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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 5:54 PM

Al-Jazeera Egypt channel shuts down
CAIRO (AP) -- The Doha-based Al-Jazeera satellite station has shut down its Egypt channel, which has been at the center of tensions between Egypt and Qatar.... 12/22/2014 5:46 PM

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 5:39 PM

Burundi arrests brother of French police attacker
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- An intelligence service spokesman says the brother of a man who attacked police in France has been arrested in Burundi.... 12/22/2014 5:37 PM

Truck veering out of control kills Glasgow pedestrians
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- A number of people were killed and injured Monday when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in downtown Glasgow, police said.... 12/22/2014 5:32 PM

UN chief urges better early warning of next disease outbreak
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the international community urgently needs better early warning and rapid response to the next outbreak of disease - "a test that is sure to come."... 12/22/2014 5:25 PM

El Salvador's gangs target women and girls
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence.... 12/22/2014 5:23 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 5:18 PM

Sexual violence rampant among El Salvador gangs
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence.... 12/22/2014 5:15 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 5:14 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 5:14 PM

In IS-held town, Iraqi Kurds face heavy resistance
MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi Kurdish forces forged ahead with their assault Monday on a militant-held town in northern Iraq, but encountered heavy resistance from Islamic State fighters whose snipers fired at the attackers and who used burning tires to create a smoke screen against coalition airstrikes.... 12/22/2014 5:05 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 5:04 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

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

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

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