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UN: 12.2 million Syrians need humanitarian help
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- An estimated 12.2 million Syrians need assistance because of increasing violence and deteriorating conditions in the country, up from 10.8 million in July, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Tuesday.... 11/26/2014 12:48 AM

Report cites weather in deadly Bahamas air crash
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- A preliminary accident report is citing weather as a major factor in the small plane crash in the Bahamas that killed a well-known pastor and eight other people earlier this month.... 11/26/2014 12:32 AM

In New Zealand, feud over fate of 1902 corpse ship
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- The S.S. Ventnor sank 112 years ago off the northern New Zealand coast, bearing unusual cargo: the exhumed bodies of 499 Chinese miners, some in wooden coffins and others in sealed zinc caskets.... 11/26/2014 12:19 AM

Spain urges Cuba to up pace of economic reforms
HAVANA (AP) -- Spain's foreign minister urged Cuba on Tuesday to accelerate economic reforms designed to expand private enterprise and attract foreign investment to the communist-run island.... 11/25/2014 11:53 PM

France suspends delivery of warship to Russia
PARIS (AP) -- France suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia on Tuesday, after months of speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin.... 11/25/2014 11:45 PM

Gunmen seize jewels and hostage in Paris heist
PARIS (AP) -- Two gunmen robbed a Cartier jewelry boutique in a tony and tourist-filled Paris neighborhood Tuesday, fled police in a chase across the Seine River, took a hostage - and then surrendered, authorities said.... 11/25/2014 11:37 PM

Argentina president returns after illness
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's president has made her first public appearance since being hospitalized more than three weeks ago for a bacterial infection of the colon.... 11/25/2014 10:51 PM

Greece: HIV infections ease after spike
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Health authorities in Greece say the number of HIV infections fell in 2013 for the first time since the start of the financial crisis.... 11/25/2014 10:46 PM

Puerto Rico police seize $11.5M worth of cocaine
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Authorities in Puerto Rico say they have seized 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) of cocaine worth an estimated $11.5 million.... 11/25/2014 10:38 PM

Russian envoy: Ferguson shows US racial problems
MOSCOW (AP) -- The violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, reflect simmering U.S. tensions over racial discrimination that could undermine the country's stability, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday.... 11/25/2014 10:08 PM

Warplanes strike airport in Libya capital again
CAIRO (AP) -- Warplanes again bombed a Libyan military air base Tuesday that until a day earlier was Tripoli's only functioning airport, shortly after the Islamist-backed prime minister said his government was at war.... 11/25/2014 9:59 PM

Official: Afghan president orders military review
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- President Ashraf Ghani has ordered a top-to-bottom review of the operations of Afghanistan's defense forces, including discussing the resumption of controversial night raids banned by his predecessor.... 11/25/2014 9:37 PM

24 died in Burkina Faso unrest that ousted leader
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- A committee cataloging the damage done during protests that forced Burkina Faso's longtime president from power says 24 people were killed in the unrest.... 11/25/2014 9:07 PM

2 teen female bombers kill more than 40 in Nigeria
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) -- The teenage girls entered the busy marketplace separately Tuesday, their vests of explosives hidden beneath their full hijabs.... 11/25/2014 8:56 PM

8 shoes of Holocaust victims stolen in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish authorities say that eight shoes that once belonged to Holocaust victims have been stolen from the former concentration camp Majdanek in Poland, now a state-run museum.... 11/25/2014 8:50 PM

Top US Jesuit defends Vatican sex prosecutor
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The head of the Jesuits in the United States defended the Vatican's new sex crimes prosecutor Tuesday, saying he had virtually no role in the order's handling of a notorious pedophile now serving a 25-year prison sentence.... 11/25/2014 8:34 PM

Cash cut to Ukraine rebel areas in risky strategy
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- For hours, small crowds in Donetsk huddle hopefully in the cold around cash machines that never get filled, as artillery rumbles in the distance.... 11/25/2014 8:21 PM

France's Pompidou opens Jeff Koons retrospective
PARIS (AP) -- Paris' Pompidou Center inaugurated a major retrospective Tuesday of U.S. artist Jeff Koons, the polemical 59-year-old master of kitsch, whose huge, stainless-steel balloon dog broke records last year, selling at auction for $58.4 million.... 11/25/2014 7:46 PM

Pope confirms calling Spanish sex abuse victim
ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis says he personally called a Spaniard who said he was sexually abused by a priest and urged him to report it to the diocese.... 11/25/2014 7:37 PM

'Jewish state' bill tests Israeli democracy
JERUSALEM (AP) -- In the face of a rising wave of violence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing forward a plan to formalize by law Israel's status as "the Jewish state." Netanyahu says it's a needed response to those who question Israel's right to exist. But the measure would anger Israel's Arab minority and could draw international condemnation, severely testing a delicate balance between democracy and the country's Jewish character. Here's a look at the debate:... 11/25/2014 7:36 PM