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Big changes coming to Cuba tourism with US opening
HAVANA (AP) -- U.S. tourists are roaming the streets of Old Havana, listening to lectures on Art Deco architecture and meeting with jazz musicians. What they aren't doing yet - at least most of the time - is lounging in the sun and sipping mojitos at white-sand-beach resorts.... 12/22/2014 4:53 PM

Glasgow pedestrians killed when truck veers out of control
LONDON (AP) -- Police in Scotland said a number of people were killed and injured Monday when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in downtown Glasgow.... 12/22/2014 4:52 PM

Gunmen shoot, seriously wound Egypt military officer
CAIRO (AP) -- Gunmen on a motorcycle shot an Egyptian military officer, seriously wounding him as he walked to work in a Cairo neighborhood, the military said Monday.... 12/22/2014 4:41 PM

Wounded ex-NBA player Carl Herrera improves in Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Former NBA player Carl Herrera is out of intensive care and improving following a weekend shooting, the club he coaches said Monday.... 12/22/2014 4:40 PM

North Korea skipping UN Security Council meeting
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- An angry North Korea, now on the defensive over a U.S. accusation of hacking, is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting Monday where the country's bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time.... 12/22/2014 4:30 PM

Nigerian police: Car bomb kills 16 at bus station in Gombe
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- A car bomb exploded Monday at a bus station in Nigeria's northeastern city of Gombe, killing at least 20 people and injuring another 60, said rescue workers.... 12/22/2014 4:15 PM

Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the king's sister, Princess Cristina, to be tried along with her husband on tax fraud charges - making her the first member of the country's royal family to face charges in court since the monarchy was restored in 1975.... 12/22/2014 4:10 PM

Panel: Asahi not to blame for criticism of Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- An independent panel said Monday there is no clear evidence that reports by the Asahi newspaper quoting fabricated witness accounts led to international criticism over Japan's use of Asian women in wartime military brothels.... 12/22/2014 4:08 PM

88-year-old ex-minister wins Tunisia election
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- An 88-year-old veteran of Tunisia's political establishment won the country's presidency, according to official results issued Monday, capping a four-year-long democratic transition.... 12/22/2014 4:02 PM

Cambodia 'doctor' faces murder rap in HIV outbreak
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- An unlicensed medical practitioner suspected of negligently infecting more than 100 villagers in northwestern Cambodia with the virus that causes AIDS was charged Monday with murder and other crimes, a prosecutor said.... 12/22/2014 3:58 PM

South Africa's high crime rate inspires novelist
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Novelist Angela Makholwa's fascination with South Africa's violent crime has made her one of the country's most popular writers.... 12/22/2014 3:49 PM

Palestinians say Gaza reconstruction pledges unfulfilled
JERUSALEM (AP) -- International donors have so far failed to deliver billions of dollars in aid money that was promised to rebuild the war-battered Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said Monday, saying the rift between rival Palestinian factions is deterring foreign governments from sending aid.... 12/22/2014 3:31 PM

China indicts Jackie Chan's son on drug charge
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese prosecutors on Monday indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was detained.... 12/22/2014 3:28 PM

China to investigate ex-President Hu's top aide
BEIJING (AP) -- The top aide to former Chinese President Hu Jintao has been placed under investigation for unspecified disciplinary violations, the official Xinhua News Agency said Monday, in a sign that President Xi Jinping is removing his predecessor's influences while consolidating his power.... 12/22/2014 3:19 PM

Presidents meet to discuss peace in South Sudan
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's president met with the leaders of Tanzania and Uganda on Monday for talks on the South Sudan peace process, South Africa's government said.... 12/22/2014 3:12 PM

Spain hands out $3B in planet's biggest lottery
MADRID (AP) -- Spaniards who bought lottery tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot on Monday, cracking open bottles of champagne on the streets as they celebrated winning 400,000-euro ($490,000) payoffs from a 2.5 billion-euro ($3 billion) pot of cash divided among thousands of ticketholders.... 12/22/2014 3:07 PM

Russia bails out bank following ruble slide
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has bailed out a mid-sized bank for about $500 million to save it from bankruptcy- a clear sign that the slide in the value of the ruble in the wake of sliding oil prices is straining the banking system.... 12/22/2014 2:51 PM

Kurdish fighters face resistance from IS in Iraq
MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish fighters in Iraq pushed deeper Monday into the town of Sinjar, held by the Islamic State group, but are facing stiff resistance from the Sunni militants who captured it in August.... 12/22/2014 2:51 PM

Belarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- As relations between Russia and the West have sunk to their lowest point since the Cold War, there's one country that's reaping rewards - Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by the United States and the European Union.... 12/22/2014 2:39 PM

10 years after tsunami, victim's mom learns body wasn't lost
SEINT PAING, Myanmar (AP) -- Of all the moments to chase a dream, May Aye Nwe chose the morning of Dec. 26, 2004.... 12/22/2014 2:34 PM