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Colombia's government rebuffs rebel truce
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's government is rebuffing a unilateral truce declared by the country's largest rebel group as unacceptable.... 12/18/2014 12:26 PM

Palestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands that was submitted to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vote.... 12/18/2014 12:24 PM

France fines 13 firms $1.2 bln for price-fixing
PARIS (AP) -- France's antitrust authority has slapped penalties totaling some 950 million euros ($1.2 billion) against 13 consumer-goods makers for illegally colluding on prices for hygiene and cleaning products including shampoos, toothpaste and detergents.... 12/18/2014 12:24 PM

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 12:23 PM

Yemen's parliament approves new Cabinet
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's parliament on Thursday approved a new government with a comfortable majority following months of violence and political wrangling.... 12/18/2014 12:20 PM

'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 12:19 PM

Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal
HAVANA (AP) -- Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being.... 12/18/2014 12:17 PM

Chine arrests policeman blamed for wrongful conviction
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 has been arrested in a case that has caught national attention, the official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday.... 12/18/2014 12:15 PM

Myanmar tries NZ man on charge of insulting Buddha
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A New Zealand bar manager and two Myanmar men have pleaded innocent to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink Buddha wearing headphones.... 12/18/2014 12:12 PM

11th Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said.... 12/18/2014 12:06 PM


BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union imposes ban on investment in Crimea, other economic sanctions.... 12/18/2014 12:00 PM

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, voicing confidence that the plummeting ruble will recover and promising to diversify Russia's gas-dependent economy.... 12/18/2014 11:55 AM

Iraq PM drops lawsuits against journalists
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of all government lawsuits 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 11:54 AM

Shareholders back DP World's London delisting
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- DP World, one of the world's largest port operators, says its shareholders have approved delisting from the London Stock Exchange and the acquisition of a Dubai government-linked operator of free-trade zones for $2.6 billion.... 12/18/2014 11:50 AM

Swiss central bank imposes negative interest rates
BERN, Switzerland (AP) -- Following the fallout of the slide in the Russian ruble, Switzerland sought Thursday to prevent the Swiss franc from breaching upper limits imposed on the currency by introducing negative interest rates on commercial bank deposits.... 12/18/2014 11:49 AM

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

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

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