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Israel's Netanyahu fires ministers, calls for early election

The prime minister has more than two years left in his term. But with his coalition fracturing, Benjamin Netanyahu said it was "impossible" to lead a government under the current conditions.

Indian court says elephant who was chained for 50 years is free

Raju the elephant appeared to shed tears last July when he was freed from his shackles. He will now be allowed to remain with his rescuers. His previous owner had wanted him back.

Reports: Ashton Carter emerges as Obama's top pick for secretary of defense

Carter served as the No. 2 defense official under Leon Panetta. While relatively unknown to the public, he's respected for his intelligence.

Ferguson Commission's first session disrupted by outburst

After a quiet start, Monday's session was interrupted by residents who were frustrated by the long wait for them to be heard.

UK security experts fear terrorist attack around Christmas

Counterterrorism officials in the U.S. and U.K. have discussed an outright ban on hand-carried luggage aboard airplanes in the wake of reports of a possible attack.

UN agency suspends food aid for 1.7 million Syrian refugees

The World Food Program says it needs $64 million immediately to continue a voucher program that allows refugees in countries bordering Syria to buy food.

Mexican chef serves up a guide to her country's cuisine

Unlike other exhaustive guides to Mexico's diverse regional foods, "Mexico: The Cookbook" aims for simplicity to lure American readers to explore.

GOP staffer resigns after comments about Obama daughters

Elizabeth Lauten criticized the first daughters for their actions and appearance during a Thanksgiving Day turkey pardon last week.

Ferguson: Obama wants more police wearing body cameras

Spurred by the Ferguson, Missouri shooting, President Obama is proposing a three-year, $263 million federal spending package to bolster law enforcement reforms.

Kabul's police chief steps down amid stepped-up Taliban attacks

The resignation of Gen. Zahir Zahir came after a series of attacks against foreigners in the capital that are attributed to the Taliban.

Hong Kong police push back pro-democracy protesters

The student-led demonstrations calling for greater freedom in the Chinese territory have been going on for more than two months with no sign of compromise from Beijing.

Uruguay tries to tame a 'monster' called cannabis

Uruguay's audacious new law not only legalizes pot, it mandates that government grow and distribute it. Some say the government has pinched more than it can roll.

Ferguson largely peaceful after officer's decision to quit

Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown in August but was not indicted by a grand jury last week, has tendered his resignation from the force.

Police in Cairo disperse anti-Mubarak protests

The protests came after the 86-year-old former strongman saw charges of murder against him overturned by an appeals court.

Video of woman dancing on Tehran's subway goes viral

The video was posted to a Facebook page called My Stealthy Freedom showing Iranian women defying the country's strict laws on female dress.

Mickey Rourke boxes Pasadena native half his age — and wins

Actor Mickey Rourke, 62, whose brief professional boxing career ended 20 years ago, faced off against a 29-year-old fighter from Pasadena in an exhibition match in Moscow.