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Total acts swiftly to replace CEO killed in crash
PARIS (AP) -- French oil giant Total SA has named Patrick Pouyanne as chief executive to replace Christophe de Margerie, who was killed earlier this week in a plane crash in Moscow.... 10/22/2014 12:40 PM

Romanian ex-prison chief fails to show for trial
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A former Romanian prison commander charged with torturing and causing the deaths of 12 political prisoners in the 1950s and 1960s failed to show up for his trial Wednesday, saying he is sick.... 10/22/2014 12:40 PM

Czechs to compensate sterilized Gypsy women
PRAGUE (AP) -- The Czech government is working on a plan to compensate Roma women sterilized against their will.... 10/22/2014 12:27 PM

Sweden scales back submarine hunt
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden's military has withdrawn some of the ships taking part in a submarine hunt in the Stockholm archipelago.... 10/22/2014 12:23 PM

Polish priest charged with abusing minors
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Prosecutors say a Polish parish priest has been formally charged in his native country with sexually molesting minors in both the Dominican Republic and Poland.... 10/22/2014 12:18 PM

UK man faked coma for 2 years to avoid court
LONDON (AP) -- A fraudster who pretended to be quadriplegic and sometimes comatose for two years to avoid prosecution has been convicted after police caught him on camera driving and strolling around supermarkets.... 10/22/2014 12:17 PM

2 Israeli troops wounded by gunfire from Egypt
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says two soldiers have been wounded in the southern Negev Desert after being fired upon by unknown attackers from the Egyptian side of the border.... 10/22/2014 12:09 PM

Nigeria truce is shaky, no news of abducted girls
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Days after Nigeria's military raised hopes by announcing Islamic extremists have agreed to a cease-fire, Boko Haram is still fighting and there is no word about 219 schoolgirls held hostage for six months.... 10/22/2014 12:07 PM

Kuwait sentences 13 over controversial speech
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- A Kuwaiti defense lawyer says a court in the Gulf nation has convicted and sentenced 13 people to two years in prison each for reading aloud a speech by a leading opposition figure challenging the country's ruler.... 10/22/2014 12:00 PM

NKorea tries on the charm to avoid ICC referral
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- For an envoy of the North Korean government, which virtually bans the average citizen's contact with the outside world, Kim Ju Song looks breezily connected. A tablet computer is propped on his table in the United Nations' bustling delegates lounge. He hands out his name card with a Gmail address and mobile number and suggests a "coffee meeting to exchange views."... 10/22/2014 11:58 AM

Ex-Luxembourg leader Juncker gets OK as EU chief
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union legislature has approved the appointment of former Luxembourg leader Jean-Claude Juncker as the new EU Commission president molding policies of the 28-nation bloc for the next five years.... 10/22/2014 11:55 AM

Pistorius spends first night in single jail cell
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius spent his first night in a single cell in the hospital wing of a prison in the capital, Pretoria, said a prison official.... 10/22/2014 11:55 AM

Asia needs policy coordination amid slower growth
BEIJING (AP) -- Asia-Pacific economies need to recalibrate financial policies in the face of slowing global growth, U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin said Wednesday, following a meeting of regional financial officials to prepare for next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.... 10/22/2014 11:50 AM

Snowplow driver says he didn't see Total CEO's jet
MOSCOW (AP) -- The driver of the snowplow that apparently caused the plane carrying the Total CEO to crash at a Moscow airport says he neither saw nor heard the private jet as it sped toward him down the runway in the dark.... 10/22/2014 11:46 AM

At Berlin Wall, Kerry warns against Cold War redux
BERLIN (AP) -- Surrounded by relics of the Cold War, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his German counterpart warned Wednesday against a return to the bitter divide between east and west over the current crisis in Ukraine.... 10/22/2014 11:32 AM

Iraqis return to school after delay from unrest
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi students returned to school on Wednesday amid tightened security as the academic year began a month late because thousands of people displaced by last summer's onslaught by the Islamic State group had taken shelter in school buildings.... 10/22/2014 11:22 AM

Lawyers: Suspects retract claims they killed Brits
BANGKOK (AP) -- Two Myanmar migrant workers have retracted their confessions to killing two British travelers on a southern Thai resort island and now claim to have neither raped the female victim nor slain the pair, the men's lawyers said Wednesday.... 10/22/2014 11:15 AM

2nd ship to join hunt for missing Malaysian plane
SYDNEY (AP) -- A second ship was preparing to join the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean on Wednesday, as Malaysia's defense minister expressed confidence the plane will be found.... 10/22/2014 11:09 AM

Kenny G's Hong Kong visit out of tune with China
HONG KONG (AP) -- Smooth jazz star Kenny G stopped in at Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on Wednesday, but his visit was out of tune with Chinese authorities, who have warned about meddling by foreign forces.... 10/22/2014 11:06 AM

Syria claims it destroyed jets seized by IS
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to the country's information minister.... 10/22/2014 10:49 AM