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Obama urges world to follow US lead on climate
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- In the first international test for his climate-change strategy, President Barack Obama pressed world leaders Tuesday to follow the United States' lead on the issue, even as a United Nations summit revealed the many obstacles that still stand in the way of wider agreements to reduce heat-trapping pollution.... 9/23/2014 9:48 PM

Life term for China scholar chills ethnic dialogue
BEIJING (AP) -- A life sentence given to a moderate Chinese scholar on Tuesday shows the ruling Communist Party is cutting off dialogue on ethnic tensions and could backfire by radicalizing minorities, scholars and analysts said.... 9/23/2014 9:21 PM

Wife of hostage held in Syria receives life plea
LONDON (AP) -- The wife of a British aid worker held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State group said Tuesday she has received an audio message from him pleading for his life.... 9/23/2014 9:16 PM

FACT CHECK: Obama in UN speech spins statistics
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- President Barack Obama glossed over some inconvenient truths Tuesday in his climate-change speech to the United Nations. For one, as the U.S. cleans up emissions at home, it's sending dirty fuel abroad to pollute the same sky.... 9/23/2014 9:16 PM

Arab states single out Israel at IAEA
VIENNA (AP) -- Arab countries have circulated a resolution at a nuclear meeting that singles out Israel for special attention over its alleged nuclear arsenal.... 9/23/2014 9:00 PM

Mexico: 2 burned bodies found in congressman's SUV
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) -- Two charred bodies were discovered Tuesday inside a burned-out vehicle in which a congressman and his driver were kidnapped at gunpoint the previous day, Mexican authorities said.... 9/23/2014 8:58 PM

German-US reporter held in Somalia is freed
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A German-American journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia more than two years ago was freed Tuesday, according to a Somali police official and a leader of the Somali pirates who had held him.... 9/23/2014 8:52 PM

Nearly-cooked models start Paris Fashion Week
PARIS (AP) -- Ninety-three shows, nine days, one fashion-crazed city.... 9/23/2014 8:26 PM

Syrian refugees in Turkey reach 150,000
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Refugees streaming into Turkey from Syria say their home city, once bustling with 400,000 citizens, has become a ghost town, emptied of all people but a few thousand fighters trying to hold off an onslaught by Islamic militants.... 9/23/2014 8:25 PM

EU increases Syria refugee aid by $280 million
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is increasing its aid to those affected by the civil war in Syria by 215 million euros ($280 million).... 9/23/2014 8:17 PM

Airstrikes alone may not defeat Sunni militants
BAGHDAD (AP) -- In their Syrian strongholds, extremists from the Islamic State group had been moving into civilian apartment buildings for cover days before the U.S. and its allies began pounding them before dawn Tuesday, activists say. It's just one sign of the difficulties in trying to destroy the group by relying mainly on airstrikes.... 9/23/2014 8:10 PM

US: Syria failed to confront Islamic State havens
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.S. has told the U.N. secretary-general that airstrikes against Islamic State group strongholds in Syria have begun because Syria's leaders have failed to stand up to the threat.... 9/23/2014 8:05 PM

New jihad appeal makes policing even harder
PARIS (AP) -- The Islamic State group's call on Muslims to go after the "filthy French" and other Westerners multiplies already deep security concerns in nations targeting the militant organization.... 9/23/2014 8:01 PM

Yemeni Shiite rebel leader vows to fight al-Qaida
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The leader of Shiite rebels who swept through Yemen's capital vowed on Tuesday to go after al-Qaida's branch in the country, a show of the group's strength and confidence as it ignored calls by the government for its fighters to leave the city.... 9/23/2014 7:51 PM

Mexico sees sign of hope for Monarch butterflies
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Experts in Mexico said Tuesday there is a tentative sign of hope for the mass migration of monarch butterflies, whose numbers dropped to their lowest level ever last year.... 9/23/2014 7:42 PM

Assad backs all efforts to fight terrorism
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria.... 9/23/2014 7:39 PM

Vatican puts ex-Dominican envoy under house arrest
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican put its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest Tuesday after opening a criminal trial against him, the first time a high-ranking Vatican official has ever faced criminal charges for sexually abusing youngsters.... 9/23/2014 7:31 PM

Algerian troops search for kidnapped Frenchman
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algerian police and soldiers combed the imposing Djura Djura mountains on Tuesday searching for a kidnapped Frenchman that a security official said had been snatched by a former al-Qaida commander.... 9/23/2014 7:10 PM

Mexico rights agency probes death of 22 in clash
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's governmental human rights agency said Tuesday it is investigating the deaths of 22 people in a clash with the army that one witness has described as a massacre.... 9/23/2014 7:03 PM

UK regulator fines Barclays record $62 million
LONDON (AP) -- U.K. regulators fined Barclays Bank Plc, Britain's second-biggest bank, a record 37.7 million pounds ($62 million) for failing to properly protect client assets.... 9/23/2014 6:59 PM