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Simultaneous attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 25
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Militants struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula with simultaneous attacks involving a car bomb and mortar rounds on Thursday, killing at least 25 people, including civilians, officials said.... 1/29/2015 8:39 PM

Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The father of a Jordanian fighter pilot and the wife of a Japanese journalist held by the Islamic State group pleaded for their loved ones' lives after a possible prisoner swap wasn't carried out by a deadline of sunset Thursday.... 1/29/2015 8:39 PM

Gunman who stormed Dutch broadcaster claimed to be hacker
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A gunman who stormed into the headquarters of Dutch national broadcaster NOS demanding airtime Thursday night claimed to be from a "hackers' collective," according to a reporter who spoke to the man.... 1/29/2015 8:34 PM

Angry youths stone Nigerian leader's convoy; police fire gas
JALINGO, Nigeria (AP) -- Youths angry at the Nigerian government's failure to fight Islamic extremists threw stones Thursday at President Goodluck Jonathan's electioneering convoy in the eastern town of Jalingo, breaking windshields and windows on several vehicles. An Associated Press reporter was unable to see if anyone was hurt.... 1/29/2015 8:27 PM

Brazil: Petrobras case had $800M in kickbacks found so far
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian prosecutors said Thursday that a kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras involved at least $800 million in bribes and other illegal funds. They expect that figure to grow as they keep investigating.... 1/29/2015 8:25 PM

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt state TV: Toll rises to 20 killed, 36 wounded in simultaneous Sinai attacks.... 1/29/2015 8:18 PM

Gas blast at Mexico children's hospital, at least 2 dead
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion on Thursday, and rescuers swung sledgehammers to break through fallen concrete in hunt for others who may have been trapped.... 1/29/2015 8:11 PM

EU to extend existing Russia sanctions over Ukraine
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union extended by six months an existing set of sanctions against Russian and pro-Russia separatist officials because of the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and was planning further action, officials said Thursday.... 1/29/2015 7:35 PM

Russian woman arrested after giving information to Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian court has arrested a mother of seven on treason charges for providing Ukraine with information on Russian troop movements.... 1/29/2015 7:28 PM

Attacks kill 19 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Bombings and a shooting killed at least 19 people around the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday, including soldiers and Shiite militiamen, officials said.... 1/29/2015 7:23 PM

Attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 6
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt state TV says six people were killed and 18 wounded in what security officials described as simultaneous attacks by militants on more than a dozen army and police positions in the restive Sinai Peninsula.... 1/29/2015 7:14 PM

EU official expects clashes but no rash actions from Athens
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The first European official to visit Greece since the country elected a new left-wing government said Thursday that he expects clashes over how to lighten the country's bailout - not rash actions from Athens.... 1/29/2015 6:58 PM

Jamaican charged with killing US retiree who lived on island
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- A Jamaican man has been arrested and charged with killing a retired New Jersey teacher who had a second home on the Caribbean island, police announced Thursday.... 1/29/2015 6:58 PM

Italy lawmakers fail to elect new president in 1st round
ROME (AP) -- Lawmakers failed to elect a new Italian president Thursday in balloting that tests Premier Matteo Renzi's ability to rally his fractured party behind a candidate that is also acceptable to opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi, whose support he has courted for the government's ambitious reform agenda.... 1/29/2015 6:43 PM

'The Thorn Birds' author Colleen McCullough dies at age 77
SYDNEY (AP) -- Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness.... 1/29/2015 6:40 PM

Belarusian leader issues tough warning to Moscow
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- New cracks emerged Thursday in a Russia-led economic alliance, with the president of Belarus warning that his nation may opt out of it.... 1/29/2015 6:27 PM

Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market.... 1/29/2015 6:10 PM

London summons Russian envoy after bombers near UK airspace
LONDON (AP) -- Britain summoned Russia's ambassador Thursday and asked him to explain why Russian warplanes flew near British airspace, disrupting civil aviation.... 1/29/2015 6:09 PM

Islamic State standoff involves prisoner, pilot, journalist
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- A young Jordanian fighter pilot, a female al-Qaida recruit who tried to blow up a hotel ballroom in Amman and a veteran Japanese war correspondent are at the center of a life-and-death standoff with the Islamic State group.... 1/29/2015 6:03 PM

Syria talks in Moscow end without visible results
MOSCOW (AP) -- Representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition wrapped up four days of consultations in Moscow on Thursday with a general statement avoiding any of the difficult issues surrounding the country's nearly four-year civil war.... 1/29/2015 5:57 PM

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