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Indonesia volcano erupts, injuring 4; 1 missing
TERNATE, Indonesia (AP) -- A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Friday, spewing towering clouds of hot ash into the air and sending a group of hikers to scramble to safety, leaving nine injured and one missing, an official said.... 12/19/2014 9:52 AM

Victory for plaintiff in China gay conversion case
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese psychological clinic was ordered Friday to pay compensation to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual, in what is believed to be China's first case involving so-called conversion therapy.... 12/19/2014 9:41 AM

HK court: Property tycoon guilty of corruption
HONG KONG (AP) -- A Hong Kong jury found a billionaire property developer and a former top government official guilty of corruption Friday after a high profile trial that amplified anger at the city's elite.... 12/19/2014 9:30 AM

Spanish police probe car attack on ruling party HQ
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish police have cordoned off streets around the headquarters of the ruling conservative Popular Party and are searching for possible explosives after a man rammed his car into the building.... 12/19/2014 9:15 AM

Sri Lankan opposition pledges war crime inquiry
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's main opposition presidential candidate says the country cannot be charged with war crimes in the International Criminal Court, but he will launch a domestic inquiry if he wins a January election.... 12/19/2014 8:55 AM

German consumer confidence on the rise
BERLIN (AP) -- German consumer confidence is continuing to improve, supported by expectations of increasing economic strength and a greater willingness to make purchases.... 12/19/2014 8:53 AM

8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia
SYDNEY (AP) -- Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.... 12/19/2014 8:42 AM

Farmers, unionists protest EU-US free trade talks
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Hundreds of farmers and trade unionists are protesting in Brussels against negotiations to set up a trans-Atlantic free trade zone, which they fear will leave them out in the cold at the expense of big multinationals.... 12/19/2014 8:36 AM

Asia equity rally continues after Fed rate pledge
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stocks rallied for a second day Friday after the Federal Reserve's reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit.... 12/19/2014 8:30 AM

Essebsi narrow favorite to win Tunisian presidency
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- For the third time in just two months, Tunisian voters will head to the polls this weekend, this time to elect a president in a runoff vote that presents a stark choice between the country's past and its Arab Spring revolution.... 12/19/2014 8:12 AM

Pakistan: 67 militants killed after school massacre
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people - most of them children - in a school massacre.... 12/19/2014 7:36 AM

Filipino family wants US Marine in local jail during trial
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A U.S. Marine charged with killing a transgender Filipino woman he picked up in a bar was brought back Friday to the city where the attack occurred two months ago, and lawyers of the victim say they will seek his detention in a local jail during his murder trial.... 12/19/2014 7:22 AM

Ex-worker at China's Forbidden City gets death
BEIJING (AP) -- A Beijing court on Friday sentenced a former employee of the Forbidden City to be executed for stabbing two of his supervisors to death on the museum's grounds, state media reported.... 12/19/2014 7:05 AM

In Lebanon, Syrian newborns risk statelessness
BEIRUT (AP) -- Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of basic rights.... 12/19/2014 6:43 AM

Japan scientist quits as cell research discredited
TOKYO (AP) -- The Japanese researcher whose claim of a major breakthrough in stem cell research was discredited resigned after the government lab where she worked failed to replicate her results.... 12/19/2014 6:06 AM

Spy's parents search for son after Cuba-US deal
HAVANA (AP) -- The parents of convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo feared the worst when their son failed to call home from prison and they were told he had been taken away at dawn. But officials assured the couple that their son was now better off.... 12/19/2014 5:17 AM

Pilot gets 3 years for China crash that killed 44
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese court on Friday sentenced an airplane captain to three years in prison after 44 people died when his plane crashed more than four years ago.... 12/19/2014 5:11 AM

Brazil graft cases: Beginning of impunity's end?
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A federal investigation into a kickback scheme at Brazil's state oil company has, so far, ensnared 30 executives. In Sao Paulo, prosecutors accuse 33 businessmen of running a "cartel" to profit from the city's subway system.... 12/19/2014 5:09 AM

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US
HAVANA (AP) -- The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings.... 12/19/2014 5:03 AM

Japan, US delay update to defense cooperation
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan and the United States formally postponed Friday an update to their defense cooperation guidelines.... 12/19/2014 3:47 AM