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MADRID (AP) — Spain's conservative government on Friday approved tight restrictions on abortion, allowing the practice only in the case of rape or when there is a serious health risk to the mother or fetus.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has signed into law a sweeping reform bill that will allow private companies to drill for oil and gas.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists firing anti-aircraft rockets and rocket-propelled grenades attacked a tank battalion barracks in northeast Nigeria and set the entire complex ablaze, the military and witnesses say.
MOSCOW (AP) — In a few breathtaking hours, one-time oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky went from being a prisoner locked away for a decade in the remote depths of northern Russia to being a free man in Berlin. As he sped between those extremes, questions trailed behind.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two government helicopter gunships opened fire on 10 vehicles fleeing a luxury beach condo complex during this week's gun battle at the Gulf of California resort of Puerto Penasco, Mexican authorities said.
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivians are celebrating the launch of the country's first telecommunications satellite with indigenous rituals dedicated to Pachamama, or Mother Earth.
LONDON (AP) — Reviewers were largely seduced, rather than scandalized, on Friday by the latest musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber — surely the first in the impresario's highly successful career to include an orgy scene.
VIENNA (AP) — The famed Vienna Philharmonic orchestra has quietly stripped six former senior Nazi officials of honors awarded them — a late act of contrition for its embrace of the Hitler era that included purging Jewish members from its ranks.
BERLIN (AP) — A German pharmaceutical company says it is appealing a Spanish court ruling ordering it to pay compensation to 22 Spaniards who blame their disabilities on the drug thalidomide.
PARIS (AP) — A pair of researchers who gave the French revolutionary Robespierre a disputed 3D makeover raised the possibility Friday that the man best known for unleashing the Reign of Terror may have suffered from a rare autoimmune disorder.
LONDON (AP) — Newspaper reports say the latest documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden show that British and American intelligence agencies monitored the communications of hundreds of targets in some 60 nations, including an Israeli prime minister and European officials.
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group says it is confident based on evidence it has that Israel was behind this month's assassination in Beirut of a senior Hezbollah commander.
LONDON (AP) — Two former assistants to Nigella Lawson and her ex-husband were acquitted of fraud Friday, ending a trial in which allegations of unauthorized employee spending on luxury goods were overshadowed by titillating glimpses into the celebrity cook's tumultuous home life.
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian troops fought al-Qaida-inspired militants Friday in the northern Sinai Peninsula, with Islamic extremists parading the corpse of one of two soldiers killed through the streets while it hung from a pole, a security official and witnesses said.
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — A group of Muslims on Friday protested against Christmas and New Year celebrations in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province.
LONDON (AP) — Two former British soldiers have been sentenced to six years in prison for firebombing a mosque in northeastern England.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Thousands protesting the death of a prominent tribal leader rioted Friday in southern Yemen, forcing police officers to flee and attacking shops owned by northerners as two people were killed, security officials said.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A Bosnian court has sentenced an Islamic extremist to 45 years in prison for terrorism.
ROME (AP) — A serial killer who failed to return to prison after a two-day, good-behavior pass was recaptured Friday in France, Italy's justice minister said, ending an embarrassing episode that had raised questions about the government's new efforts to reduce prison overcrowding.
DUBLIN (AP) — The partner of a paralyzed woman who lost a highly-publicized court battle in Ireland to let him help her commit suicide says she has died.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish art gallery says it has closed down an exhibition in Istanbul of the works of Joan Miro after directors of the Spanish surrealist painter's estate said some of the pieces were fakes.
PARIS (AP) — France is alone again on an unwieldy mission in Africa and is pushing reluctant European allies to cough up troops and resources. Not for the first time, EU countries are expressing unconditional moral support — but little else.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — After days of relative calm, sectarian violence once more exploded Friday in Central African Republic claiming at least 30 lives.
LONDON (AP) — The U.K. will help the international mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons program, officials said Friday, joining a complex operation with prominent roles for the U.S., Denmark and Norway.
HAVANA (AP) — In Cuba, time is in the eye of the beholder.
MADRID (AP) — Spain's prime minister says his government will host a meeting with representatives of Syria's moderate opposition next year in preparation for a peace conference to be held in Switzerland.
LONDON (AP) — UK says it will assist in destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpile.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a move that could have major political ramifications for South Africa's ruling African National Congress party, the country's biggest trade union called Friday for President Jacob Zuma to resign and said it will not support the ANC in next year's elections.
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Armed rebels were said to be in control of some of South Sudan's oil fields Friday, raising questions of how long the country's oil will flow and whether Sudan could enter the conflict which showed no signs of ending.
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian court on Friday sentenced the alleged mastermind of a 2011 Christmas Day bombing of a Catholic Church to life in prison — but for other terrorist attacks. At least 44 people died outside St. Theresa's church when a car bombed exploded.
CAIVANO, Italy (AP) — On Ciro Fusco's farm in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, police swooped down one recent day and planted a sign prohibiting anyone from harvesting the broccoli or even setting foot on the land.