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Germany releases, deports convicted Russia spy
BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities have released a woman convicted of spying for Russia and deported her after she served half of her prison sentence.... 11/22/2014 10:33 AM

Portuguese police detain ex-premier in fraud case
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates has been detained by police as part of an investigation into corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud, Portugal's Attorney-General's office said Saturday.... 11/22/2014 10:27 AM

UK volunteers fly to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- The British government says the first group of National Health Service volunteers has left for Sierra Leone, where they will work in Ebola treatment centers across the country.... 11/22/2014 10:22 AM

Iraqi forces, Islamic State group battle in Ramadi
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi soldiers backed by Sunni fighters launched a major operation Saturday to retake a section of the city of Ramadi seized by Islamic State group militants, an official and residents said.... 11/22/2014 10:22 AM

Hundreds evacuated after London hotel explosion
LONDON (AP) -- London fire officials say a suspected gas leak touched off an explosion in the basement of a London hotel, injuring 11 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of guests.... 11/22/2014 10:20 AM

Plague outbreak kills 40 people in Madagascar
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The World Health Organization says 40 people have died from the plague in Madagascar.... 11/22/2014 10:04 AM

Strong quake hits west China's Sichuan province
BEIJING (AP) -- A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.... 11/22/2014 9:59 AM

Egypt to host major economic conference in March
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's prime minister says his government will host a three-day international economic conference in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh starting March 13 to support the country's economy.... 11/22/2014 9:57 AM

Kenya police: Al-Shabab militants kill 28 in bus
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Suspected Islamic extremists from Somalia hijacked a bus in Kenya's north and killed 28 non-Muslims on board after they had been singled out from the rest of the passengers, police officials said Saturday.... 11/22/2014 9:47 AM

Bahrain holds its first major vote since unrest
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Voters in Bahrain cast ballots Saturday in the island kingdom's first full parliamentary election since Arab Spring-inspired protests erupted four years ago, but a boycott called by the country's opposition threatens to overshadow the poll.... 11/22/2014 7:51 AM

Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing.... 11/22/2014 7:26 AM

Influx of cheap Peruvian quinoa riles Bolivia
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that's fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean "superfood."... 11/22/2014 5:01 AM

Latin America applauds Obama's immigration plan
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised President Barack Obama on Friday for his executive orders granting new rights to millions of people living illegally in the United States, calling it "an act of justice."... 11/22/2014 4:57 AM

US warns citizens to avoid resort of Acapulco
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Mexico issued a security message Friday warning U.S. citizens to avoid the Pacific resort of Acapulco because of violence and protests.... 11/22/2014 4:31 AM

China party paper backs charges against journalist
BEIJING (AP) -- A newspaper published by China's ruling Communist Party on Saturday endorsed charges of leaking state secrets against a veteran journalist that critics say amount to political persecution.... 11/22/2014 4:10 AM

US provides $68 million for Mexico justice reform
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Mexico says the U.S. government will provide $68 million over five years to assist Mexico's effort to reform its court and justice system.... 11/22/2014 1:28 AM

Sri Lanka leader to face health minister in polls
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's health minister quit President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government Friday to challenge him in the upcoming elections, accusing the leader of taking the country toward an autocracy.... 11/22/2014 12:30 AM

UN committee urges Myanmar action on Rohingya
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee on Friday approved a resolution urging Myanmar to allow its persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority "access to full citizenship on an equal basis."... 11/21/2014 11:46 PM

Ex-Virgin Islands official convicted of corruption
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- A federal jury has found the former executive director of the U.S. Virgin Islands' legislature guilty of accepting bribes and of extortion.... 11/21/2014 11:18 PM

Mexicans turning to humor in mansion scandal
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Brad Pitt and George Clooney are intercepted by Mexico's border patrol. Carlos Slim, the world's richest man, is ready to audition for a soap opera.... 11/21/2014 11:07 PM