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  • Colombia's government rebuffs rebel truce

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    (AP) BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government is rebuffing a unilateral truce declared by the country's largest rebel group as unacceptable. President Juan Manuel Santos said in a statement Thursday that he can't accept the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia's demand ...

  • AP Top Business News At 7:24 a.m. EST

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    (AP) N Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever Why the Fed thinks US economy still needs its help Putin accuses West of trying to sideline Russia US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord Fed rate wording boosts world stock ...

  • France fines 13 firms $1.2 bln for price-fixing

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    (AP) PARIS (AP) — France's antitrust authority has slapped penalties totaling some 950 million euros ($1.2 billion) against 13 consumer-goods makers for illegally colluding on prices for hygiene and cleaning products including shampoos, toothpaste and detergents. The authority says the penalties ...

  • Reformers target traffic courts in Ferguson

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    (AP) ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger that erupted in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place — traffic court. It was there, they ...

  • Myanmar tries NZ man on charge of insulting Buddha

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    (AP) YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A New Zealand bar manager and two Myanmar men have pleaded innocent to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink Buddha wearing headphones. Philip Blackwood, general manager of the ...

  • Djokovic, Williams get top ITF annual awards

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    (AP) LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been selected as the International Tennis Federation's world champions for 2014. Djokovic won the annual award for a fourth time, while Williams claimed it for a fifth time. Djokovic won Wimbledon ...

  • Top Catholic cleric in Holy Land condemns violence

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    (AP) JERUSALEM (AP) — The top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land has condemned violence on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his annual Christmas message. In a Thursday statement Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal said "we condemn the Gaza ...

  • AP NewsAlert

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    (AP) BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union imposes ban on investment in Crimea, other economic sanctions.

  • AP Top News At 7 a.m. EST

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    (AP) AP Analysis: US was at odds with world over Cuba policy Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal 10 Things to Know for Today AP source: US probe links NKorea to Sony hacking Putin accuses West of trying to ...

  • Shareholders back DP World's London delisting

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    (AP) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — DP World, one of the world's largest port operators, says its shareholders have approved delisting from the London Stock Exchange and the acquisition of a Dubai government-linked operator of free-trade zones for $2.6 billion. ...

  • European court rules obesity can be disability

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    (AP) LONDON (AP) — The European Court of Justice says obesity can be a disability, a ruling that could have consequences for employers across the continent. The court ruled Thursday in the case of a Danish child-minder who says he was ...

  • Nigeria sentences 54 soldiers to death by firing squad

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    (AP) ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A defense attorney says a court-martial that sentenced 54 soldiers to death will try another 43 soldiers and officers also accused of refusing to fight Islamic extremists in Nigeria. Court-martial charges against the soldiers sentenced Wednesday ...

  • 'Interview' ordeal at Sony just its latest crisis

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    (AP) TOKYO (AP) — How do you say "damage control" in Japanese? Sony Corp. is sealed within a hermetic cone of silence as executives try to prevent the slow motion train wreck at Sony Pictures from damaging the rest of the ...

  • AP Top WorldCup News At 6:31 a.m. EST

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    (AP) Qatar: Building team to spring surprise in 2022 Two-speed labor system in Qatar for 2022 World Cup Qatar: Small country the big new player in sport Qatar's World Cup: Not what you might expect Qatar: Where is it? What is ...

  • Two-speed labor system in Qatar for 2022 World Cup

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    (AP) DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands. Qatar, on paper at least, has rules that forbid such uncomfortable conditions for its massive workforce of ...

  • Pope praises the diplomacy of US-Cuba accord

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    (AP) VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has praised the "small steps" of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba. In his first public comments about the breakthrough Francis told new ambassadors on Thursday that ...

  • Crisis talks resume for Dutch coalition partners

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    (AP) THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Crisis talks aimed at salvaging a cost-cutting Dutch health reform package and staving off the possible collapse of the country's 2-year-old ruling coalition are entering a third day. The future of Prime Minister Mark Rutte's ...

  • Yemen's parliament approves new Cabinet

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    (AP) SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's parliament has approved a new government with a comfortable majority following months of violence. The 301-seat chamber's vote on Thursday came two days after loyalists of ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh derailed a vote of ...

  • FIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation

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    (AP) MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — The FIFA executive committee is meeting Thursday amid a renewed crisis after the prosecutor it appointed resigned in protest over the handling World Cup bid investigation. The sudden decision by Michael Garcia to quit Wednesday could ...

  • Greek jobless rate dips further to 25.5 percent

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    (AP) ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Official Greek figures show unemployment in the country fell further to 25.5 percent in the third quarter from 26.6 percent in the previous quarter. Thursday's figures from the Hellenic Statistical Authority, which are not adjusted for ...

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