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Hong Kong leader offers talks with protesters
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's embattled leader offered Thursday to hold talks between his government and pro-democracy protesters, but said he will not accept their demand that he resign.... 10/2/2014 4:31 PM

Lawyer: Bahrain rights activist detained for tweet
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- The head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights has been detained and referred to prosecutors over tweets that offended the country's Interior Ministry, his lawyer said Thursday.... 10/2/2014 4:26 PM

UK 'Breaking Bad' fan cleared of murder plot
LONDON (AP) -- A jury has convicted a British woman of buying poison over the Internet, but cleared her of trying to kill her mother in a plot that prosecutors said was inspired by TV show "Breaking Bad."... 10/2/2014 4:25 PM

Lesotho to hold elections 2 years early in 2015
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The southern African country of Lesotho will hold elections in February - two years earlier than scheduled - in an effort to resolve political tension, a mediator said Thursday.... 10/2/2014 4:21 PM

Greek police foil far-left militant bomb plot
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Police in Greece say they have foiled a bomb attack by a far-left militant group planned for the weekend. They say the suspected target was the headquarters of the conservative New Democracy party, which heads the government coalition.... 10/2/2014 4:15 PM

Nobel laureates cancel South Africa meeting
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A group of Nobel peace laureates on Thursday suspended plans to hold an annual meeting in South Africa because they said the government there refused to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama.... 10/2/2014 4:09 PM

Top Egyptian activist sentenced to month in prison
CAIRO (AP) -- A prominent Egyptian activist who came to fame during the country's 2011 uprising was sentenced to one month in prison Thursday on charges of insulting the police, though he said he didn't know about the hearing.... 10/2/2014 4:06 PM

Next Ferrari chief focuses on F1
PARIS (AP) -- The incoming boss of Ferrari has one "very high" priority: getting his cars back on top of the Formula One podium.... 10/2/2014 3:57 PM


HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying says he will not yield to protesters' demands he resign.... 10/2/2014 3:55 PM

French government seeks more museum opening hours
PARIS (AP) -- If the Socialist government gets its way, visitors to France's three most touristic museums - the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay and Versailles Palace - may get to visit seven days a week in coming years.... 10/2/2014 3:48 PM

Myanmar news website defaced by hackers
BANGKOK (AP) -- A website covering news about Myanmar was defaced by hackers on Thursday, a few days after its director won a prestigious press freedom award.... 10/2/2014 3:41 PM

Ukraine wary of fragile peace as patriotism surges
BOYARKA, Ukraine (AP) -- Since Ukraine's conflict with Russia erupted, Oleksandr Federenko has gone from village kid to army cadet, trading computer games for knife-throwing classes and morning marches. He is only 13.... 10/2/2014 3:41 PM

South Africa: White extremist's house stirs debate
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A proposal to turn the South African home of a slain white extremist into a state-funded museum has angered some South Africans who say certain symbols of their history of racial conflict should not be preserved.... 10/2/2014 3:38 PM

Royalty, Elvis at Duchess of Devonshire funeral
LONDON (AP) -- Hundreds of liveried staff, the heir to the British throne and the music of Elvis Presley have formed part of a final farewell for Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, last of the unconventional Mitford sisters.... 10/2/2014 3:11 PM

German train drivers vote for strikes
BERLIN (AP) -- A union representing train drivers at Germany's national railway says its members have voted overwhelmingly to strike over a pay dispute.... 10/2/2014 3:03 PM

Saudi Arabia: 2 million in Mecca for start of hajj
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia sought to assure the public that the kingdom was safe and free of health scares as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into a sprawling tent city near Mecca on Thursday for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage.... 10/2/2014 2:58 PM

Slovakia: gas from Russia still down 50 percent
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) -- Slovakia says its gas supplies from Russia are down 50 percent for a second day.... 10/2/2014 2:55 PM

Pope convenes Mideast envoys amid Islamic threat
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis convened his ambassadors from across the Middle East on Thursday for three days of meetings to find ways to better protect Christians targeted by Islamic militants and care for those who have been forced to flee their homes.... 10/2/2014 2:51 PM

London exhibit charts chilling allure of gothic
LONDON (AP) -- There's a part of us that loves to be scared.... 10/2/2014 2:46 PM

Greek police destroy suspected bomb sent to bourse
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek police have destroyed a suspicious parcel sent to the Athens Stock Exchange that was stopped at the mailroom and did not disrupt trading.... 10/2/2014 2:29 PM