UN: 9,000 killed in Ukraine conflict, but now violence eases

GENEVA (AP) — More than 9,000 people have died in 21 months of fighting in eastern Ukraine, even as a new cease-fire has largely held and contributed to a sharp decline in casualties since mid-August, the U.N. human rights office said Wednesday.

  • Written by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

Severe smog hovers over Beijing on Day 2 of red alert

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing residents stayed indoors, schools were closed and limits on cars, factories and construction sites kept pollution from spiking even higher Wednesday, the second of three days of restrictions triggered by the city's first red alert for smog.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press

Venezuela opposition wins supermajority in National Assembly

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition won a key two-thirds majority in the National Assembly in legislative voting, according to final results released Tuesday, dramatically strengthening its hand in any bid to wrest power from President Nicolas Maduro after 17 years of socialist rule.

  • Written by JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press

Regional conference backs resumption of Afghan peace talks

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A regional conference held in Pakistan on Wednesday ended with calls for the resumption of Afghan-Taliban peace negotiations and an agreement by Islamabad and New Delhi to relaunch bilateral talks that broke down in August over tensions in Kashmir.

  • Written by MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press ASIF SHAHZAD, Associated Press

AP WAS THERE: John Lennon was shot 35 years ago

NEW YORK (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE: The death of John Lennon still reverberates as a defining moment for a generation and for the music world.

  • Written by RICK HAMPSON, Associated Press