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Sierra Leone peacekeepers to leave Somalia mission
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- A Sierra Leone military official says the country is withdrawing from the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia after being blocked from rotating its soldiers over concerns about the spread of Ebola.... 12/20/2014 4:34 PM

Liberia holds Senate vote amid Ebola fears
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Health workers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate election that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease.... 12/20/2014 4:01 PM

Bombings kill 12 in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Bombs targeting commercial streets and an army patrol killed 12 people in and around Baghdad Saturday, Iraqi authorities said.... 12/20/2014 3:54 PM

2 car bombs rock southern Sweden's city of Malmo
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Swedish police say two car bombs have shattered dozens of windows in a multiethnic district of Malmo, Sweden's third largest city.... 12/20/2014 3:36 PM

Cubans imprisoned in US appear before parliament
HAVANA (AP) -- Three Cubans recently released from prison in the U.S. are getting a warm welcome home from the country's parliament.... 12/20/2014 3:33 PM

N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.... 12/20/2014 3:30 PM

WHO: Recorded Ebola deaths top 7,000
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his tour of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa on Saturday.... 12/20/2014 3:20 PM

Burying the dead after Pakistan's school massacre
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- One of the gravediggers at Peshawar's largest graveyard has a rule. He says he never cries when he buries the dead. He's a professional, he says.... 12/20/2014 2:59 PM

China's Xi cautions Macau against foreign forces
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday urged the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of Macau to guard against interference by what he called hostile external forces, following the prolonged pro-democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.... 12/20/2014 2:57 PM

Afghan leader's two-man government raises concerns
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- President Ashraf Ghani has promised a complete overhaul of Afghanistan's government to root out corruption and incompetence, but after three months in office, three missed deadlines and countless promises, he and his election rival-turned-deputy have yet to appoint a single Cabinet minister.... 12/20/2014 2:46 PM

Kidnapped Mozambican businessman released
MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) -- A wealthy Mozambican businessman, who was kidnapped last month, has been released, authorities said on Saturday.... 12/20/2014 2:32 PM

US drone strike in Pakistan kills 5 militants
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, two security officials said.... 12/20/2014 2:21 PM

Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity
PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium (AP) -- With British and German forces separated only by a no-man's land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" ("Silent Night, Holy Night").... 12/20/2014 1:52 PM

Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal
HAVANA (AP) -- To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.... 12/20/2014 1:44 PM

Robbers strike at Berlin's famed KaDeWe store
BERLIN (AP) -- Jewelry robbers struck at Berlin's famous KaDeWe department store Saturday, smashing display cases and running off with their loot.... 12/20/2014 1:37 PM

Kurds advance against IS group in Syria's Kobani
BEIRUT (AP) -- Kurdish fighters advanced Saturday in the contested northern Syrian town of Kobani after heavy clashes with the Islamic State group, a Kurdish official and an activist group said.... 12/20/2014 1:34 PM

UK, Canadian military leaves to join Ebola fight
LONDON (AP) -- Reservists and troops from Britain and Canada have left for Sierra Leone to help in the battle to contain the Ebola virus outbreak.... 12/20/2014 12:55 PM

Extremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 this week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate.... 12/20/2014 12:06 PM

Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children
SYDNEY (AP) -- An Australian woman was arrested in the killings of eight children, seven of whom are believed to be her own, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman's home.... 12/20/2014 11:40 AM

Russia dismisses new US sanctions as useless
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia on Saturday dismissed new U.S. sanctions as useless and said it was poised to wait as long as it takes for the U.S. to recognize its historic right to the Crimean peninsula.... 12/20/2014 11:13 AM