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Strong quake hits east Indonesia; no tsunami warning
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A strong earthquake has struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia, but there are no reports of injuries or damage, and authorities say a tsunami is not likely.... 12/21/2014 12:06 PM

Tunisians votes in historic presidential runoff
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisians voted on Sunday for a new president in a runoff between a symbol of the country's previous regimes and a veteran human rights activist who came to power after the 2011 revolution.... 12/21/2014 12:06 PM

Egypt opens border with Gaza after 2-month closure
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Palestinian border official says Egypt has opened its border crossing with the Gaza Strip for the first time in two months, offering temporary relief to Palestinians seeking to leave the coastal enclave.... 12/21/2014 11:51 AM

Russia's sole independent TV forced into meager studio
MOSCOW (AP) -- Among the five TV journalists interviewing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the odd one out was easy to spot. Mikhail Zygar's questions were sharper than those of the others, who headed back to spacious television studios while Zygar broadcast his piece from a Moscow living room.... 12/21/2014 11:31 AM

Video shows Boko Haram killing captives
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- A new video from Boko Haram extremists shows gunmen mowing down civilians lying face down in a dorm and a leader saying they are "infidels" or non-believers.... 12/21/2014 11:31 AM

Kurds push into Sinjar; Iraqis battle for airport
SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi Kurdish fighters, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State group, pushed their way Sunday into the town of Sinjar, captured by the Sunni militants last summer.... 12/21/2014 11:29 AM

Tourism suffers in winter of EU-Russia discontent
PARIS (AP) -- Russia's tensions with the West over Ukraine and the slump for the ruble are echoing through the French Alps - and unfortunately for some businesses, just in time for ski season.... 12/21/2014 11:29 AM

Ex-mayor sworn in as Romania's new president
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania's Parliament swore in a former mayor as the country's new president in an election he called a triumph for democracy 25 years after communism ended.... 12/21/2014 11:06 AM

Saudi oil chief: No conspiracy behind oil prices
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's oil chief says that allegations the kingdom conspired to bring oil prices down to harm its neighbors are false.... 12/21/2014 10:57 AM

Nigeria's home-grown Islamic uprising poses regional threat
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Thousands of members of Nigeria's home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks.... 12/21/2014 10:57 AM

Gabon police break up opposition rally, 1 killed
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) -- Gabon's prosecutor says one person was killed after opposition protesters went ahead with a banned rally, prompting security forces to respond with tear gas in a bid to disperse the crowd.... 12/21/2014 9:04 AM

Taliban kill 7 Afghan policemen at checkpoint
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Taliban attacked a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan, killing at least seven policemen, an official said Sunday. In Kabul, a reporter wounded in an attack earlier this month on a French-run school died of his injuries.... 12/21/2014 8:14 AM

Lauren Jackson returns from 11-month injury layoff
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Seattle Storm forward and former WNBA most valuable player Lauren Jackson played her first competitive match in 11 months on the weekend, admitting she was "terrible" while scoring 13 points to lead the Canberra Capitals to victory in Australia.... 12/21/2014 8:08 AM

Israel arrests more from Jewish extremist group
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police have arrested four Jewish activists from the extremist Lehava group opposed to Arab-Jewish coexistence.... 12/21/2014 7:50 AM

Bomb blast kills 3, hurts 5 in northeastern India
GUWAHATI, India (AP) -- An explosion in the parking lot of a bus station early Sunday killed three people and wounded five others in India's remote northeastern state, where several separatist groups operate, police said.... 12/21/2014 6:50 AM

10 years on, where did all the tsunami debris go?
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) -- Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland.... 12/21/2014 5:47 AM

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children
SYDNEY (AP) -- An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said.... 12/21/2014 4:51 AM

A chance to breach divide for young in Cuba and US
HAVANA (AP) -- Daniela Martinez long figured that someday she would leave the struggles of daily life in Cuba and join her uncle in the United States, but after the events of the last few days, the 18-year-old medical student thinks exile may not be her only choice.... 12/21/2014 4:34 AM

North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.... 12/21/2014 12:40 AM

Egypt's powerful intelligence chief replaced
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's powerful intelligence chief, a longtime mentor of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, was removed and replaced by his deputy, security officials said Saturday... 12/21/2014 12:00 AM