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UN panel emphasizes Assad role in Syria war crimes
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. commission investigating war crimes in Syria says President Bashar Assad's government is committing the bulk of atrocities inside the war-torn country, exceeding the toll from the horrific massacres perpetrated by Islamic State fighters.... 9/16/2014 9:52 AM

World Bank: Palestinian economy to shrink in 2014
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinian economy is expected to contract for the first time in seven years in 2014, the result of the recent Gaza war, continued Israeli and Egyptian restrictions on Palestinian trade and a drop in foreign aid, the World Bank said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 9:51 AM

China rig finds gas after Vietnam sea standoff
BEIJING (AP) -- The Chinese exploration rig at the center of a tense maritime standoff with Vietnam earlier this year has made its first deep sea gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea, state media announced Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 9:47 AM

Kurds in Europe take up arms against IS group
KOEGE, Denmark (AP) -- Shaho Pirani says he's just a phone call away from leaving his quiet life in Denmark and joining Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants in Iraq.... 9/16/2014 9:47 AM

Stagnant floodwater raising health risk in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Health workers were scrambling Tuesday to manage a mounting health crisis nearly two weeks after massive flooding engulfed much of Kashmir, where they are treating cases of diarrhea, skin allergies and fungus as they hope the stagnant waters do not create conditions for more serious disease outbreaks.... 9/16/2014 9:46 AM

Russian ruble drops to historic low amid sanctions
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's currency dropped to an all-time low against the dollar on Tuesday as investors fret about long-term economic damage from Western sanctions.... 9/16/2014 9:46 AM

Militants attack Pakistani post near Afghan border
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A group of militants attacked a Pakistan army post from neighboring Afghanistan Tuesday morning, sparking a shootout that left 11 insurgents and three soldiers killed, the military said, as government warplanes killed 20 local militants elsewhere in the northwest.... 9/16/2014 9:44 AM

China to send Ebola lab team to Sierra Leone
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The World Health Organization says China is sending a laboratory team to Sierra Leone to help fight the Ebola outbreak, as international efforts to stop the dreaded disease ramp up.... 9/16/2014 9:36 AM

Syrian aircraft crashes in city held by IS group
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Syrian military aircraft crashed into the de facto capital of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, killing at least eight people, as thousands of residents fled to nearby villages in anticipation of expected U.S. airstrikes against the militants, activists said.... 9/16/2014 9:35 AM

Shots fired in Danish courthouse; 1 dead
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Police say shots have been fired inside a court building in the capital Copenhagen, killing one person and seriously wounding a second.... 9/16/2014 9:35 AM

Sides in Scottish referendum make final push
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- The two sides in Scotland's independence debate are scrambling to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation.... 9/16/2014 9:25 AM

Drops in food, gas prices push UK inflation down
LONDON (AP) -- Official figures show that inflation in the U.K. eased further below the Bank of England's target in August following falls in food and fuel prices.... 9/16/2014 9:22 AM

2nd conductor resigns from Vienna State Opera
VIENNA (AP) -- The Vienna State Opera has lost its second star conductor in less than two weeks.... 9/16/2014 9:18 AM

Roadside bomb kills 6 policemen in Egypt
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- A powerful explosion killed five Egyptian police conscripts and an officer near the border town of Rafah in the restive Sinai Peninsula early Tuesday, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of a local al-Qaida-inspired group, Egyptian security officials said.... 9/16/2014 9:13 AM

Weakening Odile pushes up Mexico's Baja California
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) -- A weakening Tropical Storm Odile pushed up Mexico's Baja California Peninsula early Tuesday, dumping heavy rains that could bring dangerous flash floods and mudslides but also a potential boon to the drought-stricken region.... 9/16/2014 9:01 AM

Judge in Pistorius trial faces criticism
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Several legal groups in South Africa have expressed concern about threats and harsh criticism of the judge who found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, but not guilty of the more serious charge of murder.... 9/16/2014 8:52 AM

World stocks sag ahead of Fed meeting
TOKYO (AP) -- Global stock markets were mostly lower Tuesday as jittery investors played it safe ahead of a potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting and the referendum on Scotland's independence on Thursday.... 9/16/2014 8:44 AM

Economy at heart of confidence vote for French PM
PARIS (AP) -- France's prime minister faces a confidence vote in a parliament increasingly frustrated with unpopular President Francois Hollande's handling of the economy - including dissidents within his Socialist Party.... 9/16/2014 8:25 AM

Turkey mulls 'buffer zone' against Jihadist group
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey's military is working on plans to establish a "buffer zone" against Islamic militants, on the country's borders with Iraq and Syria, Turkish media reports said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 8:15 AM

Scottish mistrust of Conservatives key in campaign
LONDON (AP) -- With Thursday's referendum looming, proponents of Scottish independence are using one of the main weapons in their armory - Scotland's widespread mistrust of the Conservative Party.... 9/16/2014 8:04 AM