the year ahead as "momentous" for the United Nations as it marks its 70th anniversary.... 9/16/2014 11:02 PM

King Richard III died painfully on battlefield
LONDON (AP) -- England's King Richard III might well have lost his kingdom for a horse.... 9/16/2014 10:44 PM

UN brokers agreement to start Gaza rebuilding
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations has brokered an agreement to enable the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, giving a lead role to the Palestinian Authority while involving the private sector, the U.N.'s top Mideast envoy said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 10:40 PM

Adam Driver shifts into hyper drive
TORONTO (AP) -- It comes as something of a shock to be talking with Adam Driver and hear so little cursing. Nothing is thrown. No explicit sexual act is performed.... 9/16/2014 9:36 PM

Brazil police, housing activists in violent clash
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Police and housing activists in Brazil's biggest city clashed violently on Tuesday after authorities evicted about 200 families who had illegally occupied an empty hotel in downtown Sao Paulo.... 9/16/2014 9:35 PM

Doctor to provide medical update on Toronto mayor
TORONTO (AP) -- A doctor will provide a medical update on controversial Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's tumor on Wednesday, Ford's brother said.... 9/16/2014 9:19 PM