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Recession-hit Spain holds huge Christmas lottery

MADRID (AP) -- Champagne corks popped around Spain on Sunday as jubilant winners celebrated scooping up prizes in the country's famed Christmas lottery, the world's richest....

In poverty-struck Yemen, al-Qaida a low priority

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A doctor would have recognized the signs of chronic malnutrition immediately in the 7-month-old girl - the swollen stomach, the constant cough. Her mother, though, had only traditional healers to turn to in her Yemeni mountain village, and they told her to stop breastfeeding....

China replaces senior Foreign Ministry official

BEIJING (AP) -- China has replaced a top diplomat amid a trend toward greater assertiveness in handling territorial disputes and participating in global organizations....

Robot waiters in China never lose patience

JINAN, China (AP) -- Service with a smile also comes with an electronic voice at the Dalu Robot restaurant, where the hotpot meals are not as famous yet as the staff who never lose their patience and never take tips....

Filipino gunmen free 2 Malaysians after 10 months

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Filipino gunmen with ties to al-Qaida-linked militants, under pressure from pursuing police commandos, have freed two Malaysian laborers from 10 months of jungle captivity, police said Wednesday....

UN: 2.8M at risk if violence breaks out in Suday

JUBA, Sudan (AP) -- The U.N. is planning for the possibility that 2.8 million people will be displaced in Sudan if fighting breaks out over the south's January independence referendum, according to an internal report reviewed by The Associated Press on Tuesday....

2 convicted in Dirty War death of Argentine bishop

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Two former senior military officers were sentenced to life in prison Friday for one of the emblematic crimes of the country's long dictatorship: the death of Roman Catholic Bishop Enrique Angelelli...

UN maintains sanctions on Ivory Coast

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to maintain sanctions on Ivory Coast for another year, including an arms embargo and a ban on importing rough diamonds from the West African nation....

Cuba celebrates ballet legend Alonso's 90th b-day

HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba feted the 90th birthday of dance legend Alicia Alonso with a ballet and music-filled gala dedicated to the island's prima ballerina assoluta....

Odor forces partial evacuation of UN buildings

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. security officials evacuated the buildings where the Security Council and the General Assembly were to meet Tuesday because of a strong odor caused by a sewage problem....

Vatican embarrassed by error-filled catechism book

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican has again been embarrassed by a botched translation of its teachings, with the launch Wednesday of an error-plagued book that implies the Holy See approves of contraception and euthanasia....

Rome police: Device on subway couldn't explode

ROME (AP) -- Police said Tuesday a suspicious package full of wires and powder that prompted a terror scare in Rome's subway during the Christmas season was a fake made out of cement-like powder, not explosives....

6 feared dead in guard copter crash in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A Puerto Rico National Guard helicopter crashed in the ocean while en route to a drug raid. The body of one of the six people on board has been found and the remaining five are feared dead, officials said Tuesday....

Palace: Zara Phillips engaged to be married

LONDON (AP) -- Prince William and Kate Middleton will soon have company on the royal wedding calendar. Buckingham Palace announced Tuesday that Zara Phillips, Queen Elizabeth II's eldest granddaughter, is engaged....

Danish court finds 4 guilty of terrorism

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Four men who planned a shooting spree at the office of a Danish newspaper that published cartoons of the prophet Muhammed were found guilty of terrorism Monday and sentenced each to 12 years in prison....

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