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Parliament OKs German soldiers for Afghan mission
BERLIN (AP) -- Lawmakers have given the go-ahead for Germany to contribute up to 850 soldiers to the NATO-organized training and advisory mission in Afghanistan that will start work next month.... 12/18/2014 5:51 PM

UN OKs measures targeting North Korea, Iran, Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday approved resolutions criticizing the human rights situations of North Korea, Iran and Syria.... 12/18/2014 5:47 PM

Analysis: New focus on how Pakistan will address militancy
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Many wonder if the attack that killed 148 people at a Pakistani school will be a watershed in the country's long, conflicted history with Islamic militancy.... 12/18/2014 5:42 PM

Kenya legislators exchange blows over new security law
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Fistfights and scuffles broke out in Kenya's parliament Thursday as legislators passed a controversial security measure which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing civil liberties.... 12/18/2014 5:40 PM

Referendum sought in Italy about use of the euro
ROME (AP) -- An opposition party in Italy is conducting a petition drive for a referendum that would ask citizens if they want to keep the euro as the country's currency.... 12/18/2014 5:39 PM

FACT CHECK: Putin on the ruble collapse, Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- A fact-checking look at some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's statements on the ruble collapse and the Ukrainian crisis from his annual news conference Thursday:... 12/18/2014 5:37 PM

Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in northeast Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185, fleeing residents said Thursday of an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April.... 12/18/2014 5:36 PM

US-Cuba rapprochement complicates LatAm politics
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The renewing of ties between Cuba and the United States complicates matters for Havana's chief ally, Venezuela, which has been moving in the opposite direction, becoming more stridently anti-American.... 12/18/2014 5:30 PM

FIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter and his executive committee opened a two-day meeting Thursday to discuss the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia and whether to publish his confidential World Cup report.... 12/18/2014 5:23 PM

EU leaders meeting about Russia, jumpstarting growth
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union leaders met Thursday to seek solutions to two major challenges - how to jumpstart sluggish economic growth at home, and how to deal long-term with Russia.... 12/18/2014 5:21 PM

Abu Dhabi's Etihad gets A380, complete with suite
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Abu Dhabi's national carrier, Etihad, has showcased the arrival of its first Airbus A380, outfitted with "the only three-room suite in the sky."... 12/18/2014 5:18 PM

Germany arrests 3 accused of spying for Turkey
BERLIN (AP) -- German prosecutors said Thursday that they have arrested three Turkish men accused of spying on compatriots in Germany for Turkish intelligence.... 12/18/2014 5:05 PM

Yemen's parliament approves new Cabinet
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's parliament on Thursday approved a new government despite months of violence and political wrangling that has shaken the country.... 12/18/2014 5:04 PM

Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies
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 5:01 PM

Palestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday 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 5:00 PM

UN urges Syrian warring parties to stop fighting in UN zone
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council on Thursday urged Syrian government forces and rebel groups to stop fighting in the buffer zone between Syria and Israel and withdraw from the area which is patrolled by U.N. peacekeepers.... 12/18/2014 4:56 PM

Denmark targets 2 accused of jihadi propaganda
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Danish authorities have opened criminal cases against two men accused of incitement to violence by spreading jihadi videos and images online.... 12/18/2014 4:31 PM

Aer Lingus rejects bid by British Airways parent
DUBLIN (AP) -- Irish airline Aer Lingus has rejected a takeover bid by the International Consolidated Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways and Spain's Iberia.... 12/18/2014 4:24 PM

Montenegro expected to extradite 3 men to US
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) -- Montenegro has started extradition procedures for three men who have been charged by a New York court with conspiring to kill Americans and aid terrorists.... 12/18/2014 4:20 PM

Pope praises the diplomacy of US-Cuba accord
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis praised the "small steps" of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba, expressing joy over the outcome that he helped bring about.... 12/18/2014 4:19 PM