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German-language pop superstar Udo Juergens dies
BERLIN (AP) -- Udo Juergens, an Austrian-born star who dominated pop music in the German-speaking world and sold more than 100 million records in a career spanning five decades, died on Sunday. He was 80 years old.... 12/21/2014 9:22 PM

Exit poll: Ex-regime official is Tunisia's new president
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisian polling firms have declared Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old official from previous regimes, as the winner of Sunday's presidential runoff, cementing his dominance over a country where his party already controls Parliament.... 12/21/2014 9:00 PM

Protester takes perch on St. Peter's facade
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- An Italian entrepreneur has lowered himself onto the facade of St. Peter's Cathedral, the fifth time he has evaded Vatican security to mount a public protest from the cathedral against government reforms.... 12/21/2014 8:55 PM

Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England
LONDON (AP) -- Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership.... 12/21/2014 7:40 PM

Egypt President awards medal to retired spy chief
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi awarded the country's intelligence chief one of the state's highest awards on Sunday, after ordering his retirement.... 12/21/2014 7:21 PM

Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnage
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said.... 12/21/2014 7:03 PM

Egypt court bars pictures in homosexuality trial
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court official says a judge has barred photographers from taking courtroom pictures of 26 men on trial in connection to their suspected homosexuality, after their families protested.... 12/21/2014 6:46 PM

10 years on, where did all the tsunami debris go?
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) -- Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland.... 12/21/2014 6:37 PM

Egypt human rights group to register under restrictive law
CAIRO (AP) -- One of Egypt's most prominent human rights groups announced Sunday that it will register under a restrictive law it and other organizations have decried as an attempt by the government to silence them.... 12/21/2014 6:29 PM

Belarus' president promises help for Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- Belarus' authoritarian president on Sunday promised to help Ukraine as it struggles through its pro-Russia separatist insurgency and economic hardships.... 12/21/2014 6:11 PM

Nigerian Islamic uprising poses regional threat
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Thousands of members of Nigeria's home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks.... 12/21/2014 6:02 PM

Iraqi Kurds push into contested northern town
MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- With coalition warplanes circling overhead, Kurdish fighters pushed into the contested northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Sunday, touching off heavy clashes with Islamic State militants who have controlled the area for months.... 12/21/2014 5:50 PM

Gulf stocks climb with Dubai gaining 9.9 percent
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Gulf stocks have opened the week with a climb that saw Dubai's main index gaining 9.9 percent.... 12/21/2014 5:04 PM

Sierra Leone urges safe burials to stem Ebola
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The radio announcement is chilling and blunt: "If I die, I want the deaths to stop with me."... 12/21/2014 4:30 PM

Belarusian independent news sites blocked
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Several independent news websites have been blocked in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, where the government exerts close control of news media.... 12/21/2014 2:38 PM

Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground
RIO GRANDE, Nicaragua (AP) -- As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for his land, Ruiz insists, "I'm not going to run."... 12/21/2014 2:31 PM

Greek prime minister open to 2015 early elections
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister says early general elections could be called by the end of 2015 if the current legislature can elect a president and if negotiations with the country's creditors on post-bailout aid are completed.... 12/21/2014 1:51 PM

Palestinians throw stones, injure Israeli boy
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Palestinians hurling stones on Sunday at Jewish settlers' cars in the West Bank lightly injured a 4-year-old Israeli boy, the Israeli military said.... 12/21/2014 1:33 PM

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children
SYDNEY (AP) -- An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said.... 12/21/2014 1:06 PM

Saudi oil chief: No conspiracy behind oil prices
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in order to harm other countries and told a summit of Arab energy leaders that he was confident the market would stabilize.... 12/21/2014 12:56 PM