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World stocks mostly higher ahead of Fed statement

World stocks mostly higher ahead of Fed statement

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2007, file photo, the flags on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange provide a backdrop for a Wall Street street sign. Global stock markets were mostly lower Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, as jittery investors played it safe ahead of a potentially pivotal Federal Reserv…

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World stocks mostly higher ahead of Fed statement

World stocks mostly higher ahead of Fed statement

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — World stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday, buoyed by hopes that the Federal Reserve will not speed up plans to raise interest rates and reports that China is providing extra liquidity to major state banks.

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New IS video warns US over Iraq deployment

BEIRUT (AP) — The militant Islamic State group has released a video warning the United States that fighters await it in Iraq if President Barack Obama sends troops there, as he and his top general said may happen.

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Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, Konrad Wierzbicki, 23, stands in front of a memorial to Poles killed by the Soviet Union in the 1940s in Otwock, Poland. As Poland commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland at the start of World War II, Wierzbicki reflected…

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Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, Konrad Wierzbicki, 23, stands in front of a memorial to Poles killed by the Soviet Union in the 1940s in Otwock near Warsaw,Poland. As Poland commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland at the start of World War II, Wierzbick…

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Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, a monument to Polish victims of Stalin stands as a reminder of one of the worst Polish tragedies at Moscow’s hands in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. The Soviets killed 22,000 Polish officers in 1940 in an attempt to wipe out a swath of …

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Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, monuments to Polish victims of Stalin stand as a reminder of one of the worst Polish tragedies at Moscow’s hands in Warsaw, Poland. The Soviets killed 22,000 Polish officers in 1940 in an attempt to wipe out a swath of the Polish elite. On Wednesda…

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Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, monuments to Polish victims of Stalin stand as a reminder of one of the worst Polish tragedies at Moscow’s hands in Warsaw, Poland. The Soviets killed 22,000 Polish officers in 1940 in an attempt to wipe out a swath of the Polish elite. On Wednesda…

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Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, monuments to Polish victims of Stalin stand as a reminder of one of the worst Polish tragedies at Moscow’s hands in Warsaw, Poland. The Soviets killed 22,000 Polish officers in 1940 in an attempt to wipe out a swath of the Polish elite. On Wednesda…

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Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: "Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?"

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China police formally arrest Chan son in drug case

BEIJING (AP) — Prosecutors in Beijing say police have formally arrested the son of film star Jackie Chan on suspicion of allowing other people to take drugs.

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Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election

Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election

Fiji's military ruler Voreqe Bainimarama, left, casts his vote in a national election in Suva, Fiji, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Thousands of Fijians got their first chance to vote in eight years in an election that promises to finally restore democracy to the South Pacific nation of 900,000.…

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Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election

Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election

Sodelpa Party leader Ro Teimumu Kepa arrives at a poling station to cast her vote in a national election in Suva, Fiji, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Thousands of Fijians got their first chance to vote in eight years in an election that promises to finally restore democracy to the South Pacific…

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Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election

Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Fijian voters line up at a polling station in Suva, Fiji Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Thousands of Fijians got their first chance to vote in eight years Wednesday in an election that promises to finally restore democracy to the South Pacifi…

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Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election

Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2013 file photo, Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, center, attends the opening of a picnic park in Suva, Fiji. Thousands of Fijians are eagerly awaiting their first chance to vote in nearly eight years Wednesday in an election that promises to finally restore d…

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Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election

Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election

In this Nov. 7, 2013 photo, Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama eats cake at the opening of a picnic park, in Suva, Fiji. Thousands of Fijians are eagerly awaiting their first chance to vote in nearly eight years Wednesday in an election that promises to finally restore democracy to the…

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Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election

Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — There was excitement among thousands of voters and relief from the international community Wednesday as Fijians cast ballots in a landmark election they hope will end more than a quarter-century of political turmoil and eight years of autocratic rule. But democracy may not …

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Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy

Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy

FILE- In this aerial view shows Coquina Beach, Fla., with an algae bloom off shore in this Aug. 23, 2006 file photo. In addition to fouling beaches and killing sea life, the algae creates a foul smell and can be harmful to people who breathe it in at the beach. Right now the algae is collect…

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Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy

Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy.

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Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism

Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism

In this Feb. 4, 2013 photo, Ilham Tohti, an outspoken scholar of China's Turkic Uighur ethnic minority, speaks during an interview at his home in Beijing, China. Tohti was set to go on trial on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 on separatism charges in the country's far western region of Xinjiang. (…

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Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism

Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism

Armed policemen stand guard near Xinjiang's tourism advertisement boards, which authority used to block off the road heading to Urumqi People's Intermediate Court in Urumqi, China's northwestern region of Xinjiang Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Ilham Tohti, a scholar from China's Muslim Uighur m…

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Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism

Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism

A plain clothes policeman arranges a Xinjiang's tourism advertisement board to block off the road heading to Urumqi People's Intermediate Court in Urumqi, China's northwestern region of Xinjiang Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Ilham Tohti, a scholar from China's Muslim Uighur minority community w…

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Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism

Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism

Foreign diplomats watch from behind a police lines as they are barred to enter Urumqi People's Intermediate Court in Urumqi, China's northwestern region of Xinjiang Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Ilham Tohti, a scholar from China's Muslim Uighur minority community who often criticized the countr…

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Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism

Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism

URUMQI, China (AP) — A high-profile Muslim Uighur scholar and government critic denied allegations that he engaged in separatism as he went on trial Wednesday in the far western region of Xinjiang, where authorities say terrorists are seeking an independent state.

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Strong euro dents 1st-half profits for Zara owner

MADRID (AP) — Spanish fashion retailer Inditex, which owns Zara stores, says net profit fell by 2.4 percent in the first half of 2014 despite robust sales, mainly due to the impact of a strong euro.

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