- Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky a free man
December 20, 201312:26 PM ET
BERLIN (AP) — After spending 10 years in Russian jails for what many in the West believe were trumped-up offenses, Mikhail Khodorkovsky left prison a free man Friday and immediately flew to Germany.FRANK JORDANSNATALIYA VASILYEVAAPCopyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
- Rebels said to control some S. Sudan oil fields
December 20, 20133:21 PM ET
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Armed rebels were said to be in control of some of South Sudan's oil fields Friday, raising questions of how long the country's oil will flow and whether Sudan could enter the conflict.
- Canadian court strikes down anti-prostitution laws
December 20, 20133:27 PM ET
TORONTO (AP) — Canada's highest court struck down the country's anti-prostitution laws Friday, a victory for sex workers who had argued that a ban on brothels and other measures made their profession more dangerous. The ruling drew criticism from the conservative government and religious leaders.
- Uganda passes tough new bill against homosexuality
December 20, 20131:37 PM ET
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan lawmakers on Friday passed an anti-gay bill that calls for life imprisonment for certain homosexual acts, drawing criticism from rights campaigners who called it "the worst in the world."
- In Cuba, clock ticking just a bit faster for some
December 20, 20131:09 PM ET
HAVANA (AP) — In Cuba, time is in the eye of the beholder.
- C. Africa violence fans flames of sectarian hatred
December 20, 20132:39 PM ET
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — After days of relative calm, sectarian violence once more exploded Friday in Central African Republic claiming at least 30 lives.
- Syrian rebel chief urges unity ahead of talks
December 20, 20132:15 PM ET
BEIRUT (AP) — The commander of Syria's main Western-backed rebel group appealed for unity in the insurgency's ranks Friday, trying to ease rifts with Islamic extremist rivals ahead of an international peace conference for Syria in January, over which the opposition is sharply divided.
- India demands apology for diplomat arrest in NYC
December 20, 20132:04 PM ET
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's information minister lashed out at the United States on Friday and demanded an apology for the treatment of a diplomat who was arrested in New York, saying America cannot behave "atrociously" and get away with it.
- UK safety inspectors check all 52 London theaters
December 20, 20131:24 PM ET
LONDON (AP) — Authorities inspected all 52 of London's famed West End theaters Friday, trying to reassure theatergoers that the city's elegant but aging venues are safe after chunks of plaster fell from the Apollo Theatre's ceiling, injuring 79 people.
- Spanish govt approves new restrictive abortion law
December 20, 20133:06 PM ET
MADRID (AP) — Spain's conservative government on Friday approved tighter restrictions on abortion, allowing the practice only in the case of rape or when there is a serious health risk to the mother or fetus.