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Cuba: We're open to every part of Obama's detente
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba is open to all of U.S. President Barack Obama's moves to improve relations and strengthen private enterprise and civil society on the island, the country's head of North American affairs said Monday.... 12/22/2014 8:03 PM

88-year-old ex-minister wins Tunisia election
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- An 88-year-old political veteran has been elected president of Tunisia, a country whose young people once electrified the world by overthrowing its 73-year-old dictator in 2011 and triggering the Arab Spring uprisings across the region.... 12/22/2014 7:59 PM

AP PHOTOS: Spain searches for Franco-era graves
ESTEPAR, Spain (AP) -- Across Spain, volunteer teams of archeologists, anthropologists and forensic scientists head out every year on expeditions to dig for suspected mass graves - a legacy of Spain's fascist past.... 12/22/2014 7:58 PM

Thousands stage anti-Islam protest in Germany
DRESDEN, Germany (AP) -- Thousands of people have gathered in the eastern German city of Dresden for the latest in a series of anti-Islam demonstrations that have alarmed the country's politicians.... 12/22/2014 7:52 PM

11 hurt after van drives into Nantes Christmas market
PARIS (AP) -- A French official says 11 people are hurt, five seriously, after a van drove into a Christmas market in the western city of Nantes.... 12/22/2014 7:45 PM

Nicaragua breaks ground on historic canal project
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Nicaraguan officials and a Chinese company have broken ground on a $50 billion transoceanic waterway predicted to rival the Panama Canal.... 12/22/2014 7:42 PM

Ex Petrobras manager says she spoke with CEO about anomalies
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- President Dilma Rousseff on Monday sharply defended the chief executive officer of the Brazil's state-run oil company despite allegations she was told years ago about some of the irregularities that are ballooning into the nation's biggest corruption scheme yet.... 12/22/2014 7:39 PM

Leaders agree on Ukrainian peace talks this week
MOSCOW (AP) -- Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany on Monday reached an agreement to call another round of Ukraine peace talks this week.... 12/22/2014 7:37 PM

Greek prosecutor rejects lawmaker's bribe claims
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A judicial investigation has dismissed a Greek lawmaker's allegations that he was offered money to back the government candidate in the country's fraught presidential vote.... 12/22/2014 7:34 PM

Al-Jazeera shuts down its Egypt channel
CAIRO (AP) -- The Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera news network on Monday shut down its Egypt channel, quieting a major source of tension between the two countries at a time when regional efforts are underway to reconcile between the two countries over the Gulf nation's support for Islamists.... 12/22/2014 7:19 PM

TripAdvisor fined $600,000 by Italian anti-trust
MILAN (AP) -- Italy's antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers' association and a consumer protection agency.... 12/22/2014 7:09 PM

UN chief urges better early warning of next disease outbreak
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday the international community urgently needs better early warning and rapid response to the next outbreak of disease - "a test that is sure to come."... 12/22/2014 6:50 PM

Skiers have reservations over airbag safety system
VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) -- Some skiers are concerned they will turn into the puffy "Michelin Man" when they are not supposed to.... 12/22/2014 6:23 PM

Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's Princess Cristina was indicted on tax fraud charges Monday - a severe setback to efforts by her brother King Felipe VI to rid the royalty of image problems after his scandal-plagued father abdicated six months ago.... 12/22/2014 6:21 PM

Truck veering out of control kills 6 pedestrians in Glasgow
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Six people were killed and several others injured when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in downtown Glasgow Monday, police said.... 12/22/2014 6:18 PM

Russia bails out bank following ruble slide
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has bailed out a mid-sized bank for about $500 million to save it from bankruptcy- a clear sign that the slide in the value of the ruble in the wake of falling oil prices is straining the banking system.... 12/22/2014 6:16 PM

Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God.... 12/22/2014 6:07 PM

Palestinians say Gaza reconstruction pledges unfulfilled
JERUSALEM (AP) -- International donors have so far failed to deliver billions of dollars in aid money that was promised to rebuild the war-battered Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said Monday, saying the rift between rival Palestinian factions is deterring foreign governments from sending aid.... 12/22/2014 5:54 PM

Big changes coming to Cuba tourism with US opening
HAVANA (AP) -- U.S. tourists are roaming the streets of Old Havana, listening to lectures on Art Deco architecture and meeting with jazz musicians. What they aren't doing yet - at least most of the time - is lounging in the sun and sipping mojitos at white-sand-beach resorts.... 12/22/2014 5:39 PM

Burundi arrests brother of French police attacker
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- An intelligence service spokesman says the brother of a man who attacked police in France has been arrested in Burundi.... 12/22/2014 5:37 PM