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Japan earthquake causes injuries, collapses homes
TOKYO (AP) -- A strong earthquake late Saturday struck a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics, knocking down at least 10 homes in a ski resort town and injuring several people, officials said.... 11/22/2014 5:00 PM

Somalia's al-Shabab kills 28 non-Muslims in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, Al-Shabab, attacked a bus in northern Kenya at dawn Saturday, singling out and killing 28 passengers who could not recite an Islamic creed and were assumed to be non-Muslims, Kenyan police said.... 11/22/2014 4:44 PM

Kerry says gaps remain in talks about Iran's nukes
VIENNA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned of "serious gaps" in talks about a nuclear deal with Iran, but as Monday's deadline approached his German counterpart said Tehran and six world powers have "never been closer" to agreement since they started negotiating more than six years ago.... 11/22/2014 4:37 PM

Geneva hospital: Cuban doctor with Ebola stable
BERLIN (AP) -- A Swiss hospital says a Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone is in a stable condition after nearly two days of treatment.... 11/22/2014 4:28 PM

Biden announces new aid for Syrian refugees
ISTANBUL (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announced on Saturday nearly $135 million in humanitarian aid to help feed civilians affected by Syria's war.... 11/22/2014 4:25 PM

Egypt lawyers union: Judge 'terrorizing' attorneys
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's lawyers union has criticized an Egyptian judge for "disparaging" and "terrorizing" the defense team of a prominent activist on trial over a 2011 protest.... 11/22/2014 4:23 PM

Source: NKorean escapes kidnap attempt in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- A North Korean student with family ties to the regime in his country escaped a kidnapping bid in Paris, where he was studying, and is now in hiding, a French source with knowledge of the case said Saturday.... 11/22/2014 4:16 PM

Mali: New Ebola case confirmed, 2 more suspected
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Mali on Saturday confirmed a new case of Ebola and said two more suspected patients are being tested, raising concern about a further spread of the disease which has already killed at least five people in the country.... 11/22/2014 3:48 PM

Hundreds evacuated after London hotel explosion
LONDON (AP) -- A suspected gas leak touched off an explosion in the basement of the Hyatt Regency Churchill in London, injuring 14 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of hotel guests, authorities said Saturday.... 11/22/2014 3:44 PM

Pope meets with autistic children
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis tenderly embraced children with autism spectrum disorders, some of whom avoided meeting his gaze, during an audience Saturday aimed at offering solidarity to people living with the condition.... 11/22/2014 3:37 PM

Strong quake in western China kills at least 1
BEIJING (AP) -- A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China on Saturday, killing at least one person, injuring 15 others and causing at least two homes to collapse, officials and state media said.... 11/22/2014 3:31 PM

Family pays tribute to slain hostage Alan Henning
LONDON (AP) -- The family of slain hostage Alan Henning has paid tribute to his life, gathering for a private memorial service.... 11/22/2014 3:19 PM

Puerto Rico sees slight drop in unemployment rate
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's unemployment rate has dropped slightly as the U.S. territory struggles to emerge from a nearly decade-long economic slump.... 11/22/2014 3:10 PM

Anti-government protest takes place in Albania
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Albanians are protesting the government's economic policies, claiming they are leading to rising taxes and energy prices and high unemployment.... 11/22/2014 2:31 PM

Thousands take part in Spanish anti-abortion rally
MADRID (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people have taken part in a demonstration in Madrid to protest against the conservative government's decision to scrap plans to restrict the availability of abortion.... 11/22/2014 2:24 PM

Scientists seek more tombs at ancient Greek site
AMPHIPOLIS, Greece (AP) -- Officials say the vast ancient burial mound at Amphipolis in Greece could contain more than one dead.... 11/22/2014 2:23 PM

Bahrain holds its first major vote since unrest
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Voters in Bahrain cast ballots Saturday in the island kingdom's first full parliamentary election since Arab Spring-inspired protests nearly four years ago, but a boycott by the country's opposition overshadowed the vote and highlighted the sectarian-charged divisions gripping this strategic U.S. ally.... 11/22/2014 1:51 PM

Egypt to host major economic conference in March
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's prime minister says his government will host a three-day international economic conference in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh starting March 13 to support the country's economy.... 11/22/2014 1:33 PM

Iraqi forces, Islamic State group battle in Ramadi
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi soldiers backed by Sunni fighters launched a major operation Saturday to retake a section of the city of Ramadi seized by Islamic State group militants, an official and residents said.... 11/22/2014 1:31 PM

UK firms Aviva, Friends Life in $8.8B merger talks
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Aviva says it is in talks to buy another insurer, Friends Life for over 5.6 billion pounds ($8.8 billion) in a deal that would create the country's leading insurance, savings and asset management company by number of customers.... 11/22/2014 12:46 PM