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European court rules obesity can be disability

LONDON (AP) — The European Court of Justice says obesity can be a disability, a ruling that could have consequences for employers across the c…

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Nigeria sentences 54 soldiers to death by firing squad

Nigeria sentences 54 soldiers to death by firing squad

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A defense attorney says a court-martial that sentenced 54 soldiers to death will try another 43 soldiers and officers al…

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Crisis talks resume for Dutch coalition partners

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Crisis talks aimed at salvaging a cost-cutting Dutch health reform package and staving off the possible collapse…

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Yemen's parliament approves new Cabinet

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's parliament has approved a new government with a comfortable majority following months of violence.

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Greek jobless rate dips further to 25.5 percent

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Official Greek figures show unemployment in the country fell further to 25.5 percent in the third quarter from 26.6 perc…

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Iraq PM drops lawsuits against journalists

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of all lawsuits filed by previous governments against j…

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UK air service to compensate airlines for glitch

UK air service to compensate airlines for glitch

LONDON (AP) — Britain's air traffic service says it will compensate airlines for last week's computer glitch that briefly shut down London's b…

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Putin accuses West of trying to sideline Russia

Putin accuses West of trying to sideline Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years, pledging to diversify the gas-de…

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Dutch lawmaker to be prosecuted for hate speech

Dutch lawmaker to be prosecuted for hate speech

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch authorities say they will prosecute lawmaker Geert Wilders for hate speech over a chant in which he asked …

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N Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever

N Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever

NEW YORK (AP) — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberatta…

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UN seeks $8.4 billion to help Syria refugees

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations is seeking more than $8.4 billion for next year to help nearly 18 million people affected by the war in Syria.

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Image of Asia: Manila zoo gets in Christmas mood

Image of Asia: Manila zoo gets in Christmas mood

In this photo by Bullit Marquez, an orangutan named "Pacquiao" and a zoo owner wear Santa costumes while posing for pictures in the Philippine…

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Chine arrests policeman blamed for wrongful conviction

BEIJING (AP) — A police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 had been arrested, the …

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11th Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A health official in Sierra Leone says another of the country's doctors has died from Ebola.

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Putin says that Western sanctions 25-30 percent responsible for Russian economic crisis

MOSCOW (AP) — Putin says that Western sanctions 25-30 percent responsible for Russian economic crisis.

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Putin says no plans to force exporters to sell their currency earnings

MOSCOW (AP) — Putin says no plans to force exporters to sell their currency earnings.

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Fed rate wording boosts world stock markets

Fed rate wording boosts world stock markets

World stock markets powered higher Thursday, sweeping aside worries about a flagging global economy after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it wou…

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Iran to hold military drill near strategic passage

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV says the military will hold a massive drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Per…

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Putin says Ukraine must remain a single political entity

MOSCOW (AP) — Putin says Ukraine must remain a single political entity.

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S. Korean group cancels plans for border tree

S. Korean group cancels plans for border tree

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean church group said Thursday it canceled plans to erect a giant Christmas tree near the border with Nor…

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India's space program notches 2 more successes

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Thursday announced two more successes in its space program — launching the country's largest rocket and testing the …

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Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

HAVANA (AP) — Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon …

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Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills policeman

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police officer was killed and another three wounded on Thursday when a suspected suicide bomber they were …

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Australian leader: Siege may have been preventable

Australian leader: Siege may have been preventable

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Thursday that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critic…

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Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half i…

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