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Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden's new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state - a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.... 10/30/2014 5:03 PM

Central Europe, Britain oppose Ukraine rebel vote
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) -- The foreign ministers of four Central European countries and Britain have condemned a plan by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine to hold local elections.... 10/30/2014 4:58 PM

Malala donates prize money to rebuild Gaza school
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The U.N. agency that assists Palestinian refugees says Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has donated $50,000 to rebuild a U.N. school in Gaza damaged during this summer's Israel-Hamas war.... 10/30/2014 4:55 PM

Film tells horrifying tale behind Louvre painting
PARIS (AP) -- It's one of the most viewed works in the Louvre, yet few visitors know the horrifying real-life story behind "The Raft of the Medusa."... 10/30/2014 4:52 PM

Family of held Egypt activists on hunger strike
CAIRO (AP) -- The mother and sister of two jailed pro-democracy Egyptian activists are on hunger strike to press demands for their release and show solidarity with other activists detained for breaking a draconian law on street protests.... 10/30/2014 4:51 PM

Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while the crisis in Sierra Leone is going to get worse, the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said.... 10/30/2014 4:35 PM

Spain OKs 'Google Tax' demanded by news publishers
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's parliament has approved new intellectual property laws that allow news publishers to charge aggregators each time they display news content in search results.... 10/30/2014 4:27 PM

Bodies of 5 men found inside car in Brazil slum
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian police have found the bodies of five men inside a car abandoned in one of the slums of Rio de Janeiro. At least one body was decapitated.... 10/30/2014 4:08 PM

Protesters storm Burkina Faso parliament, set fire
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Protesters stormed Burkina Faso's parliament and set its main chamber ablaze Thursday in the most significant challenge ever to the president's 27-year rule in one of the world's poorest countries.... 10/30/2014 3:43 PM

US condemns renewed violence in South Sudan
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The United States on Thursday condemned a recent outbreak of violence around an oil-rich town in South Sudan, as experts predicted a return to mass violence in the coming weeks.... 10/30/2014 3:37 PM

EU holds largest-ever cyber security exercise
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A European Union cyber-security agency was in Athens to conduct the largest exercise ever held on the continent to prevent attacks on Europe's public utilities and communications networks.... 10/30/2014 3:27 PM

Bodies of 48 Sunni tribal fighters found in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi authorities on Thursday found the bodies of 48 Sunni tribesmen killed by the Islamic State group in the restive western province of Anbar, an official said.... 10/30/2014 3:19 PM

N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported in the reclusive country, or anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter.... 10/30/2014 3:15 PM

Israeli police kill suspected Palestinian shooter
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli authorities closed off all access to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site Thursday, after police killed a Palestinian man suspected of trying to assassinate a hard-line Jewish activist well known for his efforts to promote increased Jewish access to the site.... 10/30/2014 3:14 PM

Larson named AP's West Africa bureau chief
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Krista Larson, who has covered the Ebola outbreak and the deadly conflict in Central African Republic for The Associated Press, has been named bureau chief for West Africa for the news cooperative.... 10/30/2014 3:07 PM

South Africans mourn sport deaths
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Singing hymns and blowing vuvuzelas, South African sporting fans on Thursday paid final respects to three sporting figures who died within three days of each other.... 10/30/2014 3:06 PM

Syrian official slams Turkey 'aggression'
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad's political adviser accused Turkey on Thursday of committing "aggression" against the country by allowing rebels to cross into the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani to battle the Islamic State group.... 10/30/2014 3:03 PM

NATO chief sees spike in Russian flights on border
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- NATO is increasing its readiness and air policing following a spike in Russian air force activity in Eastern Europe, the alliance's new chief said Thursday.... 10/30/2014 3:02 PM

Sri Lanka says no hope finding mudslide survivors
KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Hundreds of desperate Sri Lankan villagers dug with bare hands through the broken red earth of a deadly landslide Thursday, defying police orders after a top disaster official said there was no chance of finding more survivors at the high-elevation tea plantation.... 10/30/2014 3:02 PM

Latvian musical on Nazi collaborator stirs anger
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- A famous Latvian aviator who joined a Nazi killing squad during World War II is being brought to life in a musical that has outraged Jews in the Baltic country and beyond.... 10/30/2014 3:00 PM