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Official: 28 die in clashes in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- Clashes in Central African Republic between Muslim and Christian fighters have killed 28, left dozens wounded and sent civilians fleeing for safety, a Red Cross official said Thursday.... 12/18/2014 1:02 PM

Myanmar tries NZ man on charge of insulting Buddha
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A New Zealand bar manager and two Myanmar men pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink Buddha wearing headphones.... 12/18/2014 1:01 PM

FIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter will lead an executive committee meeting on Thursday with the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia now on the agenda.... 12/18/2014 12:58 PM

Gulf stocks gain with Dubai closing 13 percent up
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Dubai's main stock market has gained 13 percent after closing at its lowest point of the year earlier in the week.... 12/18/2014 12:52 PM

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 entered a third day Thursday.... 12/18/2014 12:49 PM

Egypt sends 41 Islamists to prison for rioting
ASSIUT, Egypt (AP) -- A criminal court in southern Egypt has convicted 41 Islamists on charges of rioting in August last year, and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from one to 15 years.... 12/18/2014 12:44 PM

German ex-lawmaker seeks end to child porn case
BERLIN (AP) -- A former German lawmaker who quit amid a child pornography investigation says discussions are underway with prosecutors on possibly closing the case against him in exchange for a fine.... 12/18/2014 12:31 PM

China 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 12:31 PM

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 12:28 PM

Kenya legislators exchange blows over new security laws
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenyan legislators Thursday exchanged blows forcing parliament to adjourn the debate on proposed changes to security laws which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing civil liberties.... 12/18/2014 12:28 PM

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

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