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UN panel raps US record on torture
GENEVA (AP) -- Police brutality, military interrogations and prisons were among the top concerns of a U.N. panel's report Friday that found the United States to be falling short of full compliance with an international anti-torture treaty.... 11/28/2014 3:39 PM

Islamists hold small protests in Egypt, 5 killed
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian security forces quickly put down scattered protests Friday as an attempt by Islamists to hold the first major anti-government rallies in months fizzled, with at least two protesters and three army and navy officers killed in separate incidents.... 11/28/2014 3:33 PM

Nigeria camps struggle with aid for the displaced
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) -- More than 1.5 million Nigerians displaced by the militant group Boko Haram are flocking to relief centers across the country's northeast, where they are met with overcrowded facilities and a shortage of supplies.... 11/28/2014 3:32 PM

Brazil's GDP grows slightly in third quarter
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's economy has pulled out of recession, but by the narrowest of margins, the government statistics bureau reported Friday.... 11/28/2014 3:25 PM

Thai legislature approves ban on surrogacy
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's interim parliament has given initial approval to a bill banning commercial surrogacy, the practice of hiring a woman to carry a fetus to term, a lawmaker said Friday.... 11/28/2014 3:06 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 3:02 PM

French president cheered in Ebola-stricken Guinea
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande arrived in Guinea on Friday, where thousands of residents lined the roads while clapping, drumming, dancing and waving flags to catch a glimpse of the first Western leader to visit a country hard hit by Ebola.... 11/28/2014 2:51 PM

Pope calls for Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Pope Francis condemned the Islamic State assault on Christians and other religions minorities in Iraq and Syria, as he arrived Friday in Turkey to encourage Muslim leaders to take a stronger stand against extremists who twist religion to justify terrorism.... 11/28/2014 2:50 PM

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 2:43 PM

Bomb blast hits mosque in northern Nigeria city
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- A military official in Nigeria says scores of people are feared to have been killed and wounded in a bomb blast at a mosque.... 11/28/2014 2:43 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 2:39 PM

Leading Lebanese poet Saeed Akl dies at 102
BEIRUT (AP) -- Saeed Akl, Lebanon's leading poet whose fame spread throughout the Arab world, has died, state media and officials said Friday. He was 102.... 11/28/2014 2:38 PM

UK's Cameron to curb benefits for immigrants
LONDON (AP) -- Migrants from Europe will have to leave Britain if they don't get a job within six months, and must work for four years before receiving some benefits, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday, in a carefully balanced speech designed to defuse domestic criticism of his immigration policies while averting a showdown with the European Union.... 11/28/2014 2:15 PM

Nearly 600 migrants get temporary shelter on Crete
IERAPETRA, Greece (AP) -- Nearly 600 migrants, mostly refugees from Syria, have been temporarily put up in a basketball arena in the southern Cretan town of Ierapetra, where they arrived in a crippled smuggling ship after more than a week at sea.... 11/28/2014 2:07 PM

Germany signs no-spy deal with BlackBerry
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany has approved BlackBerry's purchase of encryption firm Secusmart after signing a "no-spy" agreement with the Canadian smartphone maker.... 11/28/2014 1:55 PM

British soldier jailed for making bomb
LONDON (AP) -- A British soldier with an interest in far-right politics has been jailed for two years for making a viable nail bomb in his home.... 11/28/2014 1:44 PM

Police arrest 118 globally for flight ticket fraud
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Police around the world have arrested 118 suspects in a global investigation into online fraud that targets the travel industry, a crime said to cost airlines $1 billion a year.... 11/28/2014 1:38 PM

Activist for media freedom standing trial in China
BEIJING (AP) -- A leading rights activist who organized rallies for media freedom pleaded not guilty to charges of disturbing public order in a Chinese court where he went on trial Friday more than 15 months after being detained.... 11/28/2014 1:31 PM

At least 2 killed in Ukraine shelling
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- At least two people have been killed in a rocket attack that left a hospital badly damaged in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where fighting is raging between government forces and Russian-backed separatist rebels.... 11/28/2014 1:30 PM

Malaysia Airlines apologizes for tweet, posts loss
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia Airlines on Friday said its loss widened last quarter and apologized for a promotional tweet slammed as insensitive after two deadly passenger jet disasters this year.... 11/28/2014 1:24 PM