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India believes its abducted workers in Iraq alive
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The Indian government believes 39 workers abducted nearly six months ago by the Islamic State group in Iraq are alive despite claims by one of them that the others had been killed.... 11/28/2014 8:44 AM

Activist for media freedom standing trial in China
BEIJING (AP) -- A leading human rights activist who organized rallies for media freedom stood trial Friday in a southern Chinese city for disturbing public order, more than 15 months after he was detained by police.... 11/28/2014 8:29 AM

Russian doctor rebellion causes headache for Putin
MOSCOW (AP) -- Dr. Semyon Galperin spent a decade in medical research in Russia and as much time in the United States, working at top hospitals and research companies. Despite his expertise, Galperin was recently given a stark ultimatum from the Moscow hospital where he works: Leave or stay on as a lowly hospital attendant.... 11/28/2014 8:05 AM

Rebels push forward in southern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar Assad's seat of power... 11/28/2014 8:00 AM

Pope wades into Mideast turmoil with Turkish visit
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Pope Francis is visiting Turkey at a sensitive moment for the Muslim nation, as it cares for 1.6 million refugees and weighs how to deal with the Islamic State group as its fighters grab chunks of Syria and Iraq across Turkey's southern border.... 11/28/2014 7:48 AM

Violence in China continued despite crackdown
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities say in a six-month report card on their security crackdown in Xinjiang that they busted 115 terrorist gangs before they could unleash violence. But tallies of death tolls in the ethnically tense region suggest the violence has continued, and may even have intensified.... 11/28/2014 7:42 AM

Energy revolution spells doom for German village
ATTERWASCH, Germany (AP) -- Five days a week, a giant machine eats its way through soil at the Jaenschwalde open-cast mine in eastern Germany, exposing the brown coal buried beneath.... 11/28/2014 7:35 AM

Australia out of step with new climate momentum
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who rose to power in large part by opposing a tax on greenhouse gas emissions, is finding his country isolated like never before on climate change as the U.S., China and other nations signal new momentum for action.... 11/28/2014 7:23 AM

Volcano in south Japan erupts, disrupting flights
TOKYO (AP) -- A volcano in southern Japan blasted out chunks of magma Friday in the first such eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater.... 11/28/2014 7:00 AM

Namibia votes in election favoring ruling party
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The southern African nation of Namibia on Friday voted in parliamentary and presidential elections expected to deliver a comfortable win for the ruling party, which has been in power since independence in 1990.... 11/28/2014 6:32 AM

Japanese paper regrets use of term 'sex slaves'
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's biggest newspaper apologized in print Friday for using the term "sex slaves" in its English-language edition to describe Asian women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II.... 11/28/2014 6:17 AM

Asian energy shares slide after OPEC decision
HONG KONG (AP) -- Crude oil and Asian energy shares tumbled Friday as OPEC's decision to keep production steady rippled across the globe. Japanese stocks rose after a slew of economic data releases but other regional indexes were mixed.... 11/28/2014 5:29 AM

In Peru, whip-cracking vigilantes serve up justice
CAJAMARCA, Peru (AP) -- The standard "peacemaker" in this highland Peruvian provincial capital is a whip fashioned from the twisted sinew of a bull penis. It gets a lot of respect. So do the well-organized bands of citizen vigilantes who wield it.... 11/28/2014 5:07 AM

Indonesian, 2 Filipinos convicted in 2002 bombing
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Philippine court has convicted an Indonesian militant and two Filipino extremists for their role in a 2002 mall bombing that killed at least 12 people and signaled the start of the alliance of two of Southeast Asia's most violent terrorist groups.... 11/28/2014 4:25 AM

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.... 11/28/2014 4:04 AM

Mexico president announces anti-crime crackdown
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's president announced a nationwide anti-crime plan Thursday that would allow Congress to dissolve local governments infiltrated by drug gangs and give state authorities control over often-corrupt municipal police.... 11/28/2014 3:59 AM

1.2 million Australian Christmas lights set record
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian lawyer has set a world record by stringing up almost 1.2 million Christmas lights in the center of the national capital.... 11/28/2014 3:51 AM

Pele says 'nothing serious' with him
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian great Pele says he is not seriously ill, easing fears Thursday that his health deteriorated even though a hospital said he was in intensive care and undergoing renal support treatment.... 11/28/2014 3:05 AM

Storm cuts power, lifts roofs in Australian city
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city, was lashed by its worst storm in decades, with wind, rain and hail lifting roofs, cutting power lines, flooding streets and injuring a dozen people, officials said.... 11/28/2014 2:37 AM

Japan inflation eases, other data mixed in October
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's inflation rate edged lower in October, highlighting the difficulty Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces in his campaign to overcome deflation in the world's third-largest economy.... 11/28/2014 2:12 AM