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Saudi says oil decisions not linked to politics
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's oil chief said in comments published Thursday that there are no links between the kingdom's decision to oppose production cuts and political objectives - an apparent response to accusations last week from Shiite powerhouse Iran.... 12/18/2014 3:40 PM

3 wounded as UN vehicle hits roadside bomb in northern Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- The U.N. force in Mali says three peacekeepers were wounded when a vehicle carrying Chadian troops hit a roadside bomb in the country's north.... 12/18/2014 3:37 PM

EU leaders meeting about Russia, jumpstarting growth
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union leaders met Thursday to seek solutions to two major challenges -how to jumpstart sluggish economic growth at home, and how to deal long-term with Russia.... 12/18/2014 3:35 PM

Yemen's parliament approves new Cabinet
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's parliament on Thursday approved a new government despite months of violence and political wrangling that has shaken the country.... 12/18/2014 3:33 PM

Kenya legislators exchange blows over new security laws
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Fistfights and scuffles broke out in Kenya's parliament Thursday as legislators passed controversial security measures which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing civil liberties.... 12/18/2014 3:31 PM

Russian sailors leaving France without warship
PARIS (AP) -- Russian sailors are leaving a French Atlantic port without the controversial French-made warship they were supposed to sail away on.... 12/18/2014 3:26 PM

Rights group decries judges' sacking in Maldives
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- An international rights group on Thursday criticized the dismissal of two top judges in the Maldives, including the chief justice, calling it an assault on judicial independence.... 12/18/2014 3:22 PM

European court rules obesity can be a disability
LONDON (AP) -- Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday - a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28-nation bloc for the way in which employers deal with severely overweight staff.... 12/18/2014 3:15 PM

Poll: 81 percent back Putin even as ruble falls
MOSCOW (AP) -- From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost about half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah.... 12/18/2014 3:13 PM

Putin: West is trying to 'defang' the Russian bear
MOSCOW (AP) -- Vowing never to let the West defang his proud nation, President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years by diversifying and voiced confidence that the plummeting ruble will soon recover.... 12/18/2014 3:11 PM

Cambodian villagers angry over HIV outbreak
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Cambodia's prime minister has appealed to villagers in northwestern Cambodia not to lynch an unlicensed medical practitioner who they suspect caused more than 100 people to become infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.... 12/18/2014 3:10 PM

Militant video claims Tunisia assassinations
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- A new video has surfaced claiming responsibility for the 2013 assassinations of two Tunisian politicians in the name of the Islamic State group.... 12/18/2014 3:03 PM

Pakistan grants bail to main Mumbai attack suspect
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Thursday granted bail to the chief suspect in the Mumbai attack trial, a defense lawyer said, a decision immediately criticized by India.... 12/18/2014 3:02 PM

Dutch Cabinet crisis deepens
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Netherlands' prime minister has canceled plans to attend a European summit in Brussels in order to focus his full attention on a domestic political spat that is threatening to cause the collapse of his 2-year-old governing coalition.... 12/18/2014 2:56 PM

Sony film took aim at North Korea's biggest taboo
TOKYO (AP) -- If the U.S. government's claim is correct that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen's latest comedy, no one can say they weren't warned. The movie, "The Interview," pushed all of North Korea's buttons.... 12/18/2014 2:47 PM

France fines 13 firms $1.2 bln for price-fixing
PARIS (AP) -- Penalizing a dirty business involving cleaning products, French regulators fined 13 consumer-products makers about 950 million euros ($1.2 billion) for price fixing on goods like shampoos, detergents and toothpaste.... 12/18/2014 2:44 PM

Dutch secret service taps terror suspects' lawyers
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Dutch interior ministry has acknowledged the country's secret service sometimes taps the communications of lawyers who represent terrorism suspects.... 12/18/2014 2:36 PM

UK police probe murder claims in child abuse case
LONDON (AP) -- British police said Thursday they are investigating three allegations of murder as part of an inquiry into claims that politically powerful people sexually abused children several decades ago.... 12/18/2014 2:35 PM

Irish face new abortion row over brain-dead woman
DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland is debating its constitutional ban on abortion again amid a case involving a brain-dead pregnant woman on life support.... 12/18/2014 2:26 PM

A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet.... 12/18/2014 2:17 PM