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Activists: Syria airstrikes toll over 500
BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Syria have killed more than 500 people, mainly Islamic militants, since they began last month, activists said Thursday, as warplanes targeted an oil field in the eastern Deir el-Zour province near Iraq.... 10/23/2014 9:42 AM

Threat to break isolation in Liberia over food
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of an isolation because they have no food, the West African nation's state radio reported Thursday.... 10/23/2014 9:38 AM

Cyprus president hospitalized in Brussels
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- The president of Cyprus was admitted to a hospital in Brussels after a prolonged nosebleed that doctors said was caused by hypertension, an official said Thursday.... 10/23/2014 9:37 AM

Police: Gunmen kill 8 Shiite Muslims in Pakistan
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Four gunmen attacked a minibus carrying Shiite Muslims in southwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing eight of them, police said.... 10/23/2014 9:29 AM

Rwanda cancels Ebola screenings for US, Spain
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Rwanda's minister of health is reversing a decision she made to require visitors who had been in the U.S. or Spain during the previous 22 days to report their medical condition to Rwandan authorities daily.... 10/23/2014 9:23 AM

Tesco chairman resigns after accounting scandal
LONDON (AP) -- The chairman of Tesco, the world's second-biggest retailer behind Walmart, announced his resignation Thursday amid an accounting scandal in which the company admitted it had overstated its projected profits.... 10/23/2014 9:21 AM

China, Iran defense officials pledge closer ties
BEIJING (AP) -- China's defense minister met Thursday with Iran's navy commander in the latest sign of warming ties between their two militaries following their first joint naval drills in the Persian Gulf last month.... 10/23/2014 9:15 AM

Tunisia forces clash with militants, local killed
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's Interior Ministry spokesman says police have carried out a pair of counter-terror operations, capturing two suspected militants in the deep south and surrounding a home near the capital.... 10/23/2014 9:01 AM

Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer
BEIJING (AP) -- China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who entertained an audience of students in Beijing with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese.... 10/23/2014 8:47 AM

Investigators detain 4 more in Moscow plane crash
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian investigators have detained four more employees of Moscow's Vnukovo Airport following a plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil company Total and three crew members.... 10/23/2014 8:42 AM

China opposes sending North Korea to int'l court
BEIJING (AP) -- China says it's against referring ally North Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record.... 10/23/2014 8:28 AM

Cyprus: crews locate wreckage of small plane
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- The chief of Cyprus' aircraft accidents board says search crews have found wreckage belonging to a small aircraft that vanished while en route to Beirut, Lebanon, from the east Mediterranean island.... 10/23/2014 8:18 AM

Stocks sink as oil falls, China factories slumber
TOKYO (AP) -- Global stocks fell Thursday after another slump in oil prices added to doubts about the strength of global demand and China's manufacturing output grew at the slowest pace in five months.... 10/23/2014 8:09 AM

Schumacher's doctor sees progress after injury
PARIS (AP) -- A French physician who treated Michael Schumacher for nearly six months after the Formula One champion struck his head in a ski accident says he is no longer in a coma and predicted a possible recovery within three years.... 10/23/2014 6:46 AM

India picks up pace on economic overhaul
NEW DELHI (AP) -- After months of criticism for not moving aggressively enough on promises of an economic overhaul, India's new prime minister has announced a string of policies designed to kick-start Asia's third-largest economy.... 10/23/2014 6:36 AM

Canada's PM says shooting rampage was terrorism
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Two deadly attacks in three days against members of the military stunned Canadians and raised fears their country was being targeted for reprisals for joining the U.S.-led air campaign against an extremist Islamic group in Iraq and Syria.... 10/23/2014 6:30 AM

AP Exclusive: A week on the road in North Korea
LAKE CHON, North Korea (AP) -- The Kaema Plateau, the "Roof of Korea," is a stunning, forest-covered highland nestled in such treacherous mountains that it was never taken by the Allies during the Korean War. It's now a truck stop.... 10/23/2014 5:39 AM

AP Exclusive: Driving up revered N. Korea mountain
LAKE CHON, North Korea (AP) -- When North Korea opens its doors, it does so for a reason. So it was when the authoritarian government granted permission for a road trip so extensive that few North Koreans - let alone a pair of American journalists - could imagine taking it.... 10/23/2014 5:33 AM

Australia weighs US request for Ebola Africa team
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister said Thursday he was considering a personal request from President Barack Obama to send a medical team to Africa to fight Ebola, but that priority remains responding to an outbreak in the Asia-Pacific region.... 10/23/2014 5:20 AM

Kenny G distances self from Hong Kong protesters
HONG KONG (AP) -- Smooth jazz star Kenny G insisted Thursday he's not a foreign provocateur supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, after Beijing signaled its displeasure over his inharmonious visit and repeated concerns about meddling by external forces.... 10/23/2014 4:22 AM