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Russian ruble tumbles after violent weekend in east Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian currency has fallen by more than 3 percent after escalated fighting in eastern Ukraine over the weekend.... 1/26/2015 8:48 AM

China's leaders show listening ear on trash but not politics
BEIJING (AP) -- To help sell the public on the need for one of the world's largest trash incinerators in the mountains in west Beijing, Communist Party officials bused in hundreds of people for special tours. They held talks with residents and handed out questionnaires.... 1/26/2015 8:41 AM

Japan seeks Jordan's help on gaining hostage's release
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan sought help from Jordan and other countries Monday in its race to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group, with no signs of progress on securing his release.... 1/26/2015 8:40 AM

France: 10 go on trial in L'Oreal heiress fraud case
PARIS (AP) -- Ten people including a famed French photographer are going on trial, accused of swindling millions of euros in cash and artwork from France's richest woman.... 1/26/2015 8:37 AM

Shiite rebels violently disperse demonstrators in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Shiite rebels armed with knives and batons have attacked and detained demonstrators trying to protest against them in Yemen's capital.... 1/26/2015 8:32 AM

Obama takes in India's grand Republic Day parade
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Monday took in a grand display of Indian military hardware, marching bands and elaborately dressed camels, becoming the first American leader to be honored as chief guest at India's annual Republic Day festivities.... 1/26/2015 8:31 AM

Study: Germans have skeptical view of Israel
BERLIN (AP) -- Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, some 58 percent of Germans say the past should be consigned to history, while three-quarters of Israelis reject the idea of putting the past behind them.... 1/26/2015 8:25 AM

Greece's Syriza seeks coalition partners after poll win
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's left-wing Syriza party prepared to launch coalition talks Monday, hours after a landmark general election victory fought on a pledge to rewrite the country's massive bailout deal with the eurozone.... 1/26/2015 8:21 AM

Syrian president dismisses talks with 'puppets' in interview
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad has dismissed negotiations with "puppets" in an interview with a U.S. magazine ahead of talks set to begin in Moscow.... 1/26/2015 8:19 AM

Dwindling group of survivors to mark Auschwitz 70 years on
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A decade ago, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary of the death camp's liberation. On Tuesday, for the 70th anniversary, organizers are expecting 300, the youngest in their 70s.... 1/26/2015 7:47 AM

European woman plunges to death in car from Abu Dhabi tower
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- State media in the United Arab Emirates say a woman from Europe has died after her car plunged six stories from a parking lot in the capital, Abu Dhabi.... 1/26/2015 7:46 AM

Malaysia Air site hacked by group claiming support for IS
HONG KONG (AP) -- Malaysia Airlines officials were struggling Monday to restore the embattled carrier's website after it was hacked by a group proclaiming support for the militant Islamic State group.... 1/26/2015 7:43 AM

Afghan economic crisis looms as foreign aid dollars depart
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's fragile economy has lost around a third of its value in the past year as international aid organizations that poured in cash for more than a decade have drastically scaled back after Western forces effectively ended their 13-year war against the Taliban.... 1/26/2015 7:27 AM

AP Interview: Iraq 'sleeper cells' fight Islamic State group
BAGHDAD (AP) -- "Sleeper cells" made up of former Iraqi police officers and soldiers are tipping off authorities to Islamic State group positions in the northern city of Mosul, a prominent lawmaker has told The Associated Press.... 1/26/2015 7:01 AM

Asia stocks down as anti-austerity party wins Greek election
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stocks and the euro were weaker Monday after Greece's anti-austerity opposition party won a big victory in national elections, renewing fears the European common currency bloc could unravel.... 1/26/2015 6:52 AM

AirAsia scraps fuel surcharges as oil price plummets
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Southeast Asia's biggest budget carrier AirAsia is scrapping fuel surcharges on tickets following the decline in global oil prices.... 1/26/2015 5:22 AM

Australia's knighting of Prince Philip prompts puzzlement
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia's prime minister on Monday dismissed criticism of his decision to make the husband of Queen Elizabeth II an Australian knight, saying Prince Philip has a long history of service Down Under.... 1/26/2015 5:18 AM

Retrieval of more than 30 slain Filipinos commandos underway
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine police have recovered at least 21 bodies of the dozens commandos who were mowed down by Muslim rebel gunfire in a far-flung southern village where they moved in over the weekend to hunt down one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday.... 1/26/2015 5:15 AM

Missing Mexican journalist found dead in Veracruz state
VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) -- The body of a journalist who was abducted by armed men three weeks ago has been found in eastern Mexico, authorities said Sunday, adding that a former police officer has confessed to carrying out the crime allegedly at the request of the town's mayor.... 1/26/2015 5:01 AM

Japan logs record trade deficit in 2014 on weakening yen
