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Japan's lower house dissolved for early election
TOKYO (AP) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of Japan's parliament on Friday, forcing an early election in an apparent bid to shore up support for his scandal-plagued government so he can pursue his policy goals.... 11/21/2014 10:32 AM

Cuban doctor arrives in Switzerland for Ebola aid
BERLIN (AP) -- A Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone arrived in Switzerland for treatment and was able to walk off the transport plane, a Geneva medical official said Friday.... 11/21/2014 10:32 AM

ECB head willing to step up stimulus
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the eurozone's chief monetary authority is willing to "step up the pressure" and broaden its efforts to stimulate the struggling economy.... 11/21/2014 10:25 AM

Malaysia axes fuel subsidies as oil prices drop
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's government says it will completely withdraw fuel subsidies from next month, following the plunge in global oil prices.... 11/21/2014 10:25 AM

Polish PM: no repeat of bungled local elections
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz says there will be no repeat of last Sunday's local elections despite complaints about the continuing delay in official returns due to a computer glitch.... 11/21/2014 10:16 AM

Gambia leader approves law jailing gays for life
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Gambia's president has signed a bill into law that calls for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts.... 11/21/2014 10:08 AM

Angry Mexicans protest over 43 missing students
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A largely peaceful march by tens of thousands demanding the return of 43 missing students ended in violence, as a small group of masked protesters battled police in Mexico City's main square.... 11/21/2014 9:46 AM

2 Chinese activists face closed-door hearings
BEIJING (AP) -- Two closed-door hearings of prominent Chinese activists on Friday were sharply criticized for violating due process and chilling freedom of expression as authorities tighten oversight of public speech.... 11/21/2014 9:22 AM

Jordan arrests Islamist figure over op-ed piece
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The spokesman for Jordan's largest opposition group says authorities in the kingdom have arrested a senior Muslim Brotherhood official over an op-ed piece critical of the United Arab Emirates.... 11/21/2014 9:19 AM

Hitler's art: Painting by future Fuehrer for sale
BERLIN (AP) -- A 100-year-old watercolor of Munich's old city hall is expected to fetch at least 50,000 euros ($60,000) at auction this weekend, not so much for its artistic value as for the signature in the bottom left corner: A. Hitler.... 11/21/2014 9:14 AM

Spanish singer goes to jail for money laundering
MADRID (AP) -- Popular Spanish folk singer Isabel Pantoja has begun serving a two-year sentence for money laundering after her court appeals were rejected.... 11/21/2014 9:12 AM

Chinese state media give profs a chilling warning
BEIJING (AP) -- Over two weeks, the Communist Party-run Liaoning Daily newspaper sent reporters to sit in on dozens of university lectures all over the country looking for what the paper said were professors "being scornful of China."... 11/21/2014 9:03 AM

Iran talks: Kerry to meet UK, French diplomats
VIENNA (AP) -- With Iran nuclear talks stalled four days before a deadline for agreement, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet with his British and French counterparts to discuss the way forward.... 11/21/2014 9:01 AM

Bomb kills 2 soldiers in northwest Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A bomb attached to a motorcycle struck an army vehicle in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing two soldiers, a police official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.... 11/21/2014 8:41 AM

Global stocks mostly higher, yen rises
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Global stock markets turned mostly higher Friday as they juggled positive U.S. economic news and weakness in Europe, China and Japan. The yen rose against the dollar after Japan's finance minister said it had fallen too fast recently.... 11/21/2014 8:33 AM

China pledges more dialogue on regional conflicts
BEIJING (AP) -- China's defense minister said Friday he wants to enhance dialogue to manage disputes with his country's neighbors, sounding a conciliatory note after years of sharpened confrontations over territorial claims on land and sea.... 11/21/2014 8:18 AM

Dutch move 122 tons of gold out of US
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Dutch Central Bank says it has recently shipped 122.5 tons of gold worth around 4 billion euros ($5 billion) from safekeeping in New York back to its headquarters in Amsterdam.... 11/21/2014 8:17 AM

Ousted Burkina Faso president arrives in Morocco
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Moroccan state media says former Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore has arrived in Casablanca from Ivory Coast, where he initially sought refuge after demonstrations brought down his government last month.... 11/21/2014 8:07 AM

UK anti-immigration party wins 2nd parliament seat
LONDON (AP) -- The British anti-immigration party, UKIP, has easily won its second seat in parliament as a former Conservative lawmaker ran well ahead of his old party.... 11/21/2014 8:04 AM

US, Turkey still not in sync on Syria
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden on Friday will become the latest in a parade of U.S. officials trying to push Turkey to step up its role in the international coalition's fight against Islamic State extremists.... 11/21/2014 7:35 AM