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Pakistan: 59 militants killed after school massacre
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 59 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, the army said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people - most of them children -- in a school massacre.... 12/19/2014 6:15 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 6:09 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 resigned after the government lab where she worked failed to replicate her results.... 12/19/2014 6:06 AM

Asia equity rally continues after Fed rate pledge
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stocks rallied for a second day Friday after the Federal Reserve's reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit.... 12/19/2014 6:05 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 he picked up in a bar was brought back Friday 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 5:52 AM

Spy's parents search for son after Cuba-US deal
HAVANA (AP) -- The parents of convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo feared the worst when their son failed to call home from prison and they were told he had been taken away at dawn. But officials assured the couple that their son was now better off.... 12/19/2014 5:17 AM

Pilot gets 3 years for China crash that killed 44
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese court on Friday sentenced an airplane captain to three years in prison after 44 people died when his plane crashed more than four years ago.... 12/19/2014 5:11 AM

Brazil graft cases: Beginning of impunity's end?
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A federal investigation into a kickback scheme at Brazil's state oil company has, so far, ensnared 30 executives. In Sao Paulo, prosecutors accuse 33 businessmen of running a "cartel" to profit from the city's subway system.... 12/19/2014 5:09 AM

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US
HAVANA (AP) -- The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations 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 5:03 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

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