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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.... 11/22/2014 12:30 AM

UN committee urges Myanmar action on Rohingya
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee on Friday approved a resolution urging Myanmar to allow its persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority "access to full citizenship on an equal basis."... 11/21/2014 11:46 PM

Ex-Virgin Islands official convicted of corruption
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- A federal jury has found the former executive director of the U.S. Virgin Islands' legislature guilty of accepting bribes and of extortion.... 11/21/2014 11:18 PM

Latin America applauds Obama's immigration plan
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised President Barack Obama on Friday for his executive orders granting new rights to millions of people living illegally in the United States, calling it "an act of justice."... 11/21/2014 11:13 PM

Mexicans turning to humor in mansion scandal
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Brad Pitt and George Clooney are intercepted by Mexico's border patrol. Carlos Slim, the world's richest man, is ready to audition for a soap opera.... 11/21/2014 11:07 PM

Puerto Rico legislators to debate oil tax increase
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's governor on Friday called a special legislative session for next week to debate a measure that seeks to boost an oil tax by 68 percent.... 11/21/2014 11:01 PM

Mexico's Colima volcano spouts ash, hot rock
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Colima volcano in western Mexico has erupted, sending a column of ash about 3 miles (5 kilometers) into the air.... 11/21/2014 10:56 PM

Iran nuke talks stalled, despite Kerry efforts
VIENNA (AP) -- Contentious nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran hit a new snag Friday after Iran apparently again turned down U.S. demands for concessions, leaving negotiations in limbo just three days before a deadline for a deal.... 11/21/2014 9:51 PM

2 in Puerto Rico accused of posing as policemen
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The FBI has filed charges against two men in Puerto Rico arrested after allegedly posing as police officers while shooting a man after breaking into his home where he ran a lottery business.... 11/21/2014 9:39 PM

China, Europe chase growth amid global slowdown
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 9:39 PM

Sharif asks Obama to play role on Kashmir issue
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday asked the U.S. President Barack Obama to play a role in resolving the issue of Kashmir when he travels to neighboring India, the Pakistani foreign ministry said.... 11/21/2014 9:34 PM

Burkina Faso ex-leader's remains to be examined
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Burkina Faso's interim president says he will allow investigations to be conducted on the remains of Thomas Sankara, a former president whose death nearly 30 years ago during a coup has never been fully explained.... 11/21/2014 9:30 PM

Ukraine's Facebook revolution, 1 year later
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's revolution began with a status update on Facebook.... 11/21/2014 8:28 PM

AP PHOTOS: A look at Greece's Macedonian legacy
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- They were the ancient world's ultimate social climbers.... 11/21/2014 8:25 PM

Thousands press for term limits in Togo protests
LOME, Togo (AP) -- Security forces in Togo used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse thousands of demonstrators calling for term limits that would bar President Faure Gnassingbe from running for a third term next year.... 11/21/2014 8:13 PM

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 8:03 PM

Islamic State group's drive for Kobani is blunted
BEIRUT (AP) -- More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group is still pouring fighters and resources into trying to capture the besieged Syrian Kurdish town, but the drive has been blunted.... 11/21/2014 7:54 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 country's anti-government protests.... 11/21/2014 7:09 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