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Romanian prosecutor is detained for questioning
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A top Romanian prosecutor has been detained for questioning about a payment that the government made to compensate a citizen whose property had been seized by the nation's ruling communists in the 1940s.... 11/20/2014 11:18 PM

Papal official tempers point about accused bishops
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The head of Pope Francis' commission to fight clerical sex abuse is tempering his remarks about accountability for bishops accused of covering up for abusive priests, saying they deserve a fair hearing, too.... 11/20/2014 10:56 PM

Nicaragua: Studies say canal impact to be minimal
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Officials said Thursday that studies have determined a $40 billion inter-oceanic canal across Nicaragua will have minimal impact on the environment and society, and construction is to begin next month.... 11/20/2014 10:51 PM

Protesters, police clash in Mexico before marches
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Protesters marched in Mexico City on Thursday to demand authorities find 43 missing college students, trying to step up pressure on the government on a day traditionally reserved for the celebration of the 1910-17 Revolution.... 11/20/2014 10:43 PM

Critics storm Poland's electoral body over delays
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Dozens of protesters stormed Poland's main voting commission and occupied the building Thursday night, angry over the delay in the vote count for recent local elections.... 11/20/2014 10:41 PM

Tunisia court doubles 2 policemen's rape sentences
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- A Tunisian appeals court has increased the prison terms of two policemen convicted of raping a woman from seven years to 15.... 11/20/2014 10:36 PM

Israeli mayor's ban on Arab workers ignites uproar
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The mayor of a southern Israeli city sparked a national uproar Thursday by barring Israeli Arab construction workers from jobs in local preschools, citing security concerns after a rash of attacks by Palestinian assailants elsewhere in the country.... 11/20/2014 10:29 PM

Slain beauty queen, sister buried in Honduras
GUALJOCO, Honduras (AP) -- Grieving family members laid to rest a beauty queen and her sister amid drenching rains Thursday, pleading for divine justice after the women were shot to death in what police say was a jealous rage by the sister's boyfriend.... 11/20/2014 10:27 PM

Public transport to say: 'Falklands are Argentine'
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's Congress has ruled that all public transportation must display a sign saying: "Las Malvinas son Argentinas" ("The Falklands are Argentine").... 11/20/2014 10:22 PM

Mali Ebola crisis deepens with doctor's death
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Mali's emerging Ebola crisis deepened Thursday as the government announced that a doctor had died from the disease, becoming the second health worker fatality linked to a single patient initially thought to have kidney disease.... 11/20/2014 10:22 PM

Boko Haram said to kill about 45 people in Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- The leader of a vigilante fighter group in Nigeria says Boko Haram militants have killed about 45 people in an attack on a village.... 11/20/2014 10:14 PM

Puerto Rico touts $130M renovated airport terminal
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Officials in Puerto Rico have unveiled a $130 million renovated terminal at the island's main international airport.... 11/20/2014 9:52 PM

Egypt president considering pardon of journalists
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said on Thursday that a presidential pardon is "being examined" for the three Al-Jazeera journalists who were handed heavy prison terms in a court ruling that raised international outrage.... 11/20/2014 9:17 PM

Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in Vienna
VIENNA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held out hope of a last-minute nuclear deal with Iran Thursday, as he added his diplomatic muscle to talks aimed at overcoming deep differences with Tehran over the size and scope of its future atomic activities.... 11/20/2014 9:14 PM

FIFA to review World Cup corruption report
GENEVA (AP) -- FIFA will further review the 2018 and 2022 World Cup corruption investigation, putting the status of hosts Russia and Qatar back in question.... 11/20/2014 8:39 PM

Founder of Brazil's largest retail chain dies
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Samuel Klein, the Polish-born founder of Brazil's largest home-appliance retailer, has died, the company said in a statement. He was 91.... 11/20/2014 8:29 PM

Mysterious sculpture recovered from River Seine
PARIS (AP) -- French authorities have found a mysterious stone sculpture at the bottom of the River Seine, which may have been there for centuries.... 11/20/2014 8:02 PM

Argentina bill would oust foreign lawbreakers
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's Senate has passed a bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law.... 11/20/2014 7:50 PM

Swiss museum to decide future of Gurlitt art trove
BERLIN (AP) -- A Swiss museum and German officials plan to announce Monday what will happen to a priceless collection of long-hidden art bequeathed to the museum by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt.... 11/20/2014 7:45 PM

Egypt acquits doctor in female genital mutilation
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a doctor charged with performing female genital mutilation that led to a 13-year-old girl's death in a Nile Delta village, the country's first trial on charges of breaking the ban on the practice.... 11/20/2014 7:28 PM