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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

Gas blast at Mexico children's hospital, at least 4 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 6:35 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

Dutch minister: EU to extend first batch of Russia sanctions
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union extended by six months a first set of sanctions against Russian and pro-Russia separatist officials, which were due to expire in March, because of the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine, officials said Thursday.... 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

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 6:06 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

Argentina buries prosecutor who accused gov't of cover-up
BUENOS AIRES (AP) -- Family and friends paid final respects Thursday to the Argentine prosecutor who was found dead after alleging that President Cristina Fernandez agreed to protect those responsible for a 1994 bombing, the worst terrorist attack in the country's history.... 1/29/2015 5:46 PM

Belarus to host new round of Ukrainian peace talks
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Belarus says it will host another round of Ukrainian peace talks amid fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine.... 1/29/2015 5:41 PM

Wife of Japanese hostage appeals for his release
TOKYO (AP) -- The wife of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto has made her first public appeal for her husband's life.... 1/29/2015 5:29 PM

Bosnian presidency adopts plan on how to get closer to EU
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Bosnia's Presidency has adopted a document approving a reform plan that would unblock the country's path toward EU membership.... 1/29/2015 5:24 PM

Jordan seeks proof captive pilot alive before any IS trade
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan on Thursday demanded proof from Islamic State militants that a Jordanian pilot they are holding is still alive, despite purported threats by the group to kill the airman at sunset unless an al-Qaida prisoner is freed from death row in Jordan.... 1/29/2015 5:19 PM

Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in control when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded.... 1/29/2015 5:12 PM

Ice, snow hit Britain, closing Manchester Airport
LONDON (AP) -- Ice and snow have caused travel disruptions in England and Scotland, forcing Manchester Airport to close temporarily and canceling dozens of train services.... 1/29/2015 5:09 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 5:02 PM

Jewish leader triggers alarm at Auschwitz, held by police
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The head of Rome's Jewish community, whose grandparents were killed at Auschwitz, visited the former Nazi death camp to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its liberation. He ended up spending the night at the police station after triggering an alarm.... 1/29/2015 5:00 PM

Portugal approves citizenship plan for Sephardic Jews
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Five centuries after burning thousands of Jews at the stake, forcing them to convert to Christianity or expelling them, Portugal is granting citizenship rights to their descendants as part of an attempt to make amends.... 1/29/2015 4:54 PM

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