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Qatar benches World Cup 'headbutt' statue

10/31/2013 2:46am
The future hosts of the World Cup in Qatar have decided a statue depicting one of the tournament's most talked-about moments is not worthy of public display.

3 dead in new sectarian violence in northern India

10/31/2013 3:31am
A clash between people from two north Indian villages left three people dead, officials said Thursday, just a month after sectarian violence between Hindus and Muslims left dozens dead and led hundreds of troops to deploy to the region.

Poland's FM: Pole fled captivity in Syria

10/31/2013 4:36am
A Polish photographer abducted in July in Syria has returned to Poland after escaping from his captors, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

Disneyland Paris pirate ride shut after accident

10/31/2013 4:59am
A popular boat ride at Disneyland Paris is closed and under police examination after a 5-year-old boy suffered serious injuries in an accident.

EU condemns new Israel settlements plan

10/31/2013 4:59am
The European Union's top diplomat has denounced Israel's plan to build more than 1,500 homes in Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. She calls the move illegal and a potential obstacle to peace.

Veil of darkness lifts for Myanmar's blind

10/31/2013 5:52am
Five decades of isolation, military rule and woeful health care have left Myanmar with a particularly high rate of blindness. Now the veil of darkness is starting to lift, thanks in part to an "assembly line" surgical procedure that allows cataracts to be removed safely, without stitches, through two small incisions.

Cambodia's Khmer Rouge defendants deny charges

10/31/2013 6:11am
The last two surviving leaders of Cambodia's radical Khmer Rouge regime still on trial for genocide and other war crimes issued their final defense Thursday, distancing themselves from the deaths of more than 1.7 million people who died during their rule.

Pope to install 1st batch of new cardinals Feb. 22

10/31/2013 7:30am
Pope Francis has decided to install his first batch of cardinals on Feb. 22 _ but he hasn't let on who will join the club of red-hatted churchmen who will one day elect his successor.

TV cameras go live in UK's Court of Appeal

10/31/2013 7:43am
Lights, camera, appeal!

Czech president in wheelchair after knee injury

10/31/2013 8:26am
Czech officials say President Milos Zeman needs to use a wheelchair after he injured his right knee, limiting his duties for up to six weeks.

Kenyans march after no one jailed in rape case

10/31/2013 8:27am
Hundreds of women in Kenya are protesting after a teenager was gang-raped and the only punishment for the suspects was that they had to mow the police station lawn.

Strong earthquake hits eastern Taiwan

10/31/2013 10:16am
A strong earthquake hit eastern Taiwan on Thursday, shaking buildings over a wide area including the capital. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

Dallas museum returns antiquities to Italy

10/31/2013 10:24am
The Dallas Museum of Art has agreed to return six antiquities that were looted illegally from Italy.

Mexican Day of Dead 'Skeleton Lady' spreads look

10/31/2013 10:52am
Mexico's elegant and classy "Skeleton Lady" is getting new attention more than a century after she was born, inspiring some movie and rock stars in the U.S. to don Halloween costumes based on the macabre figure that has grown to symbolize the Day of the Dead.

Researcher: Nazi Gestapo chief died in Berlin

10/31/2013 11:07am
It was one of the great remaining mysteries surrounding the final days of World War II _ what happened to Heinrich Mueller, the head of the Gestapo secret police and the highest-ranking Nazi never to have been captured or located.

Turkish MPs enter parliament with headscarves

10/31/2013 11:22am
Four female lawmakers wearing headscarves walked into Turkey's parliament in Ankara on Thursday, marking an end to the ban on the Muslim symbol in the chamber that was imposed in the early days of the Turkish Republic.

Bosnia digging up what could be biggest mass grave

10/31/2013 12:31pm
Two decades after Serb soldiers conducted house-to-house searches in a campaign of ethnic killings in Bosnia, forensic scientists are digging up what could turn out to be the largest mass grave from the 1992-95 war.

