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Pope visits iconic religious sites in Istanbul
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Pope Francis visits two of Turkey's most iconic sites and shifts gears toward more religious affairs as he arrives in Istanbul for the second leg of his three-day visit to the Muslim nation.... 11/29/2014 7:36 AM

India: Pakistan agencies backing terror groups
GUWAHATI, India (AP) -- India's home minister has hit out at Pakistan saying its state agencies are backing acts of terrorism against India.... 11/29/2014 7:34 AM

Beijing bans smoking in public spaces
BEIJING (AP) -- Beijing has adopted a smoking ban in all indoor public spaces including workplaces and public transport.... 11/29/2014 7:28 AM

Prominent rights lawyer released in China
BEIJING (AP) -- A prominent human rights lawyer was released Saturday from six months in police custody in central China, according a Beijing-based social justice group.... 11/29/2014 7:12 AM

UAE official visits Qatar in sign of mended ties
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- A senior United Arab Emirates official has held talks with the Qatari emir in Doha in the highest level meeting between the two Gulf neighbors since a diplomatic spat erupted earlier this year.... 11/29/2014 6:21 AM

Taiwan local elections test pro-China ruling party
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwan's relations with historic foe China are playing a key role in local elections on the self-ruled island Saturday as the ruling Nationalist Party meets increased resistance to forging stronger ties with Beijing.... 11/29/2014 5:52 AM

Venezuela gets ballet commemorating Chavez's life
CARACS, Venezuela (AP) -- In life, Venezuela's exuberant leader Hugo Chavez often captivated supporters by bursting into song, even the occasional dance. Now that he's gone, supporters are turning to the musical arts to help immortalize him.... 11/29/2014 5:46 AM

Rare optimism ahead of climate talks in Lima
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Energized by new targets set by China and the United States, the world's top climate polluters, U.N. global warming talks resume Monday with unusual optimism despite evidence that human-generated climate change is already happening and bound to get worse.... 11/29/2014 5:36 AM

Bahrain voters cast ballots in runoff election
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Bahraini voters are returning to the polls for a runoff election being boycotted by the opposition for the country's first new parliament since widespread Arab Spring-inspired protests nearly four years ago.... 11/29/2014 5:28 AM

Killing of Guatemalan hunter likely to go unsolved
ZACAPA, Guatemala (AP) -- Jose Miguel Ramirez went hunting for iguanas on a melon farm, and paid for it with his life. The 19-year-old's body was dumped by a stream near the property line, a bullet hole above his left eye.... 11/29/2014 5:26 AM

French president cheered in Ebola-stricken Guinea
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande brought a message of hope to Guinea on Friday, where thousands of residents lined the roads while clapping, drumming and dancing to catch a glimpse of the first Western leader to visit a country hard hit by Ebola.... 11/29/2014 3:44 AM

China activist pleads innocent in chaotic trial
BEIJING (AP) -- A leading Chinese rights activist who organized rallies for media freedom pleaded not guilty to charges of disturbing public order in an all-night trial in which the judge rejected his requests for food, a lawyer said.... 11/29/2014 3:24 AM

Police: Blasts at mosque in Nigeria kill 35 people
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- Multiple explosions tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, killing 35 people, police said.... 11/29/2014 2:26 AM

Iconic Mexican comedian 'Chespirito' dies at 85
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Roberto Gomez Bolanos, the iconic Mexican comedian who wrote and played the boy television character "El Chavo del Ocho" that defined a generation for millions of Latin American children, died Friday at age 85.... 11/29/2014 1:41 AM

Argentina IDs accounts in alleged tax evasion
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's top cable TV operator, a former professional soccer player and a lawmaker are among the holders of some 4,000 secret Swiss bank accounts used to evade taxes, the Argentine tax agency said Friday.... 11/29/2014 12:51 AM

Venezuela looks to cut spending as oil prices fall
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Nicolas Maduro is ordering a cut in government spending as Venezuela grapples with a plunge in world oil prices that threatens to bring more hardship for the petroleum-dependent economy.... 11/29/2014 12:49 AM

Death toll in Venezuelan prison overdose up to 35
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Pressure is building on Venezuela's government to fully investigate a rising number of deaths at an overcrowded prison, with human rights activists questioning authorities' claim of a mass drug overdose by dozens of inmates who stormed an infirmary.... 11/29/2014 12:45 AM

Mickey Rourke wins exhibition bout in Moscow
MOSCOW (AP) -- Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout.... 11/28/2014 11:59 PM

Swiss to vote on massive gold-buying plan
GENEVA (AP) -- In Switzerland, a campaign is on to protect the country's wealth by investing in gold - a lot of gold.... 11/28/2014 10:47 PM

Hospital says Pele's condition is improving
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Pele is responding well to antibiotics to treat a urinary tract infection and his condition is improving, doctors said Friday.... 11/28/2014 9:48 PM