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  • 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. Minas Gerais, which has produced more presidents than any other state in the globe's fifth-largest nation, is key to...

  • Poland's Sikorski under fire over Russia interview

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's former Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski came under fire Tuesday from the prime minister and political opponents over a U.S. magazine interview in which he allegedly said Russia's president offered Poland the opportunity to jointly carve up Ukraine in 2008. Sikorski, now the parliamentary speaker, was quoted as...

  • Jerusalem stone may answer Jewish revolt questions

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists said Tuesday they have discovered a large stone with Latin engravings that lends credence to the theory that the reason Jews revolted against Roman rule nearly 2,000 ago was because of their harsh treatment. Israel's Antiquities Authority said the stone bears the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian and the...

  • Police in Macedonia arrest 9 in helicopter scam

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Police in Macedonia have arrested a former Defense Ministry official and eight others for allegedly embezzling $2.8 million from the government by filing fake expenses related to a helicopter maintenance program. Police on Tuesday said the suspects — all Macedonians — were arrested following an investigation into the...

  • NY court: Ex-ball boys can sue Boeheim for slander

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's highest court has reinstated the slander lawsuit by two former Syracuse University ball boys against basketball head coach Jim Boeheim. Bobby Davis and Mike Lang say Boeheim slandered them in 2011 by calling them liars out for money when they accused his longtime assistant coach Bernie Fine of molesting them as...

  • Afghan opium poppy cultivation hits all-time high

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan grew to an all-time high in 2013 despite America spending more than $7 billion to fight it over the past decade, a U.S. report showed on Tuesday. Federal auditors SIGAR reported that Afghan farmers grew an unprecedented 209,000 hectares of the poppy in 2013, blowing past the...

  • British man guilty in hammer attack on UAE women

    LONDON (AP) — A jury has found a British man guilty of attempted murder in a vicious hammer attack on three female tourists from the United Arab Emirates as they slept with their young children in a luxury hotel in London. Philip Spence, 32, was convicted Tuesday. He had admitted the attack but denied attempting to kill the three sisters. All...

  • Purple Heart found on playground to be returned

    MANLIUS, N.Y. (AP) — A Purple Heart medal posthumously awarded to a New York soldier killed in Vietnam is being returned to his family about two decades after it was found on a school playground. Purple Hearts Reunited says Pfc. Thomas McGraw's medal will be presented to his widow and daughter Nov. 4 during a ceremony in Manlius, near...

  • UK eavesdropping agency head defends work

    LONDON (AP) — The outgoing leader of Britain's electronic eavesdropping agency has offered a vigorous defense of its work, insisting the organization had delivered security while protecting privacy to the greatest extent possible. Iain Lobban, who is leaving GCHQ after six years, says that strong cyber capabilities were needed to disrupt...

  • Rights group: LGBT Jamaicans targets of violence

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are the targets of unchecked violence and discrimination in Jamaica, frequently refused housing or employment in the Caribbean country typically described as the region's most hostile to LGBT citizens, a leading human rights group says in a report released Tuesday. In its...

  • Cyprus to block Turkey's EU bid over gas dispute

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — European Union member Cyprus will oppose any progress in Turkey's ongoing talks to join the 28-nation bloc in response to a Turkish gas search in waters where Cyprus has already licensed companies to drill, an official said Tuesday. The move is one of several new measures that the Cypriot government unveiled after...

  • 2 children die in Massachusetts apartment fire

    LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Two children have died in an early morning apartment fire in Lawrence, Massachusetts. State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan says two young boys were found in a bedroom of a third-floor apartment in the six-unit building. Officials didn't immediately release names and exact ages. The four-alarm blaze was reported at about 3...

  • Ohio teen collapses at haunted house, dies

    MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A 16-year-old girl collapsed at a haunted house attraction in southwest Ohio and died of a heart abnormality. Christian Faith Benge had only one working lung due to a birth defect, and her heart apparently became enlarged as a result, said her mother. The Warren County coroner, Dr. Russell Uptegrove, found that there...

  • Bulgarian court refuses Russian extradition plea

    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A Bulgarian court has refused a request from Moscow to extradite an opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, arguing that he could suffer because of his political activities and views. Nikolai Koblyakov, a dual citizen of Russia and France and founder of a non-governmental organization which has staged a series of...

  • 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. Adel Fahmy, the brother of Mohammed Fahmy, acting Cairo bureau chief for Al-Jazeera English, said the scheduled court date is Jan. 1, 2015. He said the date...

  • Morocco court doubles activist's prison sentence

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A lawyer says a Moroccan court has doubled the prison sentence of an activist who was convicted of falsely claiming she was tortured. Activist Ouafa Charaf had said she was attacked by police for her political activities, but she was convicted of making false claims in August and sentenced to one year in prison. Charaf...

  • Hurricane remnants lash UK; 1 woman killed by tree

    LONDON (AP) — A woman has been killed by a falling tree in London as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo lashed Britain with rain and strong winds. London Ambulance Service say paramedics tried to resuscitate the woman but she was pronounced dead at the scene in the Knightsbridge area. Several other people across the country were injured by...

  • Lawsuit claims website aids child sex trafficking

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Tuesday in a case filed by three sex trafficking victims who say the website Backpage.com helps promote the exploitation of children. The suit is one of two taking on the classified ad website. A federal case was filed in Boston last week. Backpage.com argues that the...

  • Australia premier credited with 1970s reforms dies

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, whose government was credited with instituting lasting social reforms during a short tenure that ended in a bitter constitutional crisis, died Tuesday at the age of 98. Although national leader for only three turbulent years until 1975, the legacy of Whitlam's Labor...

  • Nepal vows new rules after worst trekking disaster

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal on Tuesday said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country's worst hiking disaster left dozens dead last week. Tourism Department official Tulasi Gautam said trekkers venturing to mountain trails will be required to take trained...

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