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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A large military assault on al-Qaida-linked terrorists hasn't freed any hostages being held in a mall in Nairobi, Kenya. That's what a person close to the situation is telling The Associate Press. Kenyan military officials had said earlier that most of the hostages were rescued during the military assault before sundown on Sunday. The militants had taken hostages when they attacked the crowded mall on Saturday.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president is urging Western leaders to heed his appeals for greater dialogue and take steps to ease painful economic sanctions as a path to "reach joint interests." Hasan Rouhani (hah-SAHN' roh-HAH'-nee) is on his way to New York for the annual U.N. General Assembly gathering, and he hopes to win promises to restart stalled talks over Tehran's nuclear program.

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh are firing rubber bullets and tear gas in a third day of clashes with thousands of garment workers. Workers protesting near the capital of Dhaka are demanding better minimum wages. Police say scores of people have been injured and more than 100 factories are closed today. Workers who make about 38 dollars per month want their monthly wages to increase to about 100 dollars per month.

GROSSETO, Italy (AP) — The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia is hoping the judge presiding over his trial will grant a defense team request for an inspection of the cruise liner now that a salvage operation has made the wreck accessible. Francesco Schettino (frahn-CHEHS'-koh skeh-TEE'-noh) is charged with manslaughter, causing the ship to crash into a reef and abandoning the vessel before everyone on board was evacuated. Thirty-two people perished. Shettino says the reef wasn't on his charts and that the cruise line should shoulder some of the blame.

NEW YORK (AP) — The son of an Oscar-winning composer is facing 25 years to life in prison when he's sentenced today for strangling his fashion designer girlfriend in a New York City hotel room. Nicholas Brooks was convicted in July in the death of 33-year-old Sylvie Cachay, who was found in an overflowing bathtub in December 2010. Brooks is the son of Joseph Brooks, who wrote "You Light Up My Life." The composer committed suicide while he himself was the subject of a criminal investigation in 2011.