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  • Lesotho to hold elections 2 years early in 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The southern African country of Lesotho will hold elections in February — two years earlier than scheduled — in an effort to resolve political tension, a mediator said Thursday. South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa also said Lesotho's parliament would reconvene...

  • UK 'Breaking Bad' fan cleared of murder plot

    LONDON (AP) — A jury has convicted a British woman of buying poison over the Internet, but cleared her of trying to kill her mother in a plot that prosecutors said was inspired by TV show "Breaking Bad." Kuntal Patel was acquitted of attempted murder Thursday at London's Southwark Crown Court....

  • Lawyer: Bahrain rights activist detained for tweet

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights has been detained and referred to prosecutors over tweets that offended the country's Interior Ministry, his lawyer said Thursday. Nabeel Rajab was detained Wednesday for questioning, lawyer Jalila al-Sayed said, in part due...

  • Hong Kong leader offers talks with protesters

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's embattled leader has offered to hold talks between his government and pro-democracy protesters, but says he will not accept their demand that he resign. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told reporters late Thursday that he has asked the territory's top civil servant...

  • Nobel laureates cancel South Africa meeting

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A group of Nobel peace laureates on Thursday suspended plans to hold an annual meeting in South Africa because they said the government there refused to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama. The announcement came after retired archbishop Desmond Tutu, a periodic critic of South...

  • French government seeks more museum opening hours

    PARIS (AP) — If the Socialist government gets its way, visitors to France's three most touristic museums — the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay and Versailles Palace — may get to visit seven days a week in coming years. But a powerful labor union could get in the way. As part of the government's 2015...

  • Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying says he will not yield to protesters' demands he resign

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying says he will not yield to protesters' demands he resign.

  • Hong Kong's leader says he has asked top civil servant to hold talks with protesters

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader says he has asked top civil servant to hold talks with protesters.

  • Next Ferrari chief focuses on F1

    PARIS (AP) — The incoming boss of Ferrari has one "very high" priority: getting his cars back on top of the Formula One podium. Sergio Marchionne, also CEO of Ferrari's parent company Fiat Chrysler, said at the Paris Car Show that his "key objective is to re-establish Ferrari in Formula One,"...

  • Ukraine wary of fragile peace as patriotism surges

    BOYARKA, Ukraine (AP) — Since Ukraine's conflict with Russia erupted, Oleksandr Federenko has gone from village kid to army cadet, trading computer games for knife-throwing classes and morning marches. He is only 13. Federenko's shy laugh and wisp of upper lip hair seem at odds with his bulky...

  • Myanmar news website defaced by hackers

    BANGKOK (AP) — A website covering news about Myanmar was defaced by hackers on Thursday, a few days after its director won a prestigious press freedom award. Aung Zaw said the attack on The Irrawaddy website was one of many it has faced. The attackers replaced the site's home page with a...

  • Royalty, Elvis at Duchess of Devonshire funeral

    LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of liveried staff, the heir to the British throne and the music of Elvis Presley have formed part of a final farewell for Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, last of the unconventional Mitford sisters. Deborah, who married a nobleman and became chatelaine of the vast...

  • Saudi Arabia: 2 million in Mecca for start of hajj

    MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia sought to assure the public that the kingdom was safe and free of health scares as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into a sprawling tent city near Mecca on Thursday for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage. Earlier this year, Saudi...

  • Turkey ponders new powers to fight IS militants

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament was debating a motion Thursday to give the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group. As lawmakers debate in Ankara,...

  • Many sick in US Ebola patient's Liberia hometown

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Thomas Eric Duncan rushed to help his 19-year-old neighbor when she began convulsing days after first complaining of stomach pain. Everyone assumed her health problems were related to her being 7 months pregnant. Still, no ambulance came as Ebola decimates Liberia's...



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