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Russia bails out bank following ruble slide

December 22, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has bailed out a mid-sized bank for about $500 million to save it from bankruptcy— a clear sign that the slide in the value of the ruble in the wake of sliding oil prices is... more »»

Prosecutor: No terror link in France car rampage

December 22, 2014

PARIS (AP) — French officials called for vigilance but warned against jumping to conclusions Monday after a pair of weekend attacks — one in which a driver ran down 13 bystanders, and another in... more »»

Zimbabwe's president fires more cabinet members

December 22, 2014

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's festive season is marked by continued political infighting and financial austerity, as the president fired two more cabinet ministers and the country's civil... more »»

Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

December 22, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double... more »»

Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud

December 22, 2014

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the king's sister, Princess Cristina, to be tried along with her husband on charges of tax fraud — making her the first member of the country's... more »»

Chinese military plane crashes; 2 deaths reported

December 22, 2014

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese military plane crashed in the country's northwest on Monday and a news website says at least two people were killed.

The plane crashed at about 3 p.m. more »»

SKorea holds N-plant drills against cyber threats

December 22, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company said it began drills Monday against possible cyberattacks after online threats of attack against its plants. more »»

China opposes cyberattacks, doesn't name N. Korea

December 22, 2014

BEIJING (AP) — China told the U.S. more »»

Belarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions

December 22, 2014

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — As relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated, there's one country that's reaping rewards — Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed "Europe's last... more »»

Abandoned asbestos mines still a hazard in India

December 22, 2014

RORO VILLAGE, India (AP) — Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. more »»

AP PHOTOS: Sheetos, the street-mime of Cairo

December 22, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — Bright colors, strange clothes and a striking white mask steal the attention of everyday people going about their business in downtown Cair. more »»

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

December 22, 2014

In the Middle East and the wider region this past week, Taliban gunmen attacked a school in Peshawer, Pakistan, killing 148 people —most of them children — in what was one of the country's... more »»

Morocco's transgender dancer courts acceptance

December 22, 2014

CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — It was a slow night on the red carpet at the opening of the Marrakech film festival for the photographers and everyone was complaining over the lack of celebrities. more »»

Iraq TV show makes 'terrorists' confront victims

December 22, 2014

BAGHDAD (AP) — Haider Ali Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car bombings on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group. more »»

Experts expect surge in Cuba tourism under Obama opening

December 22, 2014

HAVANA (AP) — As the U.S. more »»

N. Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims

December 22, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the... more »»

US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

December 22, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what... more »»

France: Driver goes on rampage, feeding fears

December 22, 2014

PARIS (AP) — A driver deliberately slammed his car into crowds around the city of Dijon in eastern France on Sunday, raising concerns at a time when Islamic extremists are calling for attacks in... more »»

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

December 22, 2014

CAIRNS, Australia (AP) — A judge on Monday rejected a plea by lawyers for an Australia woman charged with killing eight children to have the next hearing held in a mental health court. more »»

Nigerian Islamic extremists pose regional threat

December 21, 2014

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of members of Nigeria's home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop... more »»

Protester takes perch on St. Peter's façade

December 21, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) — An Italian entrepreneur lowered himself onto a narrow ledge on the facade of St. more »»



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