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Activists: Kurdish fighters advance on IS-held Syrian town
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian activists and Kurdish representatives say Kurdish fighters have captured dozens of villages following days of clashes with the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria.... 2/27/2015 12:27 PM

Soviet army monument banned from returning to Warsaw street
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Warsaw city councilors have banned a 1945 monument of Polish-Soviet brotherhood in arms from being returned to its place on a city street.... 2/27/2015 12:25 PM

Bombings, mortar fire kill 8 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of bombings and mortar strikes in and near the Iraqi capital killed eight people on Friday as Baghdad police discovered six bodies with gunshot wounds, officials said.... 2/27/2015 12:25 PM

Ukraine government forces, rebels withdraw heavy weapons
NOVOAMVROSIIVSKE, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian and Russian-backed separatist forces drew back some heavy weapons from the front line in the east Friday in compliance with a cease-fire deal, although officials in Kiev accused rebels of falling short of requirements.... 2/27/2015 12:24 PM

Cash-strapped Ukraine struggles to keep Russia gas supplies
MOSCOW (AP) -- Cash-strapped Ukraine sought to buy time in its effort to ensure continued gas supplies from Russia, making a $15 million payment to Moscow on Friday as it waits for international rescue loans to arrive.... 2/27/2015 12:19 PM

2 inmates accused in killing of 10 tourists flee from jail
MANSEHRA, Pakistan (AP) -- Two prisoners believed to be involved in the 2013 slaying of 10 foreign climbers at the base of one of the world's tallest mountains escaped from jail in northern Pakistan before dawn Friday, police said.... 2/27/2015 12:12 PM

Indian court acquits 6 in riot deaths of British men in 2002
AHMADABAD, India (AP) -- A court in western India on Friday acquitted six men accused of killing three British tourists during religious riots in 2002.... 2/27/2015 12:12 PM

UK spies face questions about failure to stop 'Jihadi John'
LONDON (AP) -- British spy agencies are facing questions about how a young Londoner who was on their radar as part of terrorist investigations was able to travel to Syria and become the knife-wielding masked militant known as "Jihadi John."... 2/27/2015 12:10 PM

IS finances 'vulnerable,' tougher action needed, report says
PARIS (AP) -- A global agency fighting terrorist financing says Islamic State extremists are financially vulnerable as oil prices have fallen and their ability to extort resources in Iraq and Syria is peaking.... 2/27/2015 11:56 AM

South Africa: Parents find daughter 17 years after kidnap
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A newborn was kidnapped from a Cape Town hospital in 1997. Her parents never gave up hope and, 17 years later, they have found her.... 2/27/2015 11:56 AM

5 Philippine soldiers killed in communist rebel ambush
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Communist rebels have killed five Philippine army soldiers and wounded six others in an ambush in a northern province, the military said Friday.... 2/27/2015 11:49 AM

German Parliament approves Greece's bailout extension
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece's financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens.... 2/27/2015 11:41 AM

Madonna: Hit her head, got whiplash in Brits stage tumble
LONDON (AP) -- Madonna says she hit her head and suffered whiplash when she was yanked backward down some steps while performing live at the Brit Awards.... 2/27/2015 11:27 AM

Pope promotes ex-sex crimes prosecutor in Malta
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has named the Vatican's former sex crimes prosecutor, Charles Scicluna, as archbishop of his native Malta.... 2/27/2015 11:25 AM

EU, others: catch plans for Bluefin tuna threaten recovery
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union, Japan and others have criticized Turkey's unilateral decision to exceed catch limits on Bluefin tuna set in an international agreement.... 2/27/2015 11:23 AM

Attackers hack American blogger to death in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday.... 2/27/2015 11:09 AM

International court judges uphold acquittal of Congolese man
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- International Criminal Court judges on Friday upheld the acquittal of a Congolese man who was cleared at trial of leading a deadly militia attack in eastern Congo.... 2/27/2015 11:07 AM

Foreign tourists posing nude at temples infuriate Cambodians
SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) -- Cambodia's most popular tourist attraction - the complex of ancient temples that includes Angkor Wat - is suffering from a form of overexposure: At least five foreign visitors have been arrested and deported this year for taking nude photos at the sacred sites.... 2/27/2015 10:45 AM

India sees growth over 8 percent, set for 'big bang' reforms
NEW DELHI (AP) -- A government report says India's economy will grow more than 8 percent in the upcoming financial year and appears to have shaken off its persistent problems of high inflation, rising budget deficits and poor domestic demand.... 2/27/2015 10:39 AM

China defends its South China Sea activities as restrained
BEIJING (AP) -- China defended its activities in the South China Sea as restrained and responsible Friday after the U.S. intelligence chief called its expansion of outposts in the region an "aggressive" effort to assert sovereignty.... 2/27/2015 10:36 AM



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