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Snowstorm in Moscow delays over 150 flights
MOSCOW (AP) -- A massive snowstorm in Moscow on Thursday caused delays to more than 150 flights and brought traffic to a standstill.... 12/25/2014 11:13 AM

Yemen senior intelligence official kidnapped
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Suspected Shiite rebels kidnapped Yemen's second highest intelligence official from his house in the capital Sanaa Thursday, security officials and a close associate of the general said.... 12/25/2014 11:07 AM

US senator John McCain meets Afghan leaders
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. senator John McCain is in Kabul for Christmas day.... 12/25/2014 11:00 AM

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

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