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Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in northeast Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185, fleeing residents said Thursday of an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April.... 12/18/2014 5:00 PM

Palestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands that was submitted to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vote.... 12/18/2014 5:00 PM

UN urges Syrian warring parties to stop fighting in UN zone
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council on Thursday urged Syrian government forces and rebel groups to stop fighting in the buffer zone between Syria and Israel and withdraw from the area which is patrolled by U.N. peacekeepers.... 12/18/2014 4:56 PM

Denmark targets 2 accused of jihadi propaganda
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Danish authorities have opened criminal cases against two men accused of incitement to violence by spreading jihadi videos and images online.... 12/18/2014 4:31 PM

Germany arrests 3 accused of spying for Turkey
BERLIN (AP) -- German prosecutors say they have arrested three Turkish men accused of spying on compatriots in Germany for Turkish intelligence.... 12/18/2014 4:26 PM

Aer Lingus rejects bid by British Airways parent
DUBLIN (AP) -- Irish airline Aer Lingus has rejected a takeover bid by the International Consolidated Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways and Spain's Iberia.... 12/18/2014 4:24 PM

Warehouse holding Ebola supplies in Guinea catches fire
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- A Guinean official says a fire at a warehouse at the Conakry airport has destroyed crucial medicine to help fight Ebola.... 12/18/2014 4:23 PM

Montenegro expected to extradite 3 men to US
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) -- Montenegro has started extradition procedures for three men who have been charged by a New York court with conspiring to kill Americans and aid terrorists.... 12/18/2014 4:20 PM

Pope praises the diplomacy of US-Cuba accord
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis praised the "small steps" of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba, expressing joy over the outcome that he helped bring about.... 12/18/2014 4:19 PM

UN General Assembly OKs digital privacy resolution
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. General Assembly has approved a resolution demanding better digital privacy protections for people around the world, another response to Edward Snowden's revelations about U.S. government spying.... 12/18/2014 4:13 PM

Yemen's parliament approves new Cabinet
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's parliament on Thursday approved a new government despite months of violence and political wrangling that has shaken the country.... 12/18/2014 4:08 PM

Irish face new abortion row over brain-dead woman
DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland is debating its ban on abortion again as doctors keep a brain-dead pregnant woman on life support, awaiting a judge's verdict on what do to with the living fetus.... 12/18/2014 3:57 PM

Video says Tunisia assassinations by Islamic State
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- A new video has surfaced claiming responsibility for the 2013 assassinations of two Tunisian politicians in the name of the Islamic State group.... 12/18/2014 3:55 PM

2 more Irishmen charged in IRA home bugged by MI5
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Two more Irishmen have been charged with Irish Republican Army-related offenses as part of a lengthy eavesdropping operation by MI5.... 12/18/2014 3:54 PM

Cambodian villagers angry over HIV outbreak
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Cambodia's prime minister appealed Thursday to villagers in northwestern Cambodia not to lynch an unlicensed medical practitioner who they suspect caused more than 100 people to become infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.... 12/18/2014 3:47 PM

Saudi says oil decisions not linked to politics
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's oil chief said in comments published Thursday that there are no links between the kingdom's decision to oppose production cuts and political objectives - an apparent response to accusations last week from Shiite powerhouse Iran.... 12/18/2014 3:40 PM

3 wounded as UN vehicle hits roadside bomb in northern Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- The U.N. force in Mali says three peacekeepers were wounded when a vehicle carrying Chadian troops hit a roadside bomb in the country's north.... 12/18/2014 3:37 PM

EU leaders meeting about Russia, jumpstarting growth
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union leaders met Thursday to seek solutions to two major challenges -how to jumpstart sluggish economic growth at home, and how to deal long-term with Russia.... 12/18/2014 3:35 PM

Kenya legislators exchange blows over new security laws
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Fistfights and scuffles broke out in Kenya's parliament Thursday as legislators passed controversial security measures which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing civil liberties.... 12/18/2014 3:31 PM

Russian sailors leaving France without warship
PARIS (AP) -- Russian sailors are leaving a French Atlantic port without the controversial French-made warship they were supposed to sail away on.... 12/18/2014 3:26 PM