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Taliban claim Kabul attack that killed 3 Americans, 1 Afghan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack at the Kabul airport in which a gunman shot and killed three American contractors and one Afghan man.... 1/30/2015 6:08 AM

AP PHOTOS: Pinata-making art lives on in Mexican family
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican party isn't complete without a pi??ata, and Melesio Vicente Flores and Cecilia Albarran Gonzalez have spent the last 25 years making high-end versions of the papier-mache figures to later be stuffed with candies and broken open with a stick or club.... 1/30/2015 5:46 AM

Survivors recall panic before Mexico City hospital blast
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Inside the maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City, concern quickly turned to panic as the sour smell of propane seeped in and a vapor cloud grew at the emergency room's entrance. The crew of a gas tanker truck outside began yelling: "Call the firefighters! And tell people to get out!"... 1/30/2015 5:15 AM

Rio de Janeiro unnerved by wave of stray-bullet cases
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The bullet hit the 4-year-old girl as she waited to cross a street, holding hands with her stepfather and a cousin. The next day, a 9-year-old boy was shot dead at a swimming pool. Soon after, it was a 21-year-old mother of two who was killed by another stray bullet while sitting with a child in her lap.... 1/30/2015 5:13 AM

Asia stocks mostly higher after Japan data shows improvement
HONG KONG (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday after economic data suggested Japan is pulling out of recession while Chinese shares fell ahead of a manufacturing report.... 1/30/2015 4:35 AM

China education minister demands rejection of Western values
BEIJING (AP) -- China's education minister has issued a stern warning against threats to communist ideological purity in higher education, saying Western values must never be permitted to infiltrate the classroom.... 1/30/2015 3:21 AM

Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade
TOKYO (AP) -- A deadline of sunset Thursday for a possible prisoner swap purportedly set by the Islamic State group holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian military pilot passed with no sign of whether the two men were still alive.... 1/30/2015 2:55 AM

Factory data shows Japan economy turning corner on recession
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's industrial output edged higher in December, suggesting the world's third-largest economy may be turning the corner on a recession brought on by a hefty sales tax hike.... 1/30/2015 2:23 AM

Suspect nabbed in killing of former Miss Venezuela, husband
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan authorities say a man sought for a year in the killing of a former Miss Venezuela and her husband has been caught, bringing to 11 the number of suspects detained for the crime.... 1/30/2015 1:35 AM

German couple killed in Paraguay, apparently by guerrillas
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) -- A German couple abducted from their cattle farm was found dead Thursday, apparently at the hands of a guerrilla group that earlier this week demanded the owner of an adjoining farm pay $300,000 and give food to the poor.... 1/30/2015 1:24 AM

Youth who stormed Dutch broadcaster claimed to be hacker
HILVERSUM, Netherlands (AP) -- A 19-year-old brandishing a fake weapon threatened a security guard to gain access to the headquarters of Dutch national broadcaster NOS and demand airtime Thursday night before police stormed a TV studio to arrest him.... 1/30/2015 1:09 AM

Simultaneous attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 26
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 26 security officers.... 1/29/2015 11:25 PM

Jamaica preparing to extradite lottery scam suspect to US
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaican authorities are preparing to extradite a fraud suspect to the U.S. to face charges of allegedly participating in a lottery scam that fleeced thousands of dollars from elderly Americans.... 1/29/2015 10:57 PM

Frenchman linked to attackers charged, incarcerated
PARIS (AP) -- French authorities filed preliminary terrorism charges Thursday against a Frenchman extradited from Bulgaria and linked to gunmen behind deadly attacks in Paris, a judicial official said.... 1/29/2015 10:22 PM

Much confusion, few answers, in Argentine prosecutor's death
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina has been rocked by the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was found in a pool of blood on Jan. 18 hours before he was to elaborate on his accusation that President Cristina Fernandez protected those responsible for a 1994 terror bombing. The case is shrouded in charges of a high-level cover-up and government suggestions that Nisman's death was orchestrated by rogue intelligence agents.... 1/29/2015 10:17 PM

Wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger asks Canada PM to intervene
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The wife of an imprisoned Saudi blogger, sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes on charges that he insulted Islam, said Thursday that her husband can't endure another flogging.... 1/29/2015 9:20 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 9:06 PM

Ukraine: Russia-backed rebels overrun another town in east
ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's military conceded Thursday that its forces had been overrun by Russian-backed separatist forces in another town in their battle to hold onto a strategically valuable railway hub.... 1/29/2015 8:52 PM

New Saudi king reshuffles cabinet
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's official news agency says King Salman has reshuffled the cabinet after assuming the throne last week.... 1/29/2015 8:44 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 8:43 PM

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