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Iraqi Kurds fight Islamic State with aged weapons
MAHMOUDIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- The exhausted Kurdish fighters leaned against a pair of antiquated green cannons on a hill overlooking this northern Iraqi village, the ground around them littered with shrapnel from fierce battles with Islamic State militants.... 10/1/2014 8:39 PM

Guatemala ex-police on trial in 1980 embassy fire
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- A former police officer is on trial in Guatemala for the deaths of 37 people more than three decades ago when the Spanish Embassy burned down during Guatemala's bloody civil conflict.... 10/1/2014 8:21 PM

Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings
HONG KONG (AP) -- Raising the stakes in their standoff with the authorities, Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters threatened to occupy key government buildings unless the territory's top official resigns by the end of the day Thursday.... 10/1/2014 7:42 PM

Greece's govt to call confidence vote
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's troubled coalition government said Wednesday it would call a vote of confidence in parliament next week, hours after the country's leftwing opposition demanded early elections citing ongoing austerity measures.... 10/1/2014 7:30 PM

Hong Kong protesters try to win over tourists
HONG KONG (AP) -- The luxury boutiques of Hong Kong's Tsim Shai Tsui district are so mobbed with vacationing Chinese customers that store owners have put up red velvet ropes to control the crowds. Pro-democracy protesters saw it as a perfect spot to spread the word to their mainland brethren.... 10/1/2014 7:30 PM

Canada identifies long lost British explorer ship
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's prime minister says the shipwreck uncovered last month in the Artic was the HMS Erebus which vanished 170 years ago.... 10/1/2014 7:17 PM

Bieber, Kardashian, Vuitton $100M venue wrap Paris
PARIS (AP) -- Louis Vuitton's show caused traffic chaos early Wednesday with photographers clambering to get the must-have shot of guests Jennifer Connelly, Selena Gomez, Sofia Coppola and Michelle Williams.... 10/1/2014 7:13 PM

UN says Syria vaccine deaths was an NGO 'mistake'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The recent deaths of Syrian children after receiving measles vaccinations was the result of a "mistake" by a non-governmental partner who mixed in a muscle relaxant meant for anesthesia, a spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general said Wednesday.... 10/1/2014 7:01 PM

UN says 1st staffer dies of 'probable' Ebola
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations said Wednesday a staff member in Liberia has died from "probable Ebola," while the World Health Organization said it was optimistic that an Ebola vaccine could be available for mass vaccination campaigns as early as 2015.... 10/1/2014 6:48 PM

Palestinians: Israeli occupation must end in 2016
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Palestinians are asking the U.N. Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from all Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 including East Jerusalem in a new push to achieve independence.... 10/1/2014 6:40 PM

New Polish premier wants more US military presence
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's new prime minister said Wednesday that she will seek a greater U.S. military presence in the country as the conflict in neighboring Ukraine has made Poland's security and U.S.-Polish relationship even more important.... 10/1/2014 6:29 PM

East Jerusalem construction plan moves ahead
JERUSALEM (AP) -- City officials said Wednesday that they have granted final approval for the construction of a controversial new Israeli housing development in east Jerusalem, dealing a new blow to already tattered relations with the Palestinians and raising the likelihood of a fresh round of international condemnations.... 10/1/2014 6:16 PM

Russia halts student exchange program with US
MOSCOW (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has voiced regret about Russia's decision to cancel its participation in a major high school student exchange program.... 10/1/2014 5:59 PM

France ups military deployment against IS group
PARIS (AP) -- France is deploying an anti-aircraft frigate and more fighter jets in the Persian Gulf region to boost its ability to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq.... 10/1/2014 5:55 PM

Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine advanced Wednesday on the government-held airport in Donetsk, pressing to seize the key transportation hub even as the two sides bargained over a troop pullout under a much-violated truce.... 10/1/2014 5:46 PM

Snapshots from the protest streets in Hong Kong
HONG KONG (AP) -- At first the students sat outside Hong Kong's government complex. Then the broader Occupy Central civil disobedience movement joined them to call for the right for the people in this Chinese territory to elect their leader. The protest spread and the police's use of tear gas at the weekend shocked more citizens out onto the streets.... 10/1/2014 5:45 PM

US Navy says crew member missing in Persian Gulf
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are conducting a search and rescue operation for a missing aircrew member who ejected over the Persian Gulf.... 10/1/2014 5:29 PM

New NATO chief: better ties with Russia possible
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO's new secretary-general struck a more conciliatory tone Wednesday on Russia, saying there's a chance now for improved relations between Moscow and the West.... 10/1/2014 5:20 PM

AP names Victor Caivano director for Southern Cone
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Victor Caivano, a veteran photographer who has led photo coverage for The Associated Press in Spain and Brazil, has been named news director for the Southern Cone countries of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.... 10/1/2014 5:16 PM

Syria blasts at school kill 32, including 10 kids
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Twin bombings near an elementary school in Syria killed at least 32 people on Wednesday, including at least 10 children, with the second blast going off as screaming parents frantically searched for their sons and daughters in a street littered with school bags and body parts.... 10/1/2014 5:16 PM