- Alleged Beltran Leyva cartel boss nabbed in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hector Beltran Leyva, the purported head of a feared drug gang allegedly run by his family, became the fourth brother to fall when soldiers grabbed him while dining at a seafood restaurant.
- Applications for US jobless benefits drop to 287K
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, as the total number of Americans collecting benefits dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years.
- Blast kills 15 at Bulgarian explosives factory
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Fifteen people were confirmed dead in a blast at an explosives decommissioning factory in northwestern Bulgaria.
- Official: Suicide bombers kill 7 at Libyan airport
CAIRO (AP) — A spokesman for a renegade general in Libya says two suicide car bombings near an eastern airport has killed seven troops and wounded 12.
- Lawmakers grill new EU economy chief amid doubts
BRUSSELS (AP) — European lawmakers on Thursday grilled the 28-nation bloc's incoming economy chief, Pierre Moscovici, because many fear he cannot be trusted to properly enforce rules limiting government deficits.
- AP PHOTOS: Trash pickers worry about end of dump
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Against a distant skyline of high-rise buildings, huge vultures dive over the nearly 9 tons of rubbish that arrive daily at the enormous dump in Brazil's capital as nearly 3,000 trash pickers set aside recyclable plastic, metal and paper to sell.
- Bomb hits passenger bus in NW Pakistan, killing 7
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb ripped through a mini-bus in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least seven passengers, police said.
- Image of Asia: Paying tribute to Gandhi
In this photo by Manish Swarup, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his respects at the memorial of independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi on Thursday, the 145th anniversary of Gandhi's birth. Gandhi adopted the path of nonviolent protests to gain independence for India following British colonial rule. He was shot and killed by a Hindu fanatic in January 1948 at the age of 78, five months after India won independence. India's leaders visit Gandhi's memorial, on the banks of the Yamuna River in New Delhi, to pay homage each year on Oct. 2. The memorial includes a black marble platform where an eternal flame burns.
- Activists say Assad supporters protest in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say there has been a rare protest in Syria by hundreds of supporters of President Bashar Assad against the governor of the central Syrian town of Homs after twin bombings killed 25 children.
- Angry Birds maker Rovio to cut jobs
HELSINKI (AP) — Mobile game developer Rovio Entertainment Ltd. says it plans to cut some 16 percent of its workforce amid signs that its Angry Birds game is losing some of its luster.
- Saudi Arabia: 2 million in Mecca for start of hajj
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia sought to assure the public that the kingdom was Ebola-free as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into a sprawling tent city near Mecca on Thursday for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage.
- Turkey ponders new powers to fight IS militants
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament was debating a motion Thursday to give the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group.
- Sky's no limit for Czech chimney climbers
DOLNI SMRZOVKA, Czech Republic (AP) — From afar, they look like ants crawling up a tower into the sky.
- Thai police: 2 men admit killing British tourists
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police say two workers from Myanmar have confessed to killing two British tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found last month on a beach on the scenic island of Koh Tao.
- Japan police: Volcanic rocks killed most victims
TOKYO (AP) — Police say it's been determined that almost all of the people killed on a Japanese volcano died of injuries from being hit by volcanic rocks that flew out during its eruption.