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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 12:17 PM

Polish PM: no repeat of bungled local elections
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- There will be no rerun of last Sunday's Polish local elections despite political turmoil sparked by a computer malfunction that has caused the results to be delayed by days, the prime minister said Friday.... 11/21/2014 12:17 PM

Al-Qaida in Yemen denounces Islamic State group
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's al-Qaida branch has denounced the Islamic State group for declaring a caliphate on territory it seized in Syria and Iraq and its plans to further expand its area of control.... 11/21/2014 12:16 PM

Japan orders air bag maker to conduct probe
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's transport ministry said Friday it has ordered air bag maker Takata to conduct an internal investigation after cases of its air bags exploding triggered safety concerns in the U.S. and other countries.... 11/21/2014 12:11 PM

8 military dead in helicopter crash in Romania
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- The Romanian defense ministry says a helicopter on a training mission has crashed in central Romania, killing eight military personnel and injuring two others.... 11/21/2014 12:07 PM

China's central bank cuts rates as economy slows
BEIJING (AP) -- China's central bank cut interest rates Friday and promised to inject extra credit into the financial system if needed amid a deepening slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy.... 11/21/2014 12:04 PM

Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- Roadside bandits in Guinea stole a cooler containing blood samples that are believed to have Ebola, officials said Friday, warning of the risks and vowing tighter security measures for transport of such potentially contagious cargo.... 11/21/2014 12:03 PM

UK anti-immigration party wins 2nd parliament seat
LONDON (AP) -- The British anti-immigration party, UKIP, easily won its second seat in Parliament on Friday - a victory that will heighten disquiet in Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party as it prepares for next year's election.... 11/21/2014 12:00 PM

China tries scholar, journalist in closed hearings
BEIJING (AP) -- Closed-door court hearings of a prominent journalist and a noted minority scholar held on Friday were sharply criticized for violating due process and chilling freedom of expression as Chinese authorities tighten oversight of public speech.... 11/21/2014 11:56 AM

Sri Lanka leader to face health minister in polls
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's health minister quit President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government Friday to challenge him in the upcoming elections in the most serious setback for the leader's quest for a third term.... 11/21/2014 11:36 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 11:25 AM

Police search Indian guru's ashram after arrest
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian police on Friday searched the sprawling ashram of a holy man who was arrested on suspicion of murder and criminal conspiracy after a deadly siege at his fortress-like compound.... 11/21/2014 11:24 AM

Malaysia axes fuel subsidies as oil prices drop
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's government said Friday it will completely withdraw fuel subsidies from next month following the plunge in global oil prices.... 11/21/2014 11:23 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 increase its efforts to stimulate the struggling economy.... 11/21/2014 11:21 AM

Third farm with bird flu identified in Netherlands
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Dutch authorities say a new case of bird flu has been confirmed at a chicken farm in the town of Kamperveen, the third infection detected in the country this week.... 11/21/2014 11:12 AM

Strong undersea earthquake hits eastern Indonesia
TERNATE, Indonesia (AP) -- A strong undersea earthquake hit off the coast of eastern Indonesia on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage and officials said it was unlikely to trigger a tsunami.... 11/21/2014 11:09 AM

Iran talks: Kerry to meet UK, French diplomats
VIENNA (AP) -- With talks on Iran's nuclear program stalled four days before a deadline for agreement, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry embarked on a crucial round of diplomacy on Friday, meeting first with Iran's foreign minister and then his British and French counterparts.... 11/21/2014 11:09 AM

Lebanon PM cancels independence day celebrations
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's prime minister on Friday cancelled official independence day celebrations planned for the following day, a move that likely stemmed from the country's tense security situation and an impasse in electing its next president.... 11/21/2014 11:04 AM

Gambia leader approves law jailing gays for life
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The president of Gambia has signed a bill into law that calls for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, the latest African country to codify harsh penalties for the gay community.... 11/21/2014 11:02 AM

Grocery chain's Christmas ad stirs tears, outrage
LONDON (AP) -- Artillery booms. A trench comes into view. Soldiers huddle into their overcoats for warmth.... 11/21/2014 10:56 AM