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Egypt president considering pardon of journalists
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says a presidential pardon is being "examined" for the three Al-Jazeera journalists who were handed heavy prison terms in a court ruling that raised international outrage.... 11/20/2014 8:42 PM

FIFA to review World Cup corruption report
GENEVA (AP) -- FIFA will further review the 2018 and 2022 World Cup corruption investigation, putting the status of hosts Russia and Qatar back in question.... 11/20/2014 8:39 PM

Mexico City braces for large demonstrations
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico City is bracing for demonstrations as caravans of students and family members of 43 missing college students converge on the capital after several days crisscrossing the country.... 11/20/2014 8:31 PM

Founder of Brazil's largest retail chain dies
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Samuel Klein, the Polish-born founder of Brazil's largest home-appliance retailer, has died, the company said in a statement. He was 91.... 11/20/2014 8:29 PM

Mysterious sculpture recovered from River Seine
PARIS (AP) -- French authorities have found a mysterious stone sculpture at the bottom of the River Seine, which may have been there for centuries.... 11/20/2014 8:02 PM

Slain beauty queen, sister buried in Honduras
GUALJOCO, Honduras (AP) -- Grieving family members laid to rest a Honduran beauty queen and her sister amid drenching rains Thursday, pleading for divine justice after the women were shot to death in what police say was a jealous rage by the sister's boyfriend.... 11/20/2014 7:52 PM

Argentina bill would oust foreign lawbreakers
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's Senate has passed a bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law.... 11/20/2014 7:50 PM

Swiss museum to decide future of Gurlitt art trove
BERLIN (AP) -- A Swiss museum and German officials plan to announce Monday what will happen to a priceless collection of long-hidden art bequeathed to the museum by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt.... 11/20/2014 7:45 PM

Egypt acquits doctor in female genital mutilation
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a doctor charged with performing female genital mutilation that led to a 13-year-old girl's death in a Nile Delta village, the country's first trial on charges of breaking the ban on the practice.... 11/20/2014 7:28 PM

German court: e-cigarette liquids not medicines
BERLIN (AP) -- A German federal court has ruled that the liquids contained in e-cigarettes aren't medicinal products and can be sold freely.... 11/20/2014 7:27 PM

Modern, surrealist art auction aims to fetch $100M
LONDON (AP) -- Two dozen modern and surrealist art works amassed by a private collector, including important paintings by Joan Miro and Rene Magritte, are expected to fetch at least 64 million pounds ($100 million) when they go on auction in London next year.... 11/20/2014 7:09 PM

Food and face-lift scandals rock Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) -- It is often said that Lebanon has only two things going for it, food and plastic surgery.... 11/20/2014 7:04 PM

Egypt arrests senior Muslim Brotherhood member
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt on Thursday arrested a leading Muslim Brotherhood member who played a key role in negotiations between his now-banned group and the government. In Cairo, at least nine people, including five policemen, were hurt in incidents involving a home-made bomb and a stun grenade.... 11/20/2014 6:53 PM

Experts: Home, baby cameras not secure worldwide
LONDON (AP) -- A child playing in Bucheon, South Korea. An empty crib in Absecon, New Jersey. Cattle feeding in Behamberg, Austria. Footage from more than 100 countries is being streamed from bedrooms, office buildings, shops, laundromats, stables and barns.... 11/20/2014 6:47 PM

Report: Global obesity costs hits $2 trillion
LONDON (AP) -- The global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually - nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism, according to a new report released Thursday.... 11/20/2014 6:44 PM

Iran's top leader pardons controversial blogger
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's top leader has pardoned a controversial Iranian-Canadian blogger more than 11 years before the end of his prison term, the semi-official ISNA news reported on Thursday.... 11/20/2014 6:41 PM

3 men in UK court over beheading plot
LONDON (AP) -- Three men have appeared in a British court accused of planning terrorism acts that reportedly included a beheading plot.... 11/20/2014 6:38 PM

Toronto mayor selling off bobblehead dolls
TORONTO (AP) -- Outgoing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is selling off his remaining "Robbie Bobbie" bobblehead dolls to benefit the hospitals that have been treating his cancer.... 11/20/2014 6:35 PM

Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in Vienna
VIENNA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held out hope of a last-minute nuclear deal with Iran Thursday, as he prepared to add his diplomatic muscle to talks aimed at overcoming deep differences with Tehran over the size and scope of its future atomic activities.... 11/20/2014 6:15 PM

Iraq, Turkey vow to work together against IS group
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's prime minister said on Thursday that his country and neighboring Turkey have agreed on closer security and intelligence cooperation in the face of the threat posed by the Islamic State group.... 11/20/2014 6:11 PM