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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 3:19 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

Greek lawmaker alleges bribery attempt in presidential vote
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A lawmaker from a small right-wing party claimed Friday he had been offered a bribe worth up to 3 million euros ($3.68 million) to vote in favor of electing Greece's new president, in the latest twist in the bailed-out country's fraught presidential vote.... 12/19/2014 3:08 PM

No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift
HAVANA (AP) -- Amid the excitement over the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, one person has been conspicuously absent: Fidel Castro.... 12/19/2014 3:05 PM

Hungary is new hot spot on migrant route into EU
ASOTTHALOM, Hungary (AP) -- With the Mediterranean Sea becoming too treacherous and other routes blocked by barbed-wire fences, would-be migrants are taking a new route into the Europe Union: through Hungary.... 12/19/2014 3:05 PM

Finland's 1st terror case sees 4 sentenced
HELSINKI (AP) -- In Finland's first court case where terror charges have been filed, three men and one woman have been given suspended sentences for collecting a small amount of money for an al-Qaida-linked militant group in Somalia... 12/19/2014 2:56 PM

CERN nuclear physics lab admits Pakistan
GENEVA (AP) -- The world's top particle physics lab has admitted Pakistan as an associate member, a year after Israel was voted in as a full member.... 12/19/2014 2:50 PM

Kenya president signs controversial new security law
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's president 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 constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties.... 12/19/2014 2:46 PM

Russia to seek 10 years in prison for opposition activist
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian prosecutors on Friday demanded that the nation's most prominent opposition leader be sentenced to 10 years in prison on allegations of fraud, which he rejected as a punishment for his political activities.... 12/19/2014 2:27 PM

Turkish court orders custody for 4 following raids
ISTANBUL (AP) -- A Turkish court has ordered the formal arrest of four people detained in recent raids on a newspaper and a television station affiliated with the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, a one-time ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan turned foe, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported Friday.... 12/19/2014 2:16 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 2:12 PM

FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- FIFA will not reopen the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and will publish at least some of the confidential report into the bidding process, President Sepp Blatter said Friday.... 12/19/2014 1:56 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 1:46 PM

Belarus slaps 30 percent fee at currency exchanges
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Belarus has imposed a 30 percent fee on currency exchange transactions in an effort to contain panic that has spilled over from neighboring Russia.... 12/19/2014 1:30 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 1:28 PM

Spanish police probe car attack on ruling party HQ
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish police searched Friday for possible explosives at the Madrid headquarters of the ruling conservative Popular Party after a man rammed his car into the office entrance.... 12/19/2014 1:26 PM

Britain moves closer to allowing women in combat
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's defense minister said Friday that women should be allowed to serve in front-line army combat units, and he hopes the first will be joining within two years.... 12/19/2014 1:22 PM

China arrests US aid work in N. Korean border town
BEIJING (AP) -- A Korean-American aid worker working in a Chinese city near North Korea has been arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said Friday, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the border region.... 12/19/2014 1:16 PM

UN chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Liberia on its efforts to combat Ebola on Friday during his second visit here since the start of the outbreak that now has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa.... 12/19/2014 1:14 PM

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 1:05 PM