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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

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 will prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.... 12/20/2014 1:30 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 1:27 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 1:22 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

China's leader cautions against external 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 12:04 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 11:59 AM

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

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 vote that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease.... 12/20/2014 11:23 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

Sexologist's revelation spurs discussion in China
BEIJING (AP) -- A leading Chinese sexologist's revelation that she's been living with a transgender man for 17 years has sparked a rare public discussion about China's largely invisible and marginalized transgender community.... 12/20/2014 11:01 AM

Bahrain 'terror blast' wounds 3 police
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Bahrain's Interior Ministry says three policemen have been wounded by an explosion west of the capital Manama.... 12/20/2014 10:48 AM

2016 hopeful Ben Carson pledges support for Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish state, inspired by its ancient holy sites, impressed by the resilience of people living in a perpetual conflict zone - and deeply disappointed in President Barack Obama.... 12/20/2014 10:37 AM

Tour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions
TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have confirmed that the North may be ready to open up its doors again soon.... 12/20/2014 10:36 AM

Falling oil prices worry Algeria
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch.... 12/20/2014 10:30 AM

Bombings kill 10 in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi authorities say bombs targeting commercial streets and an army patrol have killed 10 people around Baghdad.... 12/20/2014 9:56 AM

Pakistan: US drone strike 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 8:23 AM

Iraq's Shiite fighters desert over shortages
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Abu Murtada al-Moussawi answered the call last summer from Iraq's top Shiite cleric to help save the country from the Islamic State group, but after less than three months on the front lines he and several friends returned home because they had run out of food.... 12/20/2014 6:17 AM