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New Zealand prime minister's party in early lead
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's center-right National Party was leading Saturday's general election by a wide margin in early vote counting in his bid for a third term in office.... 9/20/2014 10:06 AM

Dalai Lama says India a model of religious harmony
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The Dalai Lama brought religious leaders together Saturday to mull some of India's most pressing problems, from gender violence to widespread poverty, while praising the country's religious harmony as proof to the world that different communities can live peacefully together.... 9/20/2014 9:59 AM

Jihadi ideologue calls for freeing British hostage
CAIRO (AP) -- A renowned jihadi ideologue on Saturday urged the Islamic State group to release British aid worker Alan Henning, saying Islam forbids harming non-Muslims who work with relief agencies.... 9/20/2014 9:51 AM

Kiribati leader visits Arctic on climate mission
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Fearing that his Pacific island nation could be swallowed by a rising ocean, the president of Kiribati says a visit to the melting Arctic has helped him appreciate the scale of the threat.... 9/20/2014 9:30 AM

Afghan presidential vote result to come Sunday
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A spokesman for Afghanistan's election commission says the final results of the country's presidential election will be released on Sunday following a weeks-long audit for fraudulent ballots.... 9/20/2014 9:23 AM

Nearly empty Picasso museum to open in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- Paris' Picasso museum is reopening for two days this weekend after being closed for five years of renovation and expansion that have been fraught with setbacks and dismissals. But there won't be many art works to see.... 9/20/2014 8:32 AM

Turkey: 49 hostages have been freed
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic militants in Iraq three months ago were freed and safely returned to Turkey on Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, ending Turkey's most serious hostage crisis.... 9/20/2014 8:28 AM

Philippine storm moves north, leaves 5 dead
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A storm that brought torrential monsoon rains which flooded much of the Philippine capital gained strength and battered the country's northernmost provinces Saturday with heavy downpours and strong winds.... 9/20/2014 6:41 AM

India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean
NEW DELHI (AP) -- At first glance, it looks like a diplomatic love-fest. There was Chinese President Xi Jinping, toasting the birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quiet dinner earlier this week in Modi's home state. There were the two leaders, deep in conversation as they walked along the Sabarmati River, Xi dressed in a Nehru jacket.... 9/20/2014 6:38 AM

Ancient Indian sport of kabaddi gains popularity
NEW DELHI (AP) -- An ancient Indian sport that looks like a mixture of tag, dodgeball and wrestling has barreled back into the Indian national consciousness to become one of the country's most popular sports, trailing only cricket.... 9/20/2014 4:38 AM

Mexico struggles to return order to Los Cabos
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Authorities struggled Friday to restore services and calm residents five days after Hurricane Odile knocked out power, water and phone service along the Baja Peninsula, sparking widespread looting in the resort area of Los Cabos.... 9/20/2014 4:38 AM

Cambodian police bust Thais with $7M in fake bills
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Three Thai men arrested in Cambodia for allegedly carrying counterfeit U.S. $100 bills with a face value of more than $7 million planned to circulate the fakes in rural areas where they would be less likely to be detected, police said Saturday.... 9/20/2014 3:55 AM

Mexico agency hears witness of army-gang faceoff
ARCELIA, Mexico (AP) -- Mexico's Civil Rights Commission said Friday it has talked to a witness in the case of a June 30 slaying of 22 people at a warehouse in southern Mexico.... 9/20/2014 2:42 AM

Buffer zone agreed on in Ukrainian peace talks
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone to separate government troops and pro-Russian militants and withdraw heavy weapons and foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce in eastern Ukraine.... 9/20/2014 1:47 AM

UN urges global support for Iraq to fight terror
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council urged the international community Friday to expand support for the Iraqi government as it fights the Islamic State group and its allies, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said there is a role for nearly every country in the world - including Iran.... 9/19/2014 11:53 PM

UN reaffirms support for force in Golan Heights
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council on Friday reaffirmed its unconditional support for maintaining the U.N. peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights that has been caught up in Syria's civil war.... 9/19/2014 11:46 PM

6 dead in cartel-style killings in western Mexico
MORELIA, Mexico (AP) -- The bound bodies of six men were found dumped on a street Friday in the western Mexico state of Michoacan, where authorities have claimed to be making headway against drug gang violence.... 9/19/2014 11:45 PM

Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages.... 9/19/2014 11:16 PM

Ex-Salvador leader sent to prison to await trial
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- A special police unit in El Salvador has moved a former president to prison to await trial on charges of embezzlement and illicit enrichment.... 9/19/2014 10:25 PM

Brown credited with turning Scot independence tide
KIRKCALDY, Scotland (AP) -- Dour. Grim. Downright uninspiring. When Gordon Brown ended a disappointing three years as British prime minister in 2010, few would have credited him as the man most likely to swing a popular vote ever again.... 9/19/2014 10:07 PM