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Dozens of flights cancelled in German airport strikes
BERLIN (AP) -- Dozens of flights are being canceled at Germany's Duesseldorf and Cologne-Bonn airports after private security workers walked off the job in a dispute over wages.... 1/29/2015 10:13 AM

Bus crashes into fuel truck in Afghanistan, 23 killed
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says at least 23 people died and 31 were injured when a bus crashed into a fuel truck on a narrow road in southern Zabul province.... 1/29/2015 10:07 AM

Rome Jewish leader triggers police intervention at Auschwitz
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish authorities say the head of Rome's Jewish community and four others were questioned by police after triggering an alarm at the visitor's center at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.... 1/29/2015 9:59 AM

Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian investigators say the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in controls when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded.... 1/29/2015 9:56 AM

Gorbachev warns of military conflict between Russia, West
MOSCOW (AP) -- Ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says the confrontation between Russia and the West could spill into all-out war.... 1/29/2015 9:56 AM

UN seeking $3.1 billion to help children at risk
BERLIN (AP) -- The United Nations is appealing for $3.1 billion to reach 62 million children at risk in humanitarian crises worldwide, including those living in Ukraine, Syria and other conflict zones and in areas affected by the Ebola epidemic.... 1/29/2015 9:40 AM

Japan says it trusts Jordan to help Islamic State hostage
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan said it was putting its trust in Jordan to help gain the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants, after the latest message purportedly from his captors extended until sundown Thursday in the Middle East the deadline for the Jordanians to release an Iraqi prisoner.... 1/29/2015 9:38 AM

'Thornbirds' author Colleen McCullough dies at age 77
SYDNEY (AP) -- Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness.... 1/29/2015 9:37 AM

Russia suspends role in Europe's human rights watchdog
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- The head of Russia's delegation to Europe's human rights watchdog says the country will suspend its involvement after losing its right to vote.... 1/29/2015 9:31 AM

Rights group blasts Iraqi, Syrian governments over extremism
BERUT (AP) -- Human Rights Watch says the rise of the Islamic State group is among the world's top challenges and blames "sectarian and abusive" policies of the Iraqi and Syrian governments for fueling extremism.... 1/29/2015 9:31 AM

N. Korea demanded $10 billion for summit: ex-Seoul leader
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il repeatedly pushed for summit talks with South Korea before his 2011 death but the plans failed because Pyongyang demanded $10 billion and large-scale shipments of food and fertilizer, a former South Korean president says in a memoir to be published next week.... 1/29/2015 9:30 AM

Global stocks hit by oil plunge, Fed mention of rate hike
TOKYO (AP) -- Global shares fell Thursday after oil prices plunged and the Federal Reserve issued a reminder it is still on track to raise interest rates this year. The release of weaker-than-expected retail sales figures in Japan was another reason for gloom.... 1/29/2015 8:49 AM

Police question child who backed Charlie Hebdo attackers
PARIS (AP) -- An 8-year-old boy from the south of France who claimed to support the men who attacked the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was detained and questioned by police for defending terrorism.... 1/29/2015 8:24 AM

Israel-Lebanon border calm day after escalation
SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) -- The Israeli-Lebanese border is calm but Israel remains on alert a day after the deadliest escalation since the two sides' 2006 war.... 1/29/2015 8:05 AM

Myanmar tallies 1,114 bird species, 20 previously unrecorded
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black and white falconet with a surprised, panda-like expression.... 1/29/2015 8:03 AM

Latest Taliban attacks across Afghanistan kill 17
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A spate of Taliban attacks across Afghanistan overnight and on Thursday morning killed at least 17 people, officials said, the latest violence that comes as insurgents increasingly target local police and Afghan forces after most foreign combat troops withdrew at the end of last month.... 1/29/2015 8:01 AM

Sri Lanka says to return private lands in civil war areas
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's new government plans to give back military-held private land in the country's war-ravaged north and release detainees, a minister said, in apparent moves at post-civil war reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils.... 1/29/2015 7:46 AM

Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market.... 1/29/2015 7:28 AM

Chinese officials call attention to baby, gender imbalances
BEIJING (AP) -- For decades, most urban Chinese families could have only one child. Now, officials in China's biggest city are telling young couples: Please have more children.... 1/29/2015 7:25 AM

As Iraqi Kurds gain ground from IS, local Sunnis are wary
ESKI MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- An unarmed Sunni Arab man walked along a road in a patch of northern Iraq newly liberated from Islamic State extremists, holding a white surrender flag - a signal to Kurdish fighters that he is not a militant. Cars drove by, a similar white banner flying from their windows.... 1/29/2015 6:51 AM

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