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Lukashenko names new PM, central bank head
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- The authoritarian president of Belarus has replaced his prime minister, the head of the national bank and an array of other top officials as the country weathers economic troubles.... 12/27/2014 1:11 PM

Snow, ice sweep Britain, stranding drivers
LONDON (AP) -- Snow and icy weather have swept through parts of Britain, stranding drivers and leaving thousands of homes without power.... 12/27/2014 1:10 PM

Turkey: 2 killed in clashes between rival Kurdish groups
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish authorities say a group of Kurdish youths have clashed with supporters of a Kurdish Islamist party in southeast Turkey. Two people were killed.... 12/27/2014 1:04 PM

Syria 'ready to participate' in Moscow peace talks
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian state media says the government is prepared to attend peace talks that Moscow plans to hold next month.... 12/27/2014 1:03 PM

Polish poet, translator Stanislaw Baranczak died in US
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's leading daily Gazeta Wyborcza says that poet, translator, dissident and former Harvard lecturer Stanislaw Baranczak has died at his U.S. home. He was 68.... 12/27/2014 12:57 PM

Ukraine says Crimea transport halt temporary
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A Ukrainian security official says suspension of transport connections with Crimea is expected to be only a temporary measure.... 12/27/2014 12:50 PM

Japan's Abe unleashes stimulus plan to spur growth
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's Cabinet approved 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus Saturday for the ailing economy, pledging to get growth back on track and restore the country's precarious public finances.... 12/27/2014 12:33 PM

Madagascar's former president under house arrest
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A representative of Madagascar's former president says the ousted leader has been transferred to house arrest in the capital Antananarivo.... 12/27/2014 12:29 PM

Woman who bared breasts in Vatican square is freed
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Holy See has released a Ukrainian activist who bared her breasts in St. Peter's Square on Christmas Day and snatched the statue of Baby Jesus from the Vatican's outdoor Nativity scene.... 12/27/2014 12:21 PM

Sweden's PM: No early elections next year
HELSINKI (AP) -- Sweden's prime minister said on Saturday there will be no early elections next year as the left-leaning government has reached an agreement with opposition parties on a budget proposal.... 12/27/2014 12:02 PM

Iran's army tests suicide drone in drills
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's army has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf.... 12/27/2014 11:42 AM

Pilot recalls last flight to Cyprus airport
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Capt. Adamos Marneros gazed with foreboding at the dots on the radar screen of his passenger jet as it prepared for landing on Cyprus.... 12/27/2014 11:04 AM

China jails 4 for 2013 fatal fire at poultry plant
BEIJING (AP) -- Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant in northeastern China last year that killed 121 people and injured 76 others, state media reported Saturday.... 12/27/2014 9:14 AM

Germany: Greece must stick to existing agreements
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's finance minister says any new Greek government would have to stick to agreements made by its predecessors - comments that come as Greece risks early elections that could bring an anti-bailout opposition party to power.... 12/27/2014 9:09 AM

N. Korea compares Obama to monkey in hacking row
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea has compared President Barack Obama to a monkey and blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview."... 12/27/2014 9:05 AM

Gunmen kill policeman, injure another
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's state news agency says two unknown gunmen on a motorcycle have shot and killed a policeman and injured another.... 12/27/2014 7:32 AM

Pakistani army says airstrikes, troops kill 39 militants
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed 39 militants as part of an ongoing operation in a volatile tribal region near the Afghan border, the Pakistani military said.... 12/27/2014 7:20 AM

Agonizing, lonely search for missing kids in China
BEIJING (AP) -- In the grainy video, Zhang Xiuhong can see her daughter ride her bike down a country road on her way to school one spring afternoon six years ago.... 12/27/2014 6:26 AM

Reports: Kuroda to return to Japan, pitch for Carp
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese media are reporting that Hiroki Kuroda, a free agent with the Yankees, will return to Japan in 2015 to pitch for the Hiroshima Carps.... 12/27/2014 3:59 AM

Sudan steps up pressure on UN as it reviews Darfur force
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Sudan's government is stepping up pressure on the United Nations as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepares recommendations on the future of a joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in the country's violence-wracked Darfur region.... 12/27/2014 2:38 AM