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1.2 million Australian Christmas lights set record
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian lawyer has set a world record by stringing up almost 1.2 million Christmas lights in the center of the national capital.... 11/28/2014 3:21 AM

Pele says 'nothing serious' with him
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian great Pele says he is not seriously ill, easing fears Thursday that his health deteriorated even though a hospital said he was in intensive care and undergoing renal support treatment.... 11/28/2014 3:05 AM

Storm cuts power, lifts roofs in Australian city
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city, was lashed by its worst storm in decades, with wind, rain and hail lifting roofs, cutting power lines, flooding streets and injuring a dozen people, officials said.... 11/28/2014 2:37 AM

Japan inflation eases, other data mixed in October
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's inflation rate edged lower in October, highlighting the difficulty Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces in his campaign to overcome deflation in the world's third-largest economy.... 11/28/2014 2:12 AM

Argentina charges HSBC with aiding tax evasion
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's tax agency charged HSBC bank Thursday with helping more than 4,000 Argentines evade taxes by placing their money in secret Swiss accounts.... 11/28/2014 1:19 AM

Fugitive New Zealand killer deported from Brazil
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A convicted killer and pedophile from New Zealand who fled to Brazil while on temporary release from prison was deported Friday from the South American country.... 11/28/2014 12:39 AM

Protesters wounded by gunfire in northeast Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haitian authorities on Thursday were investigating a street protest that turned violent in a northeastern town close to the country's border with the Dominican Republic.... 11/27/2014 11:13 PM

Mexico president announces anti-crime crackdown
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's president announced a nationwide anti-crime plan Thursday that would allow Congress to dissolve local governments infiltrated by drug gangs and give state authorities control over often-corrupt municipal police.... 11/27/2014 10:42 PM

Venezuela says 13 dead in prison disturbance
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's government said at least 13 prisoners died of drug overdoses after inmates stormed a prison infirmary during protests demanding better living conditions, though activists on Thursday questioned the official version and said the death toll could be far higher.... 11/27/2014 10:39 PM

Venezuela opposition leader will appear in court
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Opposition leader Maria Corina Machado said Thursday she will continue working toward a peaceful change of Venezuela's government even as she complies with an order to face charges of plotting to kill the president.... 11/27/2014 9:38 PM

Riviera rains leave at least 1 dead in flooding
PARIS (AP) -- Torrential rains along the French Riviera have inundated homes and roads, leaving at least one person dead and three missing.... 11/27/2014 9:29 PM

Diplomats make trade deal to cut red tape, poverty
GENEVA (AP) -- After many years of talking, the World Trade Organization pulled off a major deal Thursday that the body said could boost global commerce by $1 trillion annually.... 11/27/2014 9:24 PM

38 UN peacekeepers deserted Mali post, will return
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A spokeswoman says more than three dozen U.N. peacekeepers have deserted their post in northern Mali, complaining that supplies including food and water were slow to reach them.... 11/27/2014 9:00 PM

Hollande: France helped exile ex-Burkina leader
PARIS (AP) -- President Francois Hollande says France helped secure the exile of former Burkina Faso leader Blaise Compaore to "avoid a bloodbath."... 11/27/2014 8:28 PM

Sinn Fein figure arrested over widow's '72 killing
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Northern Ireland police have interrogated a prominent Irish Republican Army veteran about the IRA's 1972 abduction, killing and secret burial of a widowed mother of 10, one of the outlawed group's most notorious slayings.... 11/27/2014 8:26 PM

Bomb kills 5 Nigerian troops; Boko Haram suspected
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) -- Five Nigerian troops were killed and seven injured when a roadside bomb went off in northeastern Nigeria, an army colonel said.... 11/27/2014 8:05 PM

Brazil's Rousseff names banker as finance minister
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff named a former treasury secretary with a reputation as a fiscal conservative as finance minister on Thursday in a move that's widely seen as charting a new course for Brazil's flagging economy and soothing jittery financial markets.... 11/27/2014 7:54 PM

OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices
VIENNA (AP) -- Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result.... 11/27/2014 7:37 PM

Hong Kong student protest leader banned from site
HONG KONG (AP) -- A Hong Kong court on Thursday banned a high-profile student leader from going near a recently cleared protest site, constraining the pro-democracy movement as it enters a third month.... 11/27/2014 7:05 PM

Death penalty sought for Nigerian child bride
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- The father of a 14-year-old child bride accused of murdering her husband said Thursday he was appealing to a Nigerian court to spare his daughter the death sentence.... 11/27/2014 7:02 PM