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Fidel Castro writes statement on shift in Cuba-US relations
HAVANA, Cuba (AP) -- Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro ended his long silence over his country's decision to restore diplomatic ties with the United States, writing that he backs the negotiations even though he distrusts politics in Washington.... 1/27/2015 6:25 AM

Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R.K. Laxman dies at 94
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R. K. Laxman, who created the innocuous character the `Common Man' who held up a mirror to the absurdity and silliness of Indian politicians, has died of multiple-organ failure, his doctor said.... 1/27/2015 6:17 AM

Arab lawmakers shake up Israeli politics with historic union
HAIFA, Israel (AP) -- Israel's Arab political parties are banding together under one ticket for the first time ever ahead of national elections in March, hoping to boost turnout and help unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.... 1/27/2015 6:17 AM

Obama promotes religious tolerance in India speech
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States as he closed out a three-day visit to New Delhi.... 1/27/2015 6:03 AM

Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces," as criticisms mounted Tuesday over the government's handling of the crisis.... 1/27/2015 5:56 AM

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 5:02 AM

Mexico protest marks 4 months since students' disappearance
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Protesters in Mexico City are marking four months since the disappearance of 43 rural teachers' college students in southern Mexico.... 1/27/2015 4:48 AM

Obama leading delegation of US dignitaries to Saudi Arabia
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama will lead a delegation of lawmakers, senior U.S. officials and two former secretaries of state to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to pay respects to the royal family following King Abdullah's death.... 1/27/2015 4:35 AM

Asia stocks mostly higher as initial Greek jitters ease
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday as markets calmed from initial jitters over Greece's election result, with Tokyo shares making a significant rebound, cheered by the cheap yen.... 1/27/2015 3:58 AM

Failed Iraqi bomber named in Islamic State hostage crisis
BEIRUT (AP) -- In the moments after her husband blew himself up in the ballroom of a Jordanian hotel as part of an al-Qaida plot, Sajida al-Rishawi fled the scene of chaos wearing her own explosive belt.... 1/27/2015 3:34 AM

Canadian soldiers involved in 2 more firefights in Iraq
TORONTO (AP) -- Canadian special forces in northern Iraq have engaged in two more firefights against Islamic State group militants, but Canada's government denies they're involved in combat.... 1/26/2015 11:41 PM

Frenchwoman freed from Mexico jail sues ex-president, others
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Frenchwoman who became a cause celebre in her country after she was jailed for kidnapping in Mexico is suing a former Mexican president, other ex-officials and a major TV network, her lawyer said Monday.... 1/26/2015 11:35 PM

UN: deadly attack on Ukraine city could be war crime
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Deadly rocket attacks on the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol this weekend that "knowingly targeted civilians" violated international humanitarian law and could amount to war crimes, the U.N. political chief said Monday.... 1/26/2015 11:20 PM

Egypt: Release of Mubarak's sons caps weekend of violence
CAIRO (AP) -- In a sign of confidence by a tough Egyptian government, Hosni Mubarak's two sons were freed Monday after almost four years in prison, following a weekend marked by a spate of protester killings by an increasingly heavy-handed police force.... 1/26/2015 11:08 PM

Kate Hudson reveals derriere at Versace, Portman hits Dior
PARIS (AP) -- At Paris' high-octane couture week, what happens on the catwalk is only half the story.... 1/26/2015 11:02 PM

WikiLeaks slams Google over delay in revealing US warrants
BERLIN (AP) -- WikiLeaks on Monday criticized Google for failing to swiftly inform the secrets-spilling group about U.S. search warrants issued seeking emails and other personal information from three of its staff.... 1/26/2015 10:59 PM

US drone strikes resume in Yemen despite turmoil
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A U.S. drone strike targeted al-Qaida in Yemen on Monday, signaling Washington's determination to keep fighting the militants despite political paralysis brought on by a Shiite power grab.... 1/26/2015 10:39 PM

Kurds celebrate ousting Islamic State fighters from Kobani
BEIRUT (AP) -- Jubilant Kurdish fighters ousted Islamic State militants from the key Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday after a four-month battle - a significant victory for both the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition.... 1/26/2015 10:28 PM

Spain: 10 dead, 21 hurt in crash of Greek F-16 jet at base
MADRID (AP) -- A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other aircraft on the ground during NATO training in southeastern Spain Monday, killing at least 10 French and Greek military personnel, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said.... 1/26/2015 10:23 PM

Colombians celebrate Miss Universe title
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Carnival has come a few weeks early to the Caribbean city of Barranquilla where residents took to the streets on Monday to show their hometown pride after local beauty queen Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe.... 1/26/2015 10:16 PM

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