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  • 2014 frustrates US hopes for Israeli-Palestinian peace

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace. With a diplomatic showdown looming this past week over Arab plans to force Israel from occupied Palestinian lands...

  • Republicans fighting to hang onto Senate _ in 2016

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are planning to use their newfound Senate majority to challenge President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats come January. But they also will have to defend their seats as they face a much tougher election map two years from now and the prospect of...

  • Fish and Wildlife offers ice fishing safety tips

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering safety tips for people who fish on the ice this winter. Game Warden Major Dennis Reinhardt says ice fishing can be safe and fund when it has been cold enough to form good, solid ice on the state's lakes and...

  • Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night. The three-time world heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson's disease, is...

  • No bail for man held in Spanish party HQ attack

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court has ordered pretrial detention without bail for a man who rammed a car containing homemade explosives and gas cylinders into the ruling Popular Party's headquarters. A Madrid court said late Saturday that 37-year-old Daniel Perez will be held while he is...

  • Saudi oil chief: No conspiracy behind oil prices

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in order to harm other countries and told a summit of Arab energy leaders that he was confident the market would stabilize. The kingdom,...

  • Ex-mayor sworn in as Romania's new president

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's Parliament swore in a former mayor as the country's new president following an election he called a triumph for democracy 25 years after communism ended. Pro-Western Klaus Iohannis, 55, promises a different style from combative outgoing leader...

  • Video shows Boko Haram killing captives

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A new video from Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram extremists shows gunmen mowing down civilians lying face down in a dorm, and a leader saying they are being killed because they are "infidels" or non-believers. There are so many corpses the gunmen have...

  • Jordan hangs 11 after lifting ban on executions

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's Interior Ministry says the kingdom has hanged 11 people convicted of murder, the first executions to take place in the country in eight years. The official Petra news agency quoted the ministry's spokesman Ziad al-Zuabi as saying the 11 men, who were...

  • Strong quake hits east Indonesia; no tsunami threat

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia on Sunday evening, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and authorities said there was no threat of a tsunami. The magnitude-6.6 quake was centered 157 kilometers (98 miles)...

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