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Dutch ease off austerity, will spend on military

| |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 financial austerity and more on security in light of international conflicts.

1 Polish soldier killed, 2 wounded in Afghanistan

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

One Polish soldier was killed and two others wounded Tuesday in a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital, a military spokesman said.

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 has appealed 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.

Lava flows from Philippine volcano, thousands flee

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

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

10 Things to Know for Today

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Downed wires suspend DC-Philly Amtrak service

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Downed wires have suspended Amtrak service between Washington and Philadelphia, and are affecting riders of Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains.

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.

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.

UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

The World Health Organization is warning that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa could double every three weeks.

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.

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.

Compromise made in tax hike for Pascagoula

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

The Pascagoula City Council and Pascagoula School District have reached a compromise on a property tax hike and the city approved its $62 million budget for 2015 - just three hours before the midnight deadline.

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.

Vikings bring back Peterson despite abuse charge

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Adrian Peterson was back at Minnesota Vikings headquarters on Monday, and the first thing fullback Jerome Felton did when he saw his star running back was give him a high-five.

US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Starting next month, America's remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand.