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Hong Kong protest sees biggest crowds yet on holiday

On a day meant to celebrate the birth of China’s Communist Republic, residents swarmed the streets.

    The German military’s biggest enemy: Disrepair

    Serious maintenance problems with German military equipment cloud the future role of its armed forces.

    Turkey seeks approval to send troops to Syria and Iraq

    The measure sent would allow soldiers to establish safe zones for those fleeing the Islamic State fight.

    U.S. signs deal for troops to stay in Afghanistan past 2014

    The security agreement allows 9,800 American troops to remain to help train and advise Afghan forces.

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    China taking the Putin approach to democracy

    China taking the Putin approach to democracy

    President Xi Jinping has renewed efforts to crack down on civic organizations and insulate China from Western ideas.

    With rise of Islamic State, Iraq splinters on religious lines

    With rise of Islamic State, Iraq splinters on religious lines

    Iraq was one of the most religiously diverse places in the Middle East for millennia. Now that may be history.

    N. Korea’s Kim, recently out of public view, had ankle surgery, report says

    N. Korea’s Kim, recently out of public view, had ankle surgery, report says

    The rumor mill had been in overdrive since the state media claimed that he was in an “indisposed condition.”

    Obama seeks India’s Modi as ally on Asia policy amid China’s growing clout

    Obama seeks India’s Modi as ally on Asia policy amid China’s growing clout

    Human rights issues hang over the president’s attempt to revive a flagging U.S.-Indian relationship.

    Nicolae Corneanu, Romanian Orthodox bishop, dies at 90

    The bishop was praised for speaking out about his past collaboration with the communist government.

    Japanese volcano still erupting, hampering recovery effort

    Japanese volcano still erupting, hampering recovery effort

    With the discovery of five more bodies, at least 36 people are thought to have been killed on Mount Ontake.

    In Afghanistan, a historic handover of power

    In Afghanistan, a historic handover of power

    After months of dispute, Ghani and Abdullah took the oaths of office to lead a unity government.

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    Himalayan death tolls

    Since 1950, around 25,000 summit climbs have been attempted on peaks in the Himalayas with more than 900 people dying in the attempt.

    2009: A Rwanda homecoming

    Former rebels and their families return after 15 years in Congo.

    Refuge: Stories from the Syrian exodus

    Refugees from Syria’s civil war are remaking the political, economic and religious landscape in the Mideast.

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    Volcano erupts in central Japan

    More than 30 killed on Japan’s Mount Ontake after volcano erupted without warning Sept. 27.

    Hong Kong police unable to clear protesters

    The latest clash with Beijing over voting rights escalated as police tried to break up demonstrations with batons and tear gas.

    Animal views

    An injured sea turtle is fitted with weights to help it stay submerged, Alpine Ibix goats climb a dam, surfer dogs and more.

    Day in photos

    Dust storm on Mars, massive Hong Kong protest, above the Arctic Circle, the Tasmanian cave spider and more.

    Battling the Islamic State

    The United States launches airstrikes against targets in Syria.

    Day in photos

    Bungee-jumping in Siberia, Hong Kong students protest, Japan’s Mount Ontake erupts and more.

    Syrian Kurdish refugees seek haven in Turkey

    As they flee the advancing Islamic State, they are hoping Turkish fighters can establish a secure zone for their safe passage.

    Faces of the enduring Congolese war

    Nation’s citizens live lives amid unrelenting death.

    Student strikes in Hong Kong

    A week-long boycott of classes is underway as thousands gather to demand democratic reforms.

    News photos of the week

    Syrian refugees enter Turkey, U.S. airstrikes launch, U.N. climate summit begins and more images from the week’s news.

    Day in photos

    Miami fights rising sea levels, amorous donkeys reunited, Karachi’s mythical half-fox half-woman and more.

    Day in photos

    Ai Weiwei’s Alcatraz exhibit, an unfinished da Vinci painting, Indian spacecraft’s image from Mars and more.

    On Ebola’s front line

    As the Ebola epidemic continues, patients in Liberia celebrate recovery from deadly disease.

    Nazi gas chambers uncovered

    Archaeologists made the discovery during an excavation at the site of a concentration camp in eastern Poland.

    Oktoberfest 2014 begins in Munich

    The annual three-week celebration attracts millions of visitors from around the world.

    Syrian Kurds flee advance of Islamic State

    Nearly 150,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey since the past weekend.