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N. Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism."... 12/22/2014 2:44 AM

South Korea lowers outlook on weak private sector
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea lowered its growth forecast for next year, citing persistently weak sentiment among consumers and businesses. But the government predicted that overall economic conditions will improve from this year thanks to government measures, recovery in the U.S. economy and the fall in oil prices.... 12/22/2014 2:16 AM

France: Driver goes on rampage, feeding fears
PARIS (AP) -- A driver deliberately slammed his car into crowds around the city of Dijon in eastern France on Sunday, raising concerns at a time when Islamic extremists are calling for attacks in France.... 12/22/2014 1:56 AM

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children
CAIRNS, Australia (AP) -- A judge on Monday rejected a plea by lawyers for an Australia woman charged with killing eight children to have the next hearing held in a mental health court.... 12/22/2014 1:36 AM

Interim prime minister named in politically fractious Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume was named as Haiti's interim prime minister on Sunday following the resignation of her predecessor a week ago amid a stalemate over delayed legislative elections.... 12/22/2014 12:43 AM

Nigerian Islamic extremists pose regional threat
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Thousands of members of Nigeria's home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks.... 12/21/2014 10:37 PM

Exit poll: Ex-regime official is Tunisia's new president
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisian polling firms have declared Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old official from previous regimes, as the winner of Sunday's presidential runoff, cementing his dominance over a country where his party already controls Parliament.... 12/21/2014 10:10 PM

Protester takes perch on St. Peter's fa??ade
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- An Italian entrepreneur lowered himself onto a narrow ledge on the facade of St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday, the fifth time he has evaded Vatican security to mount a public protest against government reforms at one of Roman Catholicism's holiest sites.... 12/21/2014 9:37 PM

German-language pop superstar Udo Juergens dies
BERLIN (AP) -- Udo Juergens, an Austrian-born star who dominated pop music in the German-speaking world and sold more than 100 million records in a career spanning five decades, died on Sunday. He was 80 years old.... 12/21/2014 9:22 PM

Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England
LONDON (AP) -- Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership.... 12/21/2014 7:40 PM

Egypt President awards medal to retired spy chief
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi awarded the country's intelligence chief one of the state's highest awards on Sunday, after ordering his retirement.... 12/21/2014 7:21 PM

Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnage
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said.... 12/21/2014 7:03 PM

Egypt court bars pictures in homosexuality trial
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court official says a judge has barred photographers from taking courtroom pictures of 26 men on trial in connection to their suspected homosexuality, after their families protested.... 12/21/2014 6:46 PM

10 years on, where did all the tsunami debris go?
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) -- Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland.... 12/21/2014 6:37 PM

Egypt human rights group to register under restrictive law
CAIRO (AP) -- One of Egypt's most prominent human rights groups announced Sunday that it will register under a restrictive law it and other organizations have decried as an attempt by the government to silence them.... 12/21/2014 6:29 PM

Belarus' president promises help for Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- Belarus' authoritarian president on Sunday promised to help Ukraine as it struggles through its pro-Russia separatist insurgency and economic hardships.... 12/21/2014 6:11 PM

Iraqi Kurds push into contested northern town
MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- With coalition warplanes circling overhead, Kurdish fighters pushed into the contested northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Sunday, touching off heavy clashes with Islamic State militants who have controlled the area for months.... 12/21/2014 5:50 PM

Gulf stocks climb with Dubai gaining 9.9 percent
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Gulf stocks have opened the week with a climb that saw Dubai's main index gaining 9.9 percent.... 12/21/2014 5:04 PM

Sierra Leone urges safe burials to stem Ebola
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The radio announcement is chilling and blunt: "If I die, I want the deaths to stop with me."... 12/21/2014 4:30 PM

Belarusian independent news sites blocked
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Several independent news websites have been blocked in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, where the government exerts close control of news media.... 12/21/2014 2:38 PM