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Top US Jesuit defends Vatican sex prosecutor
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The head of the Jesuits in the United States defended the Vatican's new sex crimes prosecutor Tuesday, saying he had virtually no role in the order's handling of a notorious pedophile now serving a 25-year prison sentence.... 11/25/2014 8:34 PM

Cash cut to Ukraine rebel areas in risky strategy
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- For hours, small crowds in Donetsk huddle hopefully in the cold around cash machines that never get filled, as artillery rumbles in the distance.... 11/25/2014 8:21 PM

France's Pompidou opens Jeff Koons retrospective
PARIS (AP) -- Paris' Pompidou Center inaugurated a major retrospective Tuesday of U.S. artist Jeff Koons, the polemical 59-year-old master of kitsch, whose huge, stainless-steel balloon dog broke records last year, selling at auction for $58.4 million.... 11/25/2014 7:46 PM

Pope confirms calling Spanish sex abuse victim
ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis says he personally called a Spaniard who said he was sexually abused by a priest and urged him to report it to the diocese.... 11/25/2014 7:37 PM

'Jewish state' bill tests Israeli democracy
JERUSALEM (AP) -- In the face of a rising wave of violence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing forward a plan to formalize by law Israel's status as "the Jewish state." Netanyahu says it's a needed response to those who question Israel's right to exist. But the measure would anger Israel's Arab minority and could draw international condemnation, severely testing a delicate balance between democracy and the country's Jewish character. Here's a look at the debate:... 11/25/2014 7:36 PM

Black Friday shopping catches on in UK
LONDON (AP) -- Halloween and Mother's Day have become staples of the U.K. shopping calendar. Now Black Friday looks as though it may be the next big retail import from the United States.... 11/25/2014 7:30 PM

South Sudan warns UN against imposing sanctions
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- South Sudan warned Tuesday that imposing sanctions will only make it harder to find an elusive peace in a yearlong conflict that has ripped the country apart and killed thousands of civilians.... 11/25/2014 7:11 PM

Activists: Syrian strikes kill 60 in IS-held city
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday on the de-facto capital of the extremist Islamic State group, killing at least 60 people, shattering shop fronts and setting dozens of cars ablaze, activists said.... 11/25/2014 7:04 PM

United States subpoenas Brazil's Petrobras
SAO PAULO (AP) -- The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has subpoenaed documents in its investigation into corruption allegations at Petrobras, Brazil's state-run oil giant said.... 11/25/2014 6:57 PM

Pope to Europe: Accept immigrants, create jobs
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Pope Francis sought Thursday to inspire an old and "haggard" Europe to find its vigor and greatness once again, urging European governments to welcome migrants, care for the elderly and create jobs for the unemployed.... 11/25/2014 6:49 PM

Russian envoy: Ferguson shows US racial problems
MOSCOW (AP) -- The violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, reflect simmering U.S. tensions over racial discrimination that could undermine the country's stability, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday.... 11/25/2014 6:46 PM

A look at US military action across the Mideast
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Here's a look at U.S. military action across the Middle East:... 11/25/2014 6:40 PM

Israeli police chief criticizes Jewish activists
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Jewish activists bent on gaining greater access to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site should not visit there, Israel's police chief said Tuesday.... 11/25/2014 6:38 PM

Yemen army frees 8 hostages, including foreigners
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's army freed eight hostages Tuesday in a raid on an al-Qaida militant hideout, the Supreme Security Committee said.... 11/25/2014 6:36 PM

AP NewsAlert
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say Syrian airstrikes on Islamic State group stronghold of Raqqa kill at least 60.... 11/25/2014 6:29 PM

Sudan increases pressure on UN Darfur mission
CAIRO (AP) -- The Sudanese government asked the joint-U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur to shut down its human rights office in the capital, the peacekeepers said Tuesday, increasing pressure on the mission's work in the conflict-torn region.... 11/25/2014 6:29 PM

Iran nuke talks face obstacles even with more time
VIENNA (AP) -- The United States and Iran say a new deadline in nuclear talks could allow them to finally reach a deal. But Tehran's apparent reluctance to compromise may soon leave U.S. negotiators running out of ideas on how to reduce Iran's capacity to make nuclear arms.... 11/25/2014 6:24 PM

Ethiopia hopes to set world record for HIV tests
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Ethiopia is attempting to set a world record for the number of HIV tests carried out in one day.... 11/25/2014 6:24 PM

Chinese-built Ebola center dedicated in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- China, one of the first countries to send aid to battle Ebola in West Africa, ramped up the assistance significantly Tuesday by opening a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia as rows of uniformed Chinese army medics stood at attention.... 11/25/2014 6:19 PM

Hundreds of migrants on crippled ship off Crete
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Ships from Greece rushed to help after a crippled freighter crammed with hundreds of migrants floundered for hours Tuesday in gale-force winds and high waves in the Mediterranean Sea, officials said.... 11/25/2014 6:12 PM