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Pope to take on hot EU topics in Strasbourg visit
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Pope Francis will deliver his first public speech about Europe on Tuesday, likely to focus on complex continental issues such as high jobless rates among the young, and immigration.... 11/24/2014 9:27 PM

Syrian on hunger strike outside Greek parliament
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- More than 200 Syrian civil war refugees started a hunger strike Monday in front of Greece's Parliament, urging the government to grant them temporary working and residence rights.... 11/24/2014 9:17 PM

Sinn Fein delivers list of suspected IRA rapists
DUBLIN (AP) -- Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said Monday that his Irish nationalist party has delivered a list of suspected Irish Republican Army rapists and child abusers to police as the government considers mounting a fact-finding inquiry into the scandal.... 11/24/2014 8:35 PM

UN chief: Palestinian recognition gains momentum
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday the international community's failure to advance a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is spurring governments and parliaments to take action to recognize the state of Palestine - and "that momentum will grow."... 11/24/2014 8:16 PM

UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show
LONDON (AP) -- Freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation this year to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail.... 11/24/2014 8:04 PM

China defends land reclamation in South China Sea
BEIJING (AP) -- Defying a U.S. call to halt the project, China defended its land reclamation in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Monday, saying the work is for public service use, although a London-based security group says the new island could host a military airfield to intimidate neighbors.... 11/24/2014 7:59 PM

Israel resumes razing homes to punish attackers
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Enas Shalodi, a Palestinian mother of six, has been severely punished by Israel for something she didn't do.... 11/24/2014 7:49 PM

Nigeria's opposition condemns raid on their office
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's main opposition party has condemned the State Security Service for raiding its Lagos office over the weekend.... 11/24/2014 7:33 PM

Islamic State group recruits, exploits children
BEIRUT (AP) -- Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police.... 11/24/2014 7:16 PM

Pope Francis meets Egyptian leader on Europe trip
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis and the Egyptian president exchanged warm greetings during a private meeting Monday in which the pontiff emphasized Egypt's role in establishing peace in the Middle East.... 11/24/2014 7:03 PM

Iran nuclear talks stumble, extended until July
VIENNA (AP) -- Still facing significant differences between the U.S. and Iran, negotiators gave up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by the deadline Monday and extended their talks for seven more months.... 11/24/2014 7:01 PM

Saudi Arabia: Islamic State group linked to attack
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Militants linked to the Islamic State group were behind a surprise attack this month that killed seven people in Saudi Arabia's eastern region, the kingdom's Interior Ministry said Monday.... 11/24/2014 6:46 PM

Israel leader vows to pass nationality law
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister vowed Monday to pass a contentious nationality law that has threatened the stability of his fragile coalition government, but he left the door open for negotiations to soften it.... 11/24/2014 6:44 PM

Gunmen kill scores in northeastern Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- A Nigerian senator says that gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram sect have killed scores of residents in Damasak in the country's troubled northeastern Borno state.... 11/24/2014 6:31 PM

Iran president: 'Negotiations will lead to a deal'
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- As talks over Iran's contested nuclear program wrap up, President Hassan Rouhani has told his nation that it "has achieved a significant victory" and "negotiations will lead to a deal, sooner or later."... 11/24/2014 6:28 PM

Tanzania: Maasai group looks likely to keep land
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A Maasai community near Tanzania's Serengeti National Park may be able to keep its traditional homeland after the country's president said on Twitter that the government would not take their land.... 11/24/2014 6:25 PM

US condemns Gambia's anti-gay law
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The U.S. State Department on Monday condemned the decision by Gambia's president to approve a law imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts.... 11/24/2014 6:21 PM

Iraqi troops take 2 towns from Islamic State group
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militiamen and Kurdish security forces recaptured two eastern towns from Islamic State group militants after fierce clashes, officials said Monday.... 11/24/2014 6:20 PM

Russia gets greater control over Black Sea region
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia tightened its control Monday over Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia with a new treaty envisaging closer military and economic ties with the lush sliver of land along the Black Sea.... 11/24/2014 6:18 PM

UK: 'Severe' terror threat requires new powers
LONDON (AP) -- Britain faces its greatest-ever threat from terrorism, the interior minister said Monday, announcing measures to control suspects, strengthen online scrutiny and prevent insurance companies from paying terrorist ransoms.... 11/24/2014 6:17 PM