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Hong Kong protests approach potential National Day flashpoint

HONG KONG - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong early on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal, with both sides marking uneasy National Day celebrations. | Video

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Wave of attacks in Shi'ite parts of Baghdad kill 35

BAGHDAD - At least 35 people were killed in a wave of car bomb and mortar attacks in mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi police and medical sources said.

Iraq 4:30pm EDT

U.S. says wants Syria's Assad out despite focus on Islamic State

UNITED NATIONS - The United States is focusing its efforts on defeating Islamic State militants wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria but has not changed its position that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Syria, Iraq, United Nations 4:39pm EDT

Brazil's Rousseff widens lead over Silva in fresh polls

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO - President Dilma Rousseff has solidified her lead over opposition candidate Marina Silva and would win a runoff vote to Brazil's presidential election, two new polls showed on Tuesday.

Brazil 7:51pm EDT

Exclusive: U.S. to pay $300 million to end Brazil cotton trade dispute - officials

BRASILIA/WASHINGTON - The United States will pay Brazilian cotton producers $300 million to settle a decade-old dispute over cotton subsidies, two officials familiar with the settlement said on Tuesday, the first concrete step to repair ties hurt by an espionage scandal.

Brazil 9:13pm EDT

Mexico conservative party leader Madero stands down temporarily

MEXICO CITY - The leader of Mexico's biggest opposition party is stepping aside temporarily to seek a congressional seat next year at which time he could resume his post as party leader.

Mexico, Mexico Election 10:14pm EDT

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