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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

Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing.... 11/22/2014 7:26 AM

Police: Al-Shabab militants kill 28 in Kenya bus
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Al-Shabab militants from Somalia hijacked a bus in Kenya's north and killed 28 non-Muslims on board after they had been singled out from the rest of the passengers, police officials said Saturday.... 11/22/2014 7:24 AM

Influx of cheap Peruvian quinoa riles Bolivia
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that's fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean "superfood."... 11/22/2014 5:01 AM

Latin America applauds Obama's immigration plan
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised President Barack Obama on Friday for his executive orders granting new rights to millions of people living illegally in the United States, calling it "an act of justice."... 11/22/2014 4:57 AM

US warns citizens to avoid resort of Acapulco
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Mexico issued a security message Friday warning U.S. citizens to avoid the Pacific resort of Acapulco because of violence and protests.... 11/22/2014 4:31 AM

China party paper backs charges against journalist
BEIJING (AP) -- A newspaper published by China's ruling Communist Party on Saturday endorsed charges of leaking state secrets against a veteran journalist that critics say amount to political persecution.... 11/22/2014 4:10 AM

US provides $68 million for Mexico justice reform
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Mexico says the U.S. government will provide $68 million over five years to assist Mexico's effort to reform its court and justice system.... 11/22/2014 1:28 AM

Sri Lanka leader to face health minister in polls
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's health minister quit President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government Friday to challenge him in the upcoming elections, accusing the leader of taking the country toward an autocracy.... 11/22/2014 12:30 AM

UN committee urges Myanmar action on Rohingya
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee on Friday approved a resolution urging Myanmar to allow its persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority "access to full citizenship on an equal basis."... 11/21/2014 11:46 PM

Ex-Virgin Islands official convicted of corruption
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- A federal jury has found the former executive director of the U.S. Virgin Islands' legislature guilty of accepting bribes and of extortion.... 11/21/2014 11:18 PM

Mexicans turning to humor in mansion scandal
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Brad Pitt and George Clooney are intercepted by Mexico's border patrol. Carlos Slim, the world's richest man, is ready to audition for a soap opera.... 11/21/2014 11:07 PM

Puerto Rico legislators to debate oil tax increase
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's governor on Friday called a special legislative session for next week to debate a measure that seeks to boost an oil tax by 68 percent.... 11/21/2014 11:01 PM

Mexico's Colima volcano spouts ash, hot rock
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Colima volcano in western Mexico has erupted, sending a column of ash about 3 miles (5 kilometers) into the air.... 11/21/2014 10:56 PM

Iran nuke talks stalled, despite Kerry efforts
VIENNA (AP) -- Contentious nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran hit a new snag Friday after Iran apparently again turned down U.S. demands for concessions, leaving negotiations in limbo just three days before a deadline for a deal.... 11/21/2014 9:51 PM

2 in Puerto Rico accused of posing as policemen
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The FBI has filed charges against two men in Puerto Rico arrested after allegedly posing as police officers while shooting a man after breaking into his home where he ran a lottery business.... 11/21/2014 9:39 PM

China, Europe chase growth amid global slowdown
BEIJING (AP) -- China's central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Friday to re-energize the world's No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown.... 11/21/2014 9:39 PM

Sharif asks Obama to play role on Kashmir issue
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday asked the U.S. President Barack Obama to play a role in resolving the issue of Kashmir when he travels to neighboring India, the Pakistani foreign ministry said.... 11/21/2014 9:34 PM

Burkina Faso ex-leader's remains to be examined
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Burkina Faso's interim president says he will allow investigations to be conducted on the remains of Thomas Sankara, a former president whose death nearly 30 years ago during a coup has never been fully explained.... 11/21/2014 9:30 PM

Ukraine's Facebook revolution, 1 year later
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's revolution began with a status update on Facebook.... 11/21/2014 8:28 PM