< html > The Associated Press
Bolivar Commercial
 Top Stories
  Severe Weather
  Bird Flu
  Mideast Crisis
 Personal Finance
  Sports Columns
  College Hoops
 Raw News
 Archive Search
 Multimedia Gallery
 AP Video Network
 in History
Untitled Document
AP Top International News At 2 p.m. EDT

Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus wins Nobel literature prize
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday for chronicling the great tragedies of the Soviet Union and its successor states through the voices of female soldiers, survivors of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and former Soviet citizens dejected by the collapse of communism....

Amid new attacks, Israel bars ministers from Jerusalem site
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian stabbed four Israelis with a screwdriver on Thursday before a soldier shot and killed him amid fresh violence that prompted Israel's premier to bar Cabinet ministers and lawmakers from a sensitive Jerusalem holy site at the heart of the latest tensions....

Syrian general says Russian strikes aid ground offensive
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria's top general on Thursday said Russian strikes had helped government forces launch a "wide-ranging" offensive in central and northwestern Syria, where al-Qaida's affiliate as well as other insurgents had advanced toward key government strongholds in recent months....

NATO chief: Alliance OKs changes to meet new threats
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO's chief on Thursday signaled its readiness to deploy forces if needed to protect Turkey against any threat from Russia, as the alliance agreed on more changes to meet today's security threats....

The Latest: Berlin police hunt for missing migrant boy
LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local....

German prosecutors conduct searches in VW emissions probe
BERLIN (AP) -- German prosecutors carried out searches Thursday in connection with their investigation of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, seeking material that would help clarify who was responsible for the cheating....

The Latest: Scholar wonders about Putin reaction to Nobel
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Latest news from the awarding of the Nobel Prize in literature....

UN: Polio vaccines in Ukraine safe despite local concerns
LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization says it's worried that millions of doses of polio vaccine might be wasted in Ukraine after a patient group raised concerns that the doses are unsafe....

After Obama apology, medical charity presses probe request
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A day after President Barack Obama apologized for a tragic U.S. airstrike that killed at least 22 people at a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in northern Afghanistan, the medical charity said Thursday it is continuing to press its demand for an independent investigation of the incident....

Merkel, Zerai, Pope Francis all in Nobel Peace Prize buzz
OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Europe's record-breaking refugee crisis was a hot topic ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize announcement on Friday, but a Saudi blogger, a pope who reveres the Earth and its poorest people and the key players in the Iranian nuclear deal were also generating buzz....

AP Photo
AP Photo/Sergei Grits
World Video
Up to the Minute
Rwanda court: Constitution allows removal of term limits

Indonesia asks for foreign help to extinguish forest fires

The Latest: Berlin police hunt for missing migrant boy

Latin America/Caribbean
New bursts of ash and gas from Ecuador's Cotopaxi

Middle East
Lebanese police use water cannons to disperse protesters