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'Jewish state' bill tests Israeli democracy

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

In the face of a rising wave of violence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing forward a plan to formalize by law Israel's status as "the Jewish state." Netanyahu says it's a needed response to those who question Israel's right to exist. But the measure would anger Israel's Arab minority and could draw international condemnation, severely testing a delicate balance between democracy and the country's Jewish character. Here's a look at the debate:

Ethiopia hopes to set world record for HIV tests

|Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Ethiopia is attempting to set a world record for the number of HIV tests carried out in one day.

Sudan increases pressure on UN Darfur mission

|Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

The Sudanese government asked the joint-U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur to shut down its human rights office in the capital, the peacekeepers said Tuesday, increasing pressure on the mission's work in the conflict-torn region.

Muhammad Ali daughters promote 'I Am Ali' in UK

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Muhammad Ali's daughters are in London to promote the British release of the documentary "I Am Ali." They say the former boxing champion is still waiting to see it for the first time.

France's Pompidou opens Jeff Koons retrospective

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Paris' Pompidou Center inaugurated a major retrospective Tuesday of U.S. artist Jeff Koons, the polemical 59-year-old master of kitsch, whose huge, stainless-steel balloon dog broke records last year, selling at auction for $58.4 million.

Hungary police warn women of dangers of flirting

|Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, police in Hungary have warned young women about the risks of flirting.

Strong earthquake hits China's Sichuan province

|Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

A strong earthquake shook a sparsely populated area of western China late Tuesday, cutting telephone service and prompting residents to rush out of their homes, officials and media reports said. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Russian envoy: Ferguson shows US racial problems

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

The violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, reflect simmering U.S. tensions over racial discrimination that could undermine the country's stability, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday.

South Sudan warns UN against imposing sanctions

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

South Sudan warned Tuesday that imposing sanctions will only make it harder to find an elusive peace in a yearlong conflict that has ripped the country apart and killed thousands of civilians.

SAfrica judge to make key ruling in slaying case

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

A South African judge will rule Dec. 8 on whether to dismiss the murder case against a British businessman accused of arranging the killing of his wife during their 2010 honeymoon in Cape Town.

Black Friday shopping catches on in UK

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Halloween and Mother's Day have become staples of the U.K. shopping calendar. Now Black Friday looks as though it may be the next big retail import from the United States.

Iran nuke talks face obstacles even with more time

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

The United States and Iran say a new deadline in nuclear talks could allow them to finally reach a deal. But Tehran's apparent reluctance to compromise may soon leave U.S. negotiators running out of ideas on how to reduce Iran's capacity to make nuclear arms.

Bomb kills 2 soldiers in northern Mali

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

A roadside bomb exploded on Tuesday under the convoy of a Malian minister as he traveled through the north of the country, killing two soldiers and wounding four others, said the mayor of the nearby city of Gao.

Cambodia Khmer Rouge trial suspended until January

|Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal announced Tuesday it will suspend trial sessions until January, bowing to pressure from lawyers of one of the two defendants charged with genocide.

Pakistan military says jets kill 20 militants

|Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Pakistan's army says its fighter jets have killed 20 militants in a troubled northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border.

Cash cut to Ukraine rebel areas in risky strategy

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

For hours, small crowds in Donetsk huddle hopefully in the cold around cash machines that never get filled, as artillery rumbles in the distance.

Activists: Syrian strikes kill 60 in IS-held city

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Syrian government warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday on the de-facto capital of the extremist Islamic State group, killing at least 60 people, shattering shop fronts and setting dozens of cars ablaze, activists said.

Adams insults Protestant party in N. Ireland govt

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has insulted the main Protestant party in Northern Ireland, reflecting a surge in tensions in their 7-year-old unity government.

Egypt minister warns of lethal force ahead protest

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Egypt's interior minister warned Tuesday that his forces will use deadly force to counter any assault against public facilities in a message coming just ahead of a planned protest by Islamists.

Italy's Ebola patient gets experimental treatment

|Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

An Italian doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has arrived back in Italy and is being treated with the same experimental drugs used in the U.S. and other European countries to treat people infected with the virus.