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Presidents meet to discuss peace in South Sudan
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's government says President Jacob Zuma has travelled to East Africa for talks on the South Sudan peace process.... 12/22/2014 2:03 PM

A list of Pope Francis' 15 "Ailments of the Curia"
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis listed 15 "ailments" of the Vatican Curia during his annual Christmas greetings to the cardinals, bishops and priests who run the central administration of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church. Here's the list.... 12/22/2014 1:52 PM

Zimbabwe's president fires more cabinet members
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe's festive season is marked by continued political infighting and financial austerity, as the president fired two more cabinet ministers and the country's civil servants learned they will not get annual holiday bonuses.... 12/22/2014 1:50 PM

Nazarbayev: Ukraine conflict is 'nonsense'
MOSCOW (AP) -- Kazakhstan's president says the conflict in eastern Ukraine is "nonsense" and is calling on Russia and Ukraine to find a way to resolve it.... 12/22/2014 1:42 PM

Prosecutor: No terror link in France car rampage
PARIS (AP) -- The prosecutor in the French city of Dijon says the driver who ran down 13 pedestrians in the city has a long history of severe mental illness and no links to terrorism.... 12/22/2014 1:40 PM

Spain hands out $3B in planet's biggest lottery
MADRID (AP) -- Spaniards who bought lottery tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot on Monday, getting 400,000-euro ($490,000) payoffs from a 2.5 billion-euro ($3 billion) pot of cash that will be divided among thousands of ticketholders.... 12/22/2014 1:37 PM

China indicts Jackie Chan's son on drug charge
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese prosecutors on Monday indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was detained.... 12/22/2014 1:34 PM

Russian deputy PM talks up the ruble
MOSCOW (AP) -- A senior Russian Cabinet minister said on Monday he's expecting the ruble to extend its recent gains and added that the government is not planning to introduce currency controls on Russian companies.... 12/22/2014 1:31 PM

Stocks advance amid oil price stability hopes
LONDON (AP) -- Global stock markets rose strongly Monday amid hopes that some stability was emerging in oil markets following a rout that's seen prices slide to five year lows.... 12/22/2014 1:29 PM

North Korea skipping UN Security Council meeting
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- An angry North Korea, now on the defensive over a U.S. accusation of hacking, is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting Monday where the country's bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time.... 12/22/2014 1:26 PM

Woman fatally shot at Myanmar mine protest
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A woman was fatally shot Monday during a crackdown on protesters at a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in northwestern Myanmar, activists and an opposition lawmaker said.... 12/22/2014 1:17 PM

Australia family found after 10 days in wilderness
SYDNEY (AP) -- A 5-year-old boy and his 7-year-old brother were recovering in a hospital Monday after surviving with their father for 10 days in the Australian wilderness with little food and in weather conditions that ranged from stormy to scorching.... 12/22/2014 1:07 PM

Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God.... 12/22/2014 1:06 PM

China to investigate ex-President Hu's top aide
BEIJING (AP) -- The top aide to former Chinese President Hu Jintao has been placed under investigation for disciplinary violations, the official Xinhua News Agency said Monday.... 12/22/2014 12:55 PM

Poland suspends abuse probe of Vatican ex-envoy
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A prosecutor says that Poland has suspended an investigation into the alleged sex abuse of minors in the Dominican Republic by a Polish-born former Vatican ambassador due to a lack of evidence.... 12/22/2014 12:53 PM

Kurdish fighters face resistance from IS in Iraq
SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish fighters in Iraq have pushed deeper into the town of Sinjar, held by the Islamic State group, but are facing stiff resistance from the Sunni militants who captured it in August.... 12/22/2014 12:28 PM

Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the king's sister, Princess Cristina, to be tried along with her husband on charges of tax fraud - making her the first member of the country's royal family to face charges in court since the royalty was restored in 1975.... 12/22/2014 12:19 PM

Experts expect surge in Cuba tourism under Obama opening
HAVANA (AP) -- As the U.S. and Cuba begin to normalize relations for the first time in half a century, some Americans are already roaming the streets of Old Havana, attending dance exhibitions and talks on architecture as they take part in scripted cultural tours that can cost more than a decent used car back home.... 12/22/2014 12:06 PM

Tunisia awaits election final, press hails Essebsi
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Newspapers in Tunisia have followed exit polls in proclaiming an 88-year-old former minister the winner of the presidential election.... 12/22/2014 12:03 PM

EU inspection critical of Frankfurt airport security
BERLIN (AP) -- The German government says a European Union inspection found security shortcomings at Frankfurt airport, the country's busiest, and that measures have been taken to address them.... 12/22/2014 12:01 PM