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France: Driver goes on rampage, feeding fears

PARIS (AP) -- A driver deliberately slammed his car into crowds around the city of Dijon in eastern France on Sunday, raising concerns at a time when Islamic extremists are calling for attacks in France....

German-language pop superstar Udo Juergens dies

BERLIN (AP) -- Udo Juergens, an Austrian-born star who dominated pop music in the German-speaking world and sold more than 100 million records in a career spanning five decades, died on Sunday. He was 80 years old....

Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

MIAMI (AP) -- The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil....

Belarusian independent news sites blocked

MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Several independent news websites have been blocked in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, where the government exerts close control of news media....

Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground

RIO GRANDE, Nicaragua (AP) -- As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for his land, Ruiz insists, "I'm not going to run."...

Sierra Leone urges safe burials to stem Ebola

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The radio announcement is chilling and blunt: "If I die, I want the deaths to stop with me."...

Greek prime minister open to 2015 early elections

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister says early general elections could be called by the end of 2015 if the current legislature can elect a president and if negotiations with the country's creditors on post-bailout aid are completed....

Russia's sole independent TV forced into meager studio

MOSCOW (AP) -- Among the five TV journalists interviewing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the odd one out was easy to spot. Mikhail Zygar's questions were sharper than those of the others, who headed back to spacious television studios while Zygar broadcast his piece from a Moscow living room....

10 years on, where did all the tsunami debris go?

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) -- Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland....

Tsunami: Scenes of grief, viewed from van of death

Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. This is the fifth of their stories, which are being published daily through Dec. 26....