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Elderly S. Korean gets 20 years in jail for arson
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- An elderly dementia patient in South Korea was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday for setting a fire at a hospital for the elderly that killed 22 people.... 11/21/2014 3:43 AM

Chinese journalist tried on state secrets charge
BEIJING (AP) -- A veteran journalist who is one of the best-known intellectuals to have been imprisoned for supporting the 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy protests has gone on trial in closed-door proceedings in Beijing on new accusations of leaking state secrets.... 11/21/2014 3:38 AM

Cosby takes show to Bahamas amid trouble at home
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- Bill Cosby has taken his comedy show on the road in the Bahamas as controversy surrounds him at home.... 11/21/2014 3:06 AM

Mexicans angry about 43 missing students protest
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Tens of thousands marched in the capital Thursday demanding that authorities find 43 missing college students, seeking to pressure the government on a day normally reserved for the celebration of Mexico's 1910-17 Revolution.... 11/21/2014 2:58 AM

Malaysian officer in New Zealand pleads not guilty
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A Malaysian military officer who was extradited to New Zealand pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges Friday.... 11/21/2014 2:43 AM

Key UN peacekeeping review will be done from afar
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Nobel Peace Prize winner who will lead the first major review of United Nations peacekeeping operations in 15 years said Thursday his panel likely will do it from afar.... 11/21/2014 1:40 AM

UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show
LONDON (AP) -- In January, freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail.... 11/21/2014 1:17 AM

Romanian prosecutor is detained for questioning
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A top Romanian prosecutor has been detained for questioning about a payment that the government made to compensate a citizen whose property had been seized by the nation's ruling communists in the 1940s.... 11/20/2014 11:18 PM

Papal official tempers point about accused bishops
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The head of Pope Francis' commission to fight clerical sex abuse is tempering his remarks about accountability for bishops accused of covering up for abusive priests, saying they deserve a fair hearing, too.... 11/20/2014 10:56 PM

Nicaragua: Studies say canal impact to be minimal
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Officials said Thursday that studies have determined a $40 billion inter-oceanic canal across Nicaragua will have minimal impact on the environment and society, and construction is to begin next month.... 11/20/2014 10:51 PM

Critics storm Poland's electoral body over delays
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Dozens of protesters stormed Poland's main voting commission and occupied the building Thursday night, angry over the delay in the vote count for recent local elections.... 11/20/2014 10:41 PM

Tunisia court doubles 2 policemen's rape sentences
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- A Tunisian appeals court has increased the prison terms of two policemen convicted of raping a woman from seven years to 15.... 11/20/2014 10:36 PM

Israeli mayor's ban on Arab workers ignites uproar
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The mayor of a southern Israeli city sparked a national uproar Thursday by barring Israeli Arab construction workers from jobs in local preschools, citing security concerns after a rash of attacks by Palestinian assailants elsewhere in the country.... 11/20/2014 10:29 PM

Slain beauty queen, sister buried in Honduras
GUALJOCO, Honduras (AP) -- Grieving family members laid to rest a beauty queen and her sister amid drenching rains Thursday, pleading for divine justice after the women were shot to death in what police say was a jealous rage by the sister's boyfriend.... 11/20/2014 10:27 PM

Public transport to say: 'Falklands are Argentine'
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's Congress has ruled that all public transportation must display a sign saying: "Las Malvinas son Argentinas" ("The Falklands are Argentine").... 11/20/2014 10:22 PM

Mali Ebola crisis deepens with doctor's death
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Mali's emerging Ebola crisis deepened Thursday as the government announced that a doctor had died from the disease, becoming the second health worker fatality linked to a single patient initially thought to have kidney disease.... 11/20/2014 10:22 PM

Boko Haram said to kill about 45 people in Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- The leader of a vigilante fighter group in Nigeria says Boko Haram militants have killed about 45 people in an attack on a village.... 11/20/2014 10:14 PM

Puerto Rico touts $130M renovated airport terminal
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Officials in Puerto Rico have unveiled a $130 million renovated terminal at the island's main international airport.... 11/20/2014 9:52 PM

Egypt president considering pardon of journalists
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said on Thursday that a presidential pardon is "being examined" for the three Al-Jazeera journalists who were handed heavy prison terms in a court ruling that raised international outrage.... 11/20/2014 9:17 PM

Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in Vienna
VIENNA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held out hope of a last-minute nuclear deal with Iran Thursday, as he added his diplomatic muscle to talks aimed at overcoming deep differences with Tehran over the size and scope of its future atomic activities.... 11/20/2014 9:14 PM