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Skiers have reservations over airbag safety system
VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) -- Some skiers are concerned they will turn into the puffy "Michelin Man" when they are not supposed to.... 12/22/2014 6:23 PM

Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's Princess Cristina was indicted on tax fraud charges Monday - a severe setback to efforts by her brother King Felipe VI to rid the royalty of image problems after his scandal-plagued father abdicated six months ago.... 12/22/2014 6:21 PM

Truck veering out of control kills 6 pedestrians in Glasgow
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Six people were killed and several others injured when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in downtown Glasgow Monday, police said.... 12/22/2014 6:18 PM

Russia bails out bank following ruble slide
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has bailed out a mid-sized bank for about $500 million to save it from bankruptcy- a clear sign that the slide in the value of the ruble in the wake of falling oil prices is straining the banking system.... 12/22/2014 6:16 PM

Prosecutor: No terror link in France car rampage
PARIS (AP) -- French officials called for vigilance but warned against jumping to conclusions Monday after a pair of weekend attacks - one in which a driver ran down 13 bystanders, and another in which a recent convert to Islam knifed police officers.... 12/22/2014 6:09 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 6:07 PM

TripAdvisor fined $600,000 by Italian anti-trust
MILAN (AP) -- Italy's antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers' association and a consumer protection agency.... 12/22/2014 6:02 PM

Palestinians say Gaza reconstruction pledges unfulfilled
JERUSALEM (AP) -- International donors have so far failed to deliver billions of dollars in aid money that was promised to rebuild the war-battered Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said Monday, saying the rift between rival Palestinian factions is deterring foreign governments from sending aid.... 12/22/2014 5:54 PM

Al-Jazeera Egypt channel shuts down
CAIRO (AP) -- The Doha-based Al-Jazeera satellite station has shut down its Egypt channel, which has been at the center of tensions between Egypt and Qatar.... 12/22/2014 5:46 PM

Big changes coming to Cuba tourism with US opening
HAVANA (AP) -- U.S. tourists are roaming the streets of Old Havana, listening to lectures on Art Deco architecture and meeting with jazz musicians. What they aren't doing yet - at least most of the time - is lounging in the sun and sipping mojitos at white-sand-beach resorts.... 12/22/2014 5:39 PM

Burundi arrests brother of French police attacker
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- An intelligence service spokesman says the brother of a man who attacked police in France has been arrested in Burundi.... 12/22/2014 5:37 PM

UN chief urges better early warning of next disease outbreak
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the international community urgently needs better early warning and rapid response to the next outbreak of disease - "a test that is sure to come."... 12/22/2014 5:25 PM

El Salvador's gangs target women and girls
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence.... 12/22/2014 5:23 PM

10 years after tsunami, victim's mom learns body wasn't lost
SEINT PAING, Myanmar (AP) -- Of all the moments to chase a dream, May Aye Nwe chose the morning of Dec. 26, 2004.... 12/22/2014 5:18 PM

Sexual violence rampant among El Salvador gangs
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence.... 12/22/2014 5:15 PM

88-year-old ex-minister wins Tunisia election
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- An 88-year-old veteran of Tunisia's political establishment won the country's presidency, according to official results issued Monday, capping a four-year-long democratic transition.... 12/22/2014 5:14 PM

South Africa's high crime rate inspires novelist
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Novelist Angela Makholwa's fascination with South Africa's violent crime has made her one of the country's most popular writers.... 12/22/2014 5:14 PM

In IS-held town, Iraqi Kurds face heavy resistance
MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi Kurdish forces forged ahead with their assault Monday on a militant-held town in northern Iraq, but encountered heavy resistance from Islamic State fighters whose snipers fired at the attackers and who used burning tires to create a smoke screen against coalition airstrikes.... 12/22/2014 5:05 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 5:04 PM

Gunmen shoot, seriously wound Egypt military officer
CAIRO (AP) -- Gunmen on a motorcycle shot an Egyptian military officer, seriously wounding him as he walked to work in a Cairo neighborhood, the military said Monday.... 12/22/2014 4:41 PM