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  • Romney to rally with Land, other GOP candidates

    Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — Mitt Romney is joining top Michigan Republican candidates at a political rally in suburban Detroit. Romney will hold a "ComMITT to the Comeback" rally Thursday morning at Laurel Manor in Livonia. It's open to the public who RSVP in advance. The Michigan native...

  • New EU economy chief vows tough budget oversight

    Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's incoming economy chief, Pierre Moscovici, vowed Thursday to be an impartial and tough enforcer of the bloc's deficit rules even though he failed to implement them as French finance minister. France has missed several deadlines to bring its budget...

  • Watchdog: Turkey has fearful journalism climate

    Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    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. The chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Sandy Rowe, and counterparts...

  • Oops! UK council removes Banksy mural

    Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — A council in southern England says it instructed its workers to remove a mural before realizing it was the work of internationally famous graffiti artist Banksy. The mural, which featured a group of pigeons carrying anti-immigration banners, appeared at Clacton-on-Sea,...

  • Hong Kong protests hit city's role as finance hub

    Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    HONG KONG (AP) — Shops in Hong Kong have closed and the local stock market has plunged but protesters are gambling their agitation for greater democracy will pay off by preserving institutions that made this former British colony a profitable asset to China. The impact on Hong Kong's...

  • Kosovo selects its first Oscar contender

    Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo says it has nominated an Oscar contender for the first time since it announced independence in 2008 from Serbia. An official in charge of nominations said "Three Windows and a Hanging" by veteran filmmaker Isa Qosja has been selected to represent the new...

  • Bomb hits passenger bus in NW Pakistan, killing 7

    Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say a bomb has struck a mini-bus in a northwestern tribal region, killing seven passengers. Senior officer Shafqat Malik says four people were also wounded in Thursday's bombing on the outskirts of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa...

  • Saudi Arabia: 2 million in Mecca for start of hajj

    Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — An estimated 2 million Muslims are streaming into a sprawling tent city near Mecca for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage. Saudi Arabia says there are 1.4 million visitors to the kingdom for the hajj. The pilgrims are heading on Thursday to...

  • South Africa: white extremist's house stirs debate

    Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A provincial official in South Africa has proposed turning the home of a slain white extremist into a museum, arguing that the "ugly" side of the country's apartheid past should be remembered. Some South Africans, however, say any attempt to preserve the legacy of...

  • Kurdish fighters say IS group nearing Syrian town

    Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    BEIRUT (AP) — A senior Kurdish fighter says the Islamic State group is closing in on the town of Kobani along the Syria-Turkey border and that his men are preparing for street battles. The Kurdish town in northern Syria has been under assault by the Islamic extremists since...

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