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Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

MADRID — Spanish prosecutors have charged pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. The Colombian singer denied the charges.
Royals reveal the images on their Christmas cards

Royals reveal the images on their Christmas cards

LONDON — British officials have released the photos chosen by members of the royal family for their Christmas cards. Prince William and his wife Kate are shown outside in casual clothes, their three young children in tow.

Truck veers off road in Nepal, killing at least 16 people

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A truck veered off a mountain road in Nepal on Friday, killing at least 16 people and injuring many others. Villagers were returning from a funeral and travelling in an open truck when it went off the roadway, police said.
Apple upstages Amazon in selecting new tech hub locations

Apple upstages Amazon in selecting new tech hub locations

AUSTIN, Texas — One tech giant strung dozens of North American cities through a circus-like contest that led mayors and governors to desperately pitch their regions — and offer huge sums of public money — in hopes of landing a gleaming new corporate
Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by IS

Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by IS

BEIRUT — U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters captured the last town held by the Islamic State group on Friday, after three months of ferocious battles in the militants' single remaining enclave in eastern Syria, activists and Kurdish officials said.
'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in Congo outbreak

'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in Congo outbreak

JOHANNESBURG — They call her the "young miracle." A baby who was admitted to an Ebola treatment centre just six days after birth has now recovered from the virus.

School defends expulsion of Wade family friend

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Lebanese wary as Israel destroys Hezbollah border tunnels

Lebanese wary as Israel destroys Hezbollah border tunnels

MAYS AL-JABAL, Lebanon — As Israeli excavators dug into the rocky hills along the frontier with a Lebanese village, a crowd of young Lebanese men gathered to watch.
Kanye reignites Drake feud on Twitter, alleges threats

Kanye reignites Drake feud on Twitter, alleges threats

LOS ANGELES — Kanye West is not sending Christmas cheer to Drake. West appeared to reignite a feud with the fellow rapper in a series of tweets on Thursday in which he claimed Drake had called trying to threaten him.
US retail sales rose scant 0.2% in November

US retail sales rose scant 0.2% in November

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales increased a slight 0.2% in November, as strong sales tied to holiday shopping were offset by lower gasoline prices. The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales have climbed a solid 5.3% so far this year.