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  • Official says 6 killed in Afghan market blast

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An official in northern Afghanistan says a bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded in a market, killing six people. Police spokesman Sarwar Hussaini said Monday that the blast struck a crowded market in Dashti Archi district. He said five people were wounded in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the...

  • Report claims Jordan deporting Syrian refugees

    BEIRUT (AP) — Jordanian authorities have deported "vulnerable Syrian refugees," including wounded men and unaccompanied children, an international human rights group said Monday, adding that a Jordanian government spokesman denied the claim. Human Rights Watch said that those deported include a group of 12 Syrians who had been receiving...

  • Erdogan: women are not equal to men

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has set off a new controversy, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers. Addressing a meeting Monday in Istanbul on women and justice, Erdogan said men and women are created differently,...

  • Mom charged with trying to kill baby left in drain

    SYDNEY (AP) — A 30-year-old Australian has been charged with trying to kill her newborn son by abandoning him in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday. The week-old baby was in serious but stable condition in Westmead Children's Hospital a day after cyclists found him in a 2.5-meter (8-foot) deep...

  • Iraqi troops retake 2 towns in eastern province

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militiamen and Kurdish security forces have recaptured two eastern towns from Islamic State militants after fierce clashes, Iraqi officials said Monday. Police officials in the Diyala province said that Iraqi forces entered the towns of Saadiya and Jalula late Sunday after fierce clashes with...

  • Floods kill at least 32 in southern Morocco

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Days of unusually heavy rains pounded Morocco's south and unleashed deadly floods that killed 32 people, the Interior Ministry said Monday. Near the southern city of Guelmim alone, 24 people died, including 11 bodies that were recovered from the Oued Talmaadart, which is normally a dry riverbed but the flooding turned it...

  • Israel leader vows to pass nationality law

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister has vowed to pass a contentious nationality law, but is leaving the door open to negotiations to soften the language. Benjamin Netanyahu told members of his Likud Party on Monday that he is determined to pass the legislation. The bill seeks to define Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people in the...

  • Congo: Amnesty says Belgian firm evicted hundreds

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Amnesty International says a Belgian company destroyed hundreds of homes near a mine in southeastern Congo and lied about it for years with the help of a government cover-up. A report released Monday said the demolitions, carried out by a subsidiary of the mining firm Groupe Forrest Internationale, began in 2009 near a...

  • Pope to take on hot EU topics in Strasbourg visit

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Pope Francis is set to deliver his first major speech on Europe, focusing on complex continental issues such as joblessness and immigration. The pontiff's whirlwind, four-hour visit Tuesday to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, Europe's main human rights body, in Strasbourg is shaping up as more a...

  • Filipino troops kill 5 Abu Sayyaf gunmen in clash

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine military spokeswoman says government forces killed at least five Abu Sayyaf gunmen and seized their camp after a clash in an ongoing offensive in the southern Philippines. Marine Capt. Maria Rowena Muyuela says army and marine forces were on their way to arrest an Abu Sayyaf commander on Sunday when an...

  • China defends land reclamation in South China Sea

    BEIJING (AP) — Defying a U.S. call to halt the project, China defended its land reclamation in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Monday, saying the work is for public service use, although a London-based security group says the new island could host a military airfield to intimidate neighbors. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman...

  • Hong Kong to clear more protest barricades

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities said they will remove some barricades Tuesday from part of a pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district, scene of previous violent confrontations with police and angry mobs. The government said in a statement late Monday that police will be on hand to assist bailiffs working under a court order to...

  • Tanzania: Maasai group looks likely to keep land

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Maasai community near Tanzania's Serengeti National Park looks likely to keep their traditional homeland after the country's president said on Twitter that the government would not take their land. President Jakaya Kikwete said over the weekend that there never has been and never will be any government plan to evict the...

  • Japan's young fret as unexpected recession hits

    TOKYO (AP) — When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Japan's surprise recession by delaying a sales-tax increase, it was a cause for worry, not celebration, for many young Japanese. This generation, barely aware of their country's economic heyday, frets that putting off tough decisions now could make the future even worse. Despite Abe's...

  • Pit bull owners, dogs show support for ban's end

    PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Dozens of pit bull owners paraded with their dogs in Pawtucket (paw-TUCK'-et), Rhode Island, to celebrate their legal victory that overturned its decade-long ban on pit bills. About 40 dogs and their owners on Sunday celebrated a Superior Court judge's Nov. 18 ruling overturning the ban. Ann Clark of Pit Bulls for PTSD,...

  • Boston man still in hospital after naked fall

    BOSTON (AP) — A Boston man remains in the hospital after police say he fell naked through the ceiling of a women's bathroom at Logan Airport and then assaulted an elderly man. Prosecutors said Monday that 26-year-old Cameron Shenk is still at Massachusetts General Hospital, and his arraignment time is uncertain. Shenk faces charges including...

  • Buffalo residents ready melt, possible evacuations

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — People in storm-socked areas around Buffalo began returning to work on Monday as fast-melting mounds of snow fed into creeks that were starting to swell. It was not clear how widespread flooding would be almost a week after western New York was pummeled by epic snowfall. Thermometer readings were approaching 60 degrees by...

  • Iran nuclear talks to be extended until July

    VIENNA (AP) — Nuclear negotiators have failed to meet a Monday deadline for a deal that would ease international concerns about Iran's atomic program and are poised to extend the negotiations for a comprehensive agreement until July 2015, diplomats said. Under the terms of limited agreements reached after a frenetic six days of talks in...

  • Deal gives Russia greater control over Abkhazia

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has signed an agreement with the leader of Abkhazia binding the breakaway Georgian region closer to Russia and formalizing Moscow's control over this stretch of the Black Sea. The importance of the Black Sea for Russia has been evident during the Ukraine crisis. Putin justified the annexation of Crimea by...

  • Fatal California bus crash is vehicle's 2nd of day

    REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A tour bus drifted off a Northern California interstate and crashed onto its roof, killing a 33-year-old man and injuring 30 others in the vehicle's second collision in a day, authorities said. The same bus struck a Denny's restaurant earlier Sunday in Red Bluff, about 50 miles south, but no one was hurt, California...

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