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Pro-democracy protesters vow to occupy government buildings if Hong Kong leader doesn't quit
HONG KONG (AP) -- Student leaders of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong warned Wednesday that if the territory's leader doesn't resign by the end of Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings....

Dozen more bodies found on summit of Japanese volcano, raising death toll to 48
OTAKI, Japan (AP) -- One body recovered near the volcano's summit was in a squatting position and had to be dug out of a thick layer of ash. Another was caught between huge boulders bigger than large refrigerators. Police who recovered a dozen bodies on Wednesday portrayed a painful scene of death around the summit where hikers enjoying a weekend autumn hike were caught by the mountain's surprise eruption....

Liberian leaders in Texas warn against panic, stigma after 1st Ebola diagnosis in US
DALLAS (AP) -- The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. has been confirmed in a man who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas, sending chills through the area's West African community whose leaders urged caution to prevent spreading the virus....

Official: Explosions near school in central Syria kill 17, including 10 children
DAMASCUS (AP) -- A Syrian official says 17 people, including 10 children, have been killed in twin explosions near a school in the central city of Homs....

UN: At least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but toll excludes killings by IS group
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The United Nations said Wednesday that at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but that the real figure was likely much higher since the reported death toll did not include killings in areas controlled by the Islamic State group....

Algerian president's silence after hostage beheading provokes new speculation on his health
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- The silence of Algeria's ailing president since the kidnapping and beheading of a French hiker by Islamic State-inspired militants has ignited new concerns over his health and whether he's fit to rule the oil-rich North African nation - or indeed whether he's still doing so....

Ireland unit seeking secret IRA graves finds body near drainage ditch in boggy farmland
DUBLIN (AP) -- Forensic experts searching for the long-hidden graves of Irish Republican Army victims say they have found the remains of a body during a month-long search of bogland....

Day after US-Afghan pact, Taliban bombers strike Afghan troops in Kabul, kill 7 and 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....

Homicide charges in Mexico army killing of 22 raise more questions about what happened
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....

NATO gets a new chief_one Vladimir Putin has said he can do business with
BRUSSELS (AP) -- At a time of daunting geopolitical crises, NATO is undergoing its own version of regime change, with the arrival of a new chief official who has the blessing, at least temporarily, of one of the West's biggest adversaries: Russian President Vladimir Putin....

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Liberian leaders in Texas warn against panic, stigma after 1st Ebola diagnosis in US

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Taiwan supports Hong Kong in its demands for greater democracy within China's system

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UK leader Cameron rallies Conservatives, woos voters with tax cut promise ahead of election

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Homicide charges in Mexico army killing of 22 raise more questions about what happened

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UN: At least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but toll excludes killings by IS group


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