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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as President Barack Obama speaks during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for the first time since a rash of civilian casualties during Israel's summer war with Hamas heightened tensions between two leaders who have long had a prickly relationship. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Netanyahu presses Obama on nuclear Iran

- The Washington Times 27 minutes ago

Amid reports the White House may soften its stance toward Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a stern message to President Obama on Wednesday and stressed that the American leader must take a hard line going forward.

Afghan security forces walk around a destroyed army bus following a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Two suicide bombers in the Afghan capital targeted two buses carrying Afghan army troops on Wednesday, killing several people and wounding over a dozen others, police said.  (AP Photo)

Taliban suicide bombers kill 7 in Kabul, wound 21

- Associated Press

Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul early Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding 21, just a day after the signing of a key U.S.-Afghan security pact.

Pro-democracy student protesters occupy a main thoroughfare in Hong Kong after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying refused to meet with demonstrators before their deadline. Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in the stiffest challenge to Beijing's authority since China took control of the former British colony in 1997. (Associated Press)

Hong Kong leader Leung refuses to meet with pro-democracy protesters

- The Washington Times

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying refused to meet Tuesday with pro-democracy protesters calling for his resignation, as tens of thousands of demonstrators blocked city streets and braced for an anticipated crackdown by Beijing’s communist regime as early as Wednesday — China’s National Day.

In this Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, file photo,  Army Lt. Gen. William Mayville, Jr., Director of Operations J3, speaks about the operations in Syria during a news conference at the Pentagon. According to current and former U.S. officials, the Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Airstrikes launched in Iraq and Syria amid intelligence gaps

- Associated Press

The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to current and former U.S. officials.

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UN says Syria vaccine deaths was an NGO 'mistake'

Associated Press

The recent deaths of Syrian children after receiving measles vaccinations was the result of a "mistake" by a non-governmental partner who mixed in a muscle relaxant meant for anesthesia, a spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general said Wednesday.

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, file photo, Gambia's President Al Hadji Yahya Jammeh addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters. Gambia accused European countries of "racist and inhuman behavior" for deliberately causing boats carrying black African migrants to sink. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Small countries struggle to be heard at the UN

- Associated Press

Honduras, terrorized by drug gangs, railed against the world for ignoring the violence and lack of jobs that sends thousands of young Central Americans fleeing north to the United States.

The Nigerian police band march during the 54th anniversary celebrations of Nigerian independence, in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Nigeria leader hails victories on Ebola, militants

- Associated Press

Celebrating recent victories over Ebola and Islamic extremists, President Goodluck Jonathan marked Nigeria's 54 years of independence from Britain on Wednesday.

W.Va. high court to let GOP fill House ballot slot

- Associated Press

In a rebuke to state election officials, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Kanawha County Republicans can fill an empty ballot slot for a House of Delegates seat.

U.S. Ambassador to James Cunningham, seated, signs the documents of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) at the presidential palace as Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, first right, and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, second right, watch, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Afghanistan and the United States signed a long-awaited security pact on Tuesday that will allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

Afghan pact signed amid questions on Iraq pullout

- Associated Press

After lengthy delays, U.S. and Afghan officials signed a security pact Tuesday to keep American troops in Afghanistan beyond year's end, aiming to prevent the country from descending into the kind of chaos that has plagued Iraq following the Pentagon's withdrawal.

Judge accepts plea in 1998 embassy bombings case

- Associated Press

A judge on Tuesday accepted the guilty plea of an Egyptian lawyer in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, saying the government acted reasonably in reducing charges against him.