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Hong Kong democracy protesters and officials mark uneasy National Day

HONG KONG - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday, some of them jeering National Day celebrations, as demonstrations spread to a new area of the city, ratcheting up pressure on its pro-Beijing government. | Video

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Egypt offers military training to Libya, cites Islamic State threat

CAIRO - Egypt has offered to train pro-government forces battling rival armed groups in Libya, stepping up efforts to eradicate what it says is a threat to its own stability from the anarchy engulfing its neighbor.

United Nations, Egypt, Libya 1:21am EDT

Obama, Modi work to deepen improving U.S.-India ties

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed on Tuesday to deepen U.S.-Indian cooperation on maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation in what amounts to a response to China's naval muscle-flexing in Asia. | Video

30 Sep 2014

Australia passes security law, raising fears for press freedom

SYDNEY - The first of a series of security powers requested by Australia's government to combat Islamist militants passed through parliament on Wednesday, despite criticism that they could land journalists in jail for reporting on national security.

Australia, Tony Abbott 12:11am 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 30 Sep 2014

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 30 Sep 2014

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