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Palestinian president against Jewish state bill
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that he supports Israeli members of parliament who oppose the plan to formalize Israel's status as a Jewish state.... 11/26/2014 1:58 PM

Rickshaw research reveals extreme Delhi pollution
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The three-wheeled rickshaw lurched through New Delhi's commuter-clogged streets with an American scientist and several air pollution monitors in the back seat. Car horns blared. A scrappy scooter buzzed by belching black smoke from its tailpipe. One of the monitors spiked.... 11/26/2014 1:48 PM

Slovenian police seize 175 kilos of cocaine
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- Police in Slovenia say they have seized 175 kilograms (385 pounds) of cocaine in one of the biggest drug busts in the small Alpine nation in years.... 11/26/2014 1:43 PM

India's state-owned bank to launch Islamic fund
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's largest state-owned bank will launch an Islamic equity fund next month aimed mainly at attracting investments from the country's 170 million Muslims.The Securities and Exchange Board of India, the country's capital markets regulator, recently allowed the government-owned State Bank of India and three mutual funds to launch Shariah funds.... 11/26/2014 1:38 PM

AP PHOTOS: Macaws bring harmony to Caracas' chaos
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- In one of the world's most hostile urban jungles, the spectacle of rainbow-colored tropical birds streaking across the late-afternoon sky has become a natural respite from rampant crime and choking pollution.... 11/26/2014 1:20 PM

Hong Kong police arrest key protesters, clear site
HONG KONG (AP) -- Police arrested key student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on Wednesday as they cleared barricades in one volatile district, throwing into doubt the future of a 2-month-old movement seeking free elections in the former British colony.... 11/26/2014 1:18 PM

UN concerned over escalation of violence in Libya
CAIRO (AP) -- The U.N. Secretary General has expressed deep concern about the recent escalation of violence in Libya, including recent airstrikes on a military air base that until this week was Tripoli's only functioning airport.... 11/26/2014 1:18 PM

Campaigning under way in Liberia despite Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Campaigning is under way for Senate elections in Liberia, another sign that Ebola is loosening its deadly grip on the West African country even as it hits the capital of neighboring Sierra Leone with increasing force.... 11/26/2014 1:14 PM

Moldova: 5 suspected of planning election violence
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) -- Moldovan prosecutors are questioning five people suspected of planning violent protests after parliamentary elections this weekend, amid concerns that Russia may try to gain greater influence in the country.... 11/26/2014 1:07 PM

World stocks rise as more US data on tap
LONDON (AP) -- World stock markets mostly rose Wednesday as investors looked to more economic indicators out of the U.S. in the run up to the Thanksgiving holiday.... 11/26/2014 12:59 PM

Freighter with 700 migrants being towed to Crete
IERAPETRA, Greece (AP) -- Local authorities and Red Cross volunteers on Crete were racing Wednesday to prepare shelter and food for hundreds of immigrants on a crippled freighter being slowly towed to safety by a Greek navy frigate, a rescue effort hampered by gale-force winds and high waves.... 11/26/2014 12:58 PM

Passengers in Russia's Arctic give airliner a push
MOSCOW (AP) -- In other countries, you may be asked to give a push to a car stuck in the mud. In Russia, passengers in the Arctic came out of an airliner to the bitter cold to help it move to the runway.... 11/26/2014 12:52 PM

Dutch seek to harness energy from salt water mix
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Dutch researchers are seeking to add a new, largely untapped renewable energy source to the world's energy mix with the opening of a "Blue Energy" test facility on Wednesday.... 11/26/2014 12:47 PM

7 killed in rebel attack on house of Yemen leader
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni Shiite rebels attacked and occupied the seat of power of an influential tribe in the capital Wednesday, following clashes that killed six of the guards and one fighter, security officials and rebel media said.... 11/26/2014 12:08 PM

Impoverished Lebanese city is target for IS group
TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) -- Jamal Hayak is finally fixing up his restaurant, damaged a month ago in clashes between the army and militants in this northern Lebanese city. But he has little doubt violence will erupt again, and he says he fears next time it will be Islamic State group fighters battling in Tripoli's streets.... 11/26/2014 12:01 PM

Egypt opens crossing to Gaza for 1st time in month
AL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian authorities have temporarily re-opened a border crossing with the Gaza Strip to allow Palestinians stranded outside the territory to return home.... 11/26/2014 11:58 AM

Putin's tiger kills 15 goats in northeast China
BEIJING (AP) -- A rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin is keeping farmers in northeastern China on edge.... 11/26/2014 11:56 AM

Correction: Iraq-Bombing Baghdad story
BAGHDAD (AP) -- In a story Nov. 25 about security in Baghdad, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of Iraq's Interior Ministry spokesman. His name is Saad Maan Ibrahim, not Maan Saad.... 11/26/2014 11:55 AM

Brazen, beloved Lebanese singer Sabah dies at 87
BEIRUT (AP) -- Beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her multiple marriages, Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer Sabah never seemed far from the limelight during her six-decade career.... 11/26/2014 11:52 AM

Benin says Lassa fever kills 9, no Ebola found
COTONOU, Benin (AP) -- Nine people have died in Benin from Lassa fever, a viral disease common in West Africa with symptoms similar to Ebola, the country's health minister said.... 11/26/2014 11:07 AM