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Agca leaves flowers on John Paul's tomb in Vatican
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican says the Turk who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 has laid flowers on the saint's tomb in St. Peter's Basilica.... 12/27/2014 3:11 PM

Wanted extremist leader surrenders in Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who had a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intelligence official said Saturday.... 12/27/2014 2:36 PM

South Africa: Man drowns as large wave hits Durban beach
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Emergency services say a man drowned when a large wave hit a Durban beach in South Africa.... 12/27/2014 2:35 PM

Belarus replaces prime minister, central bank head
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Belarus' authoritarian president on Saturday replaced his prime minister, the head of the national bank and an array of other top officials as the country weathers economic troubles.... 12/27/2014 2:27 PM

Polish poet, translator Stanislaw Baranczak dies
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's outstanding poet, translator and dissident and a former Harvard lecturer Stanislaw Baranczak has died at his U.S. home, Poland's leading daily Gazeta Wyborcza said. He was 68.... 12/27/2014 2:21 PM

Iran tests suicide drone in military drill
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's army said Saturday it has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf.... 12/27/2014 2:13 PM

US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw
HAVANA (AP) -- A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States' seven-story mission looms over Havana's seaside Malecon boulevard as the largest diplomatic outpost in the country.... 12/27/2014 2:11 PM

Syria 'ready to participate' in Moscow peace talks
DAMASCUS (AP) -- Syrian state-run TV said Saturday that the government is prepared to take part in peace talks hosted by Russia next month, but the unnamed foreign ministry official it cited suggested the scope of the negotiations would be limited to "preliminary" talks meant to pave the way for a conference held in Syria itself.... 12/27/2014 2:03 PM

Egypt reduces sentences in same-sex wedding case
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian appeals court has reduced the sentences of eight men convicted on charges of "inciting debauchery" for taking part in an alleged same-sex wedding party from three years to one year in prison.... 12/27/2014 1:47 PM

Ukraine says Crimea transport halt temporary
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A Ukrainian security official said Saturday that the suspension of transport connections with Crimea is expected to be only a temporary measure.... 12/27/2014 1:46 PM

N. Korea compares Obama to monkey in hacking row
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea has compared President Barack Obama to a monkey and blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview."... 12/27/2014 1:35 PM

Madagascar's former president under house arrest
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Madagascar's former president has been moved to house arrest in the capital Antananarivo, following months of detention, according to a representative on Saturday.... 12/27/2014 1:24 PM

Snow, ice sweep Britain, stranding drivers
LONDON (AP) -- Snow and icy weather have swept through parts of Britain, stranding drivers and leaving thousands of homes without power.... 12/27/2014 1:10 PM

Turkey: 2 killed in clashes between rival Kurdish groups
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish authorities say a group of Kurdish youths have clashed with supporters of a Kurdish Islamist party in southeast Turkey. Two people were killed.... 12/27/2014 1:04 PM

Japan's Abe unleashes stimulus plan to spur growth
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's Cabinet approved 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus Saturday for the ailing economy, pledging to get growth back on track and restore the country's precarious public finances.... 12/27/2014 12:33 PM

Woman who bared breasts in Vatican square is freed
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Holy See has released a Ukrainian activist who bared her breasts in St. Peter's Square on Christmas Day and snatched the statue of Baby Jesus from the Vatican's outdoor Nativity scene.... 12/27/2014 12:21 PM

Sweden's PM: No early elections next year
HELSINKI (AP) -- Sweden's prime minister said on Saturday there will be no early elections next year as the left-leaning government has reached an agreement with opposition parties on a budget proposal.... 12/27/2014 12:02 PM

Pilot recalls last flight to Cyprus airport
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Capt. Adamos Marneros gazed with foreboding at the dots on the radar screen of his passenger jet as it prepared for landing on Cyprus.... 12/27/2014 11:04 AM

China jails 4 for 2013 fatal fire at poultry plant
BEIJING (AP) -- Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant in northeastern China last year that killed 121 people and injured 76 others, state media reported Saturday.... 12/27/2014 9:14 AM

Germany: Greece must stick to existing agreements
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's finance minister says any new Greek government would have to stick to agreements made by its predecessors - comments that come as Greece risks early elections that could bring an anti-bailout opposition party to power.... 12/27/2014 9:09 AM