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Monarch butterflies rebound in Mexico, numbers still low
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico has rebounded 69 percent from last year's lowest-on-record levels, but their numbers remain very low, according to the World Wildlife Fund.... 1/27/2015 4:58 PM

UN says no new polio cases reported in Syria for past year
BEIRUT (AP) -- In a rare success amid Syria's civil war, the United Nation's World Health Organization says there hasn't been a new polio case reported in the war-torn country for the past year.... 1/27/2015 4:58 PM

Somalia: Al-Shabab leader says he has quit terror group
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A leader of Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabab with a $3 million bounty on his head announced Tuesday he has quit the insurgency and renounced violence perpetrated by the al Qaida-linked group.... 1/27/2015 4:56 PM

UN agency halts aid to Gaza war victims over lack of funds
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A United Nations agency says it suspended an aid program for Gaza residents displaced in last summer's Israel-Hamas war because of a large shortfall in funds from donor countries.... 1/27/2015 4:52 PM

Purported IS message threatens Japanese, Jordanian hostages
BEIRUT (AP) -- An online message purportedly from the Islamic State group warned Tuesday that a Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot the extremists hold have less than "24 hours left to live."... 1/27/2015 4:49 PM

2 Rwandan army officers deny charges of public incitement
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- Two officers in Rwanda's military have pleaded not guilty to charges of inciting insurrection against the government.... 1/27/2015 4:43 PM

Oxfam: Rich countries must support Ebola recovery
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) -- Rich countries must act swiftly to repair battered health systems and get cash to millions of families in the three countries hit hardest by the world's worst Ebola outbreak, the international development agency Oxfam said Tuesday.... 1/27/2015 4:39 PM

Iran sends warning to Israel via US officials
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran said Tuesday it has sent a warning to Israel through the United States over the recent killing of an Iranian general in an alleged Israeli airstrike, the official IRNA news agency reported.... 1/27/2015 4:35 PM

Rebel killings of 44 commandos test Philippine peace deal
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine officials asked lawmakers Tuesday not to withdraw their support from a new government peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group after some insurgents were involved in a clash that killed 44 anti-terror police commandos.... 1/27/2015 4:28 PM

Argentine president seeks overhaul of intelligence services
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- President Cristina Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve Argentina's intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of a prosecutor, strongly denying his accusation that she had sought to shield former Iranian officials suspected in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center.... 1/27/2015 4:25 PM

Romania's spy chief who backed security laws resigns
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- The chief of Romania's Intelligence Service has resigned after criticizing the country's top court for rejecting security laws which allowed the government to collect data on people without court approval.... 1/27/2015 4:19 PM

Pakistani military says its airstrikes killed 53 militants
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's military says its air force killed 53 militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border.... 1/27/2015 4:16 PM

Leaders mark Auschwitz liberation 70 years on without Putin
BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) -- Some 300 Holocaust survivors gathered with world leaders Tuesday under an enormous tent over the gate and railroad tracks that marked the last journey for more than a million people murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz-Birkenau.... 1/27/2015 4:15 PM

Obama defends US ties as he pays respects in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he joined an array of current and former American statesmen Tuesday in paying respects following the death of King Abdullah.... 1/27/2015 4:01 PM

Gunmen storm Libyan hotel; 5 foreigners, 3 guards dead
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Tuesday, killing at least five foreigners and three guards, officials said.... 1/27/2015 3:55 PM

UN: 2 killed, 6 hurt in northern Mali protest
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A demonstration outside a U.N. base in northern Mali descended into violence Tuesday, leaving at least two people dead and six wounded, according to a U.N. official.... 1/27/2015 3:48 PM

What the credit downgrade to 'junk' means for Russia
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has seen its credit grade cut to "junk" status for the first time in over a decade, a big blow for a country that wants to be a world economic power.... 1/27/2015 3:38 PM

Yemen's Shiite rebels release abducted aide of president
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's Shiite rebels said Tuesday they have released a presidential aide whose abduction 10 days ago set in motion a violent escalation that led to the resignation of the president and the government in the face of a widening rebel power grab.... 1/27/2015 3:32 PM

Kosovo police use tear gas to clear anti-gov't protesters
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) -- Police in Kosovo fired volleys of tear gas and used water cannons Tuesday to disperse thousands of stone-throwing anti-government protesters demanding the resignation of a minister who had denied that war crimes were committed against ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 war with Serbia.... 1/27/2015 3:27 PM

Inquiry: Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice
LONDON (AP) -- A long-awaited inquiry into the death of Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko opened Tuesday with the revelation that the KGB agent turned Kremlin critic may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium not once - as authorities initially thought - but twice.... 1/27/2015 3:22 PM

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