• Third American held in North Korea appeals to U.S. for help: report

    SEOUL (Reuters) - One of three Americans held in North Korea on charges of crimes against the state said he was anxiously awaiting his trial and appealed for U.S. government help to secure their freedom, a news report said on Thursday. Reclusive North Korea, which periodically accuses the United…

  • Massacre in Syrian Kurdish town would end PKK's peace talks with Turkey: Ocalan

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan has warned that peace talks between his group and the Turkish state will come to an end if Islamic State militants are allowed to carry out a massacre in a predominantly Kurdish town on the Syrian border. Islamic State militants…

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  • Special Report: In 'Umbrella Revolution,' China confronts limits of its power

    By David Lague , James Pomfret and Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) - In the heart of Mong Kok, one of the most densely populated districts on earth, an abandoned Hong Kong police van is enveloped in the student-led demonstrations paralyzing swathes of the city. Along with yellow ribbons and…

  • 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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  • Watchdog: Turkey has fearful journalism climate

    ISTANBUL (AP) — An international media freedom watchdog says that while Turkey has released many journalists from prison recently, the government is creating a more fearful climate for critical media.

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  • Denmark votes to send jet fighters to Iraq

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish lawmakers have confirmed the government's proposal to send seven F-16 fighter jets to join an international coalition to take part in airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group.

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  • New economics head vows tough EU budgets oversight

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's incoming economics chief vows to be an impartial and tough enforcer of the bloc's budget and deficit rules even though he failed to implement them as French Finance Minister.

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  • Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — China's ruling party mouthpiece warned of "chaos" and expressed strong support for Hong Kong's embattled leader in his face-off with pro-democracy protesters who have threatened to occupy government offices unless he steps down by the end of Thursday. The People's Daily said in a…

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  • Appointment of U.S.-based economist as India adviser hits Modi hurdle

    By Frank Jack Daniel NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not decided whether to appoint U.S.-based economist Arvind Subramanian as the government's chief economic adviser, a senior government source told Reuters, in a delay that may impact policy and budget preparations.…

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  • Millions across India join cleanliness campaign

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's prime minister joined millions of schoolchildren, officials and ordinary people who picked up brooms and dustpans Thursday in a countrywide campaign to clean parks, public buildings and streets.

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  • Australian Parliament restricts veiled visitors

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Visitors who wear face veils to Australia's Parliament House have been restricted to sound-proof enclosed galleries usually reserved for noisy school groups under a new counterterrorism security measure.

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  • Halep, Kvitova through to China Open quarters

    BEIJING (AP) — Romania's Simona Halep survived a topsy-turvy match against Andrea Petkovic featuring 17 breaks of serve, beating the German 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (1) to advance to the China Open quarterfinals on Thursday.

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  • Philips loses $467M patent suit to US competitor

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Royal Philips NV says it will book a $467 million (366 million-euro) charge in the third quarter after losing a patent lawsuit to smaller U.S. competitor Masimo Corp.

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  • All Blacks change 2 for Springboks test

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — New Zealand has made two changes in its forward pack for the final round of the Rugby Championship against South Africa.

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  • Beale dropped as Wallabies ring changes for Pumas

    Sydney (AFP) - Troubled star Kurtley Beale was Thursday left out of the Wallabies squad to face Argentina amid investigations over an inflight bust-up with a team official.

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