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Mickey Rourke wins exhibition bout in Moscow
MOSCOW (AP) -- Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout.... 11/28/2014 7:43 PM

Bomb blast hits mosque in northern Nigeria city
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- An explosion tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, and officials feared the casualty toll would be high.... 11/28/2014 7:25 PM

Yemen's Shiite, Sunni rivals hold rare meeting
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's main Sunni Islamist party says its top leaders have met with the powerful Shiite rebels who have been battling it for months and control the capital, in a rare meeting that might help ease the country's political deadlock.... 11/28/2014 7:12 PM

INSIDE KOBANI: Devastation mixed with optimism
KOBANI, Syria (AP) -- Blocks of low-rise buildings with hollow facades, shattered concrete, streets strewn with rubble and overturned, crumpled remains of cars and trucks. Such is the landscape in Kobani, where the sounds of rifle and mortar fire resonate all day long in fighting between Islamic State extremists and the Syrian town's Kurdish defenders.... 11/28/2014 7:06 PM

Italian man seriously wounded at West Bank protest
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Italian man marching in support of Palestinians in the northern West Bank on Friday was shot and seriously wounded by Israeli forces, a Palestinian hospital official said.... 11/28/2014 6:59 PM

Pope urges more Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbaric violence" being committed in Islam's name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed at improving interfaith ties.... 11/28/2014 6:36 PM

AP PHOTOS: Brazil housing shortage a daily drama
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- When it rains, the dirt floor of the home where Taina Ferreira lives with her three small children turns to mud, and the contents of the open sewer that cuts in front of her front door sweep into the house.... 11/28/2014 6:26 PM

Families of kidnapped Lebanese soldiers protest
BEIRUT (AP) -- Police used water cannons to break up a protest Friday by relatives of several kidnapped Lebanese soldiers after the protesters blocked a main highway in the capital.... 11/28/2014 6:26 PM

Russian Navy successfully tests new missile
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian Navy on Friday successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile for a second time in as many months, proving its reliability following a troublesome development.... 11/28/2014 6:12 PM

French Parliament debates recognizing Palestine
PARIS (AP) -- France's government is pushing to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, amid growing pressure across Europe for recognition of a Palestinian state after decades of Mideast stalemate.... 11/28/2014 6:09 PM

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 5:56 PM

Venezuelan classical music system under fire
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- It has been praised the world over as a model for uplifting disadvantaged youth by connecting them with classical music.... 11/28/2014 5:19 PM

Madonna's adopted kids meet Malawi's president
LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) -- The president of Malawi has met Madonna's adopted daughter and son.... 11/28/2014 5:07 PM

Spain: Bank shootout kills police officer, suspect
MADRID (AP) -- A shootout at a bank in the northwestern Spanish city of Vigo has left a police officer and the lone suspect dead.... 11/28/2014 5:05 PM

French president cheered in Ebola-stricken Guinea
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande brought a message of hope to Guinea on Friday, where thousands of residents lined the roads while clapping, drumming and dancing to catch a glimpse of the first Western leader to visit a country hard hit by Ebola.... 11/28/2014 4:52 PM

Flooding kills at least 4 in French Riviera towns
PARIS (AP) -- At least four people have died in torrential rains along the French Riviera where flooding transformed roads into waterways.... 11/28/2014 4:48 PM

Tunisia's outgoing premier backs broad coalition
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Tunisia's next government should be a broad as possible coalition so that it has the necessary support to implement difficult economic reforms, the outgoing prime minister said Friday in an implicit backing of an Islamist-secular alliance.... 11/28/2014 4:37 PM

Sarkozy's back _ but can he regain the presidency?
PARIS (AP) -- Nicolas Sarkozy tried to quit politics after losing the French presidency, and instead followed his wife's international singing tours and traveled the speakers' circuit.... 11/28/2014 4:10 PM

Islamists hold small protests in Egypt, 5 killed
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian security forces quickly put down scattered protests Friday as an attempt by Islamists to hold the first major anti-government rallies in months fizzled, with at least two protesters and three army and navy officers killed in separate incidents.... 11/28/2014 3:57 PM

Animals sacrificed in Nepal to bring good luck
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A festival believed to be the largest animal sacrifice ritual in the world began Friday in southern Nepal, where devotees believe the sacrifices bring good luck and a Hindu goddess will grant their wishes.... 11/28/2014 3:48 PM