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Putin says won't force exporters to sell currency
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin says there are no plans to introduce obligations for exporters to sell their hard currency earnings to help stabilize the ruble.... 12/18/2014 10:16 AM

Iran to hold military drill near strategic passage
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's state TV says the military will hold a massive drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf next week.... 12/18/2014 10:15 AM


MOSCOW (AP) -- Putin says no plans to force exporters to sell their currency earnings.... 12/18/2014 10:13 AM

A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Most North Koreans have never even seen the Internet.... 12/18/2014 10:00 AM

S. Korean group cancels plans for border tree
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean church group said Thursday it canceled plans to erect a giant Christmas tree near the border with North Korea after locals complained that it could provoke Pyongyang.... 12/18/2014 9:55 AM

Dutch lawmaker to be prosecuted for hate speech
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch authorities say they will prosecute lawmaker Geert Wilders for hate speech over a chant in which he asked his supporters whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands and they shouted back "Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!"... 12/18/2014 9:54 AM

India's space program notches 2 more successes
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India on Thursday announced two more successes in its space program - launching the country's largest rocket and testing the re-entry of an unmanned crew module, part of India's quest to send humans into space.... 12/18/2014 9:40 AM

Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal
HAVANA (AP) -- Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being.... 12/18/2014 9:15 AM

Qatar: Building team to spring surprise in 2022
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- It's a cold, hard fact of football: Countries with tiny populations don't generally beat big ones with deep wells of talented players.... 12/18/2014 8:41 AM

Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills policeman
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan police officer was killed and another three wounded on Thursday when a suspected suicide bomber they were following detonated the explosives in his vehicle, an official said.... 12/18/2014 6:52 AM

Canada man finds woman for free trip around world
TORONTO (AP) -- A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right.... 12/18/2014 6:31 AM

Australian leader: Siege may have been preventable
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia's prime minister said Thursday that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder.... 12/18/2014 6:09 AM

Two-speed labor system in Qatar for 2022 World Cup
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands.... 12/18/2014 5:55 AM

Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls
MOSCOW (AP) -- From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah.... 12/18/2014 5:51 AM

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.... 12/18/2014 2:19 AM

Palestinians set deadline for Israeli occupation
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday, while the Palestinians at the United Nations set a deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from lands captured nearly 50 years ago by the end of 2017.... 12/18/2014 1:02 AM

Draft UN resolution targets Israeli occupation
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Jordan has submitted a draft resolution on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands captured in 1967 to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vote.... 12/18/2014 12:30 AM

Death toll in clash in western Mexico 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 11:24 PM

Nigerian court sentences 54 soldiers to death
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria on Wednesday sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists.... 12/17/2014 11:21 PM

Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire
HAVANA (AP) -- Colombia's largest rebel group announced an indefinite, unilateral cease-fire Wednesday, saying guerrillas will refrain from staging attacks so long as they aren't targeted by the U.S.-backed military.... 12/17/2014 11:11 PM