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Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for birthday

December 17, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday — and 800 kilograms (1,760 pounds) of chicken meat for the poo. more »»

Kurdish Iraqi forces launch operation in Sinjar

December 17, 2014

BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish Iraqi forces launched a major operation Wednesday to retake the militant-held town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, part of a push to secure the road that leads directly to the... more »»

2nd victim added to pope's sex abuse commission

December 17, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has added a second survivor of priestly sex abuse to his commission of experts advising the Vatican on child protection policies, tapping a self-described "thorn... more »»

Israel suffers sharp rebuffs from Europe

December 17, 2014

BRUSSELS (AP) — Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday as Palestinians headed to the United Nations to try to set a two-year deadline for an Israeli withdrawal. more »»

Monaco's Charlene: royal twins born by cesarean

December 17, 2014

PARIS (AP) — Princess Charlene of Monaco has revealed that the royal twins born last week were delivered by cesarean section — two weeks before they were due, and she hopes to be out of the... more »»

UK proposes rules for embryos made from 3 people

December 17, 2014

LONDON (AP) — New rules proposed in Britain would make it the first country to allow embryos to be made from the DNA of three people in order to prevent mothers from passing on potentially fatal... more »»

Europe's Venus probe set for fiery demise

December 17, 2014

BERLIN (AP) — An unmanned spacecraft that has been studying the planet Venus for the past eight years is set to come to a fiery end in the coming weeks. more »»

House searches for Ebola in Sierra Leone capital

December 17, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Ebola surveillance teams fanned out Wednesday in Sierra Leone's capital to search for sick people, as the president imposed new restrictions on movement and... more »»

Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises

December 17, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian consumers flocked to the stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items to pre-empt the price rises kicked off by the staggering fall in the value of the... more »»

Palestinians to submit draft for UN vote

December 17, 2014

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An Arab-backed draft resolution on ending Israel's occupation of lands captured in 1967 is to be submitted later Wednesday to the U.N. more »»

Israeli PM slams EU taking Hamas off terror list

December 17, 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister is slamming the European Union for removing Hamas from its terrorist list. more »»

Russians rush to stores to pre-empt price rises

December 17, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian consumers flocked to stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items as they looked to pre-empt price rises following the staggering fall in the value of th... more »»

Yemen's Shiite rebels close port, storm newspaper

December 17, 2014

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's powerful Shiite rebels shut down a strategic Red Sea port on Wednesday, and stormed the offices of the country's main state newspaper, officials sai. more »»

Canada man finds woman for free trip around world

December 17, 2014

TORONTO (AP) — A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Righ. more »»

Afghan insurgents storm bank in south, killing 10

December 17, 2014

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan insurgents stormed a bank in the country's restive southern province of Helmand on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people including three policemen, authorities... more »»

European Parliament wants Palestinian state

December 17, 2014

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The European Parliament has stopped short of pushing for outright recognition of a Palestinian state, urging renewed peace talks instead. more »»

Church of England appoints first female bishop

December 17, 2014

LONDON (AP) — The Church of England on Wednesday named the first female bishop in its 500-year history, promoting saxophone-playing, soccer-loving vicar Libby Lane to bishop of Stockport. more »»

AP Exclusive: Sydney hostage planned daring escape

December 17, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead. more »»

Ruble volatile as Russians rush to stores

December 17, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government looked at ways of easing the selling pressure on the ruble Wednesday amid fears the country may face a full-blown bank run and as consumers look to buy... more »»

Tourist dies in hot air balloon accident in Turkey

December 17, 2014

ISTANBUL (AP) — A hot air balloon fell in the popular tourist region of Cappadocia on Wednesday, killing a Chinese tourist and injuring six other passengers from China and Malaysia, the region's... more »»

 
 
 

 

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