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Little Christmas cheer for austerity-hit Europeans

LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- The streets of downtown Lisbon are usually ablaze with Christmas lights around this time - but this year the city has put on a somber show that matches the somber mood of austerity....

Pakistan: Militant violence down, but fear remains

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Mohammed Hasib lost his older brother in a car bombing two years ago that destroyed their small shop selling woman's accessories and killed more than 100 people. He has since rebuilt and business is improving, thanks to a significant drop in militant violence in Pakistan this year....

In South Korea, praising North Korea is illegal

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- After seven police officers carted off his books and computer disks, Kim Seung-kyu endured eight marathon interrogation sessions with chain-smoking investigators. His alleged crime: glorifying North Korea....

Iran airs images allegedly extracted from US drone

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's state TV has broadcast footage allegedly extracted from the advanced CIA spy drone captured in 2011, the latest in a flurry of moves from Iranian authorities meant to underline the nation's purported military and technological advances....

Experts stumped by ancient Jerusalem markings

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Mysterious stone carvings made thousands of years ago and recently uncovered in an excavation underneath Jerusalem have archaeologists stumped....

India loosens rules on some foreign retailers

NEW DELHI (AP) -- The Indian government formally agreed Tuesday to allow foreign companies to own 100 percent of stores here dedicated to selling products under a single brand name....

Brazil: Senate loosens Amazon protections

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Brazilian Senate voted 59-7 Tuesday to approve new environmental legislation that would loosen restrictions on deforestation in the Amazon and give amnesty to those who illegally cleared land before July 2008....

Exxon Mobil: $908 M awarded in Venezuela dispute

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- An international arbitration body has awarded Exxon Mobil Corp. nearly $908 million in a dispute with Venezuela over compensation for the nationalization of its assets, the company said Sunday....

Vatican university hosts unusual tattoo conference

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Tattooed mummies in ancient Egypt, Crusaders who branded their foreheads with crosses, and New Zealand's inked Maori warriors were fodder for an unusual conference at a Vatican university Tuesday on the role of tattoos in shaping identity....

NRC chief: Nuke industry must heed lesson of Japan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's nuclear safety chief said Tuesday he is worried that U.S. nuclear plant operators have become complacent, just nine months after the nuclear disaster in Japan....

NRC chief: Nuke industry must heed lesson of Japan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's nuclear safety chief said Tuesday he is worried that U.S. nuclear plant operators have become complacent, just nine months after the nuclear disaster in Japan....

Egypt Islamist party in bind after killings

CAIRO (AP) -- An Islamist party that is a key member of the factions that backed the military's ouster of President Mohammed Morsi threatened to break with the country's new military-backed leadership after the killing of more than 50 Islamist protesters Sunday, trying to salvage its position in the face of criticism it had turned against its own movement....

Hard-line Islamist gains surprise in Egypt vote

CAIRO (AP) -- With little political experience but a huge religious following, Egypt's ultraconservative Salafi movement has pulled off the biggest surprise yet of Egypt's first-round parliamentary elections by taking a quarter of the vote....

An insider's account of vote rigging for Putin

MOSCOW (AP) -- The election official had a problem. Workers at his polling station had been stuffing ballot boxes with votes for Vladimir Putin's party all day, he says, but when the votes were counted United Russia still didn't have enough....

An insider's account of vote rigging for Putin

MOSCOW (AP) -- The election official had a problem. Workers at his polling station had been stuffing ballot boxes with votes for Vladimir Putin's party all day, he says, but when the votes were counted United Russia still didn't have enough....

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