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Saudi Arabia: 2 million in Mecca for start of hajj

|Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

An estimated 2 million Muslims are streaming into a sprawling tent city near Mecca for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage. Saudi Arabia says there are 1.4 million visitors to the kingdom for the hajj.

Hong Kong protests hit city's role as finance hub

| |Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

Shops in Hong Kong have closed and the local stock market has plunged but protesters are gambling their agitation for greater democracy will pay off by preserving institutions that made this former British colony a profitable asset to China.

Oops! UK council destroys Banksy immigration mural

| |Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

Authorities in southern England were embarrassed but defensive Thursday after telling workers to destroy a mural they later realized was created by the internationally famous graffiti artist Banksy.

Bach: IOC will not reopen 2022 Olympic bid race

| |Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

The International Olympic Committee will not reopen the bidding process for the 2022 Winter Games after Oslo's withdrawal left just two cities in the race, IOC President Thomas Bach told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Tropical Storm Simon forms in the Pacific

|Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

Tropical Storm Simon has formed in the Pacific off Mexico's southwestern coast.

European Central Bank keeps rates on hold

| |Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

Markets are waiting to hear whether the European Central Bank is willing to offer more stimulus to a dangerously weak economy, after the bank's governing council left interest rates unchanged Thursday.

The nation's weather

| |Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

Weather Underground Forecast for Thursday, October 02, 2014

Union chief: Irish army running short of uniforms

|Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

Legend has it that Celtic warriors once charged into battle naked. Things aren't that bad in the modern Irish army, but its union chief says soldiers must wage a daily battle for uniforms.

Spanish sea rescuers find bodies of 2 migrants

| |Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

Spain's Marine Rescue service says it has found the bodies of two sub-Saharan African migrants believed to have been in a boat with eight others that had left Morocco.

South Africa government criticized over Dalai Lama

| |Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu, a periodic critic of South Africa's ruling party, now says the government is a "lickspittle bunch" for its alleged deference to China, a close business partner.

Watchdog: Turkey has fearful journalism climate

| |Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

An international media freedom watchdog says that while Turkey has released many journalists from prison recently, the government is creating a more fearful climate for critical media.

Denmark votes to send jet fighters to Iraq

|Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

Danish lawmakers have confirmed the government's proposal to send seven F-16 fighter jets to join an international coalition to take part in airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group.

Judge's ruling strikes at pension fund's sanctity

| |Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

A federal judge has struck a blow against the sanctity of public pensions in California by ruling that U.S. bankruptcy law permits the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, allowing the city to cut benefits.

New EU economy chief vows tough budget oversight

| |Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

The European Union's incoming economy chief, Pierre Moscovici, vowed Thursday to be an impartial and tough enforcer of the bloc's deficit rules even though he failed to implement them as French finance minister.

Man gets 30-year term for Oregon bomb plot

| |Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

One thousand, four hundred and six days after he screamed "God is great" while police officers dragged him into a waiting van, a young Somali American was sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to detonate a bomb.

Australian Parliament restricts veiled visitors

| |Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

Visitors who wear face veils to Australia's Parliament House have been restricted to sound-proof enclosed galleries usually reserved for noisy school groups under a new counterterrorism security measure announced on Thursday.

Philips loses $467M patent suit to US competitor

|Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

Royal Philips NV says it will book a $467 million (366 million-euro) charge in the third quarter after losing a patent lawsuit to smaller U.S. competitor Masimo Corp.

California community reels after mayor shot dead

| |Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

She was his high school sweetheart and wife of 28 years. He was mayor of the modest Los Angeles suburb where they moved and had two kids just after they were married.

China visit shows strains with US over Hong Kong

| |Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

A visit by China's top diplomat, intended to show growing U.S.-China cooperation, instead highlighted political differences between the two world powers as Washington spoke out about democracy protests gripping Hong Kong.

Missing-student suspect due in Virginia court

|Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014

The man charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia student is due in court on reckless driving charges.