Some Syrians lose themselves in music as war rages

10/31/2013 12:46pm
As cannons thundered and mortar shells exploded nearby, the young Syrian woman in a slinky dark dress and stylish bob performed a song by pop star Adele, taking refuge behind a microphone from the civil war raging outside.

Venezuelan newsprint shortage halts regional paper

10/31/2013 1:46pm
A pro-government newspaper from Hugo Chavez's home state is the latest Venezuelan broadsheet to halt its presses as a shortage of newsprint has the government scrambling to guarantee supplies.

Saudi men quietly help campaign for women to drive

10/31/2013 1:54pm
A growing number of men are quietly helping steer a campaign to end Saudi Arabia's ban on allowing women to drive, risking their jobs and social condemnation in the conservative kingdom.

In unofficial vote, Abyei residents choose S Sudan

10/31/2013 2:27pm
In an unofficial vote, residents of a disputed area between Sudan and South Sudan said they want to join South Sudan.

Reversal of fortune for Brazil's flamboyant tycoon

10/31/2013 2:46pm
Just a year ago he was labeled the "pride of Brazil" by no less than the nation's president, a wildcat entrepreneur playboy, the Brazilian Donald Trump who embodied his country's rise. Eike Batista rode atop a wave of endless optimism, driven by repeated reports that his oil company had struck black gold once again.

Kenya bombs Somali militant camp after mall attack

10/31/2013 2:59pm
Kenya's military says its air force has attacked a militant training camp in Somalia in retaliation for last month's al-Shabab assault on Nairobi's Westgate Mall.

Italy busts kidnap ring targeting custody battles

10/31/2013 3:33pm
Italian police said Thursday they have busted an international ring of former special forces agents hired to "recover" children involved in custody battles who were spirited across borders by one of their parents.

Mexico nears junk food tax, sets anti-obesity plan

10/31/2013 4:59pm
Mexico's congress approved a new tax on junk food Thursday as the government announced a campaign to fight obesity in a country with one of the world's highest rates of overweight people. The move came a little over a day after legislators agreed to put a tax on soft drinks.

Toronto police say they have mayor drug video

10/31/2013 5:37pm
Toronto police said Thursday they have obtained a video that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking a crack pipe _ a video that Ford had claimed didn't exist and has been at the core of a scandal that has embarrassed and gripped Canada for months.

Mexico pardons indigenous teacher jailed 13 years

10/31/2013 6:36pm
An indigenous teacher who human rights groups say was unjustly imprisoned for 13 years received a promised pardon Thursday from President Enrique Pena Nieto.

New Zealand postal service to cut up to 2,000 jobs

10/31/2013 7:14pm
New Zealand's postal service announced Friday it plans to cut up to 2,000 jobs as it transitions to delivering the mail just three days a week to most customers.

Nicaragua mobilizes fumigation against dengue

10/31/2013 7:33pm
Hundreds of health workers spread across Nicaragua's capital this week to fumigate every home against a mosquito that spreads dengue. They were also on the lookout for people infected with the sometimes deadly disease.

Magnitude-6.6 quake strikes north-central Chile

10/31/2013 9:21pm
A 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocked north-central Chile on Thursday, causing buildings to sway in the capital and nervous people to run out into the streets.

Data recorder of crashed plane recovered in Laos

10/31/2013 10:14pm
The flight data recorder from a Lao Airlines plane that crashed last month has been recovered from the Mekong River and the cockpit voice recorder has been located, officials said Friday.

Battle over biographies rages in Brazil

10/31/2013 10:47pm
Brazil's superstar singer Caetano Veloso fled to exile in London in 1969 after the country's military dictatorship censored and imprisoned him because of his catchy, anti-establishment anthems.

Indonesian laborers go on nationwide pay strike

10/31/2013 11:14pm
Laborers across Indonesia went on the second day of a strike Friday to demand more benefits and higher pay, even as a raise was granted for workers in the capital.

Nations fail to agree on Antarctic marine reserve

10/31/2013 11:50pm
The nations that make decisions about Antarctic fishing have failed for a third time to agree on a plan to create the world's largest marine sanctuary.