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Swedish appeals court upholds Assange detention

|Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

A Swedish appeals court upheld the detention order on Julian Assange on Thursday, dismissing a challenge by the WikiLeaks founder who is wanted by prosecutors in an investigation of alleged sex crimes.

Iraq, Turkey vow to work together against IS group

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Iraq's prime minister said on Thursday that his country and neighboring Turkey have agreed on closer security and intelligence cooperation in the face of the threat posed by the Islamic State group.

Attacks in Kabul raise concerns about security

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

The Afghan capital has become a city under siege as the Taliban stage almost daily attacks against government and foreign targets, penetrating layers of heightened security and fueling concerns that insurgents have infiltrated the security forces.

Russia: North Korea ready to resume nuclear talks

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

North Korea says it's ready to resume international talks on its nuclear program, Russia's foreign minister said Thursday as Moscow sought to raise its profile in the international standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

How UN's N. Korean resolution divides main players

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

North Korea is angrily reacting to a landmark U.N. resolution on its widely condemned human rights record with a threat to bolster its 1.2 million-member military and conduct a fourth nuclear test.

Experts: Home, baby cameras not secure worldwide

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

A child playing in Bucheon, South Korea. An empty crib in Absecon, New Jersey. Cattle feeding in Behamberg, Austria. Footage from more than 100 countries is being streamed from bedrooms, office buildings, shops, laundromats, stables and barns.

UN climate fund falls short of $10 billion target

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

A U.N. fund that will help poor countries tackle climate change has fallen short, for now, of its target of collecting $10 billion, officials said Thursday.

AirAsia to launch Southeast Asian air pass

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Budget carrier AirAsia said Thursday it will launch a regional air pass next year to increase revenue and boost tourism in Southeast Asia, taking competition in low-cost air travel to a more intense level.

Pope demands just distribution of world's bounty

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Pope Francis demanded a more just distribution of the world's bounty for the poor and hungry Thursday, telling a U.N. conference on nutrition that access to food is a basic human right that shouldn't be subject to market speculation and quests for profit.

2 endangered elephants found dead in Indonesia

|Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Two endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead in western Indonesia and authorities believe they were killed by poachers.

Envelope mailed to Czech minister contained poison

|Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

An official says an envelope mailed to the Czech Republic's interior minister from abroad contained poison.

UN: Deaths keep rising in Ukraine, now over 4,300

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

The fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed nearly 300 people in the past month despite a cease-fire and has violated people's rights so much it could amount to war crimes, U.N. rights investigators said Thursday.

Report: Global obesity costs hits $2 trillion

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

The global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually — nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism, according to a new report released Thursday.

Iran firm displays US-made helicopters

|Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

An Iranian company on Thursday displayed four brand new U.S.-made helicopters it purchased through third parties, offering them as proof that the country could evade international sanctions over its disputed nuclear program.

Wife of Czech ex-PM faces trial for abuse of power

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

The wife of former Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas went on trial in Prague on Thursday over a case that brought down his government.

Rights court orders Dutch to pay over Iraq death

|Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Europe's top human rights court is ordering the Netherlands to pay €25,000 euros ($31,000) in damages to the father of an Iraqi man who was shot dead by a Dutch soldier at a checkpoint in 2004, ruling that the investigation into the killing was inadequate.

Human rights groups release anti-surveillance tool

|Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Four human rights groups have released a tool that lets users check whether their computer has been infected with surveillance software.

WHO: Ebola transmission 'intense' in Sierra Leone

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

The spread of Ebola remains "intense" in most of Sierra Leone even as things have improved somewhat in the two other countries hardest hit, the World Health Organization says.

Duchess of Alba, wealthy aristocrat, dies at 88

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

The Duchess of Alba, one of Spain's wealthiest and most colorful aristocrats and recognized as the world's most titled noble, has died. She was 88.

Ford: Lower oil prices unlikely to slow green cars

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

The executive chairman of Ford Motor Company said he doesn't think that a drop in oil prices will dissuade people from buying fuel-efficient vehicles.