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East-West divisions define Moldova's elections
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) -- A wealthy pro-Russian candidate who had hoped to be Moldova's next prime minister fled the country before dawn Friday, a dramatic development two days before elections in a country that is deeply torn over whether to move closer to Russia or the West.... 11/28/2014 11:00 AM

Austria: 13 radical Islamic suspects arrested
VIENNA (AP) -- Austrian police have arrested 13 people suspected of recruiting fighters for radical Islamic groups in the Middle East.... 11/28/2014 10:59 AM

Hong Kong protest movement's unlikely teen leader
HONG KONG (AP) -- At age 14, he stepped into the spotlight to take on - and ultimately help defeat - Hong Kong authorities' plans to launch a "national education" curriculum, calling it a ploy to brainwash the city's youth with unquestioned support for the Chinese Communist Party.... 11/28/2014 10:56 AM

EU won't sanction France, Italy on budget yet
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union head office is opting not to sanction two of its biggest economies just yet for missing public finance targets and instead will give France and Italy until the spring to bring their debts and deficits in line.... 11/28/2014 10:54 AM

Sri Lanka candidate vows to protect incumbent
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's opposition presidential candidate says he does not support an international war crimes prosecution against incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa.... 11/28/2014 10:47 AM

Swiss to vote on massive gold-buying plan
GENEVA (AP) -- In Switzerland, a campaign is on to protect the country's wealth by investing in gold - a lot of gold.... 11/28/2014 10:46 AM

Families of kidnapped Lebanese soldiers protest
BEIRUT (AP) -- Police have used water cannons to break up a protest by relatives of several kidnapped Lebanese soldiers, after the protesters blocked a main highway in the capital.... 11/28/2014 10:45 AM

UK's Cameron to curb benefits for immigrants
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister David Cameron says migrants from Europe will have to leave Britain if they don't get a job within six months, and must work for four years before receiving some benefits - moves he hopes will defuse criticism over his immigration policies.... 11/28/2014 10:45 AM

More art in German trove identified as looted
BERLIN (AP) -- The Jewish Claims Conference says it has already identified one painting as art stolen by the Nazis among a newly published inventory of hundreds of works that belonged to late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt.... 11/28/2014 10:35 AM

Sarkozy's back _ but can he regain the presidency?
PARIS (AP) -- Nicolas Sarkozy is the frontrunner as French conservatives choose their new leader over the next two days, a crucial step in his bid to win back the country's presidency.... 11/28/2014 10:25 AM

2 officers killed, 107 Islamists arrested in Egypt
CAIRO (AP) -- Two senior Egyptian army officers were killed early Friday morning as security forces arrested more than 100 Islamists ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations.... 11/28/2014 10:18 AM

Black Friday problems hit Britain
LONDON (AP) -- Americans celebrating Thanksgiving in Britain may have felt right at home as Black Friday shopping chaos caused some disruption.... 11/28/2014 10:17 AM

Russian warships wait out storm in English Channel
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian defense ministry says its warships have entered the English Channel to wait out a storm following a week of maneuvers in the North Sea.... 11/28/2014 9:41 AM

Energy shares slide after OPEC decision
HONG KONG (AP) -- Crude oil and energy shares tumbled Friday as OPEC's decision to keep production steady rippled across the globe. Japanese stocks rose after a slew of uninspiring economic data raised hopes that more stimulus was in the pipeline while other global indexes were mixed.... 11/28/2014 9:22 AM

Activist for media freedom standing trial in China
BEIJING (AP) -- A leading rights activist who organized rallies for media freedom went on trial Friday in a southern Chinese city for disturbing public order, more than 15 months after he was detained by police.... 11/28/2014 9:14 AM

French Parliament debates recognizing Palestine
PARIS (AP) -- French legislators are debating whether to pressure the government to recogne a Palestinian state, in hopes that helps lead to lasting Middle East peace.... 11/28/2014 9:02 AM

India believes its abducted workers in Iraq alive
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The Indian government believes 39 workers abducted nearly six months ago by the Islamic State group in Iraq are alive despite claims by one who escaped that the others had been killed.... 11/28/2014 8:57 AM

Russian doctor rebellion causes headache for Putin
MOSCOW (AP) -- Dr. Semyon Galperin spent a decade in medical research in Russia and as much time in the United States, working at top hospitals and research companies. Despite his expertise, Galperin was recently given a stark ultimatum from the Moscow hospital where he works: Leave or stay on as a lowly hospital attendant.... 11/28/2014 8:05 AM

Rebels push forward in southern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar Assad's seat of power... 11/28/2014 8:00 AM

Pope wades into Mideast turmoil with Turkish visit
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Pope Francis is visiting Turkey at a sensitive moment for the Muslim nation, as it cares for 1.6 million refugees and weighs how to deal with the Islamic State group as its fighters grab chunks of Syria and Iraq across Turkey's southern border.... 11/28/2014 7:48 AM