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How a small club like Freiburg makes ends meet
FREIBURG, Germany (AP) -- Financially disadvantaged, Freiburg deploys an array of coping strategies to stay in Germany's top division. Here, at a glance, is how one of the Bundesliga's most modest clubs makes ends meet:... 10/23/2014 12:36 PM

Swiss chain sorry for 'unforgivable' packaging
GENEVA (AP) -- A leading Swiss supermarket chain is apologizing for what it calls an "unforgivable blunder": distributing mini-containers of coffee cream bearing portraits of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.... 10/23/2014 12:32 PM

Would football be richer without small clubs?
FREIBURG, Germany (AP) -- From a corner office of Freiburg's homely stadium, club chairman Fritz Keller gazes over one of the loveliest views in football. Autumn's reds, browns and golds streak the surrounding Black Forest. Buzzards wheel in the air above.... 10/23/2014 12:30 PM

Canada attack stirs terror fears
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 12:29 PM

Botswana's ruling party favored in elections
GABORONE, Botswana (AP) -- The ruling party in Botswana, which has dominated politics since independence in 1966, is again the front-runner ahead of elections Friday in the southern African nation.... 10/23/2014 12:15 PM

North Korea steps up effort to prevent Ebola entry
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 12:12 PM

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 isolation because they have no food, the West African nation's state radio reported Thursday.... 10/23/2014 12:09 PM

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 12:09 PM

Stocks subdued after business surveys
TOKYO (AP) -- World stock markets were subdued Thursday after a survey showed China's factory output grew at the slowest pace in five months and a separate report suggested some improvement in Europe's business activity.... 10/23/2014 11:58 AM

Brazil race hinges on appeal to lower middle class
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The debate boiled in Lena's Salon in Rio's Cantagalo slum, as patrons argued about who should win Sunday's presidential election.... 10/23/2014 11:49 AM

China's ruling party pushes for better judiciary
BEIJING (AP) -- China's ruling Communist Party said it will take steps to improve judicial independence and put checks on political interference in the courts, as its Central Committee concluded its annual meeting on Thursday.... 10/23/2014 11:46 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 fighting flared in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani.... 10/23/2014 11:44 AM

NK experts: US must apologize to free detainees
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- The United States government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle, North Korean legal experts said Thursday.... 10/23/2014 11:34 AM

Cyprus: crews locate small plane wreckage, bodies
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- The bodies of two people have been found near wreckage belonging to a small aircraft that vanished while en route to Beirut from Cyprus, the defense minister said Thursday.... 10/23/2014 11:32 AM

Coal-rich Poland ready to block EU climate deal
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and some other East European countries who say their developing economies and electricity bills would suffer too much from the new target.... 10/23/2014 11:31 AM

Albania, Kosovo officials visit rival Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Enver Hoxhaj has become the first Kosovo foreign minister to visit Serbia since Kosovo declared independence in 2008.... 10/23/2014 11:29 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 11:26 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 11:21 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

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