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Romanian mountain Ice Church draws all types of Christians
BALEA LAC, Romania (AP) -- High on a remote mountain in Romania, priests have blessed a church made entirely from ice, outstanding both for its architectural style as well as being a place for religious tolerance.... 2/1/2015 12:36 PM

Iran's Ahmadinejad launches website ahead of vote
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched a website ahead of parliamentary elections next year in a sign he may be eyeing a political comeback despite a recent corruption scandal.... 2/1/2015 12:35 PM

Thai luxury train locomotive catches fire, no one hurt
BANGKOK (AP) -- The locomotive of a luxury train carrying about 200 mostly European tourists caught fire as it was leaving a station in western Thailand, but no one was hurt.... 2/1/2015 12:35 PM

UN says violence in Iraq kills at least 1,375 in January
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The United Nations mission to Iraq said Sunday that violence in the country amid the war against the extremist Islamic State group killed at least 1,375 people in January.... 2/1/2015 12:34 PM

Djokovic wins 5th Australian Open title, denies Murray a 1st
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open title and extended Andy Murray's misery at Melbourne Park by beating the Scotsman 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0 in the final Sunday.... 2/1/2015 12:31 PM

Horror in Japan as video purports to show hostage beheaded
TOKYO (AP) -- Appalled and saddened by news of journalist Kenji Goto's purported beheading by Islamic State extremists, Japan ordered heightened security precautions Sunday and said it would persist with its non-military support for fighting terrorism.... 2/1/2015 12:14 PM

Syria state media: Bomb on Damascus bus kills 5
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syrian state media says a bomb has exploded on a bus in central Damascus, killing at least five people.... 2/1/2015 12:07 PM

Court invader interrupts Australian Open men's final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- A protester was stopped on court by security during the Australian Open men's final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on Sunday night, causing a short delay in play during the second set.... 2/1/2015 12:01 PM

Pope to visit Sarajevo to boost 'brotherhood and peace'
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis says he will visit Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, in hopes of boosting efforts toward brotherhood in the country that was ravaged by war two decades ago.... 2/1/2015 11:53 AM

Jordan renews swap offer to free pilot held by Islamic State
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan renewed an offer Sunday to swap an al-Qaida prisoner for a fighter pilot held captive by the Islamic State group, a day after a video purportedly showed the militants beheading a Japanese hostage.... 2/1/2015 11:38 AM

US defense contractor says staff targeted in Saudi shooting
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A U.S. defense contractor confirmed Sunday that two of its American employees were shot at in Saudi Arabia, marking the second time in less than four months that the company's staff has been targeted.... 2/1/2015 11:07 AM

Thousands of Hong Kongers march for democracy
HONG KONG (AP) -- Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched through Hong Kong's streets Sunday in the first major rally since mass protests last year.... 2/1/2015 11:01 AM

6 missing Bulgarians working for UN in Sudan 'released'
CAIRO (AP) -- A spokeswoman for the U.N.'s World Food Program in Sudan says a six-person Bulgarian helicopter crew has returned to South Sudan and are well a week after they went missing in a conflict-torn area.... 2/1/2015 10:38 AM

Analysis: The world's problems enter Japan's psyche, again
TOKYO (AP) -- The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place.... 2/1/2015 10:24 AM

Japan mourns Kenji Goto as caring and courageous reporter
TOKYO (AP) -- Whether in tsunami-stricken northeastern Japan or conflict-ridden Sierra Leone, the stories of the vulnerable, the children and the poor drove the work of journalist Kenji Goto.... 2/1/2015 10:15 AM

Extremists attack biggest city in northeast Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Islamic extremists attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeast Nigeria from four fronts overnight with the crescendo of warfare - booming cannon and whooshing rockets - continuing Sunday, witnesses said.... 2/1/2015 10:00 AM

Japanese shocked, saddened by purported slaying of hostage
TOKYO (AP) -- The news of the purported killing of journalist Kenji Goto by Islamic State militants rushed through Japan early Sunday morning, shocking and saddening people in a nation that has embraced pacifism and where many were not emotionally prepared to cope with the hostage crisis:... 2/1/2015 9:14 AM

Emirati sisters attacked by London intruder return home
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The United Arab Emirates' state news agency says the Gulf nation dispatched a medical plane to bring three sisters home nearly 10 months after they were attacked by a hammer-wielding intruder in their luxury London hotel room.... 2/1/2015 8:40 AM

African leaders to court: Drop cases against top Africans
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The International Criminal Court should drop or suspend charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto until African concerns about the court and proposals to change its founding treaty are considered, African leaders say.... 2/1/2015 8:00 AM

African leaders to court: Drop case against Sudan's leader
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- African leaders have called for the suspension or termination of charges at the International Criminal Court against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto.... 2/1/2015 7:14 AM



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