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Protesters in Mexico slam German weapons supplier
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Protesters in Mexico claim that German arms manufacturers exported rifles to a corrupt local police department implicated in the disappearance of 43 students.... 12/25/2014 8:57 PM

Detente spawns Cuban worry on US migration rights
HAVANA (AP) -- Like tens of thousands of Cubans, Gerardo Luis wants to get to the United States and he's suddenly worried that time may be running out.... 12/25/2014 7:01 PM

Israeli man, daughter wounded in West Bank attack
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says a young Israeli girl and her father were wounded in the West Bank when a firebomb was thrown at their car on a road near Palestinian villages.... 12/25/2014 6:08 PM

Saudi to dig into reserves for 2015 budget
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's Cabinet on Thursday endorsed a 2015 budget that projects a slight increase in spending and a significant drop in revenues due to sliding oil prices, resulting in a nearly $39 billion deficit.... 12/25/2014 5:49 PM

Iraq seeks Turkish support in fight against IS
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Iraq and Turkey on Thursday discussed cooperation in countering the threat posed by the Islamic State group, including an Iraqi request for intelligence sharing and the possible delivery of Turkish arms to Iraqi forces, Iraq's prime minister said. ??... 12/25/2014 5:40 PM

Father of pilot captured by IS pleads for release
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded for his son's release on Thursday, asking him to treat him well in captivity as a fellow Muslim.... 12/25/2014 5:36 PM

AP PHOTOS: Fresh donkey milk for sale on streets of Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Ricardo Alegria is a different sort of milk man. For a quarter century or more, he and his brother Marco have led donkeys through the streets of Chile's capital, milking them on the spot for customers.... 12/25/2014 5:29 PM

Saudi women drivers referred to terrorism court
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month in defiance of a ban on females driving were referred on Thursday to a court established to try terrorism cases, several people close to the defendants said.... 12/25/2014 5:19 PM

Militants attack AU Somalia base, at least 5 dead
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Gunmen attacked the African Union's main base in the capital, Mogadishu, on Thursday leading to an exchange of gunfire between militants and soldiers that left at least five militants dead, an official with the mission in Somalia said.... 12/25/2014 4:41 PM

Russia offers support to North Korea amid Sony hack
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia on Thursday offered sympathy to North Korea amid the Sony hacking scandal, saying the movie that sparked the dispute was so scandalous that Pyongyang's anger was "quite understandable."... 12/25/2014 4:28 PM

Syrian peace talks set to take place in Moscow next month
MOSCOW (AP) -- Peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition could be held in Moscow next month, Russia's Foreign Ministry said Thursday.... 12/25/2014 4:17 PM

Monkey gives first aid to electrocuted friend
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Onlookers at a train station in northern India watched in awe as a monkey came to the rescue of an injured friend - resuscitating another monkey that had been electrocuted and knocked unconscious.... 12/25/2014 4:03 PM

UK queen calls for harmony in Christmas message
SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth II used her traditional Christmas broadcast Thursday to call for reconciliation throughout the United Kingdom and to praise medical workers fighting Ebola in Africa.... 12/25/2014 3:20 PM

UK body warns drone owners: Fly safely, or you'll be fined
LONDON (AP) -- Got a nifty little drone for Christmas? If so, fly it carefully. Especially if you are in Britain.... 12/25/2014 3:10 PM

Turkish teen arrested for insulting president
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish media reports say a teenager was taken away from his school and detained by police for allegedly insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.... 12/25/2014 2:58 PM

Survivors huddle after violence in India kills 72
SHAMUKJULI, India (AP) -- Instead of celebrating Christmas in her home, Rina Vor and her four young children were huddled in a church Thursday along with hundreds of other survivors of a rebel massacre that killed 72 members of her tribe.... 12/25/2014 2:43 PM

Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A somber Pope Francis steeped his Christmas message to the world Thursday in sadness for those with little cause for joy - abused children, refugees, hostages and others suffering from violence in the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine and elsewhere.... 12/25/2014 2:41 PM

Swimmers brave cold for Berlin Christmas swim
BERLIN (AP) -- For a group of hardy Berliners, Christmas Day is a time to sing seasonal songs, don festive wear - and take a plunge in a cold lake.... 12/25/2014 2:05 PM

Correction: NKorea-Mystery Outage story
LONDON (AP) -- In a story Dec. 24 about North Korea's Internet outages, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Falkland Islands are located in the North Atlantic. The Falkland Islands are in the South Atlantic.... 12/25/2014 1:55 PM

Iran dismisses Khomeini link to pope shooting
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Iran has rejected claims by Mehmet Ali Agca that late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered him to assassinate Pope John Paul II.... 12/25/2014 1:28 PM