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North Korea skipping UN Security Council meeting
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- An angry North Korea, now on the defensive over a U.S. accusation of hacking, is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting Monday where the country's bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time.... 12/22/2014 1:07 PM

Australia family found after 10 days in wilderness
SYDNEY (AP) -- A 5-year-old boy and his 7-year-old brother were recovering in a hospital Monday after surviving with their father for 10 days in the Australian wilderness with little food and in weather conditions that ranged from stormy to scorching.... 12/22/2014 1:07 PM

Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God.... 12/22/2014 1:06 PM

China to investigate ex-President Hu's top aide
BEIJING (AP) -- The top aide to former Chinese President Hu Jintao has been placed under investigation for disciplinary violations, the official Xinhua News Agency said Monday.... 12/22/2014 12:55 PM

Poland suspends abuse probe of Vatican ex-envoy
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A prosecutor says that Poland has suspended an investigation into the alleged sex abuse of minors in the Dominican Republic by a Polish-born former Vatican ambassador due to a lack of evidence.... 12/22/2014 12:53 PM

Fatal shooting reported at Myanmar mine protest
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A woman was fatally shot Monday during a crackdown on protesters at a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in northwestern Myanmar, activists and an opposition lawmaker said.... 12/22/2014 12:41 PM

Kurdish fighters face resistance from IS in Iraq
SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish fighters in Iraq have pushed deeper into the town of Sinjar, held by the Islamic State group, but are facing stiff resistance from the Sunni militants who captured it in August.... 12/22/2014 12:28 PM

Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the king's sister, Princess Cristina, to be tried along with her husband on charges of tax fraud - making her the first member of the country's royal family to face charges in court since the royalty was restored in 1975.... 12/22/2014 12:19 PM

Experts expect surge in Cuba tourism under Obama opening
HAVANA (AP) -- As the U.S. and Cuba begin to normalize relations for the first time in half a century, some Americans are already roaming the streets of Old Havana, attending dance exhibitions and talks on architecture as they take part in scripted cultural tours that can cost more than a decent used car back home.... 12/22/2014 12:06 PM

Tunisia awaits election final, press hails Essebsi
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Newspapers in Tunisia have followed exit polls in proclaiming an 88-year-old former minister the winner of the presidential election.... 12/22/2014 12:03 PM

EU inspection critical of Frankfurt airport security
BERLIN (AP) -- The German government says a European Union inspection found security shortcomings at Frankfurt airport, the country's busiest, and that measures have been taken to address them.... 12/22/2014 12:01 PM

India lawmakers demand Modi speak on Hindu conversions
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Opposition lawmakers, charging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done little to stop hard-liners in his party from forcibly converting religious minorities to Hinduism, threw Parliament into an uproar Monday, with the upper house repeatedly adjourned after descending into shouting matches.... 12/22/2014 11:53 AM

China indicts Jackie Chan's son on drug charge
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese prosecutors on Monday indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was detained.... 12/22/2014 11:47 AM

Indonesian janitors get up to 8 years in rape case
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- An Indonesian court sentenced five janitors Monday to up to eight years in prison over the rape of a kindergartner at an international school in Indonesia.... 12/22/2014 11:44 AM

France raises number of car rampage injured to 13
PARIS (AP) -- France's top security official has raised the number of people injured by a rampaging driver to 13, and is cautioning against jumping to conclusions about the attack.... 12/22/2014 11:41 AM

China punishes hospital for operating room photos
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese health authorities put a hospital president on probation and fired three other supervisors following public outrage over photos posted online of smiling medical staff posing with patients in the middle of surgery.... 12/22/2014 11:33 AM

Chinese military plane crashes; 2 deaths reported
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese military plane crashed in the country's northwest on Monday and a news website says at least two people were killed.... 12/22/2014 11:27 AM

SKorea holds N-plant drills against cyber threats
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company said it began drills Monday against possible cyberattacks after online threats of attack against its plants.... 12/22/2014 11:25 AM

Zimbabwe's president fires more cabinet members
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe's government says the president has fired two cabinet ministers believed to be loyal to the ousted vice president, while thousands of civil servants have not been paid Christmas bonuses.... 12/22/2014 11:16 AM

Russian minister talks up the ruble
MOSCOW (AP) -- A senior Russian minister said on Monday he's expecting the ruble to extend its recent gains and said the government is not planning to introduce currency controls on Russian companies.... 12/22/2014 11:11 AM