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Netanyahu rebuts claim of genocide, accuses Iran

By The Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS — In a blistering speech to the United Nations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday that Hamas and the Islamic State group are “branches of the same poisonous tree,” bent on world domination through terror, just …

Unrest, fatalities challenge shaky cease-fire in Ukraine

By The Los Angeles Times
Ukraine’s 3-week-old cease-fire suffered its most flagrant violations over the past 24 hours when outbreaks of fighting and artillery exchanges killed at least 12 people, Ukrainian and pro-Russia separatist sources reported Monday. Anti-Communist unrest in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, signaled …

Belgium accuses Muslim group of radicalizing, training youth to fight in Syria

By The Associated Press
ANTWERP, Belgium — A radical Muslim organization in Belgium was a terror group that brainwashed youngsters and sent them to fight in Syria, prosecutors said on Monday as a trial started for dozens of its alleged leaders and members. Only …

Search for victims on hold in Japan as volcano spews toxic fumes

By The Associated Press
KISO, Japan — Toxic gases and ash from still-erupting Mt. Ontake forced Japanese rescue workers to call off the search for more victims Monday as dozens of relatives awaited news of their family members. Rescuers found five bodies near the …

Protesters in Hong Kong stand firm in battle to stop encroaching rule by China

By The Washington Post
BEIJING — Swelling crowds of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Monday plunged Asia’s normally staid financial hub into a tense standoff with Beijing that strikes directly at China’s expanding political grip in the former British colony. The rapidly escalating …

Afghan president heads unity government poised to sign pact to keep U.S. troops

By The Associated Press
Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president on Monday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with the United States that would …

Amaranth plant venture aims to improve deficient diets

By Megha Satyanarayana
On a Clarion County farm north of Pittsburgh grows a small plot of a plant vying for shelf space in the billion-dollar health supplement industry. …

French conservatives capture control of Senate

By The Associated Press
PARIS — Conservatives won French Senate elections Sunday to take control of parliament’s upper house, handing President Francois Hollande’s Socialists a new setback. The far-right National Front party gained its first two Senate seats in the balloting. The Senate press …

Indian Prime Minister tells Madison Square Garden that nation won’t look back

By USA Today
NEW YORK — India’s new prime minister took on rock star status Sunday at a reception in Madison Square Garden, as thousands of Indian-Americans cheered the leader during his first U.S. visit. Speaking from a rotating stage, Prime Minister Narendra …

Gang gunfight, clashes across Mexico kill 18

By Reuters
MEXICO CITY — Eleven men died in a gunfight in northern Mexico and at least seven people, including an opposition politician, have been killed in violence in the southwest of the country, authorities said Sunday. State prosecutors in the northern …

At least 31 believed dead on Japanese volcano

By The Associated Press
TOKYO — Finally reaching the ash-covered summit of an erupting volcano in central Japan, rescue workers made a grim discovery Sunday: 31 apparently dead people, some reportedly buried in knee-deep ash. Four victims were brought down and confirmed dead one …

Historic, anxious handover as Afghanistan swears in new leader

By Reuters
KABUL — Afghanistan inaugurates its first new president in a decade on Monday, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government just as …

Autonomy a matter of time, Kurds say

By Betsy Hiel
IRBIL, Iraq — Narrow alleys snake around Qaysari Bazaar in the shadow of an ancient citadel. People shop here for everything, from traditional Kurdish clothing …

Coalition airstrikes fail to slow ISIS attacks on key cities

By Reuters
MURSITPINAR, Turkey — U.S.-led coalition warplanes Saturday struck Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in Syria, attacking a town near the Turkish border for the first time, as well as positions in the country’s east, activists and a Kurdish …

Ukraine braces for frigid winter amid uncertainty about natural gas supply from Russia

By The Washington Post
KIEV, Ukraine — The frigid water that comes out of the hot faucet of Alexander Korniienko’s shower in Kiev is a warning for his nation: After months without natural gas shipments from Russia, Ukraine may be facing a chilly winter. …

Virus traced to mosquitoes in Latin America causes severe joint pain

By The Associated Press
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — An excruciating mosquito-borne illness that arrived less than a year ago in the Americas is raging across the region, leaping from the Caribbean to the Central and South American mainland, and infecting more than 1 …

Islamic nations lobby Palestinians to join ICC

By The Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS — The world’s largest bloc of Islamic countries has been lobbying the Palestinians to join the International Criminal Court so it can prosecute Israeli politicians and military leaders for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, the bloc’s …