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Former US president Carter hospitalized in rare scare

CHICAGO - Former US president Jimmy Carter was hospitalized Tuesday after falling ill on a plane flight during a hectic book tour, but is fine and should soon resume his work, a spokeswoman told AFP.

Gunmen hijack school bus in Nigeria, demand ransom

LAGOS – Gunmen hijacked a school bus and kidnapped 15 children in Nigeria's oil-rich south, demanding a $130,000 ransom on Tuesday, police said, in a shocking new twist to abductions in the region.

New Australian footage of Neil Armstrong's moon walk

SYDNEY, Australia - Long-lost footage of Neil Armstrong descending the ladder of the Apollo 11 lunar module will be screened in public for the first time in Sydney next week, a prominent astronomer told AFP.

India court to rule on mosque row on Thursday

LUCKNOW, India - An Indian court will rule on Thursday whether Hindus or Muslims own land around a demolished mosque in northern India, a judgement haunted by memories of 1992 riots that killed some 2,000 people.

Emanuel not yet decided if leaving White House: source

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has yet to decide whether he will leave the Obama administration to run for mayor of Chicago, although an announcement could come as early as Friday, a source close to Emanuel said on Monday.

Taiwan to probe fatal overwork in high-tech sector

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan will launch an investigation into how many hours people in the technology sector work after a 29-year-old engineer allegedly worked himself to death, an official said Tuesday.

Medvedev fires veteran Moscow mayor

MOSCOW, Russia - President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday fired Moscow's strongman mayor Yury Luzhkov, dramatically ending an 18-year rule that transformed the Russian capital but also attracted bitter controversy.

Obama hits the road in hopes of firing up voters

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - President Barack Obama travels across the United States this week to try to regenerate enthusiasm among voters -- particularly young ones -- whose support Democrats desperately need if they hope to hold onto their majorities in the U.S. Congress on Nov. 2.

Suicide bomb kills Afghan vice-governor, five others

GHAZNI, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed on Tuesday the deputy governor of Afghanistan's Ghazni province, Mohammad Kazim Allahyar, and five other people, a top police official said.

North Korean leader's son unveiled, seen as successor

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea's ailing leader Kim Jong-il gave his youngest son his first public title on Tuesday, naming him a general in a move analysts said marked the first stage of dynastic succession in the secretive state.