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Pakistan executes militants and bombards tribal areas

December 19, 2014

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants Friday in the country's first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region... more »»

No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift

December 19, 2014

HAVANA (AP) — Everyone in Cuba is talking about the abrupt turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro. more »»

Greek lawmaker alleges bribery attempt in presidential vote

December 19, 2014

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A lawmaker from a small right-wing party claimed Friday he had been offered a bribe worth up to 3 million euros ($3. more »»

UN chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations

December 19, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised health workers battling Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia on Friday, saying they have shown "the most noble face of... more »»

After school massacre, 2 Pakistan militants hanged

December 19, 2014

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants on Friday — the country's first executions in years — after the government reinstated the death penalty in response to a horrific Taliban... more »»

Russia seeks 10 years in prison for Putin foe

December 19, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors on Friday asked a court to sentence President Vladimir Putin's chief foe to 10 years in prison, but the defiant opposition leader vowed to keep up his fight... more »»

Officials: Pakistan executes 2 convicted militants

December 19, 2014

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials say authorities have hanged two convicted militants in the first executions following the reinstatement of the death penalty in the wake of this week's... more »»

Key Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies

December 19, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70. more »»

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

December 19, 2014

HAVANA (AP) — The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of... more »»

8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia

December 19, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — The bodies of eight children — aged 18 months to 15 years — and a wounded woman were discovered in a home in northern Australia on Friday, police said. more »»

Egypt's gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown

December 19, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. more »»

Pakistan: 77 militants killed after school massacre

December 19, 2014

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters... more »»

Auschwitz victim suitcases get high-tech storage

December 19, 2014

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Auschwitz museum says some of the victims' 3,800 suitcases have been put into a state-of-the-art protective storage room partly funded by the European Union. more »»

Israeli military says Gaza rocket hits Israel

December 19, 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli military said, in the first such attack since September. more »»

Hungary is new hot spot on migrant route into EU

December 19, 2014

ASOTTHALOM, Hungary (AP) — With the Mediterranean Sea becoming too treacherous and other routes blocked by barbed-wire fences, would-be migrants are taking a new route into the Europe Union:... more »»

Russia to seek 10 years in prison for opposition activist

December 19, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors on Friday demanded that the nation's most prominent opposition leader be sentenced to 10 years in prison on allegations of fraud, which he rejected as a... more »»

Britain moves closer to allowing women in combat

December 19, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense minister said Friday that women should be allowed to serve in front-line army combat units, and he hopes the first will be joining within two years. more »»

AP PHOTOS: 4 seasons in 1 war on WWI battlefields

December 19, 2014

BOEZINGE, Belgium (AP) — A century on, the four seasons bring constant changes to the scarred landscapes and ruins of the World War I battlefields in Belgium and northern France. more »»

Dutch coalition crisis fizzles out

December 19, 2014

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A dispute over a health care bill that nearly caused the collapse of the Dutch government has been resolved with a compromise, though doubts remain about whether it will prove... more »»

For US and Cuba, normalcy will take many steps

December 19, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor?

That's about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul... more »»

Essebsi narrow favorite to win Tunisian presidency

December 19, 2014

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — For the third time in just two months, Tunisian voters will head to the polls this weekend, this time to elect a president in a runoff vote that presents a stark choice... more »»



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