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French prime minister wins confidence vote
PARIS (AP) -- French Prime Minister Manuel Valls won a vote of confidence on Tuesday in a tense ballot, allowing him to push through economic reforms that have divided his Socialist Party.... 9/16/2014 5:56 PM

Russian billionaire placed under house arrest
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's top investigative agency says it has filed money-laundering charges against a billionaire tycoon.... 9/16/2014 5:53 PM

Military says mortar fired from Gaza hits Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says a mortar round fired from Gaza hit southern Israel for the first time since the end of the Gaza war last month.... 9/16/2014 5:46 PM

Tracing the rise of Ebola in West Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Since the Ebola outbreak first emerged in West Africa, The Associated Press has been reporting on it. A timeline compiled from AP dispatches since March shows the dreaded disease being identified in a remote part of Guinea and then spreading to another country and then two more nations with authorities being alternately alarmed or confident.... 9/16/2014 5:44 PM

Woman survives 4 days after Nigeria building falls
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Rescue workers early Tuesday dug a woman out of the rubble of a building that collapsed four days ago and she walked away with only a slight injury, a government spokesman said.... 9/16/2014 5:42 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli military says mortar fired from Gaza hits southern Israel, first time since war's end.... 9/16/2014 5:39 PM

12 Nigerian troops sentenced to death for mutiny
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Twelve soldiers fighting an Islamic insurgency in northeast Nigeria have been sentenced to death by firing squad for mutiny and attempted murder of their commanding officer.... 9/16/2014 5:38 PM

Egypt minister projects 6% growth in 3 years
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's finance minister is predicting growth rates of up to 6 percent within three years, which would mark a major turnaround following three years of political turmoil that has crippled the economy.... 9/16/2014 5:38 PM

Leonardo DiCaprio named UN Messenger of Peace
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Leonardo DiCaprio as a United Nations Messenger of Peace to help promote global action on climate change.... 9/16/2014 5:29 PM

Weakening Odile pushes up Mexico's Baja California
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) -- A weakening Tropical Storm Odile pushed up Mexico's Baja California Peninsula on Tuesday, dumping heavy rains that could bring dangerous flash floods and mudslides but also a potential boon to the drought-stricken region.... 9/16/2014 5:15 PM

Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- A Belgian man convicted of murder and rape is being put to death. Yet the country doesn't have the death penalty. Confused? Authorities have granted a request for assisted suicide by the man, who says he's a menace to society and can't live knowing that.... 9/16/2014 5:10 PM

Sides in Scottish referendum make final push
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- The two sides in Scotland's independence debate scrambled Tuesday to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation.... 9/16/2014 5:06 PM

Egypt says restoration of oldest pyramid on track
SAQQARA, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt's antiquities minister has brought journalists inside a 4,600-year old pyramid to reject recent accusations of mismanagement at the site as false and "without evidence."... 9/16/2014 4:58 PM

Sri Lanka backs China's maritime 'Silk Road' plan
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping won Sri Lanka's support Tuesday for a proposed maritime "Silk Road" linking China with Europe, and helped launch billion-dollar power plant and port city projects funded by his government.... 9/16/2014 4:46 PM

UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola
GENEVA (AP) -- The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could cost nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 4:37 PM

Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a third of the country.... 9/16/2014 4:27 PM

Legislator: 53 Turkish families joined IS
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A Turkish opposition legislator said Tuesday that at least 53 Turkish families - some with children - had crossed into Syria to join the Islamic State group in the past week alone and accused Turkey's government of doing little to stem the flow.... 9/16/2014 4:23 PM

Brazilian archbishop robbed at gunpoint in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro escaped injury during a robbery by three gunmen, the city's archdiocese said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 4:15 PM

UN brokers agreement to start Gaza rebuilding
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations has brokered an agreement to enable the reconstruction 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 4:10 PM

Next title: Elizabeth, Queen of Scots?
LONDON (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth II can keep her magnificent Scottish castle at Balmoral should Scots vote for independence - and chances are she will be able to keep her role as well.... 9/16/2014 3:33 PM