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Rights group decries judges' sacking in Maldives
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- An international rights group has criticized the dismissal of two top judges in the Maldives, including the country's chief justice, calling it an assault on judicial independence.... 12/18/2014 2:27 PM

Irish face new abortion row over brain-dead woman
DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland is debating its constitutional ban on abortion again amid a case involving a brain-dead pregnant woman on life support.... 12/18/2014 2:26 PM

EU leaders meeting about Russia, jumpstarting growth
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Leaders of the 28 European Union countries are meeting to talk about two major issues -how to jumpstart sluggish economic growth at home, and how to deal long-term with Russia.... 12/18/2014 2:22 PM

A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet.... 12/18/2014 2:17 PM

Germany: 73 pounds of cocaine in coffee shipment
BERLIN (AP) -- A Berlin coffee business found stimulants it didn't expect in a shipment of unroasted coffee from Brazil: 33 kilos (nearly 73 pounds) of cocaine.... 12/18/2014 2:08 PM

Gulf stocks gain with Dubai closing 13 percent up
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Gulf equity markets made massive gains Thursday with Dubai's main stock market rising 13 percent, just two days after closing at its lowest point of the year.... 12/18/2014 2:07 PM

Lawyer defends acts of Nigeria soldiers sentenced to death
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- A human rights lawyer says 54 soldiers have been sentenced to death because they embarrassed Nigeria's military by demanding weapons to fight Islamic extremists, and says they were justified in not going on what would have been a suicidal mission.... 12/18/2014 2:06 PM

Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls
MOSCOW (AP) -- From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah.... 12/18/2014 2:05 PM

Official: 28 die in clashes in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- Clashes in Central African Republic between Muslim and Christian fighters have killed 28 people, left dozens wounded and sent civilians fleeing for safety, a Red Cross official said Thursday.... 12/18/2014 2:02 PM

Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills policeman
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan police officer was killed and three were wounded Thursday when a suspected suicide bomber they were pursuing detonated his explosives-laden vehicle, an official said.... 12/18/2014 1:57 PM

Colombia's government rebuffs rebel truce
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's government has rebuffed a unilateral truce declared by the country's largest rebel group, saying conditions demanded by the guerrillas' are unacceptable until a peace deal is reached.... 12/18/2014 1:51 PM

Serbia jails 11 rights activists during China summit
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- An international rights group has demanded the immediate release of 11 activists who planned protests against China at an economic summit in Serbia.... 12/18/2014 1:45 PM

11th Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said.... 12/18/2014 1:42 PM

Putin: West is trying to 'defang' the Russian bear
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years by diversifying away from its heavy reliance on oil and gas and voiced confidence that the plummeting ruble will soon recover.... 12/18/2014 1:36 PM

Russian sailors leaving French port without warship
PARIS (AP) -- Russian sailors are leaving a French Atlantic port without the French-made warship they were supposed to take home.... 12/18/2014 1:29 PM

Portugal gov't issues order to stop airline strike
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portugal's government has issued an executive order to stop a planned four-day strike by national airline staff during the busy Christmas holiday season.... 12/18/2014 1:25 PM

Palestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands that was submitted to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vote.... 12/18/2014 1:24 PM

Pakistan grants bail to main Mumbai attack suspect
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A defense lawyer says a Pakistani anti-terrorism court has granted bail to the chief suspect in the Mumbai attack trial.... 12/18/2014 1:21 PM

China arrests policeman blamed for wrongful conviction
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 has been arrested in a case that has caught national attention, the official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday.... 12/18/2014 1:16 PM

EU bans investment in Crimean, targets tourism
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has imposed a ban on investment in Crimea, and other economic sanctions including measures aimed at keeping tourists away.... 12/18/2014 1:15 PM