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Ex-Colombia president's allies convicted for spying ring

Colombia's Supreme Court on Friday convicted two close aides of former President Alvaro Uribe for organizing a spying ring that illegally intercepted the communications

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Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to Japan's prince

Britain's Prince William, on his second day of his four-day trip to Japan, is having tea Friday with Crown Prince Naruhito.

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'Jihadi John' killer from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner

The masked "Jihadi John" killer who fronted Islamic State beheading videos has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British computer programming graduate from a well-to-do London family.

Politics

Ukraine sends $15 million for gas, says Russian energy minister

Ukraine has sent $15 million to pay for Russian gas, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday.

Science and Technology

Apple faces second suit from victorious patent firm

Fresh off a $532.9 million jury win against Apple Inc, a Texas company is again suing the tech giant, this time over the same patents' use in devices introduced after the original case.

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Mongolia pardons American, 2 Filipinos in tax case

Mongolia's president on Thursday pardoned an American mining executive and two Filipinos sentenced to prison for tax evasion

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Thailand's Senate will not be elected, charter drafters say

A committee appointed by Thailand's military rulers is laying the groundwork for a new method of choosing the country's leaders and lawmakers — and it doesn't involve giving voters much

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Suicide bomb strikes top NATO envoy team in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber rammed a car laden with explosives into a vehicle belonging to NATO's top envoy in Afghanistan, killing one Turkish soldier and wounding at least one person

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Man convicted in deaths of 'American Sniper' author, friend

A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man at a shooting range two years ago

U.S. 'deeply concerned' by North Korean nuclear advances

The United States is "deeply concerned" about North Korea's nuclear advances, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday

Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 150 Christians

Islamic State militants have abducted at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria they had raided, Christian Syrian activists said on Tuesday.

Husband says he doubts Vegas mother's slaying was road rage

The tale of a Las Vegas mother of four who was shot to death after a neighborhood car chase took yet another turn Monday when her husband and attorneys for a neighbor charged with murder

VA secretary apologizes for misstating military record

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald apologized Monday for misstating that he served in the military's special forces.

Three students shot and wounded on campus of Florida university

Three students were shot and wounded at an historically black university in Florida on Monday and two people, at least one of them also a student, were taken into custody.

Politics  

Thailand jails two on royal insult charge over play

Thailand on Monday sentenced two people to jail terms of 2-1/2 years for insulting royalty in a university play.

Yemen parties agree on transitional council: U.N.

Yemen's feuding parties have agreed on a "people's transitional council" to help govern the country and guide it out of a political crisis, U.N. mediator Jamal Benomar announced on Friday.

Greece hopes for solution, still opposed to bailout: government spokesman

Greece has made every effort to reach a mutually beneficial agreement with its euro zone partners but will not be pushed to implement its old bailout program, its government spokesman said.

Thailand files charges against former PM Yingluck

Thailand's attorney general filed charges against deposed prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday, in a case that could result in a 10-year jail term if she is found guilty.

Ukraine calls for U.N. peacekeepers to observe ceasefire

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called for U.N. peacekeepers to be deployed to monitor a ceasefire in east Ukraine.

Pakistan officials say Afghan Taliban signal readiness for peace talks

Senior Pakistani army and diplomatic officials said on Thursday the leadership of the Afghan Taliban has signaled through the Pakistani military that they are willing to open peace talks.

Environment  

Record numbers evacuated in Malaysia's worst floods in decades

More than 100,000 people have been evacuated from their homes by authorities in five northern states of Malaysia hit by the Southeast Asian' nation's worst monsoon floods in decades.

3 killed in Sri Lanka floods and mudslides

Three people died and more than 60,000 had to be evacuated to safer locations due to floods and mudslides caused by heavy rains around Sri Lanka, officials said Tuesday.

Hawaii lava on course to hit gas station, stores

Lava from a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is on course to reach a shopping center with a gas station and a supermarket in seven to 10 days, officials said.

Indonesia rescuers use earth-movers in landslide rescue as toll rises to 24

Indonesian rescuers on Sunday used heavy-lifting equipment for the first time to clear roads leading to the site of a landslide that destroyed a village and killed at least 24 people.

Philippine typhoon weakens but leaves 21 dead

Typhoon Hagupit weakened into a tropical storm Monday, leaving at least 21 people dead and forcing more than a million people into shelters but sparing most of a central Philippine region.

Philippine typhoon weakens to a storm; 3 dead

Typhoon Hagupit weakened into a storm Monday after it left at least three people dead and sent more than a million others into shelters.

Health  

Mystery kidney killer spreads fear in Sri Lanka

Most of the 1,000 villagers have come here on foot and have stood for hours under the hot sun — not because they feel sick, but out of fear.

Ebola toll in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia reaches 6,583: WHO

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in the three worst-hit countries in West Africa reached 6,583 as of Dec. 10, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Fifteen Indians blinded after surgery with suspected infected tools

Fifteen Indians lost their sight after a doctor used suspected infected equipment to remove cataracts at a free eye surgery camp.

Plague outbreak kills 40 people in Madagascar

A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August.

Ebola death toll rises to 5,459 - WHO

The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by the end of Nov. 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Entertainment  

Oscars 2015: Full list of winners

British actor Eddie Redmayne has won the best actor Oscar for The Theory of Everything, while Julianne Moore picked up best actress for Still Alice. Dark Comedy won the best picture.

Sony cancels The Interview release amid threats

Sony Pictures has cancelled the planned US release on 25 December of the film The Interview, after major cinema chains decided not to screen it.

Woman sues Bill Cosby, claiming underage abuse

Bill Cosby was sued Tuesday by a Southern California woman who claims the comedian molested her in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion around 1974 when she was 15 years old.

Security  

Syria willing to suspend Aleppo air strikes for six weeks: U.N.

The Syrian government is willing to suspend its aerial bombardment and artillery shelling of the northern city of Aleppo so that a local ceasefire can be tested.

Tunisia arrests 32 militant Islamists planning 'spectacular' attacks

Tunisia arrested 32 militant Islamists, some of them returning from fighting in Syria, who planned "spectacular" attacks, officials said on Saturday.

Japan, Jordan working closely on fate of captive Japanese journalist

Japan was working closely with Jordan on Friday to find out what was happening to a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants.

Japan condemns new Islamic State video

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said the latest video was "despicable". He called on Jordan to cooperate in working for Goto's quick release, but vowed Tokyo would not give in to terrorism.

Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release

Japan has vowed to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants.

Abe 'speechless' after video claims IS hostage dead

Japan's prime minister said he was "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed.