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Hong Kong student leaders arrested as police clear protest site

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police cleared activists from one of the largest protest sites in the city on Wednesday and arrested Joshua Wong and Lester Shum, two of the student leaders at the heart of the pro-democracy movement that has shaken the Asian financial hub.

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Latvia sees security threat in Russian deal with Abkhazia

TBILISI - Latvian President Andris Berzins said on Wednesday an agreement deepening cooperation between Russia and Georgia's Abkhazia region threatened regional stability and security.

Russia 6:49am 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 7:47am EST

Secular France moves to confront jihadism after slow start

SEINE-ST-DENIS, France - When Guillaume, a 22-year-old Frenchman, left jail two months ago vowing to die as a martyr for Islam, community worker Sonia Imloul had a few minutes to convince him he was on the wrong path.

6:41am EST

Croatia urges EU to pressure Serbia over freed war crimes suspect

ZAGREB - The European Union should demand that the government of EU candidate Serbia distance itself from a hardline Serb nationalist leader recently released from a U.N. war crimes tribunal, Croatia said on Wednesday.

6:22am EST

Egypt opens Rafah crossing to stranded Palestinians bound for Gaza

ISMAILIA, Egypt - Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Wednesday to allow thousands of stranded Palestinians to return to Gaza but the frontier will remain closed to traffic going the other way, Palestinian and Egyptian border officials said.

Egypt 6:35am EST

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