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Presidents pick up the check for their meals

| |Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

There's no free lunch — or breakfast or dinner — for President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving Day. Or any other day for that matter.

Heart stent not expected to sideline Ginsburg

| |Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court.

Some in US illegally could get retirement benefits

| |Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House.

General strike shuts down services across Greece

|Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

A nationwide general strike to protest continued austerity measures has shut down services across Greece, grounding flights, leaving ferries tied up in ports, shutting down schools and leaving state hospitals functioning with emergency staff.

India: Girls died by suicide, not slain by rapists

|Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

An investigation into the deaths of two teenage girls believed to have been raped and hanged by their attackers concluded that the two actually committed suicide, news reports said Thursday.

Japan's reporter pleads innocent in S. Korea trial

| |Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

A Japanese reporter on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges of defaming South Korea's president by reporting rumors that she was absent for seven hours during a ferry disaster in April because she was with a man.

Suspected rebels kill 1 Indian soldier in Kashmir

|Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

The Indian army says a group of heavily armed suspected militants have killed at least one soldier and wounded three others in the latest fighting in the Indian portion of Kashmir.

Ship with 700 migrants safely towed to Greek coast

|Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Officials say a broken-down smuggling ship carrying 700 men, women and children trying to emigrate to Europe has been safely towed to just off the southern Greek island of Crete.

With incentives and brute force, IS subdues tribes

| |Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

The Islamic State group is employing multiple tactics to subdue the Sunni Muslim tribes in Syria and Iraq under its rule, wooing some with gifts — everything from cars to feed for their animals — while brutally suppressing those that resist with mass killings.

Protesters dwindle to small groups in Ferguson

| |Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

The throngs of protesters who overran Ferguson after the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case dwindled to just a few small groups as people began cleaning up this battered community and seeking something closer to a normal routine.

Family: Boy's fatal shooting could have been avoided

| |Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

The family of a 12-year-old boy fatally wounded by a Cleveland police officer said surveillance video of the shooting shows that if the officer had not acted so quickly the youngster would still be alive.

Toyota recalls more cars for air bag problems

|Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Toyota Motor Corp. recalled more than 40,000 vehicles in Japan on Thursday as part of a worldwide scare over defective air bags and officials are investigating a new type of air bag problem that could lead to further recalls.

Afghan attack targets British embassy car, 5 dead

|Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, killing at least five Afghan civilians and wounding more than 30 others, officials said.

Ex-CBC host charged with sexual assault in Canada

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Former Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio host Jian Ghomesi must live with his mother while sexual assault charges against him are heard in a case that has rocked the country's vaunted public broadcaster.

Asian shares meander as China data disappoints

| |Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Asian shares meandered Thursday as data showed a drop in Chinese industrial profits, but expectations for further stimulus moves from China and Europe helped to limit losses.

China hit by second deadly mine blast in 2 days

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

At least 11 people were killed Thursday in the second deadly coal mine accident to hit China in two days, pointing to continuing safety issues in the industry despite a major decline in deaths among miners in recent years.

Australian batsman Hughes dies after head knock

| |Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Australian batsman Phillip Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, two days after being struck on the head by a cricket ball during a domestic first-class match. He was 25.

Report: Colombia's land restitution effort lagging

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Threats of violence and flawed legislation are undercutting Colombia's efforts to return huge swaths of land illegally snatched from poor farmers during the country's half-century conflict, according to a study released Thursday.

In Peru, whip-cracking vigilantes serve up justice

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

The vigilantes collared the short, pot-bellied man at Cajamarca's teeming outdoor market and marched him to their storefront. He was a serial pickpocket, they said.

Private firms filling Latin America's security gap

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

A panic alert flashed across Alberto Herrera's computer screen. Men claiming to be with the notorious Gulf Cartel had stopped a convoy transporting chemicals through a lawless region of northeastern Mexico. They seized two drivers from an escort truck and demanded the valuable cargo in exchange for their release.