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Hong Kong protests promise political game change

HONG KONG (AP) -- Like thousands of young people from all over Hong Kong, secondary school teacher Li Hiu Fung had come out to the streets of this anxious city every night to demand that his government give him a real voice in choosing his leaders. He helped build a sprawling protest camp on one of the city's busiest thoroughfares....

Colombians jailed in Venezuela for $15 grocery run

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A $15 grocery run has cost two single mothers from Colombia 48 days in jail, along with the threat of a 14-year prison sentence, as a result of a crackdown on smuggling in Venezuela that is ratcheting up tensions and highlighting growing economic distortions between the neighbors....

Amid Ebola scare, Canada restricts visas

TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's Conservative government said it is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of countries with "widespread and persistent-intense transmission" of the Ebola virus....

Ex-Union Carbide chief Anderson dead at 92

MIAMI (AP) -- Warren M. Anderson, who headed Union Carbide Corp. when a chemical leak killed thousands of people in Bhopal, India, in 1984, has died in Florida at 92....

Analysis: In Syria, no good options for West

UNDATED (AP) -- With the U.S.-led assault on the Islamic State group, the world community is acting in Syria, but not in the Syrian civil war. When it comes to the issue that has undermined the region - the survival or fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad - there is still no plan....

South Africa: Suspect arrested in soccer killing

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A suspect has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Senzo Meyiwa, South Africa's national soccer team captain, authorities said Friday....

Gentiloni named new foreign minister of Italy

ROME (AP) -- Italy's premier has named Paolo Gentiloni as his new foreign minister, tapping a longtime center-left lawmaker and former Cabinet minister in the Romano Prodi government....

Coal miners stuck in the middle of Ukraine's war

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Glistening black sweat rolls down the spine of a beefy miner as he jackhammers bedrock along the shaft at the Chelyuskintsev coal mine in Donetsk, Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland....

Fire causes evacuation of French state radio

PARIS (AP) -- A fire at the Paris headquarters of French state radio is sending columns of thick black smoke out of more than a dozen windows...

Syria's Alawites pay heavy price as they bury sons

DWEIR SHEIKH SAAD, Syria (AP) -- The posters of slain Syrian soldiers, put up by families to commemorate their sons killed in the fight against rebels, are plastered on walls throughout the coastal province of Tartous. The impromptu murals of death illustrate the price supporters of President Bashar Assad are paying to defend his rule....

Israel presents maritime version of 'Iron Dome'

LE BOURGET, France (AP) -- Israel's "Iron Dome" is heading to the seas, the maker of the rocket-blocking defense system says....

Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week - months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later....

Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool

TOKYO (AP) -- When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty....

AP Interview: Dissident forced to leave Vietnam

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- One of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents said he was asked to sign a form seeking a pardon for spreading "propaganda against the state" before his release from prison last week, then forced onto a U.S.-bound flight with just the clothes on his body....

Hong Kong protesters: Images of determination

HONG KONG (AP) -- On the evening of Sept. 28, Hong Kong police struggling to hold back thousands of democracy protesters unleashed dozens of rounds of tear gas in a failed attempt to disperse them. When the smoke cleared, Hong Kong had changed. Many young people who previously were indifferent to politics say they experienced an awakening....

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