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UK backs off cuts to tax breaks for lower income households
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Treasury chief abandoned controversial cuts in tax credits for the working poor and refrained from slashing funding to the police on Wednesday as he updated Parliament on the government's tax and spending plans.... 11/25/2015 2:11 PM

Indonesia increases security after video calls for attack
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Authorities increased security across Indonesia after a video appearing on social media threatened attacks against police and other targets, police and officials said Wednesday.... 11/25/2015 2:10 PM

Biden meets Balkan leaders at summit on refugees, threats
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- Tensions over a record surge of asylum-seekers and fears that Islamic militants may have infiltrated the flow brought former Balkans rivals together in an urgent summit Wednesday, along with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.... 11/25/2015 2:07 PM

Operator of hotel attacked in Mali vows to re-open soon
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A luxury hotel attacked by Islamic extremists last week in Mali's capital will re-open "as soon as possible," the chairman of the hotel's Brussels-based operating group said.... 11/25/2015 1:50 PM

Putin sends air defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered state-of-the art air defense missile systems to be deployed at a Russian air base in Syria following the downing of one of its warplanes by Turkey, a move that raised the threat of a military confrontation between the NATO member and Moscow.... 11/25/2015 1:46 PM

Suspected match-fixer Dan Tan released from Singapore jail
SINGAPORE (AP) -- A Singaporean man detained for more than two years under suspicion of being the mastermind behind a global soccer match-fixing syndicate was ordered to be released Wednesday by the country's highest court, which ruled he was being held unlawfully.... 11/25/2015 1:39 PM

Romania suspends emergency chiefs after nightclub fire
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania's Interior Ministry suspended three top emergency officials Wednesday following information that contradicted their claim they were unaware of the existence of a Bucharest nightclub where 60 people died in a fire.... 11/25/2015 1:38 PM

Supreme leader says US using money, sex to infiltrate Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's top leader says the United States is using "money and sex" to try to infiltrate the Islamic Republic and warns Iranians not to fall into the "enemy's trap."... 11/25/2015 1:33 PM

Vanishing China execs a vexatious mystery for HK market
HONG KONG (AP) -- The chairman of the Hong Kong arm of one of China's biggest securities companies goes missing. The head of another firm resurfaces after months incommunicado. An executive at a film studio is detained for allegedly taking bribes.... 11/25/2015 1:28 PM

Brussels schools reopen, manhunt ongoing for Paris suspects
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Police armed with automatic weapons guarded schools in the Belgian capital as they reopened Wednesday for the first time since emergency measures were imposed in the wake of the Paris attacks, while Belgian and French authorities continued a hunt for at least two suspects believed directly linked to the killings.... 11/25/2015 1:28 PM

The Latest: Russian tourist agencies halt trips to Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The latest on the war in Syria, including Russian warplane shot down by Turkey. All times local:... 11/25/2015 1:27 PM

Burundi implicates respected journalist in failed coup
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- Buurndi's government is seeking to extradite a prominent journalist from Belgium over charges he played a role in a failed coup attempt against the government, the journalist said Wednesday.... 11/25/2015 1:19 PM

UN official: Further progress made in Cyprus peace talks
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- A United Nations envoy says intensified talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus have made further progress and the island's rival leaders are confident remaining issues can be resolved soon.... 11/25/2015 1:14 PM

A year's worth of rain in Qatar as floods hit Saudi Arabia
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A year's worth of rain deluged parts of Qatar on Wednesday as seasonal storms moving through Saudi Arabia flooded streets in a city northwest of the capital, Riyadh.... 11/25/2015 1:06 PM

The Latest: 22 lbs of explosives used in Tunisian bus attack
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's Interior Ministry say 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of military explosives were used in an attack on a bus carrying presidential guards that left 13 people dead.... 11/25/2015 1:02 PM

VW to offer quick fix for diesel engines in Europe
BERLIN (AP) -- Volkswagen says it will take less than an hour to bring 1.6 and 2.0 liter turbodiesel engines in Europe into line with emissions rules.... 11/25/2015 12:56 PM

Indian media say paramilitary force is curtailing freedom
GAUHATI, India (AP) -- Indian media and a rights group accused a paramilitary force on Wednesday of attempting to curtail press freedom by asking newspapers in an insurgency-hit northeastern state to stop publishing statements from a banned rebel group.... 11/25/2015 12:56 PM

Tunisian Interior Ministry: 10 kilograms of explosives used in attack on presidential guar...
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisian Interior Ministry: 10 kilograms of explosives used in attack on presidential guard.... 11/25/2015 12:56 PM

Ukraine s
MOSCOW (AP) -- Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated further on Wednesday as Ukraine decided to stop buying Russian natural gas - hoping to rely on supplies from other countries - and closed its airspace to its eastern neighbor.... 11/25/2015 12:51 PM

Union cancels strikes at Lufthansa
BERLIN (AP) -- A strike at Germany's flagship airline, Lufthansa, has been averted after a cabin crew union announced it would hold further negotiations with the company.... 11/25/2015 12:50 PM

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