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Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, scores killed
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts.... 1/25/2015 9:07 PM

Tunisia's Islamists will not back new coalition govt
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's powerful Islamist party said Sunday that it will not back the country's new coalition government in an upcoming confidence vote.... 1/25/2015 9:04 PM

Iran foreign minister summoned to explain stroll with Kerry
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has been summoned before parliament to explain his recent public stroll with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, according to a Sunday report by the country's official IRNA news agency.... 1/25/2015 9:03 PM

Iranian lawmakers honor Guard commander over IS victories
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian lawmakers are publicly praising a senior Guard commander for his work fighting the militant Islamic State group.... 1/25/2015 9:01 PM

Outgoing Greek prime minister concedes defeat in elections
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's outgoing prime minister has conceded defeat to the radical left Syriza party, saying he is delivering a country that has put the worst of its financial crisis behind it.... 1/25/2015 9:00 PM

Venezuela blocks meeting of former leaders, opposition chief
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan authorities have blocked two former Latin American presidents from visiting jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.... 1/25/2015 8:58 PM

Ukraine: Phone calls prove rebels attacked city, killed 30
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's president said Sunday that intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for firing the rockets that pounded the southeastern city of Mariupol and killed at least 30 people.... 1/25/2015 8:42 PM

WHO adopts reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola
GENEVA (AP) -- The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.... 1/25/2015 8:15 PM

Jolie in Iraq, says more needed for Iraq and Syria refugees
DOHUK, Iraq (AP) -- Actress Angelina Jolie, the special envoy for the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, appealed Sunday for urgent funding to assist more than three million displaced Iraqis and Syrians living in dire conditions in northern Iraq.... 1/25/2015 8:06 PM

Obama, Modi declare era of 'new trust' in US-India relations
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declared an era of "new trust" in the often fraught relationship between their nations as the U.S. leader opened a three-day visit to New Delhi.... 1/25/2015 7:32 PM

France finds bodies of 6 skiers buried by avalanche in Alps
PARIS (AP) -- France's interior ministry says the bodies of six French skiers have been found a day after they were swept away by an avalanche in the French Alps.... 1/25/2015 7:21 PM

Egypt: 15 killed in clashes between Islamists, police
CAIRO (AP) -- Anti-government protesters fought street battles with police in Cairo and other cities on Sunday, the fourth anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising, as clashes left at least 15 people dead and dozens injured. Another two people died when an explosive device they were planting under a high-voltage tower in the Nile Delta exploded prematurely, according to security officials.... 1/25/2015 7:19 PM

Congo lawmakers approve revised electoral law after protests
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Lawmakers in Congo have approved a new version of the country's electoral law after scrapping a provision that opposition leaders said was intended to prolong the president's time in power.... 1/25/2015 7:09 PM

Talks in Yemen between political parties, rebels break down
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- U.N.-sponsored talks between Yemeni political parties and Shiite rebels who occupy the capital broke down Sunday, with several main factions calling for renewed protests against the rebels.... 1/25/2015 7:09 PM

Pope: Christian unity means no competing for faithful
ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis has laid out his formula for fostering Christian unity: resist competing for souls and make concrete gestures of acceptance and dialogue.... 1/25/2015 6:38 PM

Japan stunned by video claiming death of 1 of 2 IS hostages
TOKYO (AP) -- From the prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese were shocked Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed.... 1/25/2015 6:17 PM

Obama: Counterterrorism operations in Yemen not affected
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama defended his counterterrorism strategy in tumultuous Yemen Sunday, as influential lawmakers from both parties suggested the U.S. may need to turn to special operations forces to root out terrorists from the Middle Eastern nation and elsewhere in the region.... 1/25/2015 5:56 PM

Officials say bombings kill 15 in Iraq's capital, Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A string of bombings ripped mainly through commercial areas in Iraq's capital Sunday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens, officials said.... 1/25/2015 5:30 PM

Romanians protest Swiss franc loans repayments
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Hundreds of people have protested in Romania against high repayments for Swiss franc loans, blaming the banks for offering deceptively cheap loans and calling on the government to regulate hard currency loans.... 1/25/2015 5:27 PM

South Africa shaken by anti-immigrant riots
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African authorities have re-established order - for now - in Soweto and other Johannesburg townships, after a week of looting of foreign-owned shops and violence in which four people were killed.... 1/25/2015 4:41 PM

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