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US, Turkey still not in sync on Syria
ISTANBUL (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Friday became the latest in a parade of U.S. officials trying to push Turkey to step up its role in the international coalition's fight against Islamic State extremists.... 11/21/2014 7:01 PM

Kerry cancels plans to pull back from nuke talks
VIENNA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has canceled plans to pull back from nuclear talks with Iran.... 11/21/2014 6:59 PM

Pakistan air force jet crashes, killing pilot
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A spokesman says a Pakistani air force fighter jet has crashed near the southern city of Karachi, killing the pilot.... 11/21/2014 6:46 PM

Angry Mexicans protest over 43 missing students
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A largely peaceful march by tens of thousands demanding the return of 43 missing students ended in violence, as a small group of masked protesters battled police in Mexico City's main square.... 11/21/2014 6:24 PM

Israeli forces disperse West Bank demonstration
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military said Friday it dispersed 300 stone-throwing Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank city of Hebron without injuries or arrests.... 11/21/2014 6:02 PM

Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.... 11/21/2014 5:57 PM

Macedonian environmentalists blast city crow hunt
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- A Macedonian environmental group is calling for the prosecution of a hunters' association behind a midnight massacre of crows inside the country's fourth-largest city, allegedly after residents complained that the birds' droppings were spoiling their cars.... 11/21/2014 5:37 PM

UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show
LONDON (AP) -- Freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation this year to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail.... 11/21/2014 5:27 PM

China unexpectedly cuts rates to support economy
BEIJING (AP) -- China's central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Friday to re-energize the world's No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown.... 11/21/2014 5:24 PM

Polish PM: no repeat of bungled local elections
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- There will be no rerun of last Sunday's Polish local elections despite political turmoil sparked by a computer malfunction that has caused the results to be delayed by days, the prime minister said Friday.... 11/21/2014 5:17 PM

Sri Lanka leader to face health minister in polls
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's health minister quit President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government Friday to challenge him in the upcoming elections, accusing the leader of taking the country toward an autocracy.... 11/21/2014 5:16 PM

Britain still grappling with celebrity sex abuse
LONDON (AP) -- A growing scandal of decades-old sexual assault allegations against television icon Bill Cosby has shocked many in the United States. Across the Atlantic, Britain has been struggling for more than two years to come to terms with a barrage of similar accusations against leading men in its entertainment world who allegedly used their fame and power to exploit young victims.... 11/21/2014 5:12 PM

Zimbabwe: 11 die in stampede at religious service
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Eleven people died in a stampede on Friday, during a religious service held at a sports stadium in Zimbabwe.... 11/21/2014 4:49 PM

South Africa seeks to move rhinos from harm's way
SKUKUZA, South Africa (AP) -- The rhino crashes forward, pounding the earth with its broad feet. Then, as a dart's sedative takes hold, it staggers and slouches to the ground, where South African rangers prepare to move the oversized beast by truck to an area they hope is safe from poachers.... 11/21/2014 4:42 PM

Polish, British troops hold exercise
SWIETOSZOW, Poland (AP) -- Some 2,200 Polish and British troops are taking part in joint tactical training this month that is part of NATO's reaction to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.... 11/21/2014 4:38 PM

Biden urges Russia to uphold east Ukraine truce
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden criticized Russia on Friday for its role in eastern Ukraine, urging Moscow to uphold a cease-fire in the war-torn region as he visited Kiev on the anniversary of the start of the country's anti-government protests.... 11/21/2014 4:32 PM

Ukraine's Facebook revolution, 1 year later
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's revolution began with a status update on Facebook.... 11/21/2014 4:27 PM

Serbia to revoke Ukrainian billionaire's passport
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Serbia will revoke the citizenship it granted to Ukrainian businessman Sergei Kurchenko, who is on a European Union sanctions list and wanted in his country on embezzlement charges, officials said Friday.... 11/21/2014 4:19 PM

Lebanon PM cancels independence day celebrations
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's prime minister on Friday cancelled official independence day celebrations planned for the following day, a move that likely stemmed from the country's tense security situation and an impasse over electing its next president.... 11/21/2014 4:17 PM

New bird flu cluster identified in Netherlands
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Dutch authorities Friday said they will slaughter poultry at a cluster of three farms after new cases of bird flu were found in the town of Kamperveen, in the third outbreak in the Netherlands this week.... 11/21/2014 3:21 PM