ASIA:

HONG KONG-DEMOCRACY PROTEST

HONG KONG — Hong Kong activists kick off a long-threatened mass civil disobedience protest to challenge Beijing over restrictions on voting reforms, escalating the battle for democracy in the former British colony after police arrest dozens of student demonstrators. By Joanna Chiu and Kelvin Chan. SENT: 800 words, photos. Developments will be expedited.

— AP PHOTO XVY117 — A protester raises a placard that reads "Occupy Central" between riot policemen and protesters outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong.

JAPAN-VOLCANO

OTAKI, Japan — Military helicopters pluck seven people from a Japanese mountainside after a spectacular volcanic eruption sent officials scrambling to reach many more injured and stranded on the mountain. By Emily Wang. SENT: 620 words, photos, video, graphics.

— AP PHOTO TOK109 — A military helicopter aiding in the rescue operation flies over Mt. Ontake as the volcano continues to erupt in central Japan.

INDIA-MODI MANIA

NEW YORK — A day after addressing a hushed U.N. General Assembly, where headphone-wearing delegates rarely break into a smile, India's new prime minister is assured a raucous reception as he addresses a crowd from a rotating stage at Madison Square Garden. My Matthew Pennington. SENT: 550 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-NORTH KOREA

UNITED NATIONS — North Korea says it is willing to cooperate with the U.N. and other international organizations on human rights, but is bristling at what it views as politicization of the issue by its arch enemy, the United States. SENT: 130 words, photos.

MYANMAR-MISSING HELICOPTER

YANGON, Myanmar — A rescue helicopter from Thailand has lost contact with ground control during a search for two climbers who scaled Southeast Asia's highest peak a month ago, officials say. SENT: 180 words.

U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:

SYRIA-US-OPPOSITION ANGER

BEIRUT — The U.S. is struggling to counter anger among the Syrian opposition, where many believe that the air campaign against extremists is only helping President Bashar Assad. U.S. spokespeople appearing in Arab media have tried to counter claims Washington is coordinating with Damascus. But the messaging appears to be making little headway among many who ask why the warplanes are not striking Assad. By Bassem Mroue. SENT: 970 words, photos.

— SYRIA — U.S.-led coalition warplanes strike Islamic State fighters in Syria attacking a town near the Turkish border for the first time, as well as positions in the country's east, activists and a Kurdish official said. SENT: 970 words, photos.

IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS

NEW YORK — First there were three nations negotiating with Tehran over its nuclear program. Then six. And now, mostly one. Washington insists that the Iran-six nation negotiations are alive and well. But with a deadline only eight weeks away, the U.S. is increasingly turning the talks it joined five years ago into a series of bilateral meetings with Iran as the two nations with the greatest stakes race to seal a deal — and strengthen ties broken more than three decades ago. By George Jahn. SENT: 700 words.

UNITED NATIONS-RUSSIA

UNITED NATIONS — The Russian foreign minister issues a blistering attack on the West and NATO, accusing them of being unable to change their Cold War "genetic code" and saying the United States must abandon its claims to "eternal uniqueness." Sergey Lavrov's assault appeared to be an extension of the increasingly anti-Western stance of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is riding a wave of popularity at home with his neo-nationalist rhetoric and policies. By Steven R. Hurst. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— UNITED NATIONS-SPEECHES — World leaders gather for the fourth day of the annual ministerial meeting of the U.N. General Assembly to give an address on the state of their countries and the world. The highlights from some of the newsworthy speakers. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ISLAMIC LEADER-INTERVIEW

UNITED NATIONS — The world's largest bloc of Islamic countries has been lobbying the Palestinians to join the International Criminal Court so it can prosecute Israeli politicians and military leaders for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, the bloc's leader says. By Edith M. Lederer and Zeina Karam. SENT: 660 words.

POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI

FERGUSON, Missouri — Authorities say a police officer is shot in Ferguson, Missouri, the scene of racial unrest in the wake of the August shooting death of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. SENT: 245 words.

