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  • Global markets rally for 2nd day after Fed pledge

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stocks rallied for a second day Friday after the Federal Reserve's reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit. KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.6...

  • Spanish police probe car attack on ruling party HQ

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police were searching for possible explosives at the headquarters of the ruling conservative Popular Party after a man rammed his car into the office entrance Friday. There were no reports of injuries and National Police spokesman Antonio Nevado told Spanish...

  • Key Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in Britain's biggest Cold War political scandal, the "Profumo Affair," has died. She was 70. Her PR firm, Hackford Jones, said Friday that Rice-Davies died Thursday evening "after a short battle with cancer." Rice-Davies was a model and...

  • 8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. Police believe the 34-year-old woman with chest wounds is the mother of seven of the children, and the eighth child is believed to be...

  • Indonesia volcano erupts, injuring 4; 1 missing

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    TERNATE, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Friday, spewing towering clouds of hot ash into the air and leaving four hikers injured and one missing when they scrambled to safety, an official said. Mount Gamalama on Ternate island in North Maluku province shot...

  • Britain moves closer to allowing women in combat

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Britain is moving closer to allowing female soldiers to take a role in close combat on the front lines. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Friday he hopes women will soon be allowed to serve in infantry and armored units. He said women can fight as effectively as men....

  • Polish school honors Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A spokeswoman for a Catholic university in southern Poland says it has bestowed an honorary doctorate on Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in recognition of his efforts to reveal the full evil of the Holocaust and defend human dignity. Monika Wiertek, spokeswoman...

  • Dutch coalition crisis fizzles out

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — A dispute over a health care bill that nearly caused the collapse of the Dutch government has been resolved with a compromise, though doubts remain about whether it will prove workable. Conservative Prime Minister Mark Rutte told parliament early Friday morning that...

  • Bombings kill 11 people in Iraq

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say bombings have killed 11 people in the capital Baghdad. Police officials say the deadliest attack happened Friday morning when a bomb exploded near a market in Baghdad's northern district of Shaab, killing four people and wounding nine others....

  • Israeli military says Gaza rocket hits Israel

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel in the first such attack since September. The military says air raid sirens were sounded Friday in the Eshkol region bordering the Palestinian territory. Security forces are searching...

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