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European court rules obesity can be disability
LONDON (AP) -- The European Court of Justice says obesity can be a disability, a ruling that could have consequences for employers across the continent.... 12/18/2014 11:43 AM

Nigeria sentences 54 soldiers to death by firing squad
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- A defense attorney says a court-martial that sentenced 54 soldiers to death will try another 43 soldiers and officers also accused of refusing to fight Islamic extremists in Nigeria.... 12/18/2014 11:41 AM

'Interview' ordeal at Sony just its latest crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- How do you say "damage control" in Japanese? Sony Corp. is sealed within a hermetic cone of silence as executives try to prevent the slow motion train wreck at Sony Pictures from damaging the rest of the sprawling business empire.... 12/18/2014 11:36 AM

A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet.... 12/18/2014 11:33 AM

Two-speed labor system in Qatar for 2022 World Cup
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands.... 12/18/2014 11:31 AM

Pope praises the diplomacy of US-Cuba accord
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has praised the "small steps" of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba.... 12/18/2014 11:30 AM

Crisis talks resume for Dutch coalition partners
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Crisis talks aimed at salvaging a cost-cutting Dutch health reform package and staving off the possible collapse of the country's 2-year-old ruling coalition are entering a third day.... 12/18/2014 11:29 AM

Yemen's parliament approves new Cabinet
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's parliament has approved a new government with a comfortable majority following months of violence.... 12/18/2014 11:27 AM

FIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- The FIFA executive committee is meeting Thursday amid a renewed crisis after the prosecutor it appointed resigned in protest over the handling World Cup bid investigation.... 12/18/2014 11:22 AM

Iraq PM drops lawsuits against journalists
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of all lawsuits filed by previous governments against journalists and media outlets, marking a departure from his predecessor Nouri al-Maliki, who was widely accused of using state institutions to target his political enemies.... 12/18/2014 11:19 AM

Greek jobless rate dips further to 25.5 percent
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Official Greek figures show unemployment in the country fell further to 25.5 percent in the third quarter from 26.6 percent in the previous quarter.... 12/18/2014 11:18 AM

UK air service to compensate airlines for glitch
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's air traffic service says it will compensate airlines for last week's computer glitch that briefly shut down London's busy airspace.... 12/18/2014 11:10 AM

Putin accuses West of trying to sideline Russia
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years, pledging to diversify the gas-dependent economy and persuade businesses to help prop up the collapsing ruble.... 12/18/2014 11:01 AM

Dutch lawmaker to be prosecuted for hate speech
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch authorities say they will prosecute lawmaker Geert Wilders for hate speech over a chant in which he asked his supporters whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands and they shouted back "Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!"... 12/18/2014 10:57 AM

UN seeks $8.4 billion to help Syria refugees
BERLIN (AP) -- The United Nations is seeking more than $8.4 billion for next year to help nearly 18 million people affected by the war in Syria.... 12/18/2014 10:47 AM

Chine arrests policeman blamed for wrongful conviction
BEIJING (AP) -- A police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 had been arrested, the official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday.... 12/18/2014 10:42 AM

11th Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- A health official in Sierra Leone says another of the country's doctors has died from Ebola.... 12/18/2014 10:27 AM

Iran to hold military drill near strategic passage
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's state TV says the military will hold a massive drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf next week.... 12/18/2014 10:15 AM

S. Korean group cancels plans for border tree
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean church group said Thursday it canceled plans to erect a giant Christmas tree near the border with North Korea after locals complained that it could provoke Pyongyang.... 12/18/2014 9:55 AM

India's space program notches 2 more successes
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India on Thursday announced two more successes in its space program - launching the country's largest rocket and testing the re-entry of an unmanned crew module, part of India's quest to send humans into space.... 12/18/2014 9:40 AM