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No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift
HAVANA (AP) -- Everyone in Cuba is talking about the abrupt turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro... 12/19/2014 4:57 PM

Iraq clashes with IS delay evacuation of Yazidis
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An Iraqi lawmaker says sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists and other logistics problems are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Sinjar mountain.... 12/19/2014 4:50 PM

Air France-KLM stock drops on profit warning
PARIS (AP) -- Air France-KLM shares have plunged more than 8 percent in the wake of the airline's warning that weak demand on several long-haul routes and other factors would wipe hundreds of millions off profits this year.... 12/19/2014 4:47 PM

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US
HAVANA (AP) -- The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings.... 12/19/2014 4:46 PM

Another big catch for Thai co. in $1.5B bid for Bumble Bee
BANGKOK (AP) -- A Thai food company may be landing another whopper in the U.S. with its $1.5 billion bid for Bumble Bee Seafoods.... 12/19/2014 4:42 PM

FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts.... 12/19/2014 4:42 PM

Smashing Pumpkins' Corgan looks ahead, not back
LONDON (AP) -- The Smashing Pumpkins are dead. Long live the Smashing Pumpkins.... 12/19/2014 4:35 PM

Efforts to save rare northern white rhino continue
PRAGUE (AP) -- Experts will meet in Kenya next month to discuss ways to save the critically endangered northern white rhinos from extinction.... 12/19/2014 4:32 PM

Report: Turkish prosecutor wants US-based cleric arrested
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency says a prosecutor is demanding that an arrest warrant be issued for the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen - a former ally-turned-foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.... 12/19/2014 4:28 PM

100 million euros in assets seized in Rome 'mafia' probe
ROME (AP) -- Police have seized construction companies, apartments, villas and a yacht belonging to a businessman who authorities allege consorted with a Mafia-like gang in Rome with ties to local politicians.... 12/19/2014 4:24 PM

Kenya president signs controversial security law
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday signed into law a contentious bill saying it will help the country fight terrorism, but which critics say will be used to crush dissent by curbing civil liberties.... 12/19/2014 4:17 PM

8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia
SYDNEY (AP) -- The bodies of eight children - aged 18 months to 15 years - and a wounded woman were discovered in a home in northern Australia on Friday, police said.... 12/19/2014 4:16 PM

Key Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies
LONDON (AP) -- Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70.... 12/19/2014 4:14 PM

Egypt's gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown
CAIRO (AP) -- Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. They dragged out dozens of nearly naked men, who covered their faces as they struggled to hold up towels, and loaded them into police trucks.... 12/19/2014 4:12 PM

Putin: Russia military modernization plan to go on
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin says Russia will continue its ambitious military modernization program with a particular emphasis on nuclear strategic forces.... 12/19/2014 3:45 PM

Pakistan: 77 militants killed after school massacre
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people - most of them children - in a school massacre.... 12/19/2014 3:41 PM

Auschwitz victim suitcases get high-tech storage
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The Auschwitz museum says some of the victims' 3,800 suitcases have been put into a state-of-the-art protective storage room partly funded by the European Union.... 12/19/2014 3:36 PM

Kenya official: Doping much worse in Russia, China
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The head of Kenya's athletics federation says the doping problem in his country is far less severe than in Russia or China.... 12/19/2014 3:30 PM

Israeli military says Gaza rocket hits Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli military said, in the first such attack since September.... 12/19/2014 3:27 PM

Hungary official says disputed Internet tax plan 'dead'
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- A Hungarian official says a plan to tax Internet use, which provoked huge protests, "is dead and will never come back to life."... 12/19/2014 3:12 PM