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China's ruling party pushes for better judiciary
BEIJING (AP) -- China's ruling Communist Party says it will take steps to improve judicial independence and put checks on political interference in the courts, as its Central Committee concludes its annual meeting.... 10/23/2014 11:17 AM

North Korea steps up Ebola measures
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea has stepped up measures to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus into the reclusive country, state media reported Thursday, while a travel agent that specializes in North Korean tours said it has been informed that Pyongyang may ban foreign tourists from visiting.... 10/23/2014 11:13 AM

Rights group: Migrant workers abused in UAE homes
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Many Asian and African women working as domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates have reported being overworked, beaten or sexually abused by their employers but are often trapped in slave-like conditions because they're excluded from the country's labor law protections, a rights group said Thursday.... 10/23/2014 11:04 AM

Dancing priests become Internet sensation
ROME (AP) -- A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keyes-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.... 10/23/2014 11:01 AM

Guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is cancer-free
LONDON (AP) -- British guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is free of cancer, two years after being told he had months to live.... 10/23/2014 10:57 AM

Exclusive election body at heart of HK protests
HONG KONG (AP) -- It's among the most powerful clubs in this city of enormous wealth and influence. Only 1,200 people are allowed in, and they decide who leads Hong Kong every five years.... 10/23/2014 10:47 AM

Separatists protest in Kashmir against Modi visit
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Shops and businesses were closed in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday as separatists protested a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.... 10/23/2014 10:40 AM

China opposes sending North Korea to int'l court
BEIJING (AP) -- China said Thursday it was against referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court, dimming chances that its longtime ally will face additional scrutiny over its dismal and well-documented system of sprawling political prison camps, starvation and mass executions.... 10/23/2014 10:33 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 10:30 AM

European authorities aim to purge weak banks
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Europe's biggest banks are facing a day of judgment as the European Central Bank prepares to unveil the results of a yearlong search through the dark corners of their finances.... 10/23/2014 10:22 AM

Tunisia militant shootout kills security officer
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- A Tunisia official says a security officer has been killed in a shootout that began when a suspect's home was surrounded near the capital.... 10/23/2014 10:22 AM

Investigators detain 4 more in Moscow plane crash
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian investigators announced Thursday that they 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 10:15 AM

Clarification: Turkey-Islamic State-Istanbul story
ISTANBUL (AP) -- In a story Oct. 17, The Associated Press reported that the owner of a bookstore in Istanbul that sells pins bearing the emblem of the Islamic State group said jihadists should not be classified as terrorists. The story should have specified that Osman Akyildiz said he does not support the Islamic State militants' campaign of beheadings.... 10/23/2014 10:10 AM

Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer
BEIJING (AP) -- China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who delighted an audience of students in Beijing with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese.... 10/23/2014 10:06 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 10:06 AM

Watchdog: many countries fall short on bribe rules
BERLIN (AP) -- An anti-corruption watchdog says that several of the Group of 20 global economic powers are making little or no effort to enforce rules barring multinational companies from paying bribes abroad, and only Canada has improved significantly in the past year.... 10/23/2014 9:53 AM

Europe shares up, Asia down on business surveys
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stocks fell Thursday after China's factory output grew at the slowest pace in five months while European markets gained on a survey that showed an improvement in the region's business activity.... 10/23/2014 9:50 AM

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

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