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UN chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised health workers battling Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia on Friday, saying they have shown "the most noble face of humankind" amid an epidemic that has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa.... 12/19/2014 5:57 PM

Cyprus: initial offshore drilling finds no gas
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Cyprus' Energy Ministry says initial exploratory drilling by an Italian-Korean consortium off Cyprus' southern coast has failed to find significant quantities of gas.... 12/19/2014 5:53 PM

After school massacre, 2 Pakistan militants hanged
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan hanged two convicted militants on Friday - the country's first executions in years - after the government reinstated the death penalty in response to a horrific Taliban school massacre this week that killed 148, most of them children.... 12/19/2014 5:49 PM

Little-known book by pope outlines views, hopes for Cuba
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A little-known book about Cuba by Jorge Mario Bergoglio - now Pope Francis - provides new insight into Francis' views on Cuban society, Marxism and the U.S. trade embargo that shaped his behind-the-scenes role in helping bring about the historic thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations.... 12/19/2014 5:46 PM

Iraq clashes with IS delay evacuation of Yazidis
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Sinjar mountain, an Iraqi lawmaker said Friday.... 12/19/2014 5:46 PM

Suspected bomb found under N. Ireland soldier's car
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- British army experts have dismantled a suspected booby-trap bomb hidden underneath an off-duty British soldier's car in Northern Ireland.... 12/19/2014 5:41 PM

Peru investigates Greenpeace member in Nazca stunt
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- A Peruvian prosecutor is investigating the suspected involvement of a Greenpeace activist in a publicity stunt that allegedly damaged the world-renowned Nazca lines.... 12/19/2014 5:38 PM

9 migrants drown off Morocco coast
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Moroccan authorities say that nine migrants, including three infants, drowned off the coast near Tangiers.... 12/19/2014 5:32 PM

Russia seeks 10 years in prison for Putin foe
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian prosecutors on Friday asked a court to sentence President Vladimir Putin's chief foe to 10 years in prison, but the defiant opposition leader vowed to keep up his fight against the Kremlin regime.... 12/19/2014 5:27 PM

Report: Turkish prosecutor wants US-based cleric arrested
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A Turkish prosecutor is seeking a warrant to arrest U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen - a former ally-turned-foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's state-run media reported Friday.... 12/19/2014 5:10 PM

Kenya official: Doping much worse in Russia, China
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The head of Kenya's athletics federation said Friday the doping problem in his country is far less severe than in Russia or China.... 12/19/2014 5:01 PM

Key Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies
LONDON (AP) -- Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70.... 12/19/2014 5:01 PM

No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift
HAVANA (AP) -- Everyone in Cuba is talking about the abrupt turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro... 12/19/2014 4:57 PM

Air France-KLM stock drops on profit warning
PARIS (AP) -- Air France-KLM shares have plunged more than 8 percent in the wake of the airline's warning that weak demand on several long-haul routes and other factors would wipe hundreds of millions off profits this year.... 12/19/2014 4:47 PM

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US
HAVANA (AP) -- The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings.... 12/19/2014 4:46 PM

Another big catch for Thai co. in $1.5B bid for Bumble Bee
BANGKOK (AP) -- A Thai food company may be landing another whopper in the U.S. with its $1.5 billion bid for Bumble Bee Seafoods.... 12/19/2014 4:42 PM

FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts.... 12/19/2014 4:42 PM

Smashing Pumpkins' Corgan looks ahead, not back
LONDON (AP) -- The Smashing Pumpkins are dead. Long live the Smashing Pumpkins.... 12/19/2014 4:35 PM

Efforts to save rare northern white rhino continue
PRAGUE (AP) -- Experts will meet in Kenya next month to discuss ways to save the critically endangered northern white rhinos from extinction.... 12/19/2014 4:32 PM

100 million euros in assets seized in Rome 'mafia' probe
ROME (AP) -- Police have seized construction companies, apartments, villas and a yacht belonging to a businessman who authorities allege consorted with a Mafia-like gang in Rome with ties to local politicians.... 12/19/2014 4:24 PM