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Peres criticizes Israel's 'Jewish state' bill

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's former president has come out against a bill floated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that would define Israel as "the Jewish state."...

Diplomats make trade deal to cut red tape, poverty

GENEVA (AP) -- After many years of talking, the World Trade Organization pulled off a major deal Thursday that could boost global commerce by $1 trillion annually....

Pope condemns Islamic State violence

JERUSALEM (AP) -- On the eve of a trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis is urging religious and political leaders to speak out against attacks on Christians by Islamic State extremists....

Ebola aid dogged by coordination lags in Guinea

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- Eight months into West Africa's Ebola outbreak, officials and medical aid providers say that aid efforts in Guinea still suffer from poor coordination, hampering deployments of international support to help quell the virus....

Spain soccer team starts fund for evicted woman

MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish soccer team opened a bank account to collect donations for an 85-year-old woman whose eviction last week from her Madrid apartment sparked an outcry, team officials said....

Novelist PD James dies aged 94

LONDON (AP) -- Mystery writer P.D. James, who brought realistic modern characters to the classical British detective story, has died, her publisher said. She was 94....

Venezuela says 13 dead in prison disturbance

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's government says 13 prisoners have died of drug overdoses and a further 145 are being treated for intoxication after inmates stormed an infirmary amid disturbances at a major corrections facility....

Red Cross seeks $1.68 billion for 2015

GENEVA (AP) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross is asking donors for $1.68 billion next year to help people caught up in armed conflicts, its biggest request ever and 25 percent larger than the current budget....

Amsterdam warns of dangerous drugs after 3 deaths

AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Health authorities in Amsterdam are warning of dangerous drugs being sold to tourists after three British men died in the last month after snorting heroin they may have believed was cocaine....

Pope visits Turkey amid Christian-Muslim tensions

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- When a pope last visited Turkey - Benedict XVI in 2006 - Muslim-Catholic tensions were so high that the Vatican added a stop at Istanbul's famed Blue Mosque at the last minute in hopes of showing Benedict's respect for Islam....