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Pakistani jets, ground forces kill 27 militants in northwest
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's military says its jets and ground forces have killed 27 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border.... 12/19/2014 4:57 AM

8 children killed in home in northern Australia
SYDNEY (AP) -- Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.... 12/19/2014 4:51 AM

China pilot gets 3 years for crash that killed 44
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese court has sentenced an airplane captain to three years in prison over the deaths of 44 people killed when his plane crashed.... 12/19/2014 4:43 AM

Filipino family wants US Marine in local jail during trial
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A U.S. Marine charged with killing a transgender Filipino woman has been brought back to the city where the attack occurred two months ago, and lawyers of the victim say they will seek his detention in a local jail during his murder trial.... 12/19/2014 4:08 AM

Japan scientist quits as cell research discredited
TOKYO (AP) -- The Japanese researcher whose claim of a major breakthrough in stem cell research was discredited has resigned after the government lab where she worked failed to replicate her results.... 12/19/2014 3:57 AM

Spy's parents search for son after Cuba-US deal
HAVANA (AP) -- When convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo failed to call home from prison, his parents went to the jail to see if their son had fallen ill. Officials told the elderly couple not to worry, saying only that he was better off.... 12/19/2014 3:52 AM

Japan, US delay update to defense cooperation
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan and the United States formally postponed Friday an update to their defense cooperation guidelines.... 12/19/2014 3:47 AM

S Korea court orders dissolution of leftist party
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's constitutional court on Friday ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views, a move critics say exposes limits of freedom of expression in a country once ruled by military dictators.... 12/19/2014 3:46 AM

IMF withholds bailout money for Cyprus
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- The International Monetary Fund said Thursday it won't release $108 million (88 million euros) in rescue money for bailed-out Cyprus after the country's parliament voted to hold a key foreclosure law from taking effect at the end of December.... 12/19/2014 1:41 AM

Report: Australian lawmaker's adviser arrested
SYDNEY (AP) -- The media adviser to eccentric Australian lawmaker Clive Palmer has been arrested in relation to an alleged kidnapping, local media reported Friday.... 12/19/2014 1:27 AM

Sony film took aim at North Korea's biggest taboo
TOKYO (AP) -- If the U.S. government's claim is correct that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen's latest comedy, no one can say they weren't warned. The movie, "The Interview," pushed all of North Korea's buttons.... 12/19/2014 12:37 AM

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US
HAVANA (AP) -- The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings.... 12/19/2014 12:27 AM

Latin America cheers US-Cuba rapprochement
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Latin America is welcoming the renewal of ties between Cuba and the United States, but the rapprochement may complicate matters for Havana's chief ally, Venezuela, which has been moving in the opposite direction, becoming more stridently anti-American.... 12/18/2014 11:17 PM

EU leaders agree to fund for jumpstarting growth
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union leaders agreed Thursday to create a strategic investment fund that could generate up to 315 billion euros ($386 billion) in private- and public-sector money to upgrade infrastructure, jumpstart the EU's sluggish economies and ignite job growth.... 12/18/2014 11:16 PM

UN Experts: Taliban radicals against peace gain prominence
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. experts say radical splinter groups within the Taliban movement that are strongly opposed to any negotiation with Afghanistan's new government are gaining prominence.... 12/18/2014 10:49 PM

Iraqi Kurdish troops battling IS open key corridor in Iraq
KOBAN, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants managed on Thursday to open up a key corridor so that thousands of people from the country's Yazidi minority who have been trapped on a mountain can flee, said a senior Kurdish official.... 12/18/2014 9:44 PM

Colombia's government rebuffs rebel truce
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's government on Thursday rebuffed a unilateral truce declared by the country's largest rebel group, saying the guerrillas' conditions are unacceptable until a peace deal is reached.... 12/18/2014 9:27 PM

Pope Benedict helped free American from Cuba
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross. But it was Francis' predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who made the first high-level Vatican manoeuver to release Gross, spurred in part by an unlikely group of papal lobbyists.... 12/18/2014 9:16 PM

PHOTO GALLERY: Moments in world sports in 2014
LONDON (AP) -- With the Winter Olympics and the World Cup, there was no shortage of memorable sporting moments in 2014.... 12/18/2014 8:59 PM

World War II bomb defused in German city
BERLIN (AP) -- A World War II bomb has been successfully defused in an eastern German city after some 9,700 people were evacuated from the surrounding area and a meeting of a state legislature was interrupted.... 12/18/2014 8:52 PM