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Cuban baseball opening runs into trouble
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba's unprecedented effort to stop a devastating baseball talent drain doesn't seem to be working, with a string of stars leaving for the major leagues in the year since the government allowed a small number to play professionally overseas.... 9/22/2014 4:04 AM

Dynamiting barely dents Peru's narco air bridge
PICHARI, Peru (AP) -- The dynamiting of clandestine airstrips by Peruvian security forces in the world's No. 1 coca-growing valley cuts into profits but hardly discourages cocaine traffickers who net tens of thousands of dollars with each Bolivia-bound flight.... 9/22/2014 4:03 AM

Australia to prohibit secret service torture
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The Australian government has bent to public pressure by proposing a specific prohibition on secret service officers torturing suspected terrorists.... 9/22/2014 3:40 AM

Fiji election results confirm big win for ruler
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- Official results Monday from a landmark Fiji election confirm a big win for the nation's military ruler.... 9/22/2014 3:27 AM

Asian shares slip on jitters over China growth
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares were mostly lower Monday as investors awaited the release of a preliminary manufacturing survey from China this week that might show renewed weakness in the world's second-largest economy.... 9/22/2014 3:24 AM

New Afghan president, but vote totals kept secret
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Ending months of vote-related tension, Afghanistan's election commission named a new president Sunday only hours after the leading candidates signed a power-sharing deal that names one of them as the country's new chief executive.... 9/22/2014 3:03 AM

Yemen government signs peace deal with Shiites
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni government officials and Shiite rebels signed a peace agreement on Sunday following days of violence that left more than 140 people dead and sent thousands fleeing their homes, state media said, although major rebel advances earlier in the day deepened a sense of uncertainty in the country.... 9/22/2014 2:53 AM

China says 2 killed, many injured in explosions
BEIJING (AP) -- Multiple explosions in a county in China's western region of Xinjiang have killed at least two people and injured many others, regional authorities said Monday.... 9/22/2014 2:08 AM

Fashion-fearless Klum takes on Milan
MILAN (AP) -- Milan designers wrapped up five days of previews for next summer's womenswear looks on Sunday.... 9/21/2014 11:04 PM

Western Mexico state reports new mine spill
CANANEA, Mexico (AP) -- Authorities in northern Mexico have issued a new alert of a toxic spill in the Sonora River basin from a copper mine operated by Grupo Mexico, the state director of civil protection said Sunday.... 9/21/2014 10:46 PM

US Secretary of State Kerry meets Iran's Zarif
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry emerged from talks Sunday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif, saying Washington was intent on advancing negotiations focused on reducing Iran's atomic activities in exchange for an end to nuclear-related sanctions.... 9/21/2014 10:08 PM

Syria refugee flood to Turkey hits 100,000
KUCUK KENDIRCILER, Turkey (AP) -- The 19-year-old Kurdish militant, who has been fighting the Islamic State group in Syria, brought his family across the border into Turkey to safety Sunday. But in the tranquility of a Turkish tea garden just miles from the frontier, Dalil Boras vowed to head back after nightfall to continue the fight.... 9/21/2014 10:01 PM

Sierra Leone concludes nationwide Ebola lockdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone's capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola disease, volunteers said.... 9/21/2014 8:43 PM

Erdogan: Turkey won't give hostage release details
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The Turkish government won't reveal details of a covert operation that ensured the release of 49 people held hostage by the Islamic State group, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday.... 9/21/2014 8:34 PM

France's Sarkozy makes comeback TV appearance
PARIS (AP) -- Nicolas Sarkozy says he's learned a few things about himself in the two-and-a-half years since his bitter defeat in France's 2012 presidential elections.... 9/21/2014 7:58 PM

Bombings, mortar fire kill 13 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Bombs and mortar fire killed 13 people in Shiite areas in and around Baghdad on Sunday, as Iraqi security forces said they succeeded in breaking a siege on soldiers who had been surrounded by Islamic State militants west of Baghdad.... 9/21/2014 7:06 PM

Syria blasts coalition against Islamic State
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria's parliament speaker said Sunday that the U.S. should work with Damascus to battle the Islamic State extremist group rather than allying with nations which he accused of supporting terrorism.... 9/21/2014 7:00 PM

Thousands march in Moscow against Ukraine fighting
MOSCOW (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russia's alleged complicity in the conflict.... 9/21/2014 6:27 PM

Ship saves 55 migrants off Libya; several die
ROME (AP) -- The Italian coast guard says a cargo ship has rescued at least 55 migrants from Libyan waters after their rubber dinghy capsized. They say several bodies were spotted in the sea and up to 30 people might be missing.... 9/21/2014 5:48 PM

Kenya marks 1 year since Westgate mall attack
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Relatives of the dead, survivors and shop owners converged outside Nairobi's Westgate Mall on Sunday, lighting candles and laying flowers in memory of those killed a year ago when gunmen stormed the upscale mall.... 9/21/2014 5:38 PM