• Cameron tells EU: let us curb migrant welfare, or risk UK leaving

    By Kylie MacLellan and Andrew Osborn ROCESTER, England (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron hinted on Friday he might recommend a British exit from the European Union if it stops him restricting EU migrants' access to UK welfare benefits, but said he was confident it would not come to that. In…

  • Army brigadier general shot dead in Cairo suburb: sources

    CAIRO (Reuters) - An army brigadier general was shot dead by unknown assailants in the Cairo district of Gesr al-Suez, security sources said on Friday. The officer was killed and two others wounded when gunmen opened fire in a parking garage before fleeing the scene, the state news agency MENA…

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  • Croatia PM cancels Belgrade visit over freeing of war crimes suspect

    ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia's prime minister has canceled a trip to neighboring Serbia after the release of a hardline Serb nationalist by a U.N. war crimes tribunal, in the latest sign of reviving tensions between the former Balkan foes. Zoran Milanovic had been due to visit Belgrade on Dec. 16 for…

  • 2,000 years and 23 dynasties later, China to end state monopoly on salt

    They say things change quickly in China, but that’s not always true. Some things take a very long time indeed to change. Like the government’s monopoly on table salt, in force for the last two millenniums.

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  • Push for Palestinian statehood grows in Europe as France begins debate

    As France’s National Assembly began debating a non-binding vote on recognizing a state of Palestine Friday, lawmakers joined three other democratic chambers and one European leader who have done the same in less than six weeks.

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  • Will Taiwan shift from 'blue' to 'green'? Taichung mayor is bellwether race

    Former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui made a rare campaign appearance at a fruit orchard here on behalf of a man he first met as a student protester during a constitutional crisis more than two decades ago.

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  • Thanksgiving football TV schedule: Lions vs. Bears, Cowboys vs. Eagles, Seahawks vs. 49ers

    Welcome to another Thanksgiving Thursday on the National Football League schedule, and three games that could help to shape the upcoming playoffs.

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • General strike shuts down services across Greece

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Services across Greece shut down Wednesday as unions staged a 24-hour general strike and held peaceful demonstrations to protest further austerity cuts in the cash-strapped country.

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  • Zwanziger proposes World Cup spread in Arab lands

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Outgoing FIFA official Theo Zwanziger says the 2022 World Cup should be taken away from Qatar and spread around Arab countries four years later.

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  • Eyeing deadline, France to back Palestinian state if peace talks fail

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - France warned on Friday it would recognize a Palestinian state if a final international effort to overcome the impasse between Israelis and Palestinians failed, and proposed a two-year timeframe to end the conflict through a U.N.-backed resolution. Lawmakers will…

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  • Afghan official: Attack on army base kills 6

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents killed six Afghan soldiers in an assault on an army base Friday that lasted more than 14 hours, a day after attacks on foreign targets in Kabul killed two British embassy employees.

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  • Top Asian News at 2:00 p.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — At age 14, he stepped into the spotlight to take on — and ultimately help defeat — Hong Kong authorities' plans to launch a "national education" curriculum, calling it a ploy to brainwash the city's youth with unquestioned support for the Chinese Communist Party. Now, at 18, Joshua…

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  • Ireland rugby great Jack Kyle dies at age 88

    DUBLIN (AP) — Jack Kyle, the dashing flyhalf who illuminated Ireland's backline in the 1940s and '50s and is considered one of the greatest rugby players of all time, has died. He was 88.

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  • McCullum blitz leads NZ to 249-1 in 3rd test

    SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Captain Brendon McCullum's belligerent record-breaking century put New Zealand on top in the third test after offspinner Mark Craig's career-best 7-94 finished off Pakistan for 351 on Friday.

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  • Germany signs no-spy deal with BlackBerry

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany has approved BlackBerry's purchase of encryption firm Secusmart after signing a "no-spy" agreement with the Canadian smartphone maker.

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  • Ukraine gas stocks down 14 percent since start of heating season

    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's gas reserves have fallen 14 percent since the start of the heating season in late October, as deepening frosts forced the country to draw down its already depleted stocks, data from Ukrtransgaz showed on Friday. The state-run gas transport monopoly data showed there were…

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  • OPEC decision still reverberating round markets

    LONDON (AP) — Oil stocks weighed on markets around the world Friday as crude prices hovered around four year lows in the wake of OPEC's decision to keep production steady.

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  • French president visits Ebola-stricken Guinea

    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — French President Francois Hollande arrived Friday in Guinea, becoming the first Western leader to visit a country hit hard by Ebola.

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