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Serbia to revoke Ukrainian billionaire's passport
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Serbia will revoke the citizenship it granted to Ukrainian businessman Sergei Kurchenko, who is on a European Union sanctions list and wanted in his country on embezzlement charges, officials said Friday.... 11/21/2014 4:19 PM

Lebanon PM cancels independence day celebrations
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's prime minister on Friday cancelled official independence day celebrations planned for the following day, a move that likely stemmed from the country's tense security situation and an impasse over electing its next president.... 11/21/2014 4:17 PM

Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi van in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.... 11/21/2014 3:59 PM

Israeli forces disperse West Bank demonstration
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military said Friday it dispersed some 300 stone-throwing Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank city of Hebron without injuries or arrests.... 11/21/2014 3:59 PM

China unexpectedly cuts rates to support economy
BEIJING (AP) -- China's central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Friday to shore up the world's No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to bolster growth amid a global slowdown.... 11/21/2014 3:26 PM

New bird flu cluster identified in Netherlands
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Dutch authorities Friday said they will slaughter poultry at a cluster of three farms after new cases of bird flu were found in the town of Kamperveen, in the third outbreak in the Netherlands this week.... 11/21/2014 3:21 PM

German art collector's cousin claims inheritance
BERLIN (AP) -- A cousin of the late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt is laying claim to his priceless art trove, raising the possibility of a legal battle as a Swiss museum that Gurlitt named as his heir prepares to announce whether it will accept the collection.... 11/21/2014 3:14 PM

Zimbabwe: 11 die in stampede at religious service
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- A police commander in Zimbabwe says 11 people died in a stampede during a religious service held at a sports stadium.... 11/21/2014 3:09 PM

UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show
LONDON (AP) -- In January, freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail.... 11/21/2014 3:07 PM

AP PHOTOS: 'Most generous' Myanmar's giving cycle
HLAING THARYAR, Myanmar (AP) -- "The food cart is coming!" the hungry little boy shouts, his face lighting up.... 11/21/2014 3:04 PM

Giraffes on a plane? Most Wanted list released
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Have you seen a man who loaded live giraffes into a Tanzanian military plane for delivery to Qatar? If so Interpol would like to speak with you.... 11/21/2014 2:57 PM

Yemen minister gives award to persecuted Jews
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's culture minister, who was recently honored for her work combatting extremism and discrimination against women, says she is giving her award to Yemen's dwindling Jewish population.... 11/21/2014 2:53 PM

Biden urges Russia to uphold east Ukraine truce
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden criticized Russia on Friday for its role in eastern Ukraine, urging Moscow to uphold a cease-fire in the war-torn region as he visited Kiev on the anniversary of the country's anti-government protests.... 11/21/2014 2:49 PM

Pope keeps leaders in place for next family synod
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has appointed the organizers for a second big Catholic Church meeting on family issues, keeping in positions of power the same clerics who drafted a revolutionary welcome to gays and divorced Catholics that was ultimately shot down by other bishops.... 11/21/2014 2:48 PM

Bomb kills 2 soldiers in northwest Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A bomb attached to a motorcycle struck an army vehicle in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing two soldiers, a police official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Hours later, Pakistani jets killed 22 militants in a troubled northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan.... 11/21/2014 2:33 PM

Yemen ends mutiny inside elite paramilitary unit
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The Yemeni government has ended a mutiny by officers suspected to be loyalists of the country's ousted leader against the top commander of an elite paramilitary unit.... 11/21/2014 2:29 PM

Police search Indian guru's ashram after arrest
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian police on Friday searched the sprawling ashram of a guru who was arrested on suspicion of murder and criminal conspiracy after a deadly siege at his fortress-like compound.... 11/21/2014 2:28 PM

Narco culture surrounded slain Miss Honduras
SANTA BARBARA, Honduras (AP) -- Maria Jose Alvarado expected some difficult questions about her country at the Miss World pageant in London, so the 19-year-old beauty queen enlisted a teacher to help her prepare.... 11/21/2014 2:26 PM

Kerry to leave nuke talks, Iran ponders next step
VIENNA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry decided Friday to pull back from nuclear talks in Vienna, leaving Iran's foreign minister to ponder an apparent new proposal from Washington meant to bridge differences standing in the way of a deal with less than four days to deadline.... 11/21/2014 2:22 PM

Strong undersea earthquake hits eastern Indonesia
TERNATE, Indonesia (AP) -- A strong undersea earthquake hit off the coast of eastern Indonesia on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage and officials said it was unlikely to trigger a tsunami.... 11/21/2014 2:22 PM