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Kerry still at nuke talks despite planning to go
VIENNA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced he was pulling back on Friday from talks on Iran's nuclear program in Vienna, but then scheduled an evening meeting with his Iranian counterpart, suggesting some hope of movement with less than four days to deadline....

Narco culture surrounded slain Miss Honduras
SANTA BARBARA, Honduras (AP) -- Maria Jose Alvarado expected some difficult questions about her country at the Miss World pageant in London, so the 19-year-old beauty queen enlisted a teacher to help her prepare....

Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi van in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus....

Ukraine's Facebook revolution, 1 year later
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's revolution began with a status update on Facebook....

UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show
LONDON (AP) -- Freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation this year to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail....

Grocery chain's Christmas ad stirs tears, outrage
LONDON (AP) -- Artillery booms. A trench comes into view. Soldiers huddle into their overcoats for warmth....

Israeli forces disperse West Bank demonstration
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military said Friday it dispersed 300 stone-throwing Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank city of Hebron without injuries or arrests....

Biden urges Russia to uphold east Ukraine truce
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden criticized Russia on Friday for its role in eastern Ukraine, urging Moscow to uphold a cease-fire in the war-torn region as he visited Kiev on the anniversary of the start of the country's anti-government protests....

Al-Qaida in Yemen denounces Islamic State group
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's al-Qaida branch on Friday denounced the Islamic State group for declaring a caliphate on territory it seized in Syria and Iraq and for aggressively seeking to expand its area of influence....

South Africa seeks to move rhinos from harm's way
SKUKUZA, South Africa (AP) -- The rhino crashes forward, pounding the earth with its broad feet. Then, as a dart's sedative takes hold, it staggers and slouches to the ground, where South African rangers prepare to move the oversized beast by truck to an area they hope is safe from poachers....

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