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Saudi oil chief: No conspiracy behind oil prices
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's oil chief says that allegations the kingdom conspired to bring oil prices down to harm its neighbors are false.... 12/21/2014 10:57 AM

Nigeria's home-grown Islamic uprising poses regional threat
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Thousands of members of Nigeria's home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks.... 12/21/2014 10:57 AM

Palestinians throw stones, injure Israeli boy
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says Palestinians hurling stones at cars of Jewish settlers in the West Bank have lightly injured a 4-year-old Israeli boy.... 12/21/2014 10:38 AM

Tunisians head to elect president in runoff
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisians voted on Sunday for a new president in a runoff between a symbol of the country's previous regimes and a veteran human rights activist who came to power after the 2011 revolution.... 12/21/2014 10:38 AM

Russia sees harsh crackdown on independent media
MOSCOW (AP) -- Among the five TV journalists interviewing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the odd one out was easy to spot. Mikhail Zygar's questions were sharper than those of the others, who headed back to spacious television studios while Zygar broadcast his piece from a Moscow living room.... 12/21/2014 10:28 AM

Kurds push into Sinjar; Iraqis battle for airport
SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish fighters are pushing their way into the town of Sinjar, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against Islamic State militants who captured the town last summer.... 12/21/2014 10:17 AM

Gabon police break up opposition rally, 1 killed
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) -- Gabon's prosecutor says one person was killed after opposition protesters went ahead with a banned rally, prompting security forces to respond with tear gas in a bid to disperse the crowd.... 12/21/2014 9:04 AM

Taliban kill 7 Afghan policemen at checkpoint
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Taliban attacked a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan, killing at least seven policemen, an official said Sunday. In Kabul, a reporter wounded in an attack earlier this month on a French-run school died of his injuries.... 12/21/2014 8:14 AM

Lauren Jackson returns from 11-month injury layoff
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Seattle Storm forward and former WNBA most valuable player Lauren Jackson played her first competitive match in 11 months on the weekend, admitting she was "terrible" while scoring 13 points to lead the Canberra Capitals to victory in Australia.... 12/21/2014 8:08 AM

Israel arrests more from Jewish extremist group
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police have arrested four Jewish activists from the extremist Lehava group opposed to Arab-Jewish coexistence.... 12/21/2014 7:50 AM

Bomb blast kills 3, hurts 5 in northeastern India
GUWAHATI, India (AP) -- An explosion in the parking lot of a bus station early Sunday killed three people and wounded five others in India's remote northeastern state, where several separatist groups operate, police said.... 12/21/2014 6:50 AM

10 years on, where did all the tsunami debris go?
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) -- Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland.... 12/21/2014 5:47 AM

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children
SYDNEY (AP) -- An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said.... 12/21/2014 4:51 AM

A chance to breach divide for young in Cuba and US
HAVANA (AP) -- Daniela Martinez long figured that someday she would leave the struggles of daily life in Cuba and join her uncle in the United States, but after the events of the last few days, the 18-year-old medical student thinks exile may not be her only choice.... 12/21/2014 4:34 AM

North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.... 12/21/2014 12:40 AM

Egypt's powerful intelligence chief replaced
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's powerful intelligence chief, a longtime mentor of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, was removed and replaced by his deputy, security officials said Saturday... 12/21/2014 12:00 AM

Panama's Noriega in prison 25 years post-invasion
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is nearly forgotten, languishing in a steamy jungle prison near the interoceanic canal while the country enjoys democracy and economic prosperity a quarter-century after the strongman was toppled by a U.S. military invasion.... 12/20/2014 10:24 PM

Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don't expect detente to do away with the communist system.... 12/20/2014 9:17 PM

French police shoot dead knife-wielding assailant
PARIS (AP) -- Officials say a man armed with a knife has attacked a police station and been killed by an officer in a suburb of Tours, a city in central France.... 12/20/2014 9:13 PM

Kenya to US: Our terror laws are better than yours
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- An official in Kenya is criticizing the United States for raising concerns about a new Kenyan law aimed at fighting terrorism.... 12/20/2014 9:06 PM