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Shareholders back DP World's London delisting
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- DP World, one of the world's largest port operators, says its shareholders have approved delisting from the London Stock Exchange and the acquisition of a Dubai government-linked operator of free-trade zones for $2.6 billion.... 12/18/2014 11:50 AM

Putin accuses West of trying to sideline Russia
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years, voicing confidence that the plummeting ruble will recover and promising to diversify Russia's gas-dependent economy.... 12/18/2014 11:50 AM

Swiss central bank imposes negative interest rates
BERN, Switzerland (AP) -- Following the fallout of the slide in the Russian ruble, Switzerland sought Thursday to prevent the Swiss franc from breaching upper limits imposed on the currency by introducing negative interest rates on commercial bank deposits.... 12/18/2014 11:49 AM

European court rules obesity can be disability
LONDON (AP) -- The European Court of Justice says obesity can be a disability, a ruling that could have consequences for employers across the continent.... 12/18/2014 11:43 AM

Nigeria sentences 54 soldiers to death by firing squad
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- A defense attorney says a court-martial that sentenced 54 soldiers to death will try another 43 soldiers and officers also accused of refusing to fight Islamic extremists in Nigeria.... 12/18/2014 11:41 AM

'Interview' ordeal at Sony just its latest crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- How do you say "damage control" in Japanese? Sony Corp. is sealed within a hermetic cone of silence as executives try to prevent the slow motion train wreck at Sony Pictures from damaging the rest of the sprawling business empire.... 12/18/2014 11:36 AM

A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet.... 12/18/2014 11:33 AM

Two-speed labor system in Qatar for 2022 World Cup
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands.... 12/18/2014 11:31 AM

Pope praises the diplomacy of US-Cuba accord
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has praised the "small steps" of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba.... 12/18/2014 11:30 AM

Crisis talks resume for Dutch coalition partners
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Crisis talks aimed at salvaging a cost-cutting Dutch health reform package and staving off the possible collapse of the country's 2-year-old ruling coalition are entering a third day.... 12/18/2014 11:29 AM

Yemen's parliament approves new Cabinet
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's parliament has approved a new government with a comfortable majority following months of violence.... 12/18/2014 11:27 AM

FIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- The FIFA executive committee is meeting Thursday amid a renewed crisis after the prosecutor it appointed resigned in protest over the handling World Cup bid investigation.... 12/18/2014 11:22 AM

Iraq PM drops lawsuits against journalists
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of all lawsuits filed by previous governments against journalists and media outlets, marking a departure from his predecessor Nouri al-Maliki, who was widely accused of using state institutions to target his political enemies.... 12/18/2014 11:19 AM

Greek jobless rate dips further to 25.5 percent
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Official Greek figures show unemployment in the country fell further to 25.5 percent in the third quarter from 26.6 percent in the previous quarter.... 12/18/2014 11:18 AM

UK air service to compensate airlines for glitch
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's air traffic service says it will compensate airlines for last week's computer glitch that briefly shut down London's busy airspace.... 12/18/2014 11:10 AM

Dutch lawmaker to be prosecuted for hate speech
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch authorities say they will prosecute lawmaker Geert Wilders for hate speech over a chant in which he asked his supporters whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands and they shouted back "Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!"... 12/18/2014 10:57 AM

UN seeks $8.4 billion to help Syria refugees
BERLIN (AP) -- The United Nations is seeking more than $8.4 billion for next year to help nearly 18 million people affected by the war in Syria.... 12/18/2014 10:47 AM

Chine arrests policeman blamed for wrongful conviction
BEIJING (AP) -- A police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 had been arrested, the official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday.... 12/18/2014 10:42 AM

11th Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- A health official in Sierra Leone says another of the country's doctors has died from Ebola.... 12/18/2014 10:27 AM

Iran to hold military drill near strategic passage
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's state TV says the military will hold a massive drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf next week.... 12/18/2014 10:15 AM