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UN chief heading to West Africa to see response to Ebola
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's heading to West Africa to demonstrate the U.N.'s solidarity with the countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak and to see for himself how the world is responding.... 12/17/2014 7:44 PM

Kurdish Iraqi forces launch operation in Sinjar
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Kurdish Iraqi forces launched a major operation Wednesday to retake the militant-held town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, part of a push to secure the road that leads directly to the Syrian border.... 12/17/2014 7:34 PM

Guatemala arrests US fugitive in illegal adoptions
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemalan authorities have arrested an American accused of human trafficking and participating in illegal adoptions.... 12/17/2014 7:33 PM

A look at 'Cuban 5' agents who were jailed in US
HAVANA (AP) -- The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s. They were arrested in 1998 and later convicted on charges including conspiracy and failing to register as foreign agents.... 12/17/2014 7:31 PM

Canada hosted secret meetings between Cuba and US
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada hosted about seven meetings between the U.S. and Cuba that helped lead to President Barack Obama's announcement that the two countries will establish full diplomatic relations.... 12/17/2014 7:29 PM

Israeli PM slams EU taking Hamas off terror list
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the European Union Wednesday for removing Hamas from its terrorist list, calling it a staggering example of European hypocrisy and an indication that many on the continent have learned nothing from the Holocaust.... 12/17/2014 7:29 PM

Dead in clash among Mexico vigilantes rises to 11
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican official says the death toll from a clash between two rural police groups has risen to 11.... 12/17/2014 7:24 PM

After 53 years, time is right for US and Cuba
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments.... 12/17/2014 7:21 PM

Pakistan buries victims of school massacre
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- As they buried their children Wednesday, the families spoke of their dreams. One boy had just gotten high marks on his midterm and hoped to become a pilot. A 13-year-old wanted to become a doctor. Another kid just loved playing video games with his cousins.... 12/17/2014 7:19 PM

Quotes from Pakistani families over school attack
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Reaction to the killings of 148 people - almost all of them students - at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan:... 12/17/2014 7:15 PM

Steps Pakistan is taking after school massacre
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A look at steps the Pakistani government is taking to address militancy following Tuesday's Taliban massacre of 148 people at a school:... 12/17/2014 7:08 PM

Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian consumers flocked to the stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items to pre-empt the price rises kicked off by the staggering fall in the value of the ruble in recent days.... 12/17/2014 6:59 PM

UN chief welcomes promise of renewed US-Cuba ties
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is welcoming the promise of full diplomatic relations between the United Nations and Cuba, saying the U.N. General Assembly has long pressed for this.... 12/17/2014 6:48 PM

Crucial Greek presidential vote fails in 1st round
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Parliament failed to elect a new Greek president in the first round of voting Wednesday, leaving another two tries before the government falls and early elections have to be called.... 12/17/2014 6:25 PM

Raul Castro welcomes renewal of relations with US
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban President Raul Castro told Cubans Wednesday his nation has agreed to restore relations with the United States, 53 years after diplomatic ties were broken.... 12/17/2014 6:22 PM

Teacher recalls being shot in 1989 Romania revolt
TIMISOARA, Romania (AP) -- Adrian Kali remembers a two-year-old girl being shot dead in front of him twenty-five years ago to this day during Europe's last anti-communist revolution of 1989.... 12/17/2014 6:07 PM

Egypt refers to trial 26 suspected homosexual men
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian prosecutors swiftly referred 26 men to trial Wednesday on charges connected to their suspected homosexuality after they were arrested in a much publicized raid on a Cairo bathhouse, an official said.... 12/17/2014 6:02 PM

Poroshenko: Ukraine is a new, changing country
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Ukraine's president on Wednesday urged Poland's politicians and business people to intensify ties with his country as it conducts reforms to follow European standards.... 12/17/2014 5:59 PM

Verona's Arena to get $17.5 million restoration
MILAN (AP) -- Verona's famed Roman amphitheater, home to one of the world's premier opera festivals, will be the first large beneficiary of a new Italian government initiative to encourage private donations to protect cultural treasures.... 12/17/2014 5:58 PM

Somali president appoints new prime minister
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Somalia's president has appointed a new prime minister after the parliament voted to oust the former one following a political feud.... 12/17/2014 5:54 PM