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  • Ex Petrobras manager says she spoke with CEO about anomalies

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — President Dilma Rousseff on Monday sharply defended the chief executive officer of the Brazil's state-run oil company despite allegations she was told years ago about some of the irregularities that are ballooning into the nation's biggest corruption scheme yet....

  • 11 hurt after van drives into Nantes Christmas market

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — A French official says 11 people are hurt, five seriously, after a van drove into a Christmas market in the western city of Nantes. An official for the Loire-Atlantique regional authorities, speaking on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak...

  • Nicaragua breaks ground on historic canal project

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan officials and a Chinese company have broken ground on a $50 billion transoceanic waterway predicted to rival the Panama Canal. Vice President Omar Halleslevens with Wang Jing, president of the contracting firm HKND Group, say the canal will change...

  • Thousands stage anti-Islam protest in Germany

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Thousands of people have gathered in the eastern German city of Dresden for the latest in a series of anti-Islam demonstrations that have alarmed the country's politicians. Police estimated that some 17,500 people attended Monday's rally by the group calling...

  • AP PHOTOS: Spain searches for Franco-era graves

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    ESTEPAR, Spain (AP) — Across Spain, volunteer teams of archeologists, anthropologists and forensic scientists head out every year on expeditions to dig for suspected mass graves — a legacy of Spain's fascist past. Frequently watching them are the elderly sons and daughters who have...

  • 88-year-old ex-minister wins Tunisia election

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — An 88-year-old political veteran has been elected president of Tunisia, a country whose young people once electrified the world by overthrowing its 73-year-old dictator in 2011 and triggering the Arab Spring uprisings across the region. The election result is a...

  • UN chief urges better early warning of next disease outbreak

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday the international community urgently needs better early warning and rapid response to the next outbreak of disease — "a test that is sure to come." The U.N. chief, who just visited Ebola-hit countries in West Africa, said...

  • Florida State's Fisher relieved after Winston ruling

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says there's a sense of relief after quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared of any student code of conduct violations. A two-day hearing was held this month to determine whether the 2013 Heisman winner violated sections of the...

  • TripAdvisor fined $600,000 by Italian anti-trust

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    MILAN (AP) — Italy's antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers' association and a consumer protection agency. The antitrust authority said in a statement...

  • Al-Jazeera shuts down its Egypt channel

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — The Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera news network on Monday shut down its Egypt channel, quieting a major source of tension between the two countries at a time when regional efforts are underway to reconcile between the two countries over the Gulf nation's support for Islamists....

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