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Indonesia volcano erupts, injuring 4; 1 missing

TERNATE, Indonesia - A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Friday, spewing towering clouds of hot ash into the air and sending a group of hikers to scramble to safety, leaving nine injured and one missing, an official said.

   December 19, 2014 - 09:57 GMT
Italy's anti-corruption czar to join Rome bid team

Italy's anti-corruption czar to join Rome bid team

ROME - Italy's anti-corruption czar will join Rome's bid team for the 2024 Olympics, a response to the widening mafia scandal in the capital.

   December 19, 2014 - 09:57 GMT
Russian court extends house arrest for Kremlin critic Navalny

Russian court extends house arrest for Kremlin critic Navalny

MOSCOW Reuters - A Moscow court on Friday extended a term of house arrest for Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on trial for stealing more than 30 million rubles £317,743, charges he dismisses as part of a campaign by President Vladimir Putin to stifle dissent.

   December 19, 2014 - 09:57 GMT

Families of victims of fatal Texas festival crash sue organizers

Reuters - Families of the victims and survivors of a fatal March crash outside the popular South by Southwest festival in Austin sued the organizers on Thursday, according to court documents and local media.

   December 19, 2014 - 09:34 GMT

Victory for plaintiff in China gay conversion case

BEIJING - A Chinese psychological clinic has been ordered to pay compensation to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual.

   December 19, 2014 - 09:34 GMT

Spanish police probe car attack on ruling party HQ

MADRID - Spanish police have cordoned off streets around the headquarters of the ruling conservative Popular Party and are searching for possible explosives after a man rammed his car into the building.

   December 19, 2014 - 09:34 GMT
Detained China rights lawyer facing 'inhuman torment', wife says

Detained China rights lawyer facing 'inhuman torment', wife says

BEIJING Reuters - A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer arrested this year has had to endure hours of interrogation and his health has suffered, his wife wrote in a letter released on Friday, calling for his immediate release.

   December 19, 2014 - 09:34 GMT

German consumer confidence on the rise

BERLIN - German consumer confidence is continuing to improve, supported by expectations of increasing economic strength and a greater willingness to make purchases.

   December 19, 2014 - 09:11 GMT

Sri Lankan opposition pledges war crime inquiry

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's main opposition presidential candidate says the country cannot be charged with war crimes in the International Criminal Court, but he will launch a domestic inquiry if he wins a January election.

   December 19, 2014 - 09:11 GMT

New US sanctions law could undermine relations with Russia: Lavrov

New US legislation authorising sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis could undermine relations between Moscow and Washington for a long time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Friday.

   December 19, 2014 - 09:03 GMT

London shares extend Santa rally

London AFP - London shares extended their year-end rally on Friday after a strong finish to trading on Wall Street overnight.

   December 19, 2014 - 09:03 GMT

Pakistani military says it kills 32 militants in ambush

The Pakistani army killed 32 militants in an ambush in a remote valley near the Afghan border, the military said on Friday, and 27 in other clashes, four days after a Taliban massacre of children at a school.

   December 19, 2014 - 09:03 GMT
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