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Red Cross seeks $1.68 billion for 2015
GENEVA (AP) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross is asking donors for $1.68 billion next year to help people caught up in armed conflicts, its biggest request ever and 25 percent larger than the current budget.... 11/27/2014 11:49 AM

Australian batsman Hughes dies from head injury
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died Thursday from a "catastrophic" injury to his head, two days after being struck by a delivery during a match.... 11/27/2014 11:46 AM

Amsterdam warns of dangerous drugs after 3 deaths
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Health authorities in Amsterdam are warning of dangerous drugs being sold to tourists after three British men died in the last month after snorting heroin they may have believed was cocaine.... 11/27/2014 11:43 AM

Virgin, Stagecoach expand UK rail operation
LONDON (AP) -- Richard Branson's Virgin company will next year play an increased role in train service linking Scotland to London.... 11/27/2014 11:43 AM

Scots to get new powers after rejecting separation
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's main political parties have agreed to grant Scotland new tax and spending powers to fulfill a promise of greater autonomy made before a recent independence referendum.... 11/27/2014 11:36 AM

OPEC unity tested by low prices, oil glut
VIENNA (AP) -- OPEC oil ministers meeting in Vienna on Thursday are in a bind. Prices are plunging - and in the short term, the cartel may not be able to do much about it.... 11/27/2014 11:33 AM

Pope visits Turkey amid Christian-Muslim tensions
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- When a pope last visited Turkey - Benedict XVI in 2006 - Muslim-Catholic tensions were so high that the Vatican added a stop at Istanbul's famed Blue Mosque at the last minute in hopes of showing Benedict's respect for Islam.... 11/27/2014 11:31 AM

British national among 5 killed in Afghan bombing
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing at least five people, including a British national, Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said.... 11/27/2014 11:26 AM

Who's behind Christmas tree at Paris' Notre Dame?
PARIS (AP) -- Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has a Christmas tree this year thanks to an unusual patron: the Russian government.... 11/27/2014 11:15 AM

General strike shuts down services across Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A 24-hour general strike in Greece shut down services across the country, forcing flight cancelations and school closures and leaving state hospitals functioning with emergency staff, while thousands of protesters marched in central Athens.... 11/27/2014 11:09 AM

Israel says it busted Hamas cell planning attacks
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Shin Bet security service said Thursday it had uncovered a vast Hamas network in the West Bank that was planning large-scale attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem.... 11/27/2014 11:05 AM

Britain reports big increase in immigration
LONDON (AP) -- Britain has reported a big increase in immigration last year despite government efforts to control the numbers of arrivals.... 11/27/2014 10:57 AM

Pro-Western Ukraine parliament holds first session
MOSCOW (AP) -- Ukraine's parliament opened for its inaugural session Thursday since an election last month that ushered in a spate of pro-Western parties.... 11/27/2014 10:52 AM

Mining boom at stake, Greenland votes amid turmoil
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Greenland's hopes of a mining boom are shrouded in uncertainty as voters on the ice-capped Arctic island decide Friday who will replace a local government that collapsed after its leader admitted to using taxpayers' money for private trips.... 11/27/2014 10:49 AM

Ship with 700 migrants safely towed to Greek coast
IERAPETRA, Greece (AP) -- More than 700 people, mostly refugees from Syria, began disembarking Thursday on the Greek island of Crete after a harrowing journey on a smuggling ship that broke down in gale-force winds while trying to reach Europe.... 11/27/2014 10:39 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan: British national killed in attack on embassy vehicle in Kabul.... 11/27/2014 10:33 AM

South Asian leaders reach last-minute energy deal
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- South Asian heads of state attending their first summit in three years reached a deal on energy sharing Thursday, but failed on two other economic agreements during a retreat where Indian and Pakistan leaders shook hands.... 11/27/2014 10:16 AM

Malaysia leader nixes pledge to scrap sedition law
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's leader said Thursday that a colonial-era law curbing free speech will be retained and strengthened, backpedaling on a pledge two years ago to abolish the Sedition Act as part of political reforms.... 11/27/2014 10:15 AM

9 dead in Kashmir gunbattle between rebels, army
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Heavily armed suspected militants fought a fierce gunbattle with soldiers in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Thursday, and three civilians were among the nine dead, authorities said.... 11/27/2014 10:13 AM

Syrian troops kill 30 rebels near Damascus
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syrian government forces have killed at least 30 rebels in an ambush in the suburbs of Damascus where troops and allied gunmen have been on the offensive for weeks, activists and state media said Thursday.... 11/27/2014 10:12 AM