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UN leader begins term during period of 'tumult'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The new president of the U.N. General Assembly says the year ahead will be momentous for the United Nations as it marks its 70th anniversary. He says his priority will be to ensure agreement on new U.N. goals that fight poverty and preserve the environment.... 9/16/2014 9:48 PM

Venezuelan protesters discuss explosives in video
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Two student activists recently deported by Colombia have surfaced in a homemade video discussing a plans to stockpile weapons and detonate explosives on Venezuela's western border... 9/16/2014 9:42 PM

Adam Driver shifts into hyper drive
TORONTO (AP) -- It comes as something of a shock to be talking with Adam Driver and hear so little cursing. Nothing is thrown. No explicit sexual act is performed.... 9/16/2014 9:36 PM

Brazil police, housing activists in violent clash
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Police and housing activists in Brazil's biggest city clashed violently on Tuesday after authorities evicted about 200 families who had illegally occupied an empty hotel in downtown Sao Paulo.... 9/16/2014 9:35 PM

Mexico airlifts tourists after Hurricane Odile
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) -- The Mexican government began airlifting the first of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes.... 9/16/2014 9:28 PM

Doctor to provide medical update on Toronto mayor
TORONTO (AP) -- A doctor will provide a medical update on controversial Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's tumor on Wednesday, Ford's brother said.... 9/16/2014 9:19 PM

UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola
GENEVA (AP) -- The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a "human catastrophe."... 9/16/2014 8:49 PM

67 South Africans dead in Nigeria building
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- The death toll in the collapse of a building in Nigeria last week rose on Tuesday when the South African president said 67 South Africans died and dozens were injured in the accident.... 9/16/2014 8:27 PM

Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- A Belgian man convicted of murder and rape is being put to death. Yet the country doesn't have the death penalty. Confused? Authorities have granted a request for assisted suicide by the man, who says he's a menace to society and can't live knowing that.... 9/16/2014 8:09 PM

Russian billionaire placed under house arrest
MOSCOW (AP) -- A billionaire Russian tycoon was placed under house arrest Tuesday in a money-laundering case that has drawn comparisons with a government crackdown on Russia's Yukos oil company more than a decade ago.... 9/16/2014 7:58 PM

Leonardo DiCaprio named UN Messenger of Peace
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Leonardo DiCaprio's movie roles have made him an international star, but his long and little-known commitment to preserving the global environment has led to his new role - as a U.N. Messenger of Peace.... 9/16/2014 7:58 PM

Brazil removed from UN World Hunger Map
SAO PAULO (AP) -- The Brazilian government Tuesday hailed a new United Nations report that for the first time removed Latin America's biggest country from the World Hunger Map.... 9/16/2014 7:53 PM

French prime minister wins confidence vote
PARIS (AP) -- French Prime Minister Manuel Valls won a vote of confidence on Tuesday in a tense ballot, allowing him to push through economic reforms that have divided his Socialist Party.... 9/16/2014 7:29 PM

Ukraine lawmakers ratify landmark deal with Europe
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country's rebellious eastern regions where it has been fighting Russian-backed separatists.... 9/16/2014 7:24 PM

Ban: UN 'taking lead' on global fight of Ebola
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The head of the United Nations said Tuesday that the world body is "taking the lead now" on international efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has killed some 2,400 people and could spread further.... 9/16/2014 7:03 PM

Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a third of the country.... 9/16/2014 6:56 PM

Egypt minister projects 6% growth in 3 years
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's finance minister on Tuesday predicted growth rates of up to 6 percent within three years, which would mark a major turnaround following three years of political turmoil that has crippled the economy.... 9/16/2014 6:37 PM

West Bank settler group boasts rapid growth
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's settler population in the West Bank increased by 2 percent in the first half of the year, an advocacy group announced Tuesday, signaling robust growth in the settlements even while Israel was conducting peace talks with the Palestinians.... 9/16/2014 6:26 PM

Egypt says restoration of oldest pyramid on track
SAQQARA, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt's antiquities minister took journalists inside a 4,600-year-old pyramid on Tuesday to reject recent accusations of mismanagement at the site as false and "without evidence."... 9/16/2014 6:10 PM

Tracing the rise of Ebola in West Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Since the Ebola outbreak first emerged in West Africa, The Associated Press has been reporting on it. A timeline compiled from AP dispatches since March shows the dreaded disease being identified in a remote part of Guinea and then spreading to another country and then two more nations with authorities being alternately alarmed or confident.... 9/16/2014 5:44 PM