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Dutch to present less austere budget for 2015

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

The Dutch government is presenting a budget for 2015 that for the first time in years will be focused less on 'austerity' and more on security in light of international conflicts.

Pope to focus on grandparents after newlyweds

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a special Mass for grandparents.

Chinese president to launch port city in Sri Lanka

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping is visiting Sri Lanka, where he will help launch a new port city project funded by his government.

Iraq officials: Premier has chosen final ministers

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Iraqi lawmakers say the country's prime minister has made his decision on the remaining posts in his Cabinet, including the critical positions of interior minister and defense minister.

Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

A Belgian official says a convicted rapist and murderer who has been imprisoned for almost three decades has been granted the right to die after doctors agreed his psychological condition was incurable.

1 Polish soldier killed, 2 wounded in Afghanistan

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

A Polish military spokesman says one Polish soldier has been killed and two others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan.

Ukraine, Scotland dent German investor optimism

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

A key measure of German investor optimism fell in September for the ninth month in a row, dragged down by worries over the crisis in Ukraine, economic stagnation in Europe and the upcoming independence referendum in Scotland.

2 killed in pileup on mist-shrouded Dutch road

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Emergency services say two people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a pileup at least 150 cars and trucks on a Dutch highway shrouded in thick mist.

Nobel laureates appeal to South Africa

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

A group of Nobel peace laureates is appealing to South Africa to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama, who abandoned an attempt to get permission to travel to Cape Town next month.

Philippine volcano spews lava; thousands evacuated

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

The Philippines' most active volcano has belched out huge lava fragments that rolled about a kilometer (half a mile) down its slope, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Tuesday.

UN panel emphasizes Assad role in Syria war crimes

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

As nations mount an offensive against the Islamic State militants that have gained a stronghold in Iraq and Syria, a U.N. human rights commission emphasized Tuesday that the Syrian President Bashar Assad's government has committed the bulk of atrocities in the civil war.

Kurds in Europe take up arms against IS group

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Shaho Pirani says he's just a phone call away from leaving his quiet life in Denmark and joining Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Medical charity: Time running out to stop Ebola

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

International efforts to stop the accelerating spread of Ebola in West Africa were ramping up Tuesday, but a medical charity warned that the response is still dangerously behind and time is running out to act.

2nd conductor resigns from Vienna State Opera

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

The Vienna State Opera has lost its second star conductor in less than two weeks.

Shots fired in Danish courthouse; 1 dead

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

A gunman opened fire Tuesday at a court building in Copenhagen, killing one man and seriously wounding another, authorities said.

Sides in Scottish referendum make final push

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

The two sides in Scotland's independence debate scrambled Tuesday to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation.

Drops in food, gas prices push UK inflation down

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Official figures show that inflation in the U.K. eased further below the Bank of England's target in August following falls in food and fuel prices.

Eminem publishers sue New Zealand political party

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

The music publishers for American rapper Eminem filed a lawsuit Tuesday against New Zealand's ruling political party over the music it used in a campaign commercial.

China rig finds gas after Vietnam sea standoff

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

The Chinese exploration rig at the center of a tense maritime standoff with Vietnam earlier this year has made its first deep sea gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea, state media announced Tuesday.

World Bank: Palestinian economy to shrink in 2014

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

The Palestinian economy is expected to contract for the first time in seven years in 2014, the result of the recent Gaza war, continued Israeli and Egyptian restrictions on Palestinian trade and a drop in foreign aid, the World Bank said Tuesday.