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For more than two months, Mexico did little to explain how a Mexican army patrol escaped practically unharmed from a gunfight that left 22 suspected criminals dead in a grain warehouse. This week, officials changed their story to say soldiers may have committed murder, but questions about the lop-sided confrontation remain.
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Mexico federal officials say alleged cartel capo Hector Beltran Leyva believed captured

The Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 5:00pm
Mexico federal officials say alleged cartel capo Hector Beltran Leyva believed captured.
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Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport

Darko Vojinovic, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 4:33pm
Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine advanced Wednesday on the government-held airport in Donetsk, pressing to seize the key transportation hub even as the two sides bargained over a troop pullout under a much-violated truce.
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Russia halts student exchange program with US

The Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 4:31pm
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has voiced regret about Russia's decision to cancel its participation in a major high school student exchange program.
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Canada identifies long lost British explorer ship

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 4:21pm
Experts identified a shipwreck uncovered last month in the Arctic as the HMS Erebus, the ship British Rear Adm. Sir John Franklin was likely sailing on when it vanished along with another vessel 170 years ago, Canada's prime minister announced Wednesday.
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Guatemala ex-police on trial in 1980 embassy fire

Sonia Perez D., Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 3:51pm
A former police officer went on trial Wednesday charged in the deaths of 37 people more than three decades ago when the Spanish Embassy burned down during this Central American nation's bloody civil conflict.
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Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings

Joanna Chiu, Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 1:51pm
Raising the stakes in their standoff with the authorities, Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters threatened to occupy key government buildings unless the territory's top official resigns by the end of the day Thursday.
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Hong Kong protesters try to win over tourists

Joanna Chiu, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 1:31pm
The luxury boutiques of Hong Kong's Tsim Shai Tsui district are so mobbed with vacationing Chinese customers that store owners have put up red velvet ropes to control the crowds. Pro-democracy protesters saw it as a perfect spot to spread the word to their mainland brethren.
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UN says Syria vaccine deaths was an NGO 'mistake'

The Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 1:02pm
The recent deaths of Syrian children after receiving measles vaccinations was the result of a "mistake" by a non-governmental partner who mixed in a muscle relaxant meant for anesthesia, a spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general said Wednesday.
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UN says 1st staffer dies of 'probable' Ebola

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 12:50pm
The United Nations said Wednesday a staff member in Liberia has died from "probable Ebola," while the World Health Organization said it was optimistic that an Ebola vaccine could be available for mass vaccination campaigns as early as 2015.
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Palestinians: Israeli occupation must end in 2016

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 12:41pm
The Palestinians are asking the U.N. Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from all Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 including East Jerusalem in a new push to achieve independence.
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East Jerusalem construction plan moves ahead

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 12:21pm
City officials said Wednesday that they have granted final approval for the construction of a controversial new Israeli housing development in east Jerusalem, dealing a new blow to already tattered relations with the Palestinians and raising the likelihood of a fresh round of international condemnations.
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France ups military deployment against IS group

The Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 12:01pm
France is deploying an anti-aircraft frigate and more fighter jets in the Persian Gulf region to boost its ability to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq.
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Armed bandits held, robbed Mormon mission president in Argentina

Tad Walch  |  posted Oct 1st - 12:00pm
A Mormon mission president in Buenos Aires was held briefly by robbers who attacked him in his truck at an intersection outside that Argentinian city last week, according to news reports. He was released after a few minutes and is safe.
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Chinese government may be losing patience with protests in Hong Kong

The Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 11:31am
There are indications in China that the government is losing patience with the protests by pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.
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NATO's new chief says relations with Russia could improve

The Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 11:31am
NATO's new chief is calling on Russia to comply with international law, but says there's now a chance for improved relations between Moscow and the West.
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US Navy says crew member missing in Persian Gulf

The Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 11:31am
The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are conducting a search and rescue operation for a missing aircrew member who ejected over the Persian Gulf.
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New NATO chief: better ties with Russia possible

John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 11:21am
NATO's new secretary-general struck a more conciliatory tone Wednesday on Russia, saying there's a chance now for improved relations between Moscow and the West.
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AP names Victor Caivano director for Southern Cone

The Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 11:20am
Victor Caivano, a veteran photographer who has led photo coverage for The Associated Press in Spain and Brazil, has been named news director for the Southern Cone countries of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.
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Syria blasts at school kill 32, including 10 kids

Albert Aji, Diaa Hadid, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 11:20am
Twin bombings near an elementary school in Syria killed at least 32 people on Wednesday, including at least 10 children, with the second blast going off as screaming parents frantically searched for their sons and daughters in a street littered with school bags and body parts.
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British warplanes destroy IS targets in Iraq

Menelaos Hadjcostis, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 11:11am
British Royal Air Force warplanes flying out of a UK air base on Cyprus have destroyed four Islamic State group targets in Iraq over the last two days, the base commander said Wednesday.
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UK drops terror case against ex-Guantanamo inmate

Danica Kirka, Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 10:31am
British prosecutors dropped terrorism charges Wednesday against a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who is a high-profile advocate for the rights of terror suspects.
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Baghdad car bomb kills 15

Sinan Salaheddin, Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 1st - 10:31am
A car bomb near pet and vegetable markets in Baghdad killed 15 people and wounded another 40 on Wednesday, Iraqi security and medical officials said.
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