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OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices
VIENNA (AP) -- Facing few options to reverse plunging oil prices, OPEC oil ministers decided Thursday to keep their production target on hold, a move that is likely to push the market even lower at a time of already high supply.... 11/27/2014 5:30 PM

Pope condemns Islamic State violence
JERUSALEM (AP) -- On the eve of a trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis is urging religious and political leaders to speak out against attacks on Christians by Islamic State extremists.... 11/27/2014 5:28 PM

Ebola aid dogged by coordination lags in Guinea
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- Eight months into West Africa's Ebola outbreak, officials and medical aid providers say that aid efforts in Guinea still suffer from poor coordination, hampering deployments of international support to help quell the virus.... 11/27/2014 5:27 PM

Oil prices tank as OPEC leaves output unchanged
LONDON (AP) -- Oil companies saw their shares take a beating Thursday as crude prices slid to their lowest in over four years in the wake of OPEC's decision to maintain production levels even though prices have fallen sharply in recent weeks.... 11/27/2014 5:27 PM

Pele doing 'fine' after taken to special care unit
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian soccer great Pele, who is being treated for a urinary infection, is in good condition and is expected to leave the hospital in the next few days, his spokesman said Thursday.... 11/27/2014 5:19 PM

11 burned bodies found in southern Mexico
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Mexican authorities said Thursday they have found the partly burned bodies of 11 men dumped on the side of a road in the southern state of Guerrero.... 11/27/2014 5:17 PM

France returns 250 smuggled Egyptian antiquities
PARIS (AP) -- France has returned 250 Egyptian antiquities seized from the luggage of travelers arriving in Paris four years ago.... 11/27/2014 5:14 PM

For 600 migrants, harrowing sail ends in Greece
IERAPETRA, Greece (AP) -- Hour after hour, the coast guard boats shuttled from the crippled freighter to a concrete pier, discharging a steady flow of humanity: Families with small children, black-clad elderly women, battered-looking youths with backpacks.... 11/27/2014 5:09 PM

Venezuela says 13 dead in prison disturbance
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- At least 13 prisoners have died of drug overdoses after inmates at an overcrowded prison in Venezuela stormed an infirmary during protests demanding better living conditions, officials reported. Activists said Thursday the death toll could be far higher.... 11/27/2014 5:08 PM

Judge: British minister did call policemen 'plebs'
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's High Court has weighed in on a big scandal over one small word, saying a government minister did call a policeman by the "politically toxic" insult "pleb."... 11/27/2014 5:07 PM

Spain soccer team starts fund for evicted woman
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish soccer team opened a bank account Thursday to collect donations for an 85-year-old woman whose eviction last week from her Madrid apartment sparked an outcry, team officials said.... 11/27/2014 5:06 PM

Slovakia to hold referendum on same-sex marriage
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) -- Slovakia will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage in the predominantly Roman Catholic country on Feb. 7, the president said Thursday.... 11/27/2014 5:03 PM

Taliban attack rocks upscale Kabul district
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban fighters staged an attack Thursday evening in an upscale district in the Afghan capital Kabul. Witnesses described multiple explosions and bursts of gunfire in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, which contains numerous foreign embassies and compounds housing international agencies and companies, as well as the homes of some senior Afghan government officials.... 11/27/2014 4:50 PM

Bahamas fends off critics over new migrant rules
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- On the first day new immigration rules took effect this month in the Bahamas, officers in green fatigues swept through poor sections of the capital filling two yellow school buses with dozens of people who couldn't document their right to be in the island chain.... 11/27/2014 4:46 PM

Egypt braces for new Islamist protest
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptians are bracing for potential violence ahead of a planned major protest by Islamists calling for the toppling of the government, with security forces vowing to confront any unrest with "lethal force."... 11/27/2014 4:41 PM

Mubarak verdict due, but Egyptians' interest wanes
CAIRO (AP) -- Amal Shaker's 25-year-old son Ahmed was fatally shot in the back on the "Friday of Rage," one of the bloodiest days of Egypt's 2011 uprising against longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Nearly four years later, she is still waiting for justice.... 11/27/2014 4:39 PM

Liberia hopes for no new Ebola cases by new year
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- As Ebola infection rates fall in Liberia, the information minister urged people on Thursday to not let up on the fight against the virus, reiterating the goal of eradicating the disease by the end of the year.... 11/27/2014 4:24 PM

10 dead in Kashmir gunbattle between rebels, army
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Heavily armed militants fought a fierce gunbattle with soldiers in the Indian-held portion of Kashmir on Thursday, and four civilians were among the 10 dead, authorities said.... 11/27/2014 4:09 PM

Israel says it busted Hamas cell planning attacks
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Shin Bet security service said Thursday it had uncovered a vast Hamas network in the West Bank that was planning large-scale attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem.... 11/27/2014 4:06 PM

Original Alice manuscript to travel to US museums
LONDON (AP) -- Lewis Carroll's original handwritten, illustrated manuscript for "Alice in Wonderland" will travel to the U.S. to mark its 150th anniversary.... 11/27/2014 4:05 PM