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Zimbabwe's president fires more cabinet members
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe's government says the president has fired two cabinet ministers believed to be loyal to the ousted vice president, while thousands of civil servants have not been paid Christmas bonuses.... 12/22/2014 11:16 AM

Pope issues blistering critique of Vatican bureaucracy
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has issued a blistering critique of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him. He has denounced how some lust for power at the expense of others, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God.... 12/22/2014 11:16 AM

Fatal shooting reported at Myanmar mine protest
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A woman was fatally shot Monday during a crackdown on protesters at a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in northwestern Myanmar, activists and an opposition lawmaker said.... 12/22/2014 11:16 AM

Russian minister talks up the ruble
MOSCOW (AP) -- A senior Russian minister said on Monday he's expecting the ruble to extend its recent gains and said the government is not planning to introduce currency controls on Russian companies.... 12/22/2014 11:11 AM

10 years after tsunami, victim's mom learns body wasn't lost
SEINT PAING, Myanmar (AP) -- Of all the moments to chase a dream, May Aye Nwe chose the morning of Dec. 26, 2004.... 12/22/2014 11:06 AM

French police raise security after weekend attacks
PARIS (AP) -- French police are boosting security after an attack on officers in central France, and the country's top security official is visiting the city where a driver ran down 11 pedestrians.... 12/22/2014 11:03 AM

India lawmakers demand Modi speak on Hindu conversions
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Opposition lawmakers, charging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done little to stop hard-liners in his party from forcibly converting religious minorities to Hinduism, threw Parliament into an uproar Monday, with the upper house repeatedly adjourned after descending into shouting matches.... 12/22/2014 11:02 AM

Italian police breakup neo-Fascist plot
MILAN (AP) -- Italian authorities say they have cracked a neo-Fascist plot to attack immigrants and political targets, including magistrates.... 12/22/2014 10:56 AM

US Navy helicopter makes crash landing in Kuwait
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- The U.S. Navy says one of its helicopters crash-landed during training at Camp Buehring in Kuwait and that the six-member crew survived, with some sustaining minor injuries.... 12/22/2014 10:42 AM

Indonesian janitors get up to 8 years in rape case
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- An Indonesian court has sentenced five janitors to up to eight years in prison over the rape of a kindergartner at an international school in Indonesia.... 12/22/2014 10:21 AM

SKorea holds N-plant drills against cyber threats
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company says it is conducting drills against possible cyberattacks after online threats of attack against its plants.... 12/22/2014 10:18 AM

China opposes cyberattacks, doesn't name N. Korea
BEIJING (AP) -- China told the U.S. that it is against cyberattacks and opposes any nation or individual launching such attacks from a third country, but did not directly condemn the Sony hackings that Washington has blamed on North Korea, China's foreign ministry said Monday.... 12/22/2014 10:18 AM

Global markets gain as oil rebounds
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Global markets were mostly higher Monday after the Federal Reserve's pledge not to rush to raise interest rates prompted investors to add risky assets ahead of the year-end holiday. A rise in the price of oil boosted energy stocks.... 12/22/2014 10:15 AM

Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the king's sister, Princess Cristina, to be tried along with her husband on charges of tax fraud - making her the first member of the country's royal family to face charges in court since the royalty was restored in 1975.... 12/22/2014 10:15 AM

Chinese military plane crashes, 2 deaths reported
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese military plane has crashed in the country's northwest and a news website says at least two people were killed.... 12/22/2014 10:14 AM

Belarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- As relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated, there's one country that's reaping rewards - Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by the United States and the European Union.... 12/22/2014 10:01 AM

China indicts Jackie Chan's son on drug charge
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese prosecutors have formally indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was first detained.... 12/22/2014 9:39 AM

N. Korean cinema: Kidnappings and evil Americans
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea hates the currently scrapped Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema - of its own particular styling.... 12/22/2014 9:36 AM

Spain handing out $3B in planet's biggest lottery
MADRID (AP) -- The drawing is underway in Spain for the world's biggest lottery payoff, a 2.5 billion-euro ($3 billion) pot of cash that will be divided among thousands of ticketholders.... 12/22/2014 9:21 AM

Palestinian man arrested after foiled attack on soldier
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israel military says a Palestinian man has been arrested after a foiled attack on a soldier in the West Bank.... 12/22/2014 8:54 AM