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Greek journalists on strike
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek journalists are on a 24-hour strike, pulling all newscasts off the air a day before a nationwide general strike against austerity measures.... 11/26/2014 8:49 AM

India's state-owned bank to launch Islamic fund
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's largest state-owned bank will launch an Islamic equity fund next month aimed mainly at attracting investments from the country's 170 million Muslims.The Securities and Exchange Board of India, the country's banking regulator, recently allowed the government-owned State Bank of India and three mutual funds to launch Sharia funds.... 11/26/2014 8:32 AM

Once maligned, Iran's Jews find greater acceptance
YAZD, Iran (AP) -- More than a thousand people trekked across Iran this past week to visit a shrine in this ancient Persian city, a pilgrimage like many others in the Islamic Republic - until you notice men there wearing yarmulkes.... 11/26/2014 8:26 AM

Benin says Lassa fever kills 9, no Ebola found
COTONOU, Benin (AP) -- The Healthy Ministry in Benin says nine people have died from Lassa fever, a viral disease common in West Africa with symptoms similar to Ebola.... 11/26/2014 8:16 AM

Arab world's beloved singer Sabah dies at 87
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanese singer and actress Sabah, an icon of Arab music, died Wednesday after a career that spanned over six-decades, Lebanese media said. She was 87.... 11/26/2014 8:15 AM

Rickshaw research reveals extreme Delhi pollution
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The three-wheeled rickshaw lurched through New Delhi's commuter-clogged streets with an American scientist and several air pollution monitors in the back seat. Car horns blared. A scrappy scooter buzzed by belching black smoke from its tailpipe. One of the monitors spiked.... 11/26/2014 8:01 AM

Iran parliament approve science minister nominee
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's parliament has approved President Hassan Rouhani's nominee for minister of science.... 11/26/2014 8:01 AM

Freighter with 700 migrants being towed to Crete
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A Greek navy frigate was towing a crippled freighter with hundreds of migrants on board through gale-force winds and high waves to safety on the southern island of Crete on Wednesday, a day after it suffered engine failure in international waters.... 11/26/2014 8:50 AM

China asks US for help in hunting down fugitives
BEIJING (AP) -- A senior Chinese diplomat Wednesday called on the U.S. and other Western countries to put aside their wariness of China's justice system and work with Beijing to send back officials who have absconded overseas with ill-gained loot.... 11/26/2014 7:51 AM

ADB: Japan likely to return to growth in 4Q
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The president of the Asian Development Bank says Japan's economy is expected to return to growth in the fourth quarter of this year and its recession will have little impact on Southeast Asian economies.... 11/26/2014 7:44 AM

South Asian leaders gather at regional summit
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- South Asian leaders, including from rivals India and Pakistan, gathered in Nepal's capital Wednesday to boost cooperation in trade and energy and seek greater peace in the region, home to more than a fifth of the world's population.... 11/26/2014 7:43 AM

UN appeals for $405M for Afghanistan aid in 2015
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The United Nations has appealed for $405 million to cover the humanitarian needs of the people in Afghanistan in 2015.... 11/26/2014 7:35 AM

Official: Gunmen kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani police spokesman says gunmen have killed four health workers administering polio vaccines in a southwestern city.... 11/26/2014 7:20 AM

Officials: US drone kills 4 militants in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed four alleged militants in the country's tribal region along the Afghan border.... 11/26/2014 6:32 AM

Thai police kept illicit fortune in hidden vaults
BANGKOK (AP) -- Two top police officers embroiled in a high-profile corruption scandal in Thailand kept an illicit fortune that included antique paintings, golden postage stamps and tens of millions of dollars in cash hidden in secret vaults at a dozen private residences, authorities said Wednesday.... 11/26/2014 5:49 AM

Hong Kong police arrest student protest leaders
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong authorities cleared more street barricades from a pro-democracy protest camp in a volatile district Wednesday, part of a two-day operation in which police arrested more than 100 people, including key student leaders.... 11/26/2014 5:33 AM

Beloved macaws bring harmony to Caracas' chaos
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- In one of the world's most-hostile urban jungles, the spectacle of rainbow-colored tropical birds streaking across the late-afternoon sky has become a natural respite from rampant crime and choking pollution.... 11/26/2014 5:29 AM

Killings surge in Mexico state at tip of Baja
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The normally bucolic, vacationer-crowded state at the tip of Mexico's Baja peninsula has become a battleground, with dozens of killings in a power struggle following the capture of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman nearly a year ago.... 11/26/2014 5:04 AM

Cardenas leaves Mexico leftist party he founded
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, a pillar of leftist politics in Mexico and son of the revered president who nationalized the oil industry, resigned Tuesday from the political party he founded, citing disagreements with its leadership.... 11/26/2014 4:31 AM

Domestic violence in NYC reflects the world
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- New York City's legal counsel said Tuesday that police receive more than 770 reports of domestic violence every day - a figure the head of the U.N. women's agency said reflects what is happening in the world.... 11/26/2014 4:14 AM