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Spain hands out $3B in planet's biggest lottery
MADRID (AP) -- Spaniards and Latin American immigrants who bought lottery tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot on Monday, cracking open bottles of champagne on the streets as they celebrated winning 400,000-euro ($490,000) payoffs from a 2.5 billion-euro ($3 billion) pot of cash divided among thousands of ticketholders.... 12/22/2014 9:03 PM

Cuba: Asylum for fugitives is legitimate right
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign to date that the communist government has no intention of extraditing America's most-wanted woman despite the warming of bilateral relations.... 12/22/2014 9:01 PM

11 hurt after van drives into Christmas market in France
PARIS (AP) -- France's top security official says the driver of a van that crashed into a Christmas market in western France on Monday stabbed himself several times after the incident.... 12/22/2014 9:00 PM

Belfast leaders near deal to save power-sharing
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Northern Ireland leaders say they are close to reaching a new agreement to sustain their Catholic-Protestant government, but face all-night talks to see whether they can seal a deal.... 12/22/2014 8:58 PM

UN Security Council takes up N. Korea's human rights
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council placed North Korea's bleak human rights situation on its agenda Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity.... 12/22/2014 8:41 PM

Leaders agree on Ukrainian peace talks this week
MOSCOW (AP) -- Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany on Monday reached an agreement to call another round of Ukraine peace talks this week, the latest attempt to negotiate a settlement to the conflict that has badly strained the ties between Russia and the West.... 12/22/2014 8:39 PM

Wounded ex-NBA player Carl Herrera improves in Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Former NBA player Carl Herrera is out of intensive care and improving following a weekend shooting, the team he coaches and one of his sons said Monday.... 12/22/2014 8:27 PM

Fuel to the fire? Fuel exports soar under Obama
GARDI SUGDUP, Panama (AP) -- Solar panels glisten from every thatched hut on this crowded island, one of the largest in this remote chain off the Panamanian coast. But the tiny emblems of green energy offer no hope against climate change.... 12/22/2014 8:24 PM

Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- To the Catholic Church's "seven deadly sins," Pope Francis has added the "15 ailments of the Curia."... 12/22/2014 8:23 PM

As US cleans up, it's exporting more pollution
GARDI SUGDUP, Panama (AP) -- Heat-trapping pollution released into the atmosphere from rising exports of U.S. gasoline and diesel dwarfs the cuts made from fuel efficiency standards and other efforts to reduce global warming in the United States, according to a new Associated Press investigation.... 12/22/2014 8:23 PM

Change of leadership in Crimea means property grab
YALTA, Crimea (AP) -- One day in October, a dozen armed men in masks drove up to the gates of Yalta Film Studios. They weren't actors, and this was no make-believe.... 12/22/2014 8:18 PM

Wife of Cuban agent freed from US expecting baby
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba is celebrating the return of three spies imprisoned in the United States for more than a decade, as well as the fact that one of their wives is expecting a baby in two weeks.... 12/22/2014 8:17 PM

Debt and hunger at birthplace of Ebola in Guinea
MELIANDOU, Guinea (AP) -- When 2-year-old Emile Ouamouno caught a fever, started vomiting, passed blood in his stool and died two days later, nobody knew why.... 12/22/2014 8:15 PM

Argentina: Court grants orangutan basic rights
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- An Argentine court says an orangutan that has lived 20 years at the Buenos Aires zoo is entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by humans.... 12/22/2014 8:14 PM

88-year-old ex-minister wins Tunisia election
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- An 88-year-old political veteran has been elected president of Tunisia, a country whose young people once electrified the world by overthrowing its 73-year-old dictator in 2011 and triggering the Arab Spring uprisings across the region.... 12/22/2014 7:59 PM

AP PHOTOS: Spain searches for Franco-era graves
ESTEPAR, Spain (AP) -- Across Spain, volunteer teams of archeologists, anthropologists and forensic scientists head out every year on expeditions to dig for suspected mass graves - a legacy of Spain's fascist past.... 12/22/2014 7:58 PM

Thousands stage anti-Islam protest in Germany
DRESDEN, Germany (AP) -- Thousands of people have gathered in the eastern German city of Dresden for the latest in a series of anti-Islam demonstrations that have alarmed the country's politicians.... 12/22/2014 7:52 PM

Nicaragua breaks ground on historic canal project
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Nicaraguan officials and a Chinese company have broken ground on a $50 billion transoceanic waterway predicted to rival the Panama Canal.... 12/22/2014 7:42 PM

Ex Petrobras manager says she spoke with CEO about anomalies
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- President Dilma Rousseff on Monday sharply defended the chief executive officer of the Brazil's state-run oil company despite allegations she was told years ago about some of the irregularities that are ballooning into the nation's biggest corruption scheme yet.... 12/22/2014 7:39 PM

Greek prosecutor rejects lawmaker's bribe claims
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A judicial investigation has dismissed a Greek lawmaker's allegations that he was offered money to back the government candidate in the country's fraught presidential vote.... 12/22/2014 7:34 PM