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'12 Years a Slave' named best film at UK awards

LONDON (AP) — The force of "Gravity" was strong at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday — but it was unflinching drama "12 Years a Slave" that took the top prize.


Verdict in Florida again raises self-defense issue

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A verdict in the city of Jacksonville is again raising the issue of self-defense and race in Florida, just seven months after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting of a black teenager, Trayvon Martin.


'Killer heroin' causing fatal overdoses in East

POINT PLEASANT, N.J. (AP) — On an icy night last month, a man entered a grocery store here, walked past the displays of cake mix and paper towels, and went into the bathroom, where he injected himself with heroin.

Obama: Anti-gay bill step backward for Ugandans

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama warned Uganda Sunday over its plans to further criminalize homosexuality, saying it would "complicate our valued relationship."


Abbas signals flexibility on Palestinian refugees

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president on Sunday reassured a group of young Israeli activists visiting his West Bank compound that he has no intention of flooding Israel with Palestinian refugees — his most ambitious attempt yet to directly influence Israeli public opinion over the heads of a largely hard-line Israeli leadership.


John Kerry mocks those who deny climate change

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called climate change perhaps the world's "most fearsome" destructive weapon and mocked those who deny its existence or question its causes, comparing them to people who insist the Earth is flat.


Olympics divide Sochi's indigenous Circassians

BOLSHOI KICHMAI, Russia (AP) — While Vladimir Putin and rich Olympic sponsors watch the Winter Games in gleaming arenas, boys in nearby Bolshoi Kichmai herd their goats by tying them to rickety bicycles, riding against the wind through a rocky valley where invading Russian armies slaughtered their ancestors 150 years ago.


Illegal miners trapped in South Africa, 11 rescued

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Debris trapped men who were working illegally in an abandoned mine in South Africa, but rescue workers cleared the shaft entrance and at least 11 miners were escorted to safety Sunday, officials said.


AP PHOTOS: Winning and losing at Sochi

Kjetil Jansrud wins his fourth straight Olympic super-G gold medal for Norway while U.S. skier Bode Miller ties for the bronze. Per-Age Skroder scores Norway's only goal in a hockey match-up against Austria, but Lars Haugen wasn't able to stop Austria from scoring three goals for the win.


Phil Kessel scores 3 to help US rout Slovenia 5-1

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Phil Kessel scored two of his three goals in the opening five minutes and became the first U.S. player to record an Olympic hat trick in more than a decade, leading the Americans to a 5-1 win over Slovenia on Sunday.


Bombing in Egypt's Sinai kills 3 South Koreans

CAIRO (AP) — An explosion ripped through a tourist bus near a border crossing between Egypt and Israel on Sunday, killing at least three South Koreans and the Egyptian driver in an attack that stoked fears Sinai militants have resumed a bloody campaign against tourists.

Ukrainian protesters end occupation of City Hall

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Anti-government demonstrators in Ukraine's capital ended their nearly three-month occupation of Kiev City Hall on Sunday as promised in exchange for the release of all jailed protesters. But tensions remained high as hundreds stayed outside the building, vowing to retake it if the government fails to drop all criminal charges against the protesters.


Huge charity walk breaks Guinness records

A Philippine Christian sect has broken two records for organizing the largest charity walk in an effort to raise funds for survivors of last year's Typhoon Haiyan, a Guinness World Records official said Sunday.


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