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Syrian peace talks set to take place in Moscow next month
MOSCOW (AP) -- Peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition could be held in Moscow next month, Russia's Foreign Ministry said Thursday.... 12/25/2014 4:17 PM

Monkey gives first aid to electrocuted friend
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Onlookers at a train station in northern India watched in awe as a monkey came to the rescue of an injured friend - resuscitating another monkey that had been electrocuted and knocked unconscious.... 12/25/2014 4:03 PM

Official: 5 attackers dead at AU Somalia base
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Gunmen attacked the African Union's main base in the capital, Mogadishu, on Thursday leading to an exchange of gunfire between militants and soldiers that left at least five militants dead, an official with the mission in Somalia said.... 12/25/2014 3:44 PM

Russia offers support to North Korea amid Sony hack
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has offered sympathy to North Korea amid the Sony hacking scandal, saying the movie that sparked the dispute was so scandalous that Pyongyang's anger was "quite understandable."... 12/25/2014 3:39 PM

UK queen calls for harmony in Christmas message
SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth II used her traditional Christmas broadcast Thursday to call for reconciliation throughout the United Kingdom and to praise medical workers fighting Ebola in Africa.... 12/25/2014 3:20 PM

UK body warns drone owners: Fly safely, or you'll be fined
LONDON (AP) -- Got a nifty little drone for Christmas? If so, fly it carefully. Especially if you are in Britain.... 12/25/2014 3:10 PM

Turkish teen arrested for insulting president
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish media reports say a teenager was taken away from his school and detained by police for allegedly insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.... 12/25/2014 2:58 PM

Survivors huddle after violence in India kills 72
SHAMUKJULI, India (AP) -- Instead of celebrating Christmas in her home, Rina Vor and her four young children were huddled in a church Thursday along with hundreds of other survivors of a rebel massacre that killed 72 members of her tribe.... 12/25/2014 2:43 PM

Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A somber Pope Francis steeped his Christmas message to the world Thursday in sadness for those with little cause for joy - abused children, refugees, hostages and others suffering from violence in the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine and elsewhere.... 12/25/2014 2:41 PM

Saudi women drivers referred to terrorism court
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month in defiance of a ban on females driving were referred on Thursday to a court established to try terrorism cases, several people close to the defendants said.... 12/25/2014 2:32 PM

Father of pilot captured by IS pleads for release
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded for his son's release on Thursday, reminding militants that his son shared the same faith as the ultraconservative group.... 12/25/2014 2:19 PM

Swimmers brave cold for Berlin Christmas swim
BERLIN (AP) -- For a group of hardy Berliners, Christmas Day is a time to sing seasonal songs, don festive wear - and take a plunge in a cold lake.... 12/25/2014 2:05 PM

Correction: NKorea-Mystery Outage story
LONDON (AP) -- In a story Dec. 24 about North Korea's Internet outages, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Falkland Islands are located in the North Atlantic. The Falkland Islands are in the South Atlantic.... 12/25/2014 1:55 PM

Saudi to dig into reserves for the 2015 budget
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's Cabinet has endorsed a budget for 2015 that projects a slight increase in spending and a significant drop in revenues due to sliding oil prices, resulting in a $39 billion deficit.... 12/25/2014 1:48 PM

Iran dismisses Khomeini link to pope shooting
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Iran has rejected claims by Mehmet Ali Agca that late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered him to assassinate Pope John Paul II.... 12/25/2014 1:28 PM

Russia's Putin scraps New Year's holidays for ministers
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday scrapped New Year's holidays for government ministers because of the unfolding economic crisis.... 12/25/2014 1:14 PM

Text of pope's Christmas Day message
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Here is the official Vatican English-language translation of Pope Francis' `'Urbi et Orbi' Christmas Day message, which he delivered in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on Thursday:... 12/25/2014 1:07 PM

Romanians at Ceausescu's grave, 25 years after death
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanians nostalgic for the communist era gathered Thursday at the grave of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, who were tried and executed on Christmas Day twenty-five years ago.... 12/25/2014 12:02 PM

Snowstorm in Moscow delays over 150 flights
MOSCOW (AP) -- A massive snowstorm in Moscow on Thursday caused delays to more than 150 flights and brought traffic to a standstill.... 12/25/2014 11:13 AM

Yemen senior intelligence official kidnapped
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Suspected Shiite rebels kidnapped Yemen's second highest intelligence official from his house in the capital Sanaa Thursday, security officials and a close associate of the general said.... 12/25/2014 11:07 AM