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Fight for growing Pentecostal vote in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's rapid religious transformation is reverberating through the country's tight presidential race, where abortion and gay marriage have emerged as hot-button issues and Pentecostal televangelists are political power brokers.... 10/1/2014 2:55 PM

UK drops terror case against ex-Guantanamo inmate
LONDON (AP) -- British prosecutors dropped terrorism charges Wednesday against a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who is a high-profile advocate for the rights of terror suspects.... 10/1/2014 2:52 PM

Philippines seizes 15 paintings from Marcos family
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine government seized 15 paintings from the former home of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos as it tries to recover 156 artworks - including ones by Van Gogh, Monet and Michelangelo - accumulated from his alleged ill-gotten wealth, an official said Wednesday.... 10/1/2014 2:46 PM

Syria blasts at school kill 22, including 10 kids
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Twin car bombings near a school in Syria killed 22 people on Wednesday, including at least 10 children, with the second exploding as parents frantically searched for their sons and daughters in a street littered with school bags and body parts.... 10/1/2014 2:39 PM

NATO gets new chief_one Putin may approve of
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO's new chief is calling on Russia to comply with international law, but says there's now a chance for improved relations between Moscow and the West.... 10/1/2014 2:20 PM

3 soldiers charged in Mexico army killing of 22
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Months after the Mexican army said it had killed 22 suspected gang members in a fierce shootout, three soldiers are being charged with homicide.... 10/1/2014 2:16 PM

Taiwan throws support behind HK democracy demands
BEIJING (AP) -- Taiwan, an island that China's ruling Communist Party has long sought to bring into its fold under the same "one country, two systems" arrangement it has for Hong Kong, has thrown its support behind Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.... 10/1/2014 2:14 PM

7 arrested in Greece in migrant smuggling ring
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- An airline pilot and a ground crew staff member were among seven people arrested in Greece on suspicion of participating in a ring smuggling migrants onto flights from the eastern Greek city of Thessaloniki to other EU countries, police said Wednesday.... 10/1/2014 2:08 PM

Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings
HONG KONG (AP) -- Student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests warned that if the territory's top official doesn't resign by Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings.... 10/1/2014 2:04 PM

Spaniard rescued after 12 days in Peru cave
LEIMEBAMBA, Peru (AP) -- A Spanish speleologist has been rescued in Peru after 12 days trapped about 400 meters (1,300 feet) underground in a cave in Peru's remote Amazon region.... 10/1/2014 2:03 PM

UK's Cameron promises tax cuts, EU battle
LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron promised a tough stance on Europe and tax cuts for millions in a speech designed to rally the Conservative faithful and sway other voters ahead of a national election next year.... 10/1/2014 1:54 PM

Germany raises payments to communist-era prisoners
BERLIN (AP) -- The German government is increasing by 20 percent payments to former political prisoners in communist East Germany, a move that comes a few weeks before the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.... 10/1/2014 1:52 PM

12 killed as 2 trains collide in northern India
LUCKNOW, India (AP) -- A train overshot a stop signal and plowed into another express passenger train in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state, killing 12 people and injuring dozens, officials said Wednesday.... 10/1/2014 1:45 PM

Former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat dead at 87
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat, who presided over the city's transformation into a vibrant and open urban center, died Wednesday at the age of 87.... 10/1/2014 1:43 PM

Karadzic: I am not linked to wartime atrocities
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic insisted Wednesday that U.N. prosecutors do not have "a shred of evidence" linking him to atrocities throughout the Bosnian war and accused them of putting the Serb people on trial.... 10/1/2014 1:32 PM

Lithuania protests Russian seizure of fishing ship
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) -- Lithuania has accused Russia of violating international maritime law by seizing a Lithuanian fishing vessel and its 28-member crew in Arctic waters.... 10/1/2014 1:30 PM

Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Rebels in eastern Ukraine appeared to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport in Donetsk Wednesday, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists.... 10/1/2014 1:18 PM

More bodies found on Japanese volcano; toll now 47
OTAKI, Japan (AP) -- One body recovered near the volcano's peak was in a squatting position and had to be dug out of a thick layer of ash. Another was caught between boulders bigger than large refrigerators. Police who recovered the bodies Wednesday portrayed a painful scene of death around the summit where hikers enjoying an autumn weekend hike were caught by the mountain's surprise eruption.... 10/1/2014 12:57 PM

Russian news agency goes back to Soviet name: Tass
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian news agency known since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union as ITAR-Tass has reverted to its old, historical name: Tass.... 10/1/2014 12:52 PM

Taliban suicide bombers kill 7 in Kabul, wound 21
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul early Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding 21, just a day after the signing of a key U.S.-Afghan security pact.... 10/1/2014 12:38 PM