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Death toll rises in Nigeria building collapse
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A total of 115 people, including 84 South Africans, died in the Sept. 12 collapse of a building at a church complex in Nigeria, the South African government said Monday.... 9/22/2014 2:50 PM

Iraqi Kurdish forces receiving western training
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- A top Iraqi Kurdish security official says his forces have begun receiving training from western allies including the United States as they seek to beef up their capabilities against the Islamic State militant group.... 9/22/2014 2:47 PM

Draghi: Euro recovery losing momentum
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- European Central Bank head Mario Draghi defended the bank's new stimulus programs as he warned that the weak economic recovery in the eurozone "is losing momentum."... 9/22/2014 2:38 PM

Yemeni official: 340 killed in week-long fighting
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni medical officials say 200 more bodies have been retrieved from the streets of the capital, Sanaa, bringing to 340 the death toll from a week of fierce clashes between Hawthi Shiite rebels on one side and Sunni militiamen and army troops on the other.... 9/22/2014 2:27 PM

Greek authorities confront smugglers, 3 injured
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek authorities say three people have been injured during a confrontation between the coast guard and smugglers trying to ferry migrants from Turkey to an eastern Aegean Sea island.... 9/22/2014 2:21 PM

UN says Libya's rival groups agree to hold talks
CAIRO (AP) -- Libya's rival groups have agreed to hold talks later this month, the first such negotiations since the latest surge in violence that left the country torn between two parliaments and governments, the United Nations mission in Libya said.... 9/22/2014 2:11 PM

Streets bustling after Sierra Leone shutdown ends
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- A news conference to announce the results of a three-day nationwide shutdown designed to help stop the spread of Ebola has been postponed to give officials who fanned out across the country time to reach the capital.... 9/22/2014 2:07 PM

French premier rejects notion country is 'sick'
BERLIN (AP) -- France's prime minister on Monday dismissed the view that his country is "sick," and insisted that it is both willing and able to carry out economic reforms.... 9/22/2014 2:01 PM

Some 130,000 Syrians reach Turkey, fleeing IS
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Some 130,000 Syrian refugees fleeing the advance of Islamic State militants have crossed the border into Turkey in the past four days, Turkey's deputy prime minister said Monday, warning that the number could rise further as the militants continue their onslaught.... 9/22/2014 1:59 PM

Islamic State group calls for attacking civilians
BEIRUT (AP) -- Fighters of the Islamic State militant group are ready to battle a U.S.-led military coalition seeking to destroy it, the group's spokesman said in a new audio recording in which he called on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the fight.... 9/22/2014 1:57 PM

Maestro Muti skipping strike-plagued Rome theater
ROME (AP) -- Riccardo Muti has declined to conduct performances this season at Rome's strike-plagued Teatro dell'Opera.... 9/22/2014 1:49 PM

Explosion at Chinese fireworks factory kills 6
BEIJING (AP) -- An explosion at a fireworks factory in southern China on Monday killed six people and injured 38 others, the local government said.... 9/22/2014 1:34 PM

Pakistan appoints new spy chief
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's military on Monday named a career army officer with experience of battling militants to head the country's premier intelligence agency as Islamabad struggles to combat a homegrown Islamic insurgency.... 9/22/2014 1:31 PM

IAEA urges Iran to meet investigation request
VIENNA (AP) -- The head of the U.N. atomic agency is urging Iran to provide answers over suspicions that Tehran worked on nuclear arms.... 9/22/2014 1:19 PM

Striking pilots reject Air France low-cost delay
PARIS (AP) -- Air France pilots are rejecting the company's offer to delay the expansion of its low-cost carrier, Transavia, after a seven-day strike that the airline says is costing it up to 20 million euros ($25 million) a day.... 9/22/2014 1:13 PM

Germany organizing conference on refugee crisis
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's Foreign Ministry says it is organizing an international conference on the refugee crisis resulting from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.... 9/22/2014 1:04 PM

New Polish govt loses some foreign policy heft
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's last government was a strong voice internationally on Ukraine, supporting Kiev's pro-Western reforms and calling for sanctions on Russia to punish it for its aggression there.... 9/22/2014 12:59 PM

Egyptian officials see controversial Ethiopian dam
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The Ethiopian News Agency says Egypt's irrigation minister has toured the site in western Ethiopia where the country is building a controversial dam on the Blue Nile River.... 9/22/2014 12:52 PM

Week of diplomacy: Israel-Hamas talks, Abbas at UN
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- It's a busy week in Mideast diplomacy, book-ended by the launch of Israel-Hamas talks about a border deal for blockaded Gaza and the Palestinian president's U.N. speech about a new strategy for dealing with Israel.... 9/22/2014 12:45 PM

Palestinian reconciliation talks begin in Egypt
CAIRO (AP) -- Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on Monday began reconciliation talks in Cairo, one day ahead of negotiations with Israel on cementing the Aug. 26 truce that ended a 50-day war in Gaza, according to Egyptian security officials.... 9/22/2014 12:17 PM