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Fire damages 750-year-old oak tree in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A suspected arson fire in southwestern Poland has damaged a 750-year-old oak tree believed to be the country's oldest.... 11/24/2014 4:19 PM

Morocco rights groups boycotting Marrakech meeting
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Some of Morocco's most prominent human rights groups have said they will be boycotting the World Forum of Human Rights to be hosted in Marrakech because of government interference.... 11/24/2014 4:06 PM

Floods kill at least 32 in southern Morocco
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Days of unusually heavy rain pounded Morocco's south and unleashed deadly floods that killed 32 people, the Interior Ministry said Monday.... 11/24/2014 3:58 PM

Erdogan: women are not equal to men
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set off a new controversy on Monday, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers.... 11/24/2014 3:56 PM

Romania appoints diplomat as foreign minister
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania has named a respected diplomat as foreign minister after two ministers resigned over criticism about the way voting was organized for Romanians abroad in a recent election.... 11/24/2014 3:48 PM

Google settles with ex-banker over online abuse
LONDON (AP) -- Google has agreed to a settlement with a former Morgan Stanley banker who sued the search engine over defamatory Internet posts.... 11/24/2014 3:47 PM

Israel leader vows to pass nationality law
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister vowed Monday to pass a contentious nationality law that has threatened the stability of his fragile coalition government, but he left the door open for negotiations to soften it.... 11/24/2014 3:46 PM

Tanzania: Maasai group looks likely to keep land
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A Maasai community near Tanzania's Serengeti National Park may be able to keep its traditional homeland after the country's president said on Twitter that the government would not take their land.... 11/24/2014 3:46 PM

Iran nuclear talks to be extended until July
VIENNA (AP) -- Facing significant differences still between the United States and Iran, negotiators gave up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by the Monday deadline and extended their talks for another seven months.... 11/24/2014 3:41 PM

Iraqi troops retake 2 towns in eastern province
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militiamen and Kurdish security forces have recaptured two eastern towns from Islamic State militants after fierce clashes, officials said Monday.... 11/24/2014 3:37 PM

Spanish police arrest 4 priests in pedophile case
MADRID (AP) -- Four priests were arrested Monday on suspicion of child sex abuse in a case which Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said Pope Francis has taken a special interest in uncovering.... 11/24/2014 3:37 PM

Congo: Amnesty says Belgian firm evicted hundreds
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- A Belgian company destroyed hundreds of homes near a mine in southeastern Congo and lied about it for years with the help of a government cover-up, Amnesty International said in a report released Monday.... 11/24/2014 3:24 PM

Filipino troops kill 5 Abu Sayyaf gunmen in clash
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine troops killed at least five Abu Sayyaf gunmen and seized their camp in a clash in an ongoing offensive in the south, a military spokeswoman said Monday.... 11/24/2014 3:14 PM

Japan's young fret as unexpected recession hits
TOKYO (AP) -- When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Japan's surprise recession by delaying a sales-tax increase, it was a cause for worry, not celebration, for many young Japanese. This generation, barely aware of their country's economic heyday, frets that putting off tough decisions now could make the future even worse.... 11/24/2014 2:58 PM

Hong Kong to clear more protest barricades
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong authorities said they will remove some barricades Tuesday from part of a pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district, scene of previous violent confrontations with police and angry mobs.... 11/24/2014 2:54 PM

China defends land reclamation in South China Sea
BEIJING (AP) -- Defying a U.S. call to halt the project, China defended its land reclamation in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Monday, saying the work is for public service use, although a London-based security group says the new island could host a military airfield to intimidate neighbors.... 11/24/2014 2:50 PM

Afghan bombings kill 2 NATO troops, 6 civilians
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Bombings across Afghanistan killed two NATO troops and six civilians Monday, authorities said, as the death toll in the country's deadliest insurgent attack this year rose to at least 50.... 11/24/2014 2:50 PM

Pope to take on hot EU topics in Strasbourg visit
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Pope Francis is set to deliver his first major speech on Europe, focusing on complex continental issues such as joblessness and immigration.... 11/24/2014 2:36 PM

Swiss museum accepts priceless Gurlitt art trove
BERLIN (AP) -- A Swiss museum agreed Monday to accept a priceless collection of long-hidden art from the late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt, saying it will work closely with Germany to make sure that any pieces looted by the Nazis are returned to their Jewish owners.... 11/24/2014 2:32 PM

Thai editor sentenced to jail for defaming king
BANGKOK (AP) -- A military court in junta-ruled Thailand sentenced a Web editor to 4 1/2 years in jail Monday for publishing an article five years ago that it said defamed the nation's king.... 11/24/2014 2:16 PM