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Greek farmers clash with riot police in pensions protest
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek farmers wielding shepherd's staffs and throwing rocks clashed Friday with riot police in central Athens during a two-day protest against the government's plans to impose new tax hikes and overhaul the pension system. Riot police used tear gas to repel them.... 2/12/2016 12:02 PM

The Latest: Syria task force hopes for humanitarian access
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):... 2/12/2016 12:00 PM

Seoul, US to open talks on missile defense aimed at N. Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Looking to take a harder line after North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch, Seoul and Washington will begin talks as early as next week on deploying a sophisticated U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, officials said Friday.... 2/12/2016 11:54 AM

Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week
MUNICH (AP) -- Diplomats agreed Friday to work toward a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire fell short.... 2/12/2016 11:54 AM

France calls on EU to fight financing of extremist groups
BRUSSELS (AP) -- French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has urged the European Union to quickly put into effect measures aimed at curbing the financing of extremist groups.... 2/12/2016 11:45 AM

Pakistani intelligence arrests nearly 100 militants
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan's intelligence agencies arrested a collective of 97 "hardcore terrorists" from three banned groups involved in a string of major terrorist attacks and seized weapons, explosives and communications gear intended for future attacks, a Pakistani official said Friday.... 2/12/2016 11:43 AM

Several people killed in attack on UN base in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- An official says militants have attacked a United Nations base in northern Mali, killing at least three people and injuring 30 others.... 2/12/2016 11:42 AM

Cameroon soldiers kill 27 Boko Haram fighters across border
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) -- Cameroon soldiers killed at least 27 Boko Haram fighters after launching a cross-border operation in the Nigerian locality of Goshi that also resulted in the death of one soldier, a senior military official said.... 2/12/2016 11:39 AM

Carter says UAE will put special forces in Syria
BRUSSELS (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says a key Persian Gulf ally has agreed to send special forces soldiers to Syria to assist in the development of local Sunni Arab fighters focused on recapturing Raqqa, the Islamic State group's capital.... 2/12/2016 11:32 AM

Thai police say slain Spaniard's DNA found in suspect's home
BANGKOK (AP) -- Police in Thailand said Friday they have found bloodstains and DNA from a Spanish victim in the apartment of the Spanish man who was arrested on suspicion of killing and dismembering him.... 2/12/2016 11:21 AM

Strong earthquake rocks eastern Indonesia; tsunami unlikely
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A strong undersea earthquake has hit off the coast of eastern Indonesia, but no injuries or serious damage was reported immediately.... 2/12/2016 11:19 AM

Candidates promise unity in Central African Republic vote
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- For more than two years, even going to the cemetery to bury a loved one could get a mourner killed too. The threat of attack from Christian militia fighters was once so high that Muslims here began burying their dead at home.... 2/12/2016 11:17 AM

Activists ask Emirates for contact with Jordanian journalist
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- An international rights group is asking the United Arab Emirates to allow a Jordanian journalist believed to be held incommunicado by the country's security forces to contact a lawyer and his family.... 2/12/2016 11:15 AM

UK: Hong Kong bookseller 'removed' in breach of China treaty
HONG KONG (AP) -- Britain says a missing Hong Kong bookseller was likely abducted to mainland China, calling it a "serious breach" of the treaty under which Beijing took control of the city.... 2/12/2016 11:15 AM

Scientists stop calling out to comet lander as hope fades
BERLIN (AP) -- European scientists said Friday that they have stopped sending commands to the Philae space probe, which became the first to touch down on a comet more than a year ago.... 2/12/2016 11:14 AM

Philippines, rebels fortify truce amid stalled peace pact
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine government and Muslim rebels have extended the stay of international cease-fire monitors at their first meeting since their peace pact stalled amid fears of fresh fighting.... 2/12/2016 11:12 AM

Russian PM warns against foreign ground action in Syria
MUNICH (AP) -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned other nations against committing their troops to a ground action in Syria, saying it would only exacerbate the conflict.... 2/12/2016 10:43 AM

UK police arrest boyfriend over slaying of actress, children
LONDON (AP) -- British police say they have arrested a man wanted over the slaying of a British actress and her two children after he returned to London from Ghana.... 2/12/2016 10:25 AM

Eurozone economy grew a paltry 0.3 percent in Q4
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The 19-country eurozone grew by a paltry quarterly rate of 0.3 percent in the final three months of 2015 despite tail winds such as cheap energy, an export-boosting drop in the currency and monetary stimulus.... 2/12/2016 10:25 AM

The Latest: Eurozone markets stay higher after growth report
LONDON (AP) -- The latest on the turmoil afflicting global financial markets (all times local):... 2/12/2016 10:21 AM

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