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Sri Lanka says it will return private land in civil war area
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's new government plans to return private land seized by the military in the civil war-ravaged north and release several hundred detainees, a minister said, in an apparent move toward reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils.... 1/29/2015 1:20 PM

Suicide bomb at Afghan funeral for Taliban victims kills 16
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says a suicide bomber has struck a funeral for the victims of an earlier Taliban attack, killing 16 and wounding 39 in eastern Laghman province.... 1/29/2015 1:11 PM

Yemen rebels seize military base outside capital
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni officials say Shiite rebels have captured a key military base south of the capital where U.S. advisers had previously trained counter-terrorism forces.... 1/29/2015 1:01 PM

Philippines warns ASEAN over China reef reclamation
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines has urged fellow Southeast Asian nations to demand that China immediately stop its land reclamation in contested South China Sea reefs, warning the 10-nation bloc's credibility may be undermined if it remains silent on the issue.... 1/29/2015 12:59 PM

Bulgaria extradites man suspected of link to French attacks
PARIS (AP) -- A Frenchman wanted in connection with deadly terrorist attacks in Paris has been extradited from Bulgaria to France, where he is facing charges of links to terrorism.... 1/29/2015 12:55 PM

Global stocks, oil stabilize after Fed statement
TOKYO (AP) -- Global shares and the price of oil stabilized on Thursday during European trading hours after the Federal Reserve issued a reminder it is still on track to raise interest rates this year.... 1/29/2015 12:55 PM

Thai junta blocks discussion of media censorship
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's junta has forced the cancellation of a prominent civic forum examining its repressive media policies since the military toppled an elected government last May.... 1/29/2015 12:49 PM

Italy lawmakers vote for new president in test for Renzi
ROME (AP) -- Lawmakers cast ballots Thursday for a new Italian president in a vote testing Premier Matteo Renzi's ability to rally his divided party behind his reform agenda and a single candidate who is also agreeable to ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi.... 1/29/2015 12:44 PM

New deadline approaches in Islamic State hostage crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- A sunset deadline was approaching Thursday in the Middle East for Jordan to release an Iraqi prisoner or face the death of a captured Jordanian air force pilot, according to the latest threat purportedly issued by the Islamic State group.... 1/29/2015 12:39 PM

Greek bailout in focus as EU parliament head visits Athens
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The European Parliament's president arrived in Athens Thursday for a visit closely watched for signs of a potential clash between Greece's new left-wing government and its bailout lenders.... 1/29/2015 12:37 PM

Police question child who backed Charlie Hebdo attackers
PARIS (AP) -- Police detained and questioned an 8-year-old boy from the south of France who claimed to support the men who attacked the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, drawing criticism Thursday that France's measures to prevent people from defending terrorism have gone overboard.... 1/29/2015 12:32 PM

Kuwaiti gets 5 years in jail for Twitter posts
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- A Kuwaiti defense lawyer says an appeals court has upheld a ruling against a Twitter user and ordered him jailed for five years over comments he posted online deemed insulting to the ruler of the Gulf nation.... 1/29/2015 12:27 PM

France: Crew tried to eject in F-16 jet crash that killed 11
PARIS (AP) -- The Greek crew of an F-16 fighter jet that crashed into parked planes at a Spanish air base, killing 11, tried to eject after a failed takeoff, the head of France's air force said Thursday.... 1/29/2015 12:26 PM

Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's government declared Thursday the crash of Flight 370 an accident to pave the way for compensation claims, angering victims' families still waiting for evidence while officials said the search for wreckage will go on.... 1/29/2015 12:22 PM

Attacks kill 9 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say bombings and a shooting have killed nine people, including three soldiers, around Baghdad.... 1/29/2015 12:21 PM

Netanyahu blasts Iran for Hezbollah attack on Lebanon border
SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that Iran is to blame for a deadly flare-up along the Israeli-Lebanese border the previous day, the deadliest escalation in the disputed zone since the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel.... 1/29/2015 12:18 PM

Stig Bergling, Soviet spy who fled from Swedish prison, dies
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Stig Bergling, a former Swedish security officer who sold secrets to the Soviet Union during the Cold War and brazenly escaped while serving a life sentence for espionage, has died. He was 77.... 1/29/2015 12:17 PM

UN chief: Boko Haram to top discussions at Africa Union meet
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The threat posed by Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebels, will be a focus of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he attends the African Union heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a spokesman said.... 1/29/2015 12:08 PM

Uganda: Mass trial over alleged terror ties to start
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A dozen suspects have appeared in a Ugandan court to face charges, including murder and terrorism, amid what local officials say is the budding threat of Islamic here.... 1/29/2015 11:54 AM

Russia suspends role in Europe's human rights watchdog
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Russia has extended its walkout from Europe's human rights watchdog after again losing its right to vote over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.... 1/29/2015 11:40 AM

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