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US official: Cuba should develop private sector
HAVANA (AP) -- U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is calling on the Cuban government to let private enterprise thrive on the communist-ruled island and to grant its citizens have greater access to the Internet.... 10/7/2015 5:46 PM

South Africa: Archbishop Desmond Tutu marks 84th birthday
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu marked his 84th birthday on Wednesday with one of his first public appearances since being hospitalized for a persistent infection.... 10/7/2015 5:39 PM

Afghanistan says troops hold Kunduz square, calm returning
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan troops have regained control of the main square in Kunduz, a strategic northern city briefly seized by the Taliban last week, following intense fighting over the site, Kabul officials said Wednesday.... 10/7/2015 5:32 PM

Russian warships fire cruise missiles into Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week.... 10/7/2015 5:24 PM

Former Anglican bishop sentenced for sex assaults on teens
LONDON (AP) -- A former Anglican bishop was jailed Wednesday for sexually assaulting teenagers and young men, two decades after he was first accused. At the time, powerful figures in Britain spoke out in support of the bishop, Peter Ball, and he was not charged.... 10/7/2015 5:17 PM

The Latest: US aircraft rerouted over Syria, avoids Russians
BEIRUT (AP) -- The latest developments after Syrian troops, emboldened by Russian airstrikes, launch a ground offensive against insurgents (all times local).... 10/7/2015 5:08 PM

In Libya, explosion near Tripoli parliament during session
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- Libyan security officials say an explosion went off next to the parliament in the capital, Tripoli, as lawmakers were in session.... 10/7/2015 5:08 PM

FIFA ethics panel meets to discuss Sepp Blatter, Platini
LONDON (AP) -- The FIFA ethics committee has been examining the cases of President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini, a move that could lead to the suspension of world soccer's most powerful officials.... 10/7/2015 5:06 PM

Nobel Prize in literature: What to look out for
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- On Thursday, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in literature will be announced by the first ever female permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius. Will the prize awarding body choose to honor the occasion by picking a female winner? Will it break new ground by giving the prize to a journalist? Or will it rush to bestow the coveted prize on one of the many aging favorites? The secretive academy drops no hints on whom they are considering bu... 10/7/2015 5:06 PM

Amnesty says 2 representatives expelled from Azerbaijan
MOSCOW (AP) -- Amnesty International says two of its representatives were detained when trying to enter Azerbaijan and then deported.... 10/7/2015 5:04 PM

Official: Iraqi Kurdish fighters exposed to mustard gas
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A spokesman for the Iraqi Kurdish forces says a number of their fighters have tested positive for mustard gas after battles with the Islamic State group in northern Iraq.... 10/7/2015 5:04 PM

AP INVESTIGATION: Nuclear black market seeks IS extremists
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) -- Over the pulsating beat at an exclusive nightclub, the arms smuggler made his pitch to a client: 2.5 million euros for enough radioactive cesium to contaminate several city blocks.... 10/7/2015 4:43 PM

Carter: US not cooperating with Russia against Islamic State
ROME (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday the U.S.-led coalition has not agreed to cooperate with Russia in the fight against the Islamic State and no collaboration is possible as long as Moscow continues to strike other targets.... 10/7/2015 4:29 PM

Aid group seeks fact-finding mission over Kunduz strike
GENEVA (AP) -- Doctors Without Borders called for an independent and unprecedented fact-finding mission on Wednesday to investigate a U.S. airstrike on its hospital in Afghanistan that killed at least 22 people.... 10/7/2015 4:29 PM

100,000 protest in Belgium against free-market measures
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgian trade unions on Wednesday mobilized about 100,000 workers for the second time in a year to protest the free-market regulations and austerity measures that the center-right government has been pushing through during its first year in office.... 10/7/2015 4:28 PM

EU to crack down on people refused asylum
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union countries are closing in on an agreement Thursday to crack down on migrants who have been refused entry into the bloc so they can be swiftly sent home.... 10/7/2015 4:22 PM

Gunmen kidnap Italian restaurant owner in south Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Gunmen abducted an Italian restaurant owner and former Roman Catholic missionary in the southern Philippines on Wednesday, just a few weeks after the kidnapping of three foreigners and a Filipino woman by suspected Muslim militants in the restive region, police said.... 10/7/2015 4:21 PM

IMF: Up to $3 trillion in over-borrowing in emerging markets
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- The International Monetary Fund says the biggest risks to the global economy are now in emerging markets, where private companies have racked up considerable debt amid a fifth straight year of slowing growth.... 10/7/2015 4:19 PM

VW CEO: Emissions fixes could take until end of next year
WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) -- Volkswagen said a recall of cars with software that can be used to evade emissions tests could start in Germany in January and last until the end of next year.... 10/7/2015 4:10 PM

The Latest: Israeli police say Palestinian stabs Israeli man
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The latest developments in ongoing tensions between Palestinians and Israelis following days of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank (all times local).... 10/7/2015 4:07 PM

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