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UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola
GENEVA (AP) -- The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could cost nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 4:37 PM

Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a third of the country.... 9/16/2014 4:27 PM

West Bank settler group boasts rapid growth
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's settler population in the West Bank increased by 2 percent in the first half of the year, an advocacy group announced Tuesday, signaling robust growth in the settlements even while Israel was conducting peace talks with the Palestinians.... 9/16/2014 4:27 PM

Legislator: 53 Turkish families joined IS
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A Turkish opposition legislator said Tuesday that at least 53 Turkish families - some with children - had crossed into Syria to join the Islamic State group in the past week alone and accused Turkey's government of doing little to stem the flow.... 9/16/2014 4:23 PM

Brazilian archbishop robbed at gunpoint in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro escaped injury during a robbery by three gunmen, the city's archdiocese said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 4:15 PM

UN brokers agreement to start Gaza rebuilding
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations has brokered an agreement to enable the reconstruction the Gaza Strip, giving a lead role to the Palestinian Authority while involving the private sector, the U.N.'s top Mideast envoy said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 4:10 PM

Economy at heart of confidence vote for French PM
PARIS (AP) -- France's prime minister defended his plan of economic reforms ahead of a vote of confidence Tuesday that will determine whether his government can push through critical spending and tax cuts - or even survive.... 9/16/2014 4:04 PM

Sri Lanka backs China's maritime 'Silk Road' plan
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping won Sri Lanka's support Tuesday for a proposed maritime "Silk Road" linking China with Europe, and helped launch billion-dollar power plant and port city projects funded by his government.... 9/16/2014 3:59 PM

Next title: Elizabeth, Queen of Scots?
LONDON (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth II can keep her magnificent Scottish castle at Balmoral should Scots vote for independence - and chances are she will be able to keep her role as well.... 9/16/2014 3:33 PM

Ukraine legislators ratify landmark EU deal
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's parliament ratified a landmark association agreement with the European Union on Tuesday, firmly pivoting the country toward the West and drawing a line under the issue that last year sparked massive protests and led to the ex-president's ouster.... 9/16/2014 3:31 PM

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 3:28 PM

Sides in Scottish referendum make final push
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- The two sides in Scotland's independence debate scrambled Tuesday to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation.... 9/16/2014 3:25 PM

Scotland took long road to independence vote
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland's National Monument. A colonnade of classical stone pillars modeled on the Parthenon in Athens, it's grand, inspiring - and unfinished, ever since the money to build it ran out two centuries ago.... 9/16/2014 3:24 PM

Belfast officer who oversaw Adams arrest promoted
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Rival factions in Northern Ireland's unity government are accusing each other of bias after a policeman who oversaw the arrest of Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams was promoted to the force's second-highest post.... 9/16/2014 3:12 PM

1 dead, 1 injured in Danish courthouse shooting
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A 67-year-old gunman opened fire in a Copenhagen courthouse Tuesday, killing a lawyer and seriously wounding the father of his 3-year-old grandchild in connection with a custody dispute, authorities said.... 9/16/2014 3:02 PM

Afghan suicide bomber kills 3 foreign troops
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three members of the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said.... 9/16/2014 2:58 PM

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 2:53 PM

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, and were treating cases of diarrhea, skin allergies and fungus while hoping the stagnant waters do not create conditions for more serious disease outbreaks.... 9/16/2014 2:53 PM

Fijians go to polls after 8 years of military rule
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Thousands of Fijians are awaiting their first chance to vote in eight years Wednesday in an election that promises to finally restore democracy to the South Pacific nation of 900,000.... 9/16/2014 2:50 PM

UN panel emphasizes Assad role in Syria war crimes
GENEVA (AP) -- As nations mount an offensive against the Islamic State militants that have gained a stronghold in Iraq and Syria, a U.N. human rights commission emphasized Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government has committed the bulk of atrocities in the civil war.... 9/16/2014 2:50 PM