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  • Pakistan grants bail to main Mumbai attack suspect

    4 minutes ago

    (AP) ISLAMABAD (AP) — A defense lawyer says a Pakistani anti-terrorism court has granted bail to the chief suspect in the Mumbai attack trial. Rizwan Abbasi says judge Kausar Abbas in Thursday's hearing held in the garrison city of Rawalpindi found ...

  • UK police probe murder claims in child abuse case

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    (AP) LONDON (AP) — British police say they are investigating three allegations of murder as part of an inquiry into claims that prominent people sexually abused children several decades ago. London's Metropolitan Police force says a man who says he was ...

  • AP Top International News At 7:42 a.m. EST

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    (AP) Putin accuses West of trying to sideline Russia Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal Analysis: 53 years on, time right for US, Cuba N Korea-linked Sony hack may be ...

  • AP Top Strange News At 7:37 a.m. EST

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    (AP) Thief fakes heart attack so friend can steal toys Man unable to use arms faces gun possession charge Mystery man hands out $100 bills in Massachusetts Among change, gift of jewels for Salvation Army NY man returns library statue 43 ...

  • Official: 28 die in clashes in Central African Republic

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    (AP) BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A Red Cross official says clashes in Central African Republic have killed 28 and left dozens wounded. A pastor in Mbres, in the country's center, said Thursday the fighting began Tuesday when a member ...

  • German ex-lawmaker seeks end to child porn case

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    (AP) BERLIN (AP) — A former German lawmaker who quit amid a child pornography investigation says discussions are underway with prosecutors on possibly closing the case against him in exchange for a fine. Sebastian Edathy is scheduled to face trial in ...

  • Kenya legislators exchange blows over new security laws

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    (AP) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan legislators Thursday exchanged blows forcing parliament to adjourn the debate on proposed changes to security laws which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing ...

  • Colombia's government rebuffs rebel truce

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    (AP) BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government is rebuffing a unilateral truce declared by the country's largest rebel group as unacceptable. President Juan Manuel Santos said in a statement Thursday that he can't accept the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia's demand ...

  • AP Top Business News At 7:24 a.m. EST

    1 hour ago

    (AP) N Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever Why the Fed thinks US economy still needs its help Putin accuses West of trying to sideline Russia US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord Fed rate wording boosts world stock ...

  • Nigeria sentences 54 soldiers to death by firing squad

    1 hour, 44 minutes ago

    (AP) ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A defense attorney says a court-martial that sentenced 54 soldiers to death will try another 43 soldiers and officers also accused of refusing to fight Islamic extremists in Nigeria. Court-martial charges against the soldiers sentenced Wednesday ...

  • Yemen's parliament approves new Cabinet

    1 hour, 58 minutes ago

    (AP) SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's parliament has approved a new government with a comfortable majority following months of violence. The 301-seat chamber's vote on Thursday came two days after loyalists of ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh derailed a vote of ...

  • UN seeks $8.4 billion to help Syria refugees

    2 hours, 38 minutes ago

    (AP) BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations is seeking more than $8.4 billion for next year to help nearly 18 million people affected by the war in Syria. The U.N. high commissioner for refugees, Antonio Guterres, said Thursday that people who ...

  • Iraq PM drops lawsuits against journalists

    2 hours, 44 minutes ago

    (AP) BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered the withdrawal of all pending government lawsuits against journalists and media outlets. A statement issued Thursday says the move reflects his "keenness to ensure freedom of expression... and his desire ...

  • Chine arrests policeman blamed for wrongful conviction

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    (AP) BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say a police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 has been arrested. The official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday that Feng Zhiming was charged ...

  • Iran to hold military drill near strategic passage

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    (AP) TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV says the military will hold a massive drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf next week. The report Thursday says the weeklong exercise will be carried ...

  • Putin says Ukraine must remain a single political entity

    3 hours, 27 minutes ago

    (AP) MOSCOW (AP) — Putin says Ukraine must remain a single political entity.

  • Dutch lawmaker to be prosecuted for hate speech

    3 hours, 34 minutes ago

    (AP) THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch authorities say they will prosecute lawmaker Geert Wilders for hate speech over a chant in which he asked his supporters whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands and they shouted back ...

  • S. Korean group cancels plans for border tree

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    (AP) SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean church group has canceled plans to erect a giant Christmas tree near the border with North Korea after locals complained that it could provoke Pyongyang. A spokesman from the Seoul-based Christian Council ...

  • Obama reignites political debate over Cuba

    5 hours, 20 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba has reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation. It also reinforces yet another flashpoint difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton ...

  • 1 dead, several injured as car hits pedestrians

    6 hours, 33 minutes ago

    (AP) REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Police say one person is dead and several are injured after a woman drove into a group of pedestrians outside a Southern California church where a Christmas performance had just ended. Redondo Beach police Lt. ...

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