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9 migrants drown off Morocco coast
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Moroccan authorities say that nine migrants, including three infants, drowned off the coast near Tangiers.... 12/19/2014 5:32 PM

Russia seeks 10 years in prison for Putin foe
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian prosecutors on Friday asked a court to sentence President Vladimir Putin's chief foe to 10 years in prison, but the defiant opposition leader vowed to keep up his fight against the Kremlin regime.... 12/19/2014 5:27 PM

Iraq clashes with IS delay evacuation of Yazidis
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Sinjar mountain, an Iraqi lawmaker said Friday.... 12/19/2014 5:20 PM

Report: Turkish prosecutor wants US-based cleric arrested
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A Turkish prosecutor is seeking a warrant to arrest U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen - a former ally-turned-foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's state-run media reported Friday.... 12/19/2014 5:10 PM

Officials: Pakistan executes 2 convicted militants
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani officials say authorities have hanged two convicted militants in the first executions following the reinstatement of the death penalty in the wake of this week's Peshawar school massacre.... 12/19/2014 5:10 PM

Kenya official: Doping much worse in Russia, China
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The head of Kenya's athletics federation said Friday the doping problem in his country is far less severe than in Russia or China.... 12/19/2014 5:01 PM

Key Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies
LONDON (AP) -- Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70.... 12/19/2014 5:01 PM

Peru investigates Greenpeace member in Nazca stunt
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- A Peruvian prosecutor is investigating the suspected involvement of a Greenpeace activist in a publicity stunt that allegedly damaged the world-renowned Nazca lines.... 12/19/2014 4:59 PM

No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift
HAVANA (AP) -- Everyone in Cuba is talking about the abrupt turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro... 12/19/2014 4:57 PM

Air France-KLM stock drops on profit warning
PARIS (AP) -- Air France-KLM shares have plunged more than 8 percent in the wake of the airline's warning that weak demand on several long-haul routes and other factors would wipe hundreds of millions off profits this year.... 12/19/2014 4:47 PM

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US
HAVANA (AP) -- The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings.... 12/19/2014 4:46 PM

Another big catch for Thai co. in $1.5B bid for Bumble Bee
BANGKOK (AP) -- A Thai food company may be landing another whopper in the U.S. with its $1.5 billion bid for Bumble Bee Seafoods.... 12/19/2014 4:42 PM

FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts.... 12/19/2014 4:42 PM

Smashing Pumpkins' Corgan looks ahead, not back
LONDON (AP) -- The Smashing Pumpkins are dead. Long live the Smashing Pumpkins.... 12/19/2014 4:35 PM

Efforts to save rare northern white rhino continue
PRAGUE (AP) -- Experts will meet in Kenya next month to discuss ways to save the critically endangered northern white rhinos from extinction.... 12/19/2014 4:32 PM

100 million euros in assets seized in Rome 'mafia' probe
ROME (AP) -- Police have seized construction companies, apartments, villas and a yacht belonging to a businessman who authorities allege consorted with a Mafia-like gang in Rome with ties to local politicians.... 12/19/2014 4:24 PM

Kenya president signs controversial security law
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday signed into law a contentious bill saying it will help the country fight terrorism, but which critics say will be used to crush dissent by curbing civil liberties.... 12/19/2014 4:17 PM

8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia
SYDNEY (AP) -- The bodies of eight children - aged 18 months to 15 years - and a wounded woman were discovered in a home in northern Australia on Friday, police said.... 12/19/2014 4:16 PM

Egypt's gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown
CAIRO (AP) -- Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. They dragged out dozens of nearly naked men, who covered their faces as they struggled to hold up towels, and loaded them into police trucks.... 12/19/2014 4:12 PM

Putin: Russia military modernization plan to go on
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin says Russia will continue its ambitious military modernization program with a particular emphasis on nuclear strategic forces.... 12/19/2014 3:45 PM