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Migrants rescued off Cyprus' north coast
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- About 228 migrants, apparently refugees from Syria, have been rescued after their damaged ship drifted for hours in rough seas off Cyprus' northern coast, an official said Sunday.... 11/23/2014 2:54 PM

Tunisians hold landmark presidential election
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia took another step forward in its transition to democracy on Sunday by holding its first free presidential election, with voters hoping for more stability and a better economy.... 11/23/2014 2:44 PM

Bahrain opposition blasts electoral turnout figure
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Bahrain's leading Shiite opposition group has criticized the government's claim that more than half of registered voters participated in the first full parliamentary election since Arab Spring-inspired protests nearly four years ago.... 11/23/2014 2:40 PM

UK authorities briefly evacuate train station
LONDON (AP) -- Emergency services in London briefly evacuated Charing Cross train station after a fire broke out on a small section in the front carriage of train. There were no injuries.... 11/23/2014 2:35 PM

Islamic State group recruits, exploits children
BEIRUT (AP) -- Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police.... 11/23/2014 2:25 PM

Afghan officials say suicide bomber kills some 45
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan officials say that a suicide bomber has killed "at least 45" people in an attack on a volleyball tournament in the country's east.... 11/23/2014 2:24 PM

Israeli Cabinet approves nationality bill
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Cabinet has approved a contentious bill that officially defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.... 11/23/2014 2:14 PM

UK police: up to 5 terror plots foiled this year
LONDON (AP) -- The head of London's police force said Sunday that as many as five terror plots were foiled this year, as he warned of increasing pressure on resources amid the rising threat.... 11/23/2014 1:59 PM

Iran: Nuclear talks may focus on an extension
VIENNA (AP) -- With a deadline approaching for a nuclear deal, an Iranian official said Sunday that the discussion may soon have to shift from trying to reach an agreement to extending negotiations past the target date.... 11/23/2014 1:47 PM

Damage worse than thought in Japanese earthquake
TOKYO (AP) -- The damage from an overnight earthquake in a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics proved more extensive than initially thought.... 11/23/2014 1:34 PM

Pope canonizes 2 Indians, 4 Italians
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis canonized six new saints Sunday, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony in St. Peter's Square.... 11/23/2014 1:30 PM

Muslim clerics meet in Iran to counter extremists
QOM, Iran (AP) -- Shiite and Sunni clerics from about 80 countries are gathering in Iran's holy city of Qom to develop a strategy to combat extremists including the Islamic State group that has captured large parts of Iraq and Syria.... 11/23/2014 1:23 PM

Police find mom of baby abandoned in Sydney drain
SYDNEY (AP) -- Police in Australia questioned but have not charged a 30-year-old woman whose newborn baby boy was found Sunday abandoned in a drain near a Sydney freeway.... 11/23/2014 12:35 PM

Polish opposition questions election results
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's main opposition leader suggested Sunday that local election results were falsified and said he will ask his supporters to protest them at a rally Dec. 13.... 11/23/2014 12:16 PM

Putin says he will not be president for life
MOSCOW (AP) -- Vladimir Putin says he will not remain Russia's president for life, but will step down in line with the Russian constitution.... 11/23/2014 12:01 PM

2009 massacre haunts Philippines as trial slows
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Five years after gunmen flagged down a convoy of cars in a southern Philippine province and massacred all 58 occupants, including scores of journalists, the body count continues to rise.... 11/23/2014 11:31 AM

Iraqi premier, US look to aid Islamic State battle
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group focused their offensive Sunday on the city of Ramadi, backed by Sunni tribal fighters that the U.S. plans to arm.... 11/23/2014 11:02 AM

Detained Portugal ex-premier awaits fraud ruling
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates remains in police detention while an investigating magistrate decides whether he should answer charges of corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud.... 11/23/2014 11:00 AM

Official: 60 extremist backers from Germany dead
BERLIN (AP) -- The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says authorities now know of 550 people from the country who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join extremist groups, and about 60 of them have died.... 11/23/2014 10:41 AM

Strong quake in west China kills 5; 54 hurt
BEIJING (AP) -- A strong earthquake that hit a sparsely populated, mountainous area of western China killed at least five people and injured 54 others, officials said Sunday. The injured included schoolchildren in a stampede.... 11/23/2014 9:53 AM