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Iraqi forces, Islamic State group battle in Ramadi
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi soldiers backed by Sunni fighters launched a major operation Saturday to retake a section of the city of Ramadi seized by Islamic State group militants, an official and residents said.... 11/22/2014 1:25 PM

Pope meets with autistic children
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has called for an end to the isolation and stigma of people living with autism spectrum disorders and their families during an audience aimed at raising awareness about the condition.... 11/22/2014 1:20 PM

Somalia's Al-Shabab says it killed 28 in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, Al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for a Saturday dawn attack on a bus in which 28 non-Muslims were singled out and killed.... 11/22/2014 1:11 PM

Hundreds evacuated after London hotel explosion
LONDON (AP) -- A suspected gas leak touched off an explosion in the basement of the Hyatt Regency Churchill in London, injuring 14 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of hotel guests, authorities said Saturday.... 11/22/2014 1:00 PM

UK firms Aviva, Friends Life in $8.8B merger talks
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Aviva says it is in talks to buy another insurer, Friends Life for over 5.6 billion pounds ($8.8 billion) in a deal that would create the country's leading insurance, savings and asset management company by number of customers.... 11/22/2014 12:46 PM

N. Korean student escaped kidnap attempt in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- A North Korean student with family ties to the regime has escaped a kidnapping bid in Paris, where he was studying, and is now in hiding.... 11/22/2014 12:34 PM

Nagorno-Karabkah says it killed 2 Azeri soldiers
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) -- Nagorno-Karabakh says its forces have killed two Azerbaijani soldiers in an operation to recover the bodies of three helicopter crew members whose craft was shot down by Azerbaijan this month.... 11/22/2014 12:21 PM

Activist group: US-led Syria strikes kill over 900
BEIRUT (AP) -- A prominent Syrian activist group monitoring its civil war says U.S.-led airstrikes in the country have killed over 900 people since September, many fighters of the militant Islamic State group, though some civilians as well.... 11/22/2014 11:54 AM

Egypt lawyers union: Judge terrorizing attorneys
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's lawyers union has criticized an Egyptian judge for "disparaging" and "terrorizing" the defense team of a prominent activist on trial over a 2011 protest.... 11/22/2014 11:44 AM

Strong quake in western China kills at least 1
BEIJING (AP) -- A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China on Saturday, killing at least one person and causing minor damage to buildings, officials and state media said.... 11/22/2014 11:32 AM

Plague outbreak kills 40 people in Madagascar
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August.... 11/22/2014 11:22 AM

Afghan base attack kills 8 militants, 1 soldier
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says that one soldier and eight insurgents have been killed in an attack on an army base in the country's volatile east.... 11/22/2014 10:59 AM

Clock ticks down on Iran nuke talks' deadline
VIENNA (AP) -- Three days ahead of deadline, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is consulting with allies on how to overcome deep obstacles to reach a nuclear deal with Iran.... 11/22/2014 10:59 AM

Congo's army hunts assailants after attack in east
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- A provincial governor says Congo's army is searching for the perpetrators of a new attack in the country's east that civil society groups say killed at least 50 people.... 11/22/2014 10:58 AM

Biden calls on nations to focus on energy security
ISTANBUL (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called on Europe to continue diversifying its energy supplies to reduce dependence on Russia, which he said should not be allowed to use its vast gas and oil resources as a geopolitical tool.... 11/22/2014 10:55 AM

Germany releases, deports convicted Russia spy
BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities have released a woman convicted of spying for Russia and deported her after she served half of her prison sentence.... 11/22/2014 10:33 AM

Portuguese police detain ex-premier in fraud case
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates has been detained by police as part of an investigation into corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud, Portugal's Attorney-General's office said Saturday.... 11/22/2014 10:27 AM

UK volunteers fly to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- The British government says the first group of National Health Service volunteers has left for Sierra Leone, where they will work in Ebola treatment centers across the country.... 11/22/2014 10:22 AM

Egypt to host major economic conference in March
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's prime minister says his government will host a three-day international economic conference in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh starting March 13 to support the country's economy.... 11/22/2014 9:57 AM

Bahrain holds its first major vote since unrest
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Voters in Bahrain cast ballots Saturday in the island kingdom's first full parliamentary election since Arab Spring-inspired protests erupted four years ago, but a boycott called by the country's opposition threatens to overshadow the poll.... 11/22/2014 7:51 AM