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NKorea tries on the charm to avoid ICC referral

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- For an envoy of the North Korean government, which virtually bans the average citizen's contact with the outside world, Kim Ju Song looks breezily connected. A tablet computer is propped on his table in the United Nations' bustling delegates lounge. He hands out his name card with a Gmail address and mobile number and suggests a "coffee meeting to exchange views."...

Egypt sets appeal hearing for Al-Jazeera staff

CAIRO (AP) -- A Cairo court has set an appeals hearing for three Al-Jazeera English journalists convicted of terrorism-related charges last June amid widespread international condemnation....

Australian runaway teenager reportedly in IS video

SYDNEY (AP) -- An Australian teenage runaway has reportedly appeared in an Islamic State propaganda video, warning that the movement won't stop fighting until the extremists' notorious black flag is flying above every nation....

Cuba sends 91 more doctors to fight Ebola

HAVANA (AP) -- Every few years Dr. Leonardo Fernandez flies to a nation shaken by natural disaster, political turmoil or disease, leaving his hospital in eastern Cuba for countries that have included Pakistan, Nicaragua and East Timor....

Assad pursues withering campaign against rebels

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition's war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas considered more crucial to the survival of his government....

Homeland Security orders new screening for Ebola

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Everyone coming to the United States from the three West African countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak will now be screened for the deadly disease at one of five airports, the Homeland Security Department said Tuesday....

Fight for Brazil's battleground state heats up

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil's deadlocked presidential race is the most heated since the nation returned to democracy, and nowhere is the battle more bare-knuckled than in the state where both candidates were born....

WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in W. Africa in January

GENEVA (AP) -- Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be available for "real-world" testing in West Africa as soon as January as long as they are deemed safe, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday....

Oil CEO in sad toll of famed plane crash victims

PARIS (AP) -- Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA whose silver handlebar earned him the nickname "Big Mustache," died late Monday at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, according to Russian investigators....

Poland's Sikorski under fire over Russia interview

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A former Polish foreign minister has come under fire from the prime minister and political opponents for giving a U.S. magazine interview in which he allegedly said Russia's president offered Poland the opportunity to jointly carve up Ukraine in 2008....