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Mother of Canada shooting suspect tells AP: I'm crying for victims, not for my son
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The mother of the gunman who carried out the deadly attack on Canada's seat of government said Thursday that she is crying for the victims of the shooting rampage, not her son....

Stately sergeant-at-arms lauded for gunning down assailant in attack on Canada's Parliament
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The standing ovation began even before Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers entered the Parliament chamber in his black robe, carrying the golden ceremonial mace on his right shoulder....

Exclusive, some say opaque, election committee at heart of Hong Kong democracy standoff
HONG KONG (AP) -- It's among the most powerful clubs in this city of enormous wealth and influence. Only 1,200 people are allowed in, and they decide who leads Hong Kong every five years....

US official: Islamic State group earning about $1M per day just from black market oil sales
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Islamic State militants are raking in money at a remarkable rate, earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales alone, a Treasury Department official said Thursday....

10 Things to See: A gallery of lasting moments chosen by our editors
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see....

AP Exclusive: Stunning vistas and wary soldiers: A drive up N. Korea's revered Mount Paektu
LAKE CHON, North Korea (AP) -- When North Korea opens its doors, it does so for a reason. So it was when the authoritarian government granted permission for a road trip so extensive that few North Koreans - let alone a pair of American journalists - could imagine taking it....

For teens with passports, travel to Syria _ or anywhere else _ can be surprisingly easy
PARIS (AP) -- The teenage sisters told their father they were staying home sick from their suburban Denver school. Instead, they took $2,000 and their passports and headed off for Syria with a 16-year-old friend. They made it as far as Germany before border guards detained them for questioning....

AP Interview: Jerusalem mayor urges crackdown on unrest, vows to restore calm
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Jerusalem's mayor on Thursday called for a crackdown against a wave of Palestinian unrest, as police beefed up security after a Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded light rail train station and killed a baby girl....

Dancing priests become Internet sensation as singing nun releases first album
ROME (AP) -- A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract....

Nudged by fiancÚ, Berlusconi promotes gay unions as `right' compromise for `Christian' Italy
ROME (AP) -- Silvio Berlusconi is pushing for the legalization of civil unions between gays in Italy, but not same-sex marriage....

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South African brothers indicted in US on charges involving illegal rhino hunts

US stocks rise sharply following strong earnings from General Motors, 3M, Caterpillar, others

Judges to admit new evidence from mass grave at Mladic genocide trial

Latin America/Caribbean
Argentina looks for fresh sources of financing with issuance of 2-year bond for $1 billion

Middle East
Lebanon says it will not accept any more Syrian refugees, except for 'exceptional' cases