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Indonesia volcano erupts, injuring 4; 1 missing
TERNATE, Indonesia (AP) -- A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Friday, spewing towering clouds of hot ash into the air and leaving four hikers injured and one missing when they scrambled to safety, an official said.... 12/19/2014 10:48 AM

Britain moves closer to allowing women in combat
LONDON (AP) -- Britain is moving closer to allowing female soldiers to take a role in close combat on the front lines.... 12/19/2014 10:40 AM

Polish school honors Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A spokeswoman for a Catholic university in southern Poland says it has bestowed an honorary doctorate on Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in recognition of his efforts to reveal the full evil of the Holocaust and defend human dignity.... 12/19/2014 10:31 AM

Dutch coalition crisis fizzles out
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- A dispute over a health care bill that nearly caused the collapse of the Dutch government has been resolved with a compromise, though doubts remain about whether it will prove workable.... 12/19/2014 10:27 AM

8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia
SYDNEY (AP) -- Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.... 12/19/2014 10:22 AM

Spanish police probe car attack on ruling party HQ
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish police were searching for possible explosives at the headquarters of the ruling conservative Popular Party after a man rammed his car into the office entrance Friday.... 12/19/2014 10:21 AM

Key Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies
LONDON (AP) -- Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in Britain's biggest Cold War political scandal, the "Profumo Affair," has died. She was 70.... 12/19/2014 10:16 AM

Global markets rally for 2nd day after Fed pledge
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Global stocks rallied for a second day Friday after the Federal Reserve's reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit.... 12/19/2014 10:16 AM

Greek lawmaker alleges bribery attempt in presidential vote
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A lawmaker from a small right-wing party claims someone attempted to bribe him to vote in favor of electing Greece's new president.... 12/19/2014 10:08 AM

Sri Lankan opposition pledges war crime inquiry
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's main opposition presidential candidate said Friday that the country cannot be charged with war crimes in the International Criminal Court, but he will launch a domestic inquiry if he wins a January election.... 12/19/2014 10:07 AM

Victory for plaintiff in China gay conversion case
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese psychological clinic was ordered Friday to pay compensation to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual, in what is believed to be China's first case involving so-called conversion therapy.... 12/19/2014 9:41 AM

HK court: Property tycoon guilty of corruption
HONG KONG (AP) -- A Hong Kong jury found a billionaire property developer and a former top government official guilty of corruption Friday after a high profile trial that amplified anger at the city's elite.... 12/19/2014 9:30 AM

German consumer confidence on the rise
BERLIN (AP) -- German consumer confidence is continuing to improve, supported by expectations of increasing economic strength and a greater willingness to make purchases.... 12/19/2014 8:53 AM

Farmers, unionists protest EU-US free trade talks
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Hundreds of farmers and trade unionists are protesting in Brussels against negotiations to set up a trans-Atlantic free trade zone, which they fear will leave them out in the cold at the expense of big multinationals.... 12/19/2014 8:36 AM

Essebsi narrow favorite to win Tunisian presidency
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- For the third time in just two months, Tunisian voters will head to the polls this weekend, this time to elect a president in a runoff vote that presents a stark choice between the country's past and its Arab Spring revolution.... 12/19/2014 8:12 AM

Pakistan: 67 militants killed after school massacre
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 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 7:36 AM

Filipino family wants US Marine in local jail during trial
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A U.S. Marine charged with killing a transgender Filipino woman he picked up in a bar was brought back Friday to the city where the attack occurred two months ago, and lawyers of the victim say they will seek his detention in a local jail during his murder trial.... 12/19/2014 7:22 AM

Ex-worker at China's Forbidden City gets death
BEIJING (AP) -- A Beijing court on Friday sentenced a former employee of the Forbidden City to be executed for stabbing two of his supervisors to death on the museum's grounds, state media reported.... 12/19/2014 7:05 AM

In Lebanon, Syrian newborns risk statelessness
BEIRUT (AP) -- Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of basic rights.... 12/19/2014 6:43 AM

Japan scientist quits as cell research discredited
TOKYO (AP) -- The Japanese researcher whose claim of a major breakthrough in stem cell research was discredited resigned after the government lab where she worked failed to replicate her results.... 12/19/2014 6:06 AM