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Hong Kong police arrest key protesters, clear site
HONG KONG (AP) -- Police arrested key student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on Wednesday as they cleared barricades in one volatile district, throwing into doubt the future of a 2-month-old movement seeking free elections in the former British colony.... 11/26/2014 10:33 AM

Activists raise Raqqa strikes death toll to 95
BEIRUT (AP) -- The death toll from a series of Syrian government airstrikes on the Islamic State group's stronghold in northeastern Syria has risen to at least 95, making it one of the deadliest attacks on the city of Raqqa in the past three years.... 11/26/2014 10:27 AM

Iran parliament approve science minister nominee
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's parliament on Wednesday approved President Hassan Rouhani's nominee for ministry of science, ending a long stand-off between the moderate president and the conservative-dominated assembly.... 11/26/2014 10:24 AM

In Britain, US turkey dinner is big for business
LONDON (AP) -- Plump turkeys in butcher shop windows. Harvest displays of pumpkin and corn. Sandwich boards describing groaning feasts.... 11/26/2014 10:12 AM

Once maligned, Iran's Jews find greater acceptance
YAZD, Iran (AP) -- More than a thousand people trekked across Iran this past week to visit a shrine in this ancient Persian city, a pilgrimage like many others in the Islamic Republic - until you notice men there wearing yarmulkes.... 11/26/2014 10:10 AM

New Thai tourism strategy: 'I Hate Thailand'
BANGKOK (AP) -- It's been a bad year for tourism in Thailand, and at first glance it looked like a new YouTube video was adding to the misery.... 11/26/2014 10:06 AM

Germany to require 30 pct women in top boardrooms
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's coalition government wants major companies to have at least 30 percent women on its supervisory boards.... 11/26/2014 9:54 AM

Merkel: Continued Russia sanctions "unavoidable"
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel says continued sanctions against Russia are "unavoidable" and that it will take "patience and perseverance" to end the crisis in Ukraine.... 11/26/2014 9:49 AM

Saudi Arabia: Deaths from MERS virus reach 348
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry says that a total of 348 people have died in the kingdom after contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS.... 11/26/2014 9:42 AM

26 coal miners die in fire in north China mine
BEIJING (AP) -- A fire sparked by underground tremors tore through a coal mine in northeastern China early Wednesday, killing 26 miners and leaving several others with life-threatening injuries, state media reported.... 11/26/2014 9:37 AM

Official: Gunmen kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team Wednesday, killing four health workers, while a suspected U.S. drone strike killed four alleged militants in Pakistan, officials said.... 11/26/2014 9:29 AM

EU proposes $380 billion investment plan
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's executive Commission on Wednesday proposed a 315-billion euro ($380 billion) investment plan to boost the bloc's flagging economy, with some 21 billion euros in seed money coming from EU institutions.... 11/26/2014 9:20 AM

ADB: Japan likely to return to growth in 4Q
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The president of the Asian Development Bank said Wednesday that Japan's economy is expected to return to growth in the fourth quarter of this year and its recession will have little impact on Southeast Asian economies.... 11/26/2014 9:07 AM

Impoverished Lebanese city is target for IS group
TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) -- Jamal Hayak is finally fixing up his restaurant, damaged a month ago in clashes between the army and militants in this northern Lebanese city. But he has little doubt violence will erupt again, and he says he fears next time it will be Islamic State group fighters battling in Tripoli's streets.... 11/26/2014 8:54 AM

Freighter with 700 migrants being towed to Crete
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A Greek navy frigate was towing a crippled freighter with hundreds of migrants on board through gale-force winds and high waves to safety on the southern island of Crete on Wednesday, a day after it suffered engine failure in international waters.... 11/26/2014 8:50 AM

Greek journalists on strike
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek journalists are on a 24-hour strike, pulling all newscasts off the air a day before a nationwide general strike against austerity measures.... 11/26/2014 8:49 AM

India's state-owned bank to launch Islamic fund
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's largest state-owned bank will launch an Islamic equity fund next month aimed mainly at attracting investments from the country's 170 million Muslims.The Securities and Exchange Board of India, the country's banking regulator, recently allowed the government-owned State Bank of India and three mutual funds to launch Sharia funds.... 11/26/2014 8:32 AM

Benin says Lassa fever kills 9, no Ebola found
COTONOU, Benin (AP) -- The Healthy Ministry in Benin says nine people have died from Lassa fever, a viral disease common in West Africa with symptoms similar to Ebola.... 11/26/2014 8:16 AM

Arab world's beloved singer Sabah dies at 87
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanese singer and actress Sabah, an icon of Arab music, died Wednesday after a career that spanned over six-decades, Lebanese media said. She was 87.... 11/26/2014 8:15 AM

Rickshaw research reveals extreme Delhi pollution
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The three-wheeled rickshaw lurched through New Delhi's commuter-clogged streets with an American scientist and several air pollution monitors in the back seat. Car horns blared. A scrappy scooter buzzed by belching black smoke from its tailpipe. One of the monitors spiked.... 11/26/2014 8:01 AM