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Greece: Loan extension deal purposely vague to help approval
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's finance minister said Friday that an agreement with its European creditors to extend its international loan agreement by four months was intentionally vague to ensure the countries that need to have it ratified by their parliaments would be able to do so.... 2/27/2015 5:56 PM

The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth
CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) -- From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet (hundreds of meters) below to re-shape Earth.... 2/27/2015 5:50 PM

Switzerland 1st country to submit pledge for UN climate pact
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Switzerland has become the first country to submit a pledge to the United Nations for a new global climate deal, vowing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.... 2/27/2015 5:39 PM

South Africa: Parents find daughter 17 years after kidnap
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A newborn was kidnapped from a Cape Town hospital in 1997 but her parents never gave up hope and now, 17 years later, they have found her.... 2/27/2015 5:23 PM

Vatican denounces leaks of documents on finance reforms
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican spokesman on Friday condemned as "unworthy and petty" the leaks of documents detailing power struggles inside the Holy See and the expenditures of Pope Francis' new finance czar.... 2/27/2015 5:19 PM

Rival protests in Yemen in wake of Shiite rebel power grab
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Yemenis marched Friday in the capital, Sanaa, in support of Shiite rebels who captured the city last year. The demonstrators denounced alleged "foreign conspiracies" - a reference to international backing for Yemen's embattled president, who managed to escape house arrest at the hands of the rebels earlier this month.... 2/27/2015 5:17 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 Friday to Moscow as it waits for international rescue loans to arrive.... 2/27/2015 5:16 PM

Mysterious graffiti artist Banksy illustrates Gaza debris
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The work of mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy has made an appearance in Gaza.... 2/27/2015 5:16 PM

Mexico official: Police capture top capo 'La Tuta' Gomez
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, a former school teacher who became one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords as head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early Friday by federal police, according to a Mexican official.... 2/27/2015 5:10 PM

OSCE officials say Ukraine is at crossroads of war and peace
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Top officials of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Ukraine said Friday the country is at a crossroads between war and peace.... 2/27/2015 5:10 PM

Amsterdam warns tourists white heroin being sold as cocaine
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Authorities in Amsterdam warned Friday that potentially lethal white heroin is being sold as cocaine in the city after three Danish tourists became ill this week.... 2/27/2015 5:03 PM

UN plans decision in August on mass Ebola vaccine program
BERLIN (AP) -- The World Health Organization says a decision will be made in August whether to recommend a program of mass vaccination against Ebola in affected countries.... 2/27/2015 5:03 PM

Venezuelan students protest deadly force order
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan students are launching a signature-gathering effort to pressure the government to reverse a regulation that allows police to use deadly force against protesters.... 2/27/2015 4:59 PM

Scandinavians form human chains after synagogue attacks
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Thousands of people of different faiths have gathered in Denmark and Sweden in a show of unity after attacks against Jews in Europe.... 2/27/2015 4:58 PM

Somali pirates release 4 Thai sailors held nearly 5 years
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somali pirates have released four Thai sailors who were held hostage for nearly five years, the longest period of captivity of hostages held by Somali pirates, a U.N. official said Friday.... 2/27/2015 4:53 PM

30 arrested after Maldives opposition protest
MALE, Maldives (AP) -- Police in the Maldives on Friday arrested 30 people as thousands of opposition supporters rallied in the capital calling on President Yameen Abdul Gayoom to resign and demanding the release of a former president in police detention.... 2/27/2015 4:47 PM

South African business owners petrol bomb immigrant shop
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African police say a foreigner was seriously injured when his shop was petrol bombed.... 2/27/2015 4:42 PM

Russian diplomat slams "destructive" US stance
MOSCOW (AP) -- A senior Russian diplomat on Friday accused the U.S. administration of taking a "destructive" stance in bilateral relations and warned that Moscow could deal "painful" counterblows.... 2/27/2015 5:57 PM

UK spies face questions about failure to stop 'Jihadi John'
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday that Britain's intelligence services do a good job and make "incredibly difficult judgments," after revelations that the masked Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" had been on their radar for years.... 2/27/2015 4:33 PM

Bombings, mortar fire kill 10 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of bombings and mortar strikes in and near the Iraqi capital killed 10 people on Friday as Baghdad police discovered six bodies with gunshot wounds, officials said.... 2/27/2015 4:24 PM

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