— POLICE SHOOTING-MISSOURI-PARENTS INTERVIEW — Mchael Brown's parents say in an Associated Press interview that they are unmoved by the apology offered by the Ferguson, Missouri, police chief for their son's death and would prefer to see the arrest of the officer who fired the fatal shots. By Jesse J. Holland. SENT: 720 words, photos, video.

HILLARY CLINTON-UNITING CONSERVATIVES

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is uniting social conservatives even as their party is divided over a range of foreign policy and social issues. For religious activists at the Values Voter summit, the prospect of a second Clinton running the country raises fears that she would cement what they see as President Barack Obama's attack on religious freedom. It's more than reason enough to rally against the Democrats' undeclared 2016 front-runner. By Steve Peoples and Ken Thomas. SENT: 700 words, photos.

—CHELSEA CLINTON — The Clintons: The Next Generation. Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton are grandparents, Chelsea Clinton is a mom. Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky is the daughter. SENT: 490 words, photos.

— AP PHOTO NY123 — Photo provided by Clinton spokesman Kamyl Bazbaz shows Chelsea Clinton, her husband Marc Mezvinsky, and their daughter Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.

ITALY-CLOONEY WEDDING

VENICE, Italy — George Clooney marries human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, the actor's representative says, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds. A smiling Clooney traveled up the spectacular Grand Canal to his wedding standing coolly aboard a water-taxi, waving to hundreds of well-wishers on shore and a flotilla of photographers chasing a glimpse of his final moments of bachelorhood. By Patricia Thomas and Andrew Medichini. SENT: 880 words, photos, video.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT

EBOLA-SUPPLY GAP

MONROVIA, Liberia - Doctors are in short supply. So are beds for patients. There is even a lack of gloves for medical workers to handle those patients without risking being infected with Ebola. Six months into the world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak, and the first to happen in an unprepared West Africa, the gap between what has been sent by other countries and private groups and what is desperately needed is huge. Even as countries try to marshal more resources to close the gap, those needs threaten to become much greater, and possibly even insurmountable. By Krista Larson and Maria Cheng. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.

— EBOLA-AMERICAN — US doctor exposed to Ebola virus in Sierra Leone to be admitted to NIH hospital isolation unit. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 7 p.m.

CHICAGO AIRPORTS-GROUND STOP

CHICAGO — The nation's air travel system has begun to slowly recover after an alleged act of employee sabotage at a large regional air traffic control center brought Chicago's two international airports to a halt. At the height of the travel misery, more than 2,000 flights in and out of O'Hare and Midway airports had been canceled, sending waves of travel disruption rippling across the country. As of late Saturday afternoon, total Chicago flight cancelations for the day stood at more than 780, a marked improvement over Friday, when authorities say a contract employee started a fire in the basement of a suburban air traffic control center and then attempted suicide. By Jason Keyser. SENT: 730 words, photos.

ALSO GETTING ATTENTION

— LATIN AMERICA-VIRUS OUTBREAK — An excruciating mosquito-borne illness that arrived less than a year ago in the Americas is raging across the region, leaping from the Caribbean to the Central and South American mainland, and infecting more than 1 million people. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— SPAIN-OPUS DEI BEATIFICATION — Tens of thousands gather in Spain for beatification of early leader of Opus Dei. SENT: 570 words, photos.

— SPAIN-CATALONIA INDEPENDENCE — The president of Spain's powerful northeastern region of Catalonia formally calls an independence referendum, the latest secession push in Europe and one of the most serious challenges to the Spanish state in recent years. SENT: 530 words, photos.

— MEXICO-ARMY SLAYINGS — Army battalion in Mexico killings previously in cartel corruption scandal, fatal road shooting. SENT: 790 words, photo.

— ST LOUIS-JAZZ CENTER — St. Louis is preparing to open a new performance and educational center devoted strictly to jazz. SENT: 610 words, photos.

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