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Hong Kong riot police clear protest site, arrest student leaders

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police on Wednesday cleared one of the largest protest sites that has choked the city for months, arresting scores of pro-democracy activists in what could be a turning point in the fight to wrest greater political freedom from Beijing's control.

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Israel's lurch to the right dims two-state peace prospects

JERUSALEM - A cartoon in Israel's left-leaning Haaretz newspaper showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu studying a poster made by his publicity team of Mahmoud Abbas, the mild-mannered, soft-featured Palestinian president.

Israel 6:33am EST

Syria 'no-fly zone' not being considered: NATO general

IZMIR, Turkey - NATO is not considering establishing a "no-fly zone" in northern Syria, something Turkey has been calling for to alleviate security and humanitarian pressures on its southeastern borders, one of the alliance's top generals has told Reuters.

Turkey, Syria 6:38am EST

Militants kill four polio workers in Pakistan

QUETTA, Islamabad - Gunmen killed three Pakistani women polio workers and their driver on Wednesday, police said, in the most deadly attack on the health workers in two years.

5:39am EST

Sarkozy hopes to crush party rivals in French come-back test

PARIS - Nicolas Sarkozy's hopes of running for a new French presidential term in 2017 face a crucial first test on Saturday as members of his crisis-ridden conservative UMP party vote for a new leader.

7:29am EST

Exclusive: Libya's rival oil minister wants to attend OPEC meeting

TRIPOLI - Libya's rival government wants to send its oil minister to the OPEC summit in Vienna this week and will refuse to comply with any production decisions if it is denied access, the minister said.

United Nations, Libya 8:02am EST

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