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  • Detained Portugal ex-premier awaits fraud ruling

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates remains in police detention while an investigating magistrate decides whether he should answer charges of corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud. Socrates, who was Portugal's center-left Socialist prime minister from 2005 to 2011, was due in a Lisbon court Sunday for a...

  • Tunisians hold first fair presidential election

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia took another step forward in its peaceful transition to democracy on Sunday by holding its first free presidential election, with voters hoping for more stability and a better economy. Many Tunisians weighed security against the freedoms brought by their revolution and by its democratic transition, which has...

  • Israel mulls hard-line legislation after attacks

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli lawmakers on Sunday called for a series of hard-line measures, including a proposal to strip Palestinian attackers of their residency rights, in response to a wave of deadly violence. The measures are intended as a deterrent, but critics have condemned them as racist measures that could further escalate tensions. In...

  • Islamic State group recruits, exploits children

    BEIRUT (AP) — Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State group's de facto capital in Syria, boys attend training camp and religious courses before heading off to...

  • Iraqi premier, US look to aid Islamic State battle

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group focused their offensive Sunday on the city of Ramadi, backed by Sunni tribal fighters that the U.S. plans to arm. Authorities in the city implemented a 24-hour curfew as Iraqi armed forces and tribesmen fought to regain Ramadi's eastern Sijariya neighborhood, which the extremist...

  • 2009 massacre haunts Philippines as trial slows

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Five years after gunmen flagged down a convoy of cars in a southern Philippine province and massacred all 58 occupants, including scores of journalists, the body count continues to rise. Just days before the Philippines marked Sunday's anniversary of the carnage with prayers and calls to end impunity, another...

  • Migrants rescued off Cyprus' north coast

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — About 228 migrants, apparently refugees from Syria, have been rescued after their damaged ship drifted for hours in rough seas off Cyprus' northern coast, an official said Sunday. Hasan Tacoy, transport minister of the Turkish Cypriot breakaway state in Cyprus' north, told The Associated Press that the migrants,...

  • Iran: Nuclear talks may focus on extension soon

    VIENNA (AP) — Iran says that if obstacles remain in the talks about its nuclear program, the discussion will have to shift to extending them beyond Monday's deadline. A member of the Iranian delegation said if that is the case Sunday night, the negotiations will focus on reaching a "general political agreement" on what both sides are committed...

  • Polish opposition questions election results

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's main opposition leader has suggested that local election results were falsified and said he will ask his supporters to protest them at a rally Dec. 13. Jarolslaw Kaczynski spoke Sunday, a day after Poland's electoral commission released the outcome of the Nov. 16 elections. There was a delay of days due to a...

  • Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council. Instead, Barry will be remembered for a...

  • Official: 60 extremist backers from Germany dead

    BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says authorities now know of 550 people from the country who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join extremist groups, and about 60 of them have died. The number of extremists given by Hans-Georg Maassen in an interview with Sunday's Welt am Sonntag newspaper is up from the...

  • Police find mom of baby abandoned in Sydney drain

    SYDNEY (AP) — Police in Australia were questioning a 20-year-old woman whose newborn baby was found Sunday abandoned in a drain near a Sydney freeway. The baby, who is only a few days old, was in a serious but stable condition in Sydney's Westmead Children's Hospital, police said in a statement. A group of cyclists were riding along a bicycle...

  • 37 homes collapse, dozens injured in Japan quake

    TOKYO (AP) — Helicopter surveys on Sunday showed more extensive damage than earlier thought from an overnight earthquake in the mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics. At least 37 homes were destroyed in two villages, and 39 people were injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken...

  • Officials say car bomb kills 7 people in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities in Iraq say a car bomb explosion at an outdoor market south of Baghdad has killed seven people. Police officials say the attack took place Sunday morning in the busy market in the town of Youssifiyah, 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the capital. They say the blast killed seven people and wounded 16. A medical...

  • Afghan parliament approves US, NATO agreements

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's parliament approved agreements Sunday with the U.S. and NATO allowing international troops to remain in the country past the end of this year amid a renewed offensive by Taliban militants. The international combat mission in Afghanistan, begun after the 2001 U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban,...

  • Saudi's Mobily suspends CEO amid accounting errors

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The CEO of telecommunications company Etihad Etisalat, known as Mobily on the Saudi stock exchange, has been suspended after accounting errors forced the company to restate 18 months of earnings. Etihad Etisalat, which is 28 percent owned the United Arab Emirates' Etisalat, said in a statement posted on the Saudi...

  • Strong quake in west China kills 5; 54 hurt

    BEIJING (AP) — A strong earthquake that hit a sparsely populated, mountainous area of western China killed at least five people and injured 54 others, officials said Sunday. The injured included schoolchildren in a stampede. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-5.9 quake hit Saturday about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the county of...

  • Man lit house on fire, waited to ambush officers

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man who lived at the end of a cul-de-sac set his house on fire and hid and waited for authorities to arrive so he could ambush them. When the first officer showed up Saturday morning, the man, who had made previous threats against police, shot the deputy from behind, a law enforcement official said. He took the...

  • Pacquiao knocks Algieri down 6 times, dominates

    MACAU (AP) — Manny Pacquiao couldn't resist having a little fun after getting the signature win he desperately needed for the fight boxing fans desperately want to see. No reason not to enjoy himself after sending Chris Algieri to the canvas six times Sunday night in a performance that will once again heat up talk of a fight with Floyd...

  • Ferguson prepares for grand jury decision

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend. Tension has been mounting in Ferguson and elsewhere in the St. Louis area in recent days, with...

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