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China defends land reclamation in South China Sea
BEIJING (AP) -- Defying a U.S. call to halt the project, China defended its land reclamation in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Monday, saying the work is for public service use, although a London-based security group says the new island could host a military airfield to intimidate neighbors.... 11/24/2014 2:50 PM

Afghan bombings kill 2 NATO troops, 6 civilians
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Bombings across Afghanistan killed two NATO troops and six civilians Monday, authorities said, as the death toll in the country's deadliest insurgent attack this year rose to at least 50.... 11/24/2014 2:50 PM

Filipino troops kill 5 Abu Sayyaf gunmen in clash
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Philippine military spokeswoman says government forces killed at least five Abu Sayyaf gunmen and seized their camp after a clash in an ongoing offensive in the southern Philippines.... 11/24/2014 2:48 PM

Congo: Amnesty says Belgian firm evicted hundreds
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Amnesty International says a Belgian company destroyed hundreds of homes near a mine in southeastern Congo and lied about it for years with the help of a government cover-up.... 11/24/2014 2:41 PM

Pope to take on hot EU topics in Strasbourg visit
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Pope Francis is set to deliver his first major speech on Europe, focusing on complex continental issues such as joblessness and immigration.... 11/24/2014 2:36 PM

Israel leader vows to pass nationality law
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister has vowed to pass a contentious nationality law, but is leaving the door open to negotiations to soften the language.... 11/24/2014 2:35 PM

Swiss museum accepts priceless Gurlitt art trove
BERLIN (AP) -- A Swiss museum agreed Monday to accept a priceless collection of long-hidden art from the late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt, saying it will work closely with Germany to make sure that any pieces looted by the Nazis are returned to their Jewish owners.... 11/24/2014 2:32 PM

Floods kill at least 32 in southern Morocco
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Days of unusually heavy rains pounded Morocco's south and unleashed deadly floods that killed 32 people, the Interior Ministry said Monday.... 11/24/2014 2:28 PM

Thai editor sentenced to jail for defaming king
BANGKOK (AP) -- A military court in junta-ruled Thailand sentenced a Web editor to 4 1/2 years in jail Monday for publishing an article five years ago that it said defamed the nation's king.... 11/24/2014 2:16 PM

Iraqi troops retake 2 towns in eastern province
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militiamen and Kurdish security forces have recaptured two eastern towns from Islamic State militants after fierce clashes, Iraqi officials said Monday.... 11/24/2014 2:16 PM

Mom charged with trying to kill baby left in drain
SYDNEY (AP) -- A 30-year-old Australian has been charged with trying to kill her newborn son by abandoning him in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday.... 11/24/2014 2:14 PM

Erdogan: women are not equal to men
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has set off a new controversy, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers.... 11/24/2014 2:10 PM

Report claims Jordan deporting Syrian refugees
BEIRUT (AP) -- Jordanian authorities have deported "vulnerable Syrian refugees," including wounded men and unaccompanied children, an international human rights group said Monday, adding that a Jordanian government spokesman denied the claim.... 11/24/2014 2:08 PM

Deal gives Russia greater control over Abkhazia
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin has signed an agreement with the leader of Abkhazia binding the breakaway Georgian region closer to Russia and formalizing Moscow's control over this stretch of the Black Sea.... 11/24/2014 2:06 PM

Iran nuclear talks to be extended until July
VIENNA (AP) -- Nuclear negotiators have failed to meet a Monday deadline for a deal that would ease international concerns about Iran's atomic program and are poised to extend the negotiations for a comprehensive agreement until July 2015, diplomats said.... 11/24/2014 1:40 PM

Italian doctor with Ebola returning for treatment
MILAN (AP) -- An Italian doctor who has been working in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus and is being transferred to Rome for treatment, the health ministry said Monday. It is Italy's first confirmed case of Ebola.... 11/24/2014 1:32 PM

Hong Kong to clear more protest barricades
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong authorities said they will remove some barricades Tuesday from part of a pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district, scene of previous violent confrontations with police and angry mobs.... 11/24/2014 1:31 PM

UK: 'Severe' terror threat requires new powers
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's interior minister said Monday that the country faces its greatest-ever threat from terrorism, as she announced measures to control suspects, strengthen online scrutiny and prevent insurance companies from paying terrorist ransoms.... 11/24/2014 1:29 PM

Liberia free of Ebola by Christmas, says president
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia's president on Monday urged her countrymen to double their efforts to reach the government's goal of having zero new Ebola cases by Dec. 25, a target some experts have described as highly ambitious.... 11/24/2014 1:22 PM

Spanish police arrest 4 priests in pedophile case
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's interior minister says four priests have been arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse.... 11/24/2014 1:17 PM