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Turkish teen accused of insulting Erdogan freed from custody
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A high school student who was jailed for allegedly insulting Turkey's leader was released from custody on Friday after his arrest caused uproar and intensified fears that Turkey under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is lurching toward more authoritarian rule.... 12/26/2014 4:54 PM

Russia labels leading rights group 'foreign agent'
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian Justice Ministry has branded a leading rights group named after Nobel Prize winner Andrei Sakharov a "foreign agent," a stigma that could lead to its closure.... 12/26/2014 4:36 PM

Kidnapped priest in Mexico found dead
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A third priest has been killed in the "hot lands" region of Mexico's southern Guerrero state.... 12/26/2014 4:34 PM

New Russian military doctrine says NATO top threat
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine that describes NATO's military buildup near the Russian borders as the top military threat amid Russia-West tensions over Ukraine.... 12/26/2014 4:24 PM

Conflicting reports of Ukraine prisoner exchange
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A major exchange of war prisoners was embroiled in controversy Friday, with some reports saying it has been completed and others saying it had has been pushed back a day.... 12/26/2014 4:18 PM

Israel: Palestinian stabs 2 border police
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian man on Friday stabbed and lightly wounded two Israeli paramilitary border policemen at the entrance to Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, Israeli police said.... 12/26/2014 3:52 PM

Ukraine cuts train and bus services to Crimea
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine has suspended train and bus services to the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula, citing security concerns.... 12/26/2014 3:45 PM

Irish court: End life support for pregnant woman
DUBLIN (AP) -- Life support should be removed from a brain-dead pregnant woman because her living 18-week-old fetus can't survive to birth, Ireland's second-highest court ruled Friday in a case that reignited debate over the country's abortion ban.... 12/26/2014 3:21 PM

Russia's ruble ends 5-day rally, drops 4 percent
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian currency on Friday ended its five-day rally and declined 4 percent as the markets remain jittery over the outlook of the Russian economy.... 12/26/2014 3:13 PM

9 killed, 10 missing in Sri Lanka mudslides
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- At least nine people were killed and 10 others were missing in mudslides triggered by heavy rains Friday in the central hills of Sri Lanka, officials said.... 12/26/2014 3:02 PM

Coalition strike kills 3 armed Afghan villagers
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An airstrike by U.S.-led coalition forces on Friday killed three Afghan villagers who were "heavily armed" but not part of the Taliban insurgency, an Afghan official said.... 12/26/2014 1:56 PM

3 SKorea workers die at nuke plant construction site
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Three South Korean workers died Friday after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction site for a nuclear plant being built by South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company, which has come under recent threats by hackers, a company official said.... 12/26/2014 1:56 PM

Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) -- Crying onlookers took part in beachside memorials and religious services across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters.... 12/26/2014 1:55 PM

Spain premier announces modest minimum wage raise
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's prime minister has announced minimal increases to the minimum wage and for government-funded pensions and predicted the nation's economy will "take off" in 2015 following years of crushing financial pain.... 12/26/2014 1:54 PM

Archbishop of Canterbury has pneumonia
LONDON (AP) -- Church of England officials say Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has pneumonia.... 12/26/2014 1:35 PM

China offers to help electricity-starved Nepal
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- China said Friday that it would help Nepal develop its power industry to alleviate severe electricity outages that can last up to 12 hours a day in the Himalayan nation, where Beijing is trying to increase influence and investment.... 12/26/2014 12:33 PM

Chinese leaders reiterate support for HK leader
BEIJING (AP) -- China's leaders underscored their support for Hong Kong's unpopular leader as he visited Beijing on Friday in the wake of pro-democracy protests in the southern Chinese city.... 12/26/2014 12:09 PM

Comanche leads late on first day of Sydney-Hobart
SYDNEY (AP) -- American super maxi Comanche held the lead in the Sydney to Hobart late on the first day after an impressive start to the annual ocean race to the island state of Tasmania.... 12/26/2014 11:16 AM

Malaysia PM cuts short holiday to deal with floods
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Friday he was cutting short his U.S. vacation to deal with the worst floods in the country in decades that have killed five people and displaced more than 100,000.... 12/26/2014 11:15 AM

AP NewsAlert
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A Turkish teenager arrested for allegedly insulting the president has been released.... 12/26/2014 10:33 AM