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Survivors huddle after violence in India kills 72
SHAMUKJULI, India (AP) -- Rina Vor was putting her four young children to sleep in her village in India's remote northeast when she heard the gunfire. She gathered them and ran for safety.... 12/25/2014 10:53 AM

13-year-old girl: My father gave me to Boko Haram
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- A 13-year-old says her father gave her to Boko Haram extremists and that she was arrested after refusing to explode a suicide bomb in Kano, Nigeria's second largest city in the north.... 12/25/2014 10:49 AM

Monkey brings electrocuted friend back to life
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Onlookers at a train station in northern India watched in awe a monkey using all his powers to bring back to life another monkey who was electrocuted and fell unconscious on the rail tracks.... 12/25/2014 10:45 AM

Romanians at Ceausescu's grave, 25 years after death
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanians nostalgic for the communist era have gathered at the grave of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, who were tried and executed on Christmas Day twenty-five years ago.... 12/25/2014 10:08 AM

Yemen senior intelligence official kidnapped
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni security officials say suspected Shiite rebels have kidnapped the country's second highest intelligence official from his house in the capital Sanaa.... 12/25/2014 10:08 AM

Snowstorm in Moscow delays dozens of flights
MOSCOW (AP) -- A massive snowstorm in Moscow has caused delays to dozens of flights and brought traffic to a standstill.... 12/25/2014 10:05 AM

Hong Kong police arrest 12 democracy protesters
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong police arrested 12 protesters blocking several roads as pro-democracy demonstrators returned to a site they had occupied for more than two months before police dispersed them, officials said Thursday.... 12/25/2014 9:37 AM

China tightens church control ahead of Christmas
BEIJING (AP) -- Two days before Christmas, members of a rural Christian congregation in eastern China welded pieces of metal into a cross and hoisted it onto the top of a worship hall to replace one that was forcibly removed in October.... 12/25/2014 9:22 AM

Citigroup to sell Japan retail bank unit to SMBC
TOKYO (AP) -- Citigroup has agreed to sell its retail banking business in Japan to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., the companies said Thursday.... 12/25/2014 8:57 AM

UK body warns drone owners: Fly safely, or you'll be fined
LONDON (AP) -- Got a nifty little drone for Christmas? If so, fly it carefully. Especially if you are in Britain.... 12/25/2014 8:24 AM

Afghans hope for change after bloody year
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- When Graeme Smith arrived in Afghanistan in 2005, he drove across the country from Kabul south to the Talban's former capital Kandahar on a newly paved road that cut travelling time from a bone-rattling 14 hours to just six.... 12/25/2014 7:58 AM

Queen Elizabeth II praises workers who fight Ebola
LONDON (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth II will use her traditional Christmas broadcast to call for international reconciliation and to praise medical workers fighting Ebola in Africa.... 12/25/2014 7:25 AM

Cuba relations with Catholic Church at high point
HAVANA (AP) -- Golden rays of tropical sunlight slant through the caved-in roof of Saint Thomas de Villanueva chapel, illuminating tiles graced by the faces of saints. Vandals shattered the stained-glass windows and scrawled their names on the thick walls during decades of frigid relations between the Roman Catholic Church and Cuba's communist government.... 12/25/2014 5:35 AM

AP PHOTOS: Fresh donkey milk for sale on streets of Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Ricardo Alegria is a different sort of milk man. For a quarter century or more, he and his brother Marco have led donkeys through the streets of Chile's capital, milking them on the spot for customers.... 12/25/2014 5:26 AM

Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass Wednesday in St. Peter's Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Muslim militants.... 12/25/2014 3:18 AM

Nicaragua moves to break highway blockade
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- National police special forces and soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Wednesday to clear a roadblock erected by residents in southern Nicaragua to protest a proposed transoceanic canal.... 12/25/2014 2:29 AM

Faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) -- Several thousand Christian pilgrims on Wednesday flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, lifting spirits after a year of conflict and failed peace efforts.... 12/25/2014 12:32 AM

Mexico wants to ban nets, save endangered porpoise
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican authorities are proposing a $37 million plan to ban gillnet fishing in most of the upper Sea of Cortez to save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.... 12/25/2014 12:03 AM

Spain: New king says corruption must be eliminated
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's new King Felipe VI insisted in his first Christmas Eve speech Wednesday that seemingly endless examples of corruption across the country incensing voters must be stamped out.... 12/24/2014 11:55 PM

North Korea: No 'physical reaction' to new film
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- North Korea says it likely will have no "physical reaction," just condemnation, to the release of the comedy film "The Interview," which depicts the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un.... 12/24/2014 10:18 PM