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Liberia free of Ebola by Christmas, says president
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia's president on Monday urged her countrymen to double their efforts to reach the government's goal of having zero new Ebola cases by Dec. 25, a target some experts have described as highly ambitious.... 11/24/2014 12:31 PM

Israel minister: new law could break up government
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's justice minister says that if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists on bringing a contentious nationality law to a parliamentary vote, it could mean the end of his government and the holding of early elections.... 11/24/2014 12:30 PM

Italian doctor with Ebola returning for treatment
MILAN (AP) -- The Italian health ministry says an Italian doctor working in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus and is being transferred to Rome for treatment.... 11/24/2014 12:26 PM

Global stocks gain on China rate cut, German data
LONDON (AP) -- Stocks rose on Monday as Asian markets got their first chance to react to China's surprise interest rate cut late Friday and thanks to an improvement in business confidence in Germany.... 11/24/2014 12:24 PM

China defends land reclamation in South China Sea
BEIJING (AP) -- Defying a U.S. call to halt the project, China defended its land reclamation in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Monday, saying the work is for public service use, although a London-based security group says the new island could host a military airfield to intimidate neighbors.... 11/24/2014 11:54 AM

Diplomats speak of progress, next round December
VIENNA (AP) -- The U.S. and Iran are making last-minute progress at nuclear talks but will need to extend negotiations to next month, Western diplomats said Monday.... 11/24/2014 11:53 AM

2nd Czech government minister targeted with poison
PRAGUE (AP) -- An envelope mailed to the Czech Republic's finance minister contained poison, the second such case in a week, an official said Monday.... 11/24/2014 11:28 AM

Church: Papal visit not part of Sri Lanka politics
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic church said that Pope Francis' visit in January should not be politicized and that images of him should be removed from presidential election billboards.... 11/24/2014 11:18 AM

Swiss museum will accept Gurlitt art trove
BERLIN (AP) -- A Swiss museum agreed on Monday to accept a priceless collection of long-hidden art bequeathed to it by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt, but said it will work with German officials to ensure any pieces looted by the Nazis from Jewish owners are returned.... 11/24/2014 11:02 AM

Monumental mess: Rome's mayor getting thumbs down
ROME (AP) -- Pigs root through garbage piling up in a working class neighborhood. City buses improvise routes on streets clogged with triple-parked cars. On rainy days, muck-choked sewers make crossing the road a Herculean labor.... 11/24/2014 10:59 AM

Thai editor sentenced to jail for defaming king
BANGKOK (AP) -- A military court in junta-ruled Thailand sentenced a Web editor to 4 1/2 years in jail Monday for publishing an article five years ago that it said defamed the nation's king.... 11/24/2014 10:51 AM

US general: troops staying in Baltics through 2015
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) -- A top U.S. military commander in Europe says U.S. troops will remain in the three Baltic countries and Poland through next year or longer to "deter Russian aggression."... 11/24/2014 10:47 AM

Mom charged with trying to kill baby left in drain
SYDNEY (AP) -- A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with trying to kill her newborn son by abandoning him in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday.... 11/24/2014 10:36 AM

Iraqi troops retake 2 towns in eastern province
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militiamen and Kurdish security forces recaptured two towns seized previously by militants in an eastern province, said Iraqi officials on Monday, a new victory for Iraqi security forces in their attempt to regain areas lost to the militants.... 11/24/2014 10:06 AM

Portuguese ex-premier quizzed again in fraud case
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates is back in court for more questioning by a judge about suspected corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud.... 11/24/2014 9:48 AM

Floods kill at least 17 in southern Morocco
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Morocco's government says heavy flooding in the south of the country has killed at least 17 people with a further 18 missing after heavy rains over the weekend.... 11/24/2014 9:44 AM

UK outlines new counterterrorism measures
LONDON (AP) -- U.K. authorities are outlining a new set of counterterrorism measures, including a ban on insurance companies reimbursing ransom payments.... 11/24/2014 9:42 AM

Bangladesh man gets death penalty for war crimes
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Monday sentenced a collaborator of the Pakistani army to death for his role in killings during Bangladesh's 1971 independence war.... 11/24/2014 9:34 AM

Afghan official: Suicide attack toll at least 50
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The death toll in Afghanistan's deadliest insurgent attack this year has risen to at least 50, with 63 wounded, many of them children, officials said on Monday, as NATO confirmed that two of its service members were killed in an insurgent attack.... 11/24/2014 9:20 AM

NATO says 2 service members killed in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- NATO says that two of its service members have been killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan.... 11/24/2014 9:05 AM