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No Russia-Ukraine gas deal at EU talks; Moscow queries finances


BRUSSELS - Russia and Ukraine failed to reach an accord on gas supplies for the coming winter in EU-brokered talks on Tuesday but agreed to meet again in Brussels in a week in the hope of ironing out problems over Kiev's ability to pay. | Video

2:26am BST

Thailand tourist murder suspects retract confessions

BANGKOK - Two Myanmar men accused of killing two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island have retracted their confessions, their lawyers said on Wednesday, adding further confusion to an investigation that has attracted widespread criticism.

6:59am BST

Tue, Oct 21 2014

Sweden gets two new sightings, as hunt for undersea intruder goes on


STOCKHOLM - Sweden's military is working on two new observations that could be evidence of suspected "foreign underwater activity" near the country's capital, a senior naval officer said on Tuesday.

21 Oct 2014

Special Report - Traffickers use abductions, prison ships to feed Asian slave trade


PHANG NGA Thailand - When Afsar Miae left his home near Teknaf in southern Bangladesh to look for work last month, he told his mother, "I'll see you soon." He said he expected to return that evening.

5:33am BST

Brazil's Rousseff gains on Neves ahead of Sunday runoff - poll


BRASILIA - President Dilma Rousseff has gained 1 percentage point on her rival Aecio Neves ahead of an Oct. 26 runoff to Brazil's presidential election, a new poll showed on Wednesday.

6:22am BST

Rise in divorce in Iran linked to shift in status of women

BEIRUT - Weddings in Iran have long been an over-the-top affair with families spending thousands of dollars to celebrate a union. But now some couples are splurging on an entirely different sort of nuptial celebration: a divorce party.

World, Middle East 6:32am BST

North Korea unexpectedly frees American Jeffrey Fowle


WASHINGTON - North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, and he is being flown home to his family, Washington said on Tuesday, amid growing international pressure on Pyongyang over its human rights record.

4:52am BST

Hong Kong protesters plan march after fruitless talks with government


HONG KONG - Hong Kong protesters planned to march to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock.

5:24am BST

Pistorius starts five-year term for killing Reeva Steenkamp


PRETORIA - Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius started his five-year jail sentence on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, marking the end of a trial that has gripped South Africa and millions around the world.

Sport, World 21 Oct 2014

African rivalries weaken U.N. hand against rebels in Congo

KINSHASA - Hundreds of Rwandan rebels in eastern Congo are defying a six month ultimatum to disarm, ratcheting up pressure on regional powers and U.N. peacekeepers to eliminate, once and for all, a force at the heart of two decades of conflict.

6:13am BST