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  • Striking pilots reject Air France low-cost delay

    PARIS (AP) — Air France pilots are rejecting the company's offer to delay the expansion of its low-cost carrier, Transavia, after a seven-day strike that the airline says is costing it up to 20 million euros ($25 million) a day. Pilots unions went on strike last week after Air France-KLM announced plans to save 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion)...

  • Egyptian officials see controversial Ethiopian dam

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Ethiopian News Agency says Egypt's irrigation minister has toured the site in western Ethiopia where the country is building a controversial dam on the Blue Nile River. The Ethiopian agency said Monday that Hossam El-Moughazi's visit Sunday marked the first time that an Egyptian official has been able to visit...

  • Germany organizing conference on refugee crisis

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Foreign Ministry says it is organizing an international conference on the refugee crisis resulting from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Sawsan Chebli said Monday that Germany was planning the conference for Oct. 28, "since we can't assume that the situation in Syria will get better in the...

  • AP Photos: Dynamite doesn't stop Peru narcos

    PICHARI, Peru (AP) — The dynamiting of clandestine airstrips by Peruvian security forces in the world's No. 1 coca-growing valley cuts into profits but hardly discourages cocaine traffickers who net tens of thousands of dollars with each Bolivia-bound flight. As authorities wound up a 54-airstrip "cratering" mission, Peru's counternarcotics...

  • Blair says airstrikes not enough to beat militants

    LONDON (AP) — Western powers must be ready to commit ground forces to the fight against militants from the Islamic State group because airstrikes alone won't defeat these "fanatical" extremists, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday. Writing on his Faith Foundation website, Blair said it would be better if the troops were to...

  • Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

    HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong college and university students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing's decision to restrict voting reforms, the start of a weeklong strike that marks the latest phase in the battle for democracy in the southern Chinese city. The strike comes as dozens of the city's tycoons and business leaders...

  • China reveals cases of torture in police detention

    BEIJING (AP) — Three police officers and four other people have been convicted of torturing suspects to obtain confessions, China's official state news agency reported, in a rare instance of prosecution of the practice. One of the cases resulted in the death of a man who was tortured with electric shocks and hit on the head and face with a...

  • South Africa: Park staff arrested for poaching

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A ranger and two other employees of South Africa's parks service were arrested on suspicion of rhino poaching in the country's flagship wildlife reserve, the agency said Monday. The three suspects were found with a hunting rifle and ammunition in the Lower Sabie area of Kruger National Park, which has been hit hard by rhino...

  • German employers struggle to find apprentices

    BERLIN (AP) — It's lunchtime at Tauro and the restaurant staff are bustling to keep up with orders for marinated pork ribs, spinach-filled crepes and chicken breast with ricotta and pine kernels. The 800-seat eatery caters to Berlin's affluent Prenzlauer Berg district and when the evening crush starts owner Gerd Spitzer needs all hands on deck...

  • Affluence eludes poor crowding into Asian cities

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Down a concrete path, between rail tracks that buzz with each approaching train and a river choked by plastic and raw sewage, Asih Binti Arif cradles her baby and reflects on dreams gone dark. Five years ago, Arif and her husband left impoverished Madura Island, joining the stream of migrants from across the vast...

  • Feds censure local police, yet give lethal weapons

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement allows even departments that the Justice Department has censured for civil rights violations to apply for and get lethal weaponry. That lack of communication between two Cabinet agencies adds to questions about a program under review in the...

  • New Zealand leader wants flag vote held next year

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fresh off a big election win, New Zealand Prime Minster John Key said Monday that he wants the nation to vote next year on changing its flag. Key told television station TV3 that he wants to quickly initiate the process of holding a national referendum. "I'd like that issue dealt with in 2015," he said. "New...

  • Group: Tibetan student dies after self-immolation

    BEIJING (AP) — An overseas rights group says a Tibetan student has died after setting himself on fire in the first such protest in five months. The London-based Free Tibet said Monday that Lhamo Tashi burned himself to death on Sept. 17 in the city of Hezuo in the Tibetan prefecture of Gannan in the northwestern province of Gansu. A request...

  • Fiji's military ruler sworn in as elected leader

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji's military ruler was sworn in as the South Pacific nation's elected leader Monday after results confirmed his big win in the first election since he led a coup eight years ago. Voreqe Bainimarama was sworn in as prime minister-elect during a ceremony and said he plans to travel Wednesday to the U.N. General Assembly in...

  • Egypt militants claim blast near foreign ministry

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian militant group has claimed responsibility for Sunday's bomb blast in a busy downtown Cairo street near the Foreign Ministry that killed two senior police officers and wounded several other policemen. Ajnad Misr, or Soldiers of Egypt, which has claimed previous attacks on police, said in a statement posted late Sunday...

  • US firm in China meat scandal lays off 340 staff

    BEIJING (AP) — A U.S. meat supplier said Monday it is laying off most of the workforce of a Chinese subsidiary accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other major restaurant chains. Shanghai Husi Food Co. has been under investigation since a Shanghai TV station reported in July it repackaged and sold old meat. Six...

  • Alabama says no weapons found after dorm lockdown

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama says police have searched a dormitory after receiving reports of people with firearms, but a thorough search found no weapons or people not authorized to be there. In a statement on its website, the university said the information provided to university police and other law enforcement agencies...

  • Cuban baseball opening runs into trouble

    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's unprecedented effort to stop a devastating baseball talent drain doesn't seem to be working, with a string of stars leaving for the major leagues in the year since the government allowed a small number to play professionally overseas. The island's national league began its 54th season Sunday badly weakened by the departure...

  • Australia to prohibit secret service torture

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government has bent to public pressure by proposing a specific prohibition on secret service officers torturing suspected terrorists. The government had planned to indemnify Australian Security Intelligence Organization officers against all criminal offenses committed in the course of their undercover...

  • 32 structures destroyed in California wildfire

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Light rain and cooler temperatures helped firefighters makes advances Sunday against a huge Northern California wildfire that has destroyed nearly three-dozen structures. According to preliminary figures, 10 homes and 22 outbuildings were lost in the White Meadows area of Pollock Pines, said Capt. Tom Piranio, a state fire...


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