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Sierra Leone urges safe burials to stem Ebola
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The radio announcement is chilling and blunt: "If I die, I want the deaths to stop with me."... 12/21/2014 4:30 PM

Pakistan says arrests made in Taliban school carnage
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's interior minister says authorities have made arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar.... 12/21/2014 4:11 PM

Kurds push into Sinjar; Iraqis battle for airport
SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters pushed into the contested northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Sunday, touching off heavy clashes with Islamic State militants who have controlled the area for months.... 12/21/2014 3:04 PM

Belarusian independent news sites blocked
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Several independent news websites have been blocked in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, where the government exerts close control of news media.... 12/21/2014 2:38 PM

Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground
RIO GRANDE, Nicaragua (AP) -- As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for his land, Ruiz insists, "I'm not going to run."... 12/21/2014 2:31 PM

Egypt President awards medal to retired spy chief
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has awarded the country's intelligence chief one of the state's highest awards after ordering his retirement.... 12/21/2014 2:31 PM

Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England
LONDON (AP) -- Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership.... 12/21/2014 2:10 PM

Tunisians votes in historic presidential runoff
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisians voted on Sunday for a new president in a runoff between an official from the country's previous regimes and a veteran human rights activist who came to power after the 2011 revolution.... 12/21/2014 2:05 PM

Greek prime minister open to 2015 early elections
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister says early general elections could be called by the end of 2015 if the current legislature can elect a president and if negotiations with the country's creditors on post-bailout aid are completed.... 12/21/2014 1:51 PM

Palestinians throw stones, injure Israeli boy
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Palestinians hurling stones on Sunday at Jewish settlers' cars in the West Bank lightly injured a 4-year-old Israeli boy, the Israeli military said.... 12/21/2014 1:33 PM

10 years on, where did all the tsunami debris go?
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) -- Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland.... 12/21/2014 1:16 PM

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children
SYDNEY (AP) -- An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said.... 12/21/2014 1:06 PM

Saudi oil chief: No conspiracy behind oil prices
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in order to harm other countries and told a summit of Arab energy leaders that he was confident the market would stabilize.... 12/21/2014 12:56 PM

No bail for man held in Spanish party HQ attack
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish court has ordered pretrial detention without bail for a man who rammed a car containing homemade explosives and gas cylinders into the ruling Popular Party's headquarters.... 12/21/2014 12:53 PM

Ex-mayor sworn in as Romania's new president
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania's Parliament swore in a former mayor as the country's new president following an election he called a triumph for democracy 25 years after communism ended.... 12/21/2014 12:38 PM

Video shows Boko Haram killing captives
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- A new video from Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram extremists shows gunmen mowing down civilians lying face down in a dorm, and a leader saying they are being killed because they are "infidels" or non-believers.... 12/21/2014 12:36 PM

Jordan hangs 11 after lifting ban on executions
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan's Interior Ministry says the kingdom has hanged 11 people convicted of murder, the first executions to take place in the country in eight years.... 12/21/2014 12:33 PM

Strong quake hits east Indonesia; no tsunami threat
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A strong earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia on Sunday evening, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and authorities said there was no threat of a tsunami.... 12/21/2014 12:24 PM

Russia's sole independent TV forced into meager studio
MOSCOW (AP) -- Among the five TV journalists interviewing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the odd one out was easy to spot. Mikhail Zygar's questions were sharper than those of the others, who headed back to spacious television studios while Zygar broadcast his piece from a Moscow living room.... 12/21/2014 11:31 AM

Tourism suffers in winter of EU-Russia discontent
PARIS (AP) -- Russia's tensions with the West over Ukraine and the slump for the ruble are echoing through the French Alps - and unfortunately for some businesses, just in time for ski season.... 12/21/2014 11:29 AM