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Security questioned in probe of attack on US envoy to Seoul
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Police on Friday investigated the motive of the anti-U.S. activist they say slashed the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, as questions turned to whether security was neglected.... 3/6/2015 2:21 PM

Tiny bird long thought to be extinct rediscovered in Myanmar
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Scientists say a tiny, brown bird long thought to be extinct has been rediscovered in Myanmar's grasslands, but its fragmented habitat is threatened by human encroachment.... 3/6/2015 2:19 PM

11-year-old sent home from school for Christian Grey costume
LONDON (AP) -- Thousands of British students mark World Book Day by going to school in costume as their favorite fictional characters. But one 11-year-old found himself in a bind when he dressed as Christian Grey, the S&M-loving billionaire hero of erotic thriller "50 Shades of Grey."... 3/6/2015 2:17 PM

EU considers sending officers abroad to assess migrant needs
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is weighing whether to send immigration officers abroad to assess the needs of would-be migrants as increasing numbers of people try to reach the EU illegally.... 3/6/2015 2:17 PM

Al-Qaida's Syria branch confirms death of field commander
BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate confirmed on Friday that its top field commander was killed in an airstrike that targeted a meeting of the group's senior leadership.... 3/6/2015 1:52 PM

Residents: Boko Haram readies for battle in NE Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Boko Haram fighters are massing at their headquarters in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza in preparation for a showdown with multinational forces, residents and an intelligence officer said.... 3/6/2015 1:52 PM

Dollar surges after another strong US jobs report
LONDON (AP) -- Another strong U.S. jobs report gave the dollar a big lift Friday as traders think it may prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this summer. Stocks, meanwhile, were fairly flat-footed as any concerns over higher borrowing rates are offset by hopes over the U.S. economic outlook.... 3/6/2015 1:51 PM

New law allows pensions for workers in Nazis' Polish ghettos
BERLIN (AP) -- The German Parliament's upper house has approved legislation that will allow pension payments to residents of Poland who were forced to work for the Nazis in ghettos when their country was occupied during World War II.... 3/6/2015 1:47 PM

Egypt scales down death toll in crash, says 7 killed
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's Health Ministry said an accident early Friday east of Cairo killed seven people, less than half of the fatalities reported in the initial confusion surrounding the crash.... 3/6/2015 1:44 PM

Frenchman on trial for helping 14-year-old trying to join IS
PARIS (AP) -- A Frenchman accused of helping a 14-year-old runaway try to join Islamic State by arranging her travel is on trial on terrorism charges.... 3/6/2015 1:43 PM

South Sudan rivals fail to reach deal, frustrating mediators
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- South Sudan's warring parties failed to reach a breakthrough in peace talks in Ethiopia, mediators said Friday, expressing disappointment following months of discussions attempting to stop violence in the world's newest country.... 3/6/2015 1:43 PM

Accused rapist dragged from prison and killed by Indian mob
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Several thousand people stormed a prison in northeastern India, where they dragged away a man accused of rape and then lynched him, police said Friday.... 3/6/2015 1:42 PM

South African woman accused of kidnapping baby gets bail
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African woman who allegedly kidnapped a baby from a hospital and raised her for 17 years was released on bail Friday in a sensational case in which authorities are struggling to protect the privacy of a girl who apparently had no idea of what had happened.... 3/6/2015 1:35 PM

BP signs $12B deal to develop Egypt gas field
CAIRO (AP) -- The U.K.-based energy company BP on Friday announced agreements worth $12 billion to develop a major gas field in Egypt, which has been trying to attract foreign investment after four years of unrest.... 3/6/2015 1:27 PM

Russian priest feels closer to God in serenity of Antarctica
KING GEORGE ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) -- Sophrony Kirilov pulls hard on the strings of the heavy Russian bells from inside the world's southernmost Eastern Orthodox church, calling to Mass anybody wanting to pray on this remote Antarctic island.... 3/6/2015 1:25 PM

Bank of Greece: need progress in talks with creditors
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The meeting of the eurozone's 19 finance ministers next week is very important for financially stricken Greece, the country's central bank governor said Friday.... 3/6/2015 1:20 PM

2 suspected Islamic recruiters arrested in Belgium
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Two men have been arrested in the Belgian capital on suspicion of trying to recruit people to fight with Islamic radicals in Syria.... 3/6/2015 1:13 PM

Iraqi forces push on to Tikrit as IS destroys ancient site
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi forces pressed their offensive against the Islamic State group Friday, expecting to reach the outskirts of the militant-held city of Tikrit, a day after the extremists reportedly "bulldozed" a famed archaeological site in the area.... 3/6/2015 1:11 PM

Lawmakers urge UK to be more outspoken on Hong Kong
LONDON (AP) -- A British parliamentary committee is urging the British government to be more outspoken in support of democracy in Hong Kong.... 3/6/2015 1:05 PM

German Parliament approves quota for female directors
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's Parliament on Friday approved a quota system that will require leading companies in Europe's biggest economy to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards starting next year.... 3/6/2015 1:03 PM

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