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US-Afghan deal in place...Hong Kong protests could widen...Stocks move lower

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 30, 2014 at 8:01 a.m.



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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's new president says it's a positive shift in the country's relations with the rest of the world. Afghan and U.S. officials today signed a security pact that will let U.S. forces remain in Afghanistan past the end of the year. About 10,000 Americans will stay after the end of the international combat mission.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the signing of a security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan marks a "historic day" in the partnership between the two countries. Obama says the agreement reflects the U.S. commitment to supporting the Afghan government and will allow the U.S. military to continue targeting terrorists and training Afghan security forces.

HONG KONG (AP) — China's president is vowing to "steadfastly safeguard" Hong Kong's prosperity and stability. The pledge comes as pro-democracy protests continue in Hong Kong, where protesters are threatening wider actions if the territory's top leader won't meet with them.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are lower in early trading amid continued worries about the protests in Hong Kong. EBay rose 8 percent, the most in the S&P 500 index, after the company said it would spin off the mobile payment service PayPal. EBay had faced pressure from shareholders to make the split.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices have been rising at the slowest pace in 20 months, reflecting sluggish sales and a greater supply of houses for sale. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 6.7 percent in July from 12 months earlier. That's down from an 8.1 percent gain in June and the smallest increase since November 2012.

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