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Floods shut down Philippine capital

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Heavy rains due to a storm and the seasonal monsoon have caused widespread flooding in the Philippine capital and nearby provinces, shutting down schools and government offices.

2-time Grand Slam winner Li Na retires from tour

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries.

Tide against Scottish independence as rural districts vote ‘no’

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

The United Kingdom appeared early Friday to have survived the threat of being ripped apart, as early vote returns showed Scottish voters rejecting independence even in areas thought likely to endorse it.

Nepal to allow Indian firm to build power plant

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Officials say Nepal's government has endorsed plans for Indian company GMR to build the Himalayan nation's largest hydro power plant.

Hunt for missing Malaysia plane to resume

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Crews will resume the underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at the end of the month, and will begin the search in an area farther south than initially planned, a senior search official said Friday.

British hostage John Cantlie, seized by Islamic State with James Foley, appears in new video

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

A British freelance photographer whose kidnapping in Syria has been subject to a media blackout at the request of his family and the British government for nearly two years has appeared in an Islamic State video that was posted Thursday on the Internet.

In first days in office, Iraq’s Abadi shows he’s not Maliki

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

New on the job, Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al Abadi, cuts a very different figure from his dour and distant predecessor, Nouri al Maliki.

Islamic State opens major push to seize Kurdish-held town in northern Syria

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Islamic State forces have mounted a major offensive against Kurds in northern Syria, occupying more than a dozen villages in an apparent attempt to capture another border crossing with Turkey, the local government said Thursday.

Maduro says foreign media behind fears of epidemic

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

President Nicolas Maduro accused CNN and other international media on Thursday of conspiring against his government by publishing what he called false reports of a mysterious illness.

UN warns of food shortages for Syrians

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

The United Nations on Thursday said that it is running out of money to pay for its food programs for almost 6 million Syrians who have been displaced by the country's civil war and that aid will be cut.

Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

In a desperate bid to slow West Africa's accelerating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting Friday while volunteers conduct a house-to-house search for victims in hiding.

Boyfriend jeans a hit on the Milan runway

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Hey girlfriend, baggy boyfriend jeans are all the rage on the Milan runway this season.

7 killed while on Guinea Ebola education campaign

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

The prime minister of Guinea says seven bodies have been found in rural Guinea after a group of local residents attacked Guinean health workers carrying out Ebola awareness efforts in a rural area.

NY developer to invest $108 million in Puerto Rico

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Puerto Rico's government on Thursday announced the construction of a $108 million real estate project as the island tries to emerge from a nearly decade-long economic slump with help from U.S. investors.

AP PHOTOS: Hurricane Odile's devastation in Mexico

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

A highway bridge dangles into a raging river. The collapsed roof of an auto dealership lies on a half dozen cars. Inside a looted Wal-Mart superstore, there's nothing but puddles, trash and empty shelves.

French president quizzed over domestic failures

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

French President Francois Hollande sought Thursday to stake out a forceful position on international affairs, even as his failures on the domestic stage continue to mount.

UN calls Ebola a threat to international peace

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

The U.N. Security Council called the Ebola outbreak in Africa "a threat to international peace and security" Thursday and urged the world to provide health experts, field hospitals and medical supplies to combat the rapidly accelerating and deadly virus.

New center-left Slovenian govt voted into office

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Slovenia's parliament has voted into office a new center-left government in the small eurozone nation that narrowly avoided bailout last year.

Nigeria's ruling party wants Jonathan as president

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Nigeria's ruling party says President Goodluck Jonathan is its candidate for February 2015 elections.

Young and old, Scots head to vote

Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Today, Scottish voters had to the polling places to vote on a referendum whether they’ll stay in the United Kingdom or become an independent country. Photographer Claudia Himmelreich tells their story.