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Spain urges Cuba to up pace of economic reforms
HAVANA (AP) -- Spain's foreign minister urged Cuba on Tuesday to accelerate economic reforms designed to expand private enterprise and attract foreign investment to the communist-run island.... 11/25/2014 11:53 PM

France suspends delivery of warship to Russia
PARIS (AP) -- France suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia on Tuesday, after months of speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin.... 11/25/2014 11:45 PM

Gunmen seize jewels and hostage in Paris heist
PARIS (AP) -- Two gunmen robbed a Cartier jewelry boutique in a tony and tourist-filled Paris neighborhood Tuesday, fled police in a chase across the Seine River, took a hostage - and then surrendered, authorities said.... 11/25/2014 11:37 PM

Argentina president returns after illness
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's president has made her first public appearance since being hospitalized more than three weeks ago for a bacterial infection of the colon.... 11/25/2014 10:51 PM

Greece: HIV infections ease after spike
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Health authorities in Greece say the number of HIV infections fell in 2013 for the first time since the start of the financial crisis.... 11/25/2014 10:46 PM

Puerto Rico police seize $11.5M worth of cocaine
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Authorities in Puerto Rico say they have seized 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) of cocaine worth an estimated $11.5 million.... 11/25/2014 10:38 PM

Russian envoy: Ferguson shows US racial problems
MOSCOW (AP) -- The violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, reflect simmering U.S. tensions over racial discrimination that could undermine the country's stability, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday.... 11/25/2014 10:08 PM

Warplanes strike airport in Libya capital again
CAIRO (AP) -- Warplanes again bombed a Libyan military air base Tuesday that until a day earlier was Tripoli's only functioning airport, shortly after the Islamist-backed prime minister said his government was at war.... 11/25/2014 9:59 PM

UN: 12.2 million Syrians need humanitarian help
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. humanitarian chief says 12.2 million Syrians need assistance because of increasing violence and deteriorating conditions in the country, up from 10.8 million in July.... 11/25/2014 9:47 PM

Official: Afghan president orders military review
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- President Ashraf Ghani has ordered a top-to-bottom review of the operations of Afghanistan's defense forces, including discussing the resumption of controversial night raids banned by his predecessor.... 11/25/2014 9:37 PM

24 died in Burkina Faso unrest that ousted leader
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- A committee cataloging the damage done during protests that forced Burkina Faso's longtime president from power says 24 people were killed in the unrest.... 11/25/2014 9:07 PM

2 teen female bombers kill more than 40 in Nigeria
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) -- The teenage girls entered the busy marketplace separately Tuesday, their vests of explosives hidden beneath their full hijabs.... 11/25/2014 8:56 PM

8 shoes of Holocaust victims stolen in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish authorities say that eight shoes that once belonged to Holocaust victims have been stolen from the former concentration camp Majdanek in Poland, now a state-run museum.... 11/25/2014 8:50 PM

Top US Jesuit defends Vatican sex prosecutor
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The head of the Jesuits in the United States defended the Vatican's new sex crimes prosecutor Tuesday, saying he had virtually no role in the order's handling of a notorious pedophile now serving a 25-year prison sentence.... 11/25/2014 8:34 PM

Cash cut to Ukraine rebel areas in risky strategy
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- For hours, small crowds in Donetsk huddle hopefully in the cold around cash machines that never get filled, as artillery rumbles in the distance.... 11/25/2014 8:21 PM

France's Pompidou opens Jeff Koons retrospective
PARIS (AP) -- Paris' Pompidou Center inaugurated a major retrospective Tuesday of U.S. artist Jeff Koons, the polemical 59-year-old master of kitsch, whose huge, stainless-steel balloon dog broke records last year, selling at auction for $58.4 million.... 11/25/2014 7:46 PM

Pope confirms calling Spanish sex abuse victim
ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis says he personally called a Spaniard who said he was sexually abused by a priest and urged him to report it to the diocese.... 11/25/2014 7:37 PM

'Jewish state' bill tests Israeli democracy
JERUSALEM (AP) -- In the face of a rising wave of violence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing forward a plan to formalize by law Israel's status as "the Jewish state." Netanyahu says it's a needed response to those who question Israel's right to exist. But the measure would anger Israel's Arab minority and could draw international condemnation, severely testing a delicate balance between democracy and the country's Jewish character. Here's a look at the debate:... 11/25/2014 7:36 PM

Black Friday shopping catches on in UK
LONDON (AP) -- Halloween and Mother's Day have become staples of the U.K. shopping calendar. Now Black Friday looks as though it may be the next big retail import from the United States.... 11/25/2014 7:30 PM

South Sudan warns UN against imposing sanctions
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- South Sudan warned Tuesday that imposing sanctions will only make it harder to find an elusive peace in a yearlong conflict that has ripped the country apart and killed thousands of civilians.... 11/25/2014 7:11 PM