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88-year-old ex-minister wins Tunisia election
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- An 88-year-old veteran of Tunisia's political establishment won the country's presidency, according to official results issued Monday, capping a four-year-long democratic transition.... 12/22/2014 3:01 PM

China to investigate ex-President Hu's top aide
BEIJING (AP) -- The top aide to former Chinese President Hu Jintao has been placed under investigation for unspecified disciplinary violations, the official Xinhua News Agency said Monday, in a sign that President Xi Jinping is removing his predecessor's influences while consolidating his power.... 12/22/2014 2:55 PM

Russia bails out bank following ruble slide
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has bailed out a mid-sized bank for about $500 million to save it from bankruptcy- a clear sign that the slide in the value of the ruble in the wake of sliding oil prices is straining the banking system.... 12/22/2014 2:51 PM

Kurdish fighters face resistance from IS in Iraq
MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish fighters in Iraq pushed deeper Monday into the town of Sinjar, held by the Islamic State group, but are facing stiff resistance from the Sunni militants who captured it in August.... 12/22/2014 2:51 PM

Wounded ex-NBA player Carl Herrera improves in Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The team coached by former NBA player Carl Herrera says his condition is improving following a shooting in Venezuela.... 12/22/2014 2:47 PM

Belarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- As relations between Russia and the West have sunk to their lowest point since the Cold War, there's one country that's reaping rewards - Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by the United States and the European Union.... 12/22/2014 2:39 PM

10 years after tsunami, victim's mom learns body wasn't lost
SEINT PAING, Myanmar (AP) -- Of all the moments to chase a dream, May Aye Nwe chose the morning of Dec. 26, 2004.... 12/22/2014 2:34 PM

Palestinians say Gaza reconstruction pledges unfulfilled
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian official says international donors have not yet followed through on their pledges to rebuild Gaza.... 12/22/2014 2:29 PM

Prosecutor: No terror link in France car rampage
PARIS (AP) -- French officials called for vigilance but warned against jumping to conclusions Monday after a pair of weekend attacks - one in which a driver ran down 13 bystanders, and another in which a recent convert to Islam knifed police officers.... 12/22/2014 2:24 PM

Panel: Asahi not to blame for criticism of Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- An independent panel says there is no clear evidence that reports by the Asahi newspaper quoting fabricated witness accounts led to international criticism over Japan's use of Asian women in wartime military brothels.... 12/22/2014 2:24 PM

AP NewsAlert
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- 88-year-old ex-minister Beji Caid Essebsi wins Tunisian presidency with 55.7 percent of vote.... 12/22/2014 2:20 PM

German bishops signal opening for some divorcees
BERLIN (AP) -- The head of the German Bishops' Conference says German bishops support allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive communion "under certain conditions."... 12/22/2014 2:20 PM

Presidents meet to discuss peace in South Sudan
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's government says President Jacob Zuma has travelled to East Africa for talks on the South Sudan peace process.... 12/22/2014 2:03 PM

A list of Pope Francis' 15 "Ailments of the Curia"
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis listed 15 "ailments" of the Vatican Curia during his annual Christmas greetings to the cardinals, bishops and priests who run the central administration of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church. Here's the list.... 12/22/2014 1:52 PM

Zimbabwe's president fires more cabinet members
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe's festive season is marked by continued political infighting and financial austerity, as the president fired two more cabinet ministers and the country's civil servants learned they will not get annual holiday bonuses.... 12/22/2014 1:50 PM

Nazarbayev: Ukraine conflict is 'nonsense'
MOSCOW (AP) -- Kazakhstan's president says the conflict in eastern Ukraine is "nonsense" and is calling on Russia and Ukraine to find a way to resolve it.... 12/22/2014 1:42 PM

Spain hands out $3B in planet's biggest lottery
MADRID (AP) -- Spaniards who bought lottery tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot on Monday, getting 400,000-euro ($490,000) payoffs from a 2.5 billion-euro ($3 billion) pot of cash that will be divided among thousands of ticketholders.... 12/22/2014 1:37 PM

China indicts Jackie Chan's son on drug charge
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese prosecutors on Monday indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was detained.... 12/22/2014 1:34 PM

Stocks advance amid oil price stability hopes
LONDON (AP) -- Global stock markets rose strongly Monday amid hopes that some stability was emerging in oil markets following a rout that's seen prices slide to five year lows.... 12/22/2014 1:29 PM

North Korea skipping UN Security Council meeting
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- An angry North Korea, now on the defensive over a U.S. accusation of hacking, is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting Monday where the country's bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time.... 12/22/2014 1:26 PM