• Mexico arrests drug lord Beltran Leyva posing as businessman

    By Lizbeth Diaz MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hector Beltran Leyva, one of the most notorious Mexican drug lords still at large, was captured on Wednesday by soldiers at a seafood restaurant in a picturesque town in central Mexico popular with American retirees. The government's announcement it had…

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  • At least 10 killed in shelling of school and mini-van in Ukraine

    By Maria Tsvetkova DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when shells hit a school playground and a public transit mini-van in a nearby street in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, underscoring the fragility of a ceasefire between separatists and government forces.…

  • Turkey vows to fight Islamic State, coalition strikes near border

    By Ayla Jean Yackley and Oliver Holmes MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey signalled it may send troops into Syria or Iraq and let allies use Turkish bases to fight Islamic State, as coalition jets launched air strikes on Wednesday on insurgents besieging a town on its southern border with…

  • Faced with Islamic State horror, Iraqis retaliate with humor

    How can societies shield themselves from the worst horrors? Sometimes humor helps.

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  • Hong Kong's 'Umbrella Revolution': the politest protests ever?

    The future of China could depend on a bunch of kids, some of them so young they need their parents’ permission to stay out late to demonstrate.

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  • Appeals court blocks part of N.C. voting law. Will Supreme Court step in?

    With five weeks left before the mid-term elections, a divided federal appeals court panel on Wednesday ordered a federal judge to block implementation of two provisions in North Carolina’s new voting law. 

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    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.

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  • Reports: Beale under investigation by Wallabies

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australian media is reporting that Wallabies utility back Kurtley Beale is under investigation following a heated verbal exchange with an official during the trip from South Africa to Argentina for a Rugby Championship test this weekend.

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  • Iraq considering Australian airstrike request

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Iraq's ambassador to Australia can give no timetable on when his government might decide on Australia's request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State targets.

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  • Hong Kong leader plays waiting game, protesters demand he resigns

    By John Ruwitch and Donny Kwok HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's leader is willing to let pro-democracy demonstrations blocking large areas of the city go on for weeks if necessary, a source close to him said, while defiant protesters vowed they would not budge. The city's streets were calm early…

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    HONG KONG (AP) — The luxury boutiques of Hong Kong's Tsim Shai Tsui district are so mobbed with vacationing Chinese customers that store owners have put up red velvet ropes to control the crowds. Pro-democracy protesters saw it as a perfect spot to spread the word to their mainland brethren. But…

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  • Lack of ice forces some 35,000 walruses to chill on Alaska shore

    By Steve Quinn JUNEAU (Reuters) - Fast-melting Arctic sea ice has forced some 35,000 Pacific walruses to retreat to the Alaska shoreline, scientists from several federal agencies said on Wednesday. Walruses are accomplished divers and frequently plunge hundreds of feet to the bottom of the…

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  • Palestinians draft U.N. resolution on ending Israel occupation

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The Palestinians have drafted a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for an end to Israeli occupation by November 2016, which they have shared informally with Arab states and some council members, U.N. diplomats said on Wednesday. The text has not been formally…

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  • Mexico captures most-wanted 'drug-cartel kingpin'

    Mexico City (AFP) - Mexican soldiers have captured Hector Beltran Leyva, one of the country's most-wanted men and a suspected drug-cartel kingpin who had a bounty of more than $7 million on his head, prosecutors said.

  • Relatives scour crime-plagued Mexico state for missing students

    Iguala de la Independencia (Mexico) (AFP) - Desperate families of 43 missing Mexican students knocked on doors of homes, handing out pictures of the aspiring teachers who vanished after a deadly police shooting at the weekend.

  • Lawsuit filed after 'Killing Jews' ads rejected

    NEW YORK (AP) — A pro-Israel group sued the city's transit authority on Wednesday, asking a court to force it to accept a bus advertisement including the phrase "Hamas Killing Jews" after it was rejected on the grounds its display could incite violence.

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  • France boosts military response to Islamic State, eyes next phase

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - France is sending more fighter jets and a warship to strike Islamic State militants in Iraq and will discuss with the United States long-term coalition strategy to tackle the insurgency, including in Syria, officials said on Wednesday. France was the first country to…