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Arson attack on Swedish mosque injures 5
HELSINKI (AP) -- Swedish police say a suspected arson attack at one mosque has injured at least five people while a second mosque in the same town has been vandalized.... 12/26/2014 8:11 PM

New Russian military doctrine says NATO top threat
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia identified NATO as the nation's No. 1 military threat and raised the possibility of a broader use of precision conventional weapons to deter foreign aggression under a new military doctrine signed by President Vladimir Putin on Friday.... 12/26/2014 8:01 PM

Sudan steps up pressure on UN as it reviews Darfur force
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Sudan's government is stepping up pressure on the United Nations as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepares recommendations on the future of a joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in the country's violence-wracked Darfur region.... 12/26/2014 7:58 PM

Third priest killed in dangerous southern Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A priest was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head, his diocese said Friday, marking the latest in series of abductions, attacks and highway robberies against Roman Catholic clerics in an area of southern Guerrero state dominated by drug cartels.... 12/26/2014 7:54 PM

Pregnant woman taken off life support in Ireland
DUBLIN (AP) -- A brain-dead pregnant woman was taken off life support Friday after a court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus was doomed to die - a case that exposed fear and confusion among doctors over how to apply Ireland's strict ban on abortion in an age of medical innovation.... 12/26/2014 7:39 PM

IRA veteran arrested after Irish wife stabbed
DUBLIN (AP) -- A prominent Irish Republican Army veteran has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing his wife several times on Christmas Eve, an attack condemned by the IRA-linked Sinn Fein party.... 12/26/2014 7:12 PM

Vatican arrests activist who bared chest in square
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican has arrested the Femen activist who on Christmas Day bared her chest and snatched the statue of Baby Jesus in the life-size Nativity scene in the center of St. Peter's Square, a spokesman said Friday, emphasizing that the protest insulted the faithful gathered to celebrate Christmas.... 12/26/2014 6:54 PM

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels swap war prisoners
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russia rebels exchanged nearly 370 prisoners Friday, a major step toward easing hostilities in eastern Ukraine.... 12/26/2014 6:36 PM

10th anniversary of tsunami is marked with tears
PERELIYA, Sri Lanka (AP) -- A packed train in Sri Lanka that was swept off its tracks by waves as big as elephants. A boat patrolling off Thailand's shore hurled more than a mile inland. Streets in Indonesia turned into roaring rivers that carried people to their deaths.... 12/26/2014 6:24 PM

India's brass bands struggle amid changing tastes
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The wedding season is in full swing in India, marking what should be the busiest time of year for the traditional brass bands that lead raucous processions announcing the arrival of the bridegroom to the neighborhood.... 12/26/2014 5:50 PM

Syrian air raids on IS-held towns kill dozens
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say Syrian air raids on two northern towns held by the militant Islamic State group have killed more than 50 people in two days.... 12/26/2014 5:40 PM

Turkish teen accused of insulting Erdogan freed from custody
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A high school student who was jailed for allegedly insulting Turkey's leader was released from custody on Friday after his arrest caused uproar and intensified fears that Turkey under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is lurching toward more authoritarian rule.... 12/26/2014 4:54 PM

Russia labels leading rights group 'foreign agent'
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian Justice Ministry has branded a leading rights group named after Nobel Prize winner Andrei Sakharov a "foreign agent," a stigma that could lead to its closure.... 12/26/2014 4:36 PM

Israel: Palestinian stabs 2 border police
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian man on Friday stabbed and lightly wounded two Israeli paramilitary border policemen at the entrance to Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, Israeli police said.... 12/26/2014 3:52 PM

Ukraine cuts train and bus services to Crimea
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine has suspended train and bus services to the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula, citing security concerns.... 12/26/2014 3:45 PM

Russia's ruble ends 5-day rally, drops 4 percent
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian currency on Friday ended its five-day rally and declined 4 percent as the markets remain jittery over the outlook of the Russian economy.... 12/26/2014 3:13 PM

9 killed, 10 missing in Sri Lanka mudslides
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- At least nine people were killed and 10 others were missing in mudslides triggered by heavy rains Friday in the central hills of Sri Lanka, officials said.... 12/26/2014 3:02 PM

Coalition strike kills 3 armed Afghan villagers
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An airstrike by U.S.-led coalition forces on Friday killed three Afghan villagers who were "heavily armed" but not part of the Taliban insurgency, an Afghan official said.... 12/26/2014 1:56 PM

3 SKorea workers die at nuke plant construction site
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Three South Korean workers died Friday after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction site for a nuclear plant being built by South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company, which has come under recent threats by hackers, a company official said.... 12/26/2014 1:56 PM

Spain premier announces modest minimum wage raise
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's prime minister has announced minimal increases to the minimum wage and for government-funded pensions and predicted the nation's economy will "take off" in 2015 following years of crushing financial pain.... 12/26/2014 1:54 PM