India's Sonia Gandhi hospitalized for infection

12/18/2014 01:46 PM EST
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's opposition Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi was hospitalized Thursday for treatment of lower respiratory tract infection, a party official said. 
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Abu Dhabi's Etihad gets A380, complete with suite
12/18/2014 03:31 PM EST - ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Abu Dhabi's national carrier, Etihad, showcased on Thursday the arrival of its first Airbus A380, outfitted with "the only three-room suite in the sky. Full Story

Iraqi Kurdish troops open corridor to Sinjar
12/18/2014 03:36 PM EST - IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants managed on Thursday to open up a corridor to Sinjar Mountain so that thousands of people from the country's Yazidi minority who have been trapped there can flee, said a senior Kurdish official. Full Story

Analysis: New focus on how Pakistan will address militancy
12/18/2014 01:46 PM EST - ISLAMABAD (AP) — Many wonder if the attack that killed 148 people at a Pakistani school will be a watershed in the country's long, conflicted history with Islamic militancy. Full Story

Cambodian villagers angry over HIV outbreak
12/18/2014 11:26 AM EST - PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's prime minister appealed Thursday to villagers in northwestern Cambodia not to lynch an unlicensed medical practitioner who they suspect caused more than 100 people to become infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Full Story

Saudi says oil decisions not linked to politics
12/18/2014 10:11 AM EST - RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Petroleum Minister Ali Naimi says there are no links between the kingdom's decision to oppose production cuts and politics. Full Story

Video claims responsibility for Tunisia killings
12/18/2014 01:31 PM EST - TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A new video has surfaced with the Islamic State group claiming responsibility for the 2013 assassinations of two Tunisian politicians. Full Story

Sony film took aim at North Korea's biggest taboo
12/18/2014 02:32 PM EST - TOKYO (AP) — If the U.S. government's claim is correct that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen's latest comedy, no one can say they weren't warned. Full Story

Rights group decries judges' sacking in Maldives
12/18/2014 09:31 AM EST - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international rights group has criticized the dismissal of two top judges in the Maldives, including the country's chief justice, calling it an assault on judicial independence. Full Story

Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills policeman
12/18/2014 09:01 AM EST - KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police officer was killed and three were wounded Thursday when a suspected suicide bomber they were pursuing detonated his explosives-laden vehicle, an official said. Full Story

Broken treetop hanging on wire gets holiday decor

INDIAN ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — Some Washington state residents are getting in the holiday spirit by decorating a Douglas fir that toppled onto an unused utility line in a recent windstorm and looks like an upside-down Christmas tree. Full Story
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From Scratch: Afraid to fry? Stir up your menu

I think most people like to eat. When I taught ESL classes, I incorporated this idea in an English Through Cooking class. Full Story
'Team America' screenings also pulled from theaters

NEW YORK (AP) — Programmed as a playful substitute to "The Interview," Trey Parker and Matt Stone's North Korea comedy "Team America: World Police" also has been pulled from theaters. Full Story