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Taiwan local elections test pro-China ruling party
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwan's relations with historic foe China are playing a key role in local elections on the self-ruled island Saturday as the ruling Nationalist Party meets increased resistance to forging stronger ties with Beijing.... 11/29/2014 3:32 AM

China activist pleads innocent in chaotic trial
BEIJING (AP) -- A leading Chinese rights activist who organized rallies for media freedom pleaded not guilty to charges of disturbing public order in an all-night trial in which the judge rejected his requests for food, a lawyer said.... 11/29/2014 3:24 AM

Police: Blasts at mosque in Nigeria kill 35 people
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- Multiple explosions tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, killing 35 people, police said.... 11/29/2014 2:26 AM

Iconic Mexican comedian 'Chespirito' dies at 85
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Roberto Gomez Bolanos, the iconic Mexican comedian who wrote and played the boy television character "El Chavo del Ocho" that defined a generation for millions of Latin American children, died Friday at age 85.... 11/29/2014 1:41 AM

Argentina IDs accounts in alleged tax evasion
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's top cable TV operator, a former professional soccer player and a lawmaker are among the holders of some 4,000 secret Swiss bank accounts used to evade taxes, the Argentine tax agency said Friday.... 11/29/2014 12:51 AM

Venezuela looks to cut spending as oil prices fall
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Nicolas Maduro is ordering a cut in government spending as Venezuela grapples with a plunge in world oil prices that threatens to bring more hardship for the petroleum-dependent economy.... 11/29/2014 12:49 AM

Death toll in Venezuelan prison overdose up to 35
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Pressure is building on Venezuela's government to fully investigate a rising number of deaths at an overcrowded prison, with human rights activists questioning authorities' claim of a mass drug overdose by dozens of inmates who stormed an infirmary.... 11/29/2014 12:45 AM

Mickey Rourke wins exhibition bout in Moscow
MOSCOW (AP) -- Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout.... 11/28/2014 11:59 PM

Swiss to vote on massive gold-buying plan
GENEVA (AP) -- In Switzerland, a campaign is on to protect the country's wealth by investing in gold - a lot of gold.... 11/28/2014 10:47 PM

Hospital says Pele's condition is improving
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Pele is responding well to antibiotics to treat a urinary tract infection and his condition is improving, doctors said Friday.... 11/28/2014 9:48 PM

Officials: Israel's Eisenkot named military chief
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli defense officials say a career officer with deep experience battling Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon has been selected as the country's next military chief.... 11/28/2014 9:18 PM

French president cheered in Ebola-stricken Guinea
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande brought a message of hope to Guinea on Friday, where thousands of residents lined the roads while clapping, drumming and dancing to catch a glimpse of the first Western leader to visit a country hard hit by Ebola.... 11/28/2014 9:04 PM

Tunisia's outgoing premier backs broad coalition
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Tunisia's next government should be a broad as possible coalition so that it has the necessary support to implement difficult economic reforms, the outgoing prime minister said Friday in an implicit backing of an Islamist-secular alliance.... 11/28/2014 8:45 PM

Venezuelan classical music system under fire
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- It has been praised the world over as a model for uplifting disadvantaged youth by connecting them with classical music.... 11/28/2014 8:45 PM

AP NewsAlert
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- Police say 35 people were killed in bomb blasts at mosque in northern Nigerian city of Kano .... 11/28/2014 8:06 PM

Yemen's Shiite, Sunni rivals hold rare meeting
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's main Sunni Islamist party says its top leaders have met with the powerful Shiite rebels who have been battling it for months and control the capital, in a rare meeting that might help ease the country's political deadlock.... 11/28/2014 7:12 PM

INSIDE KOBANI: Devastation mixed with optimism
KOBANI, Syria (AP) -- Blocks of low-rise buildings with hollow facades, shattered concrete, streets strewn with rubble and overturned, crumpled remains of cars and trucks. Such is the landscape in Kobani, where the sounds of rifle and mortar fire resonate all day long in fighting between Islamic State extremists and the Syrian town's Kurdish defenders.... 11/28/2014 7:06 PM

Italian man seriously wounded at West Bank protest
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Italian man marching in support of Palestinians in the northern West Bank on Friday was shot and seriously wounded by Israeli forces, a Palestinian hospital official said.... 11/28/2014 6:59 PM

Pope urges more Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbaric violence" being committed in Islam's name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed at improving interfaith ties.... 11/28/2014 6:36 PM

AP PHOTOS: Brazil housing shortage a daily drama
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- When it rains, the dirt floor of the home where Taina Ferreira lives with her three small children turns to mud, and the contents of the open sewer that cuts in front of her front door sweep into the house.... 11/28/2014 6:26 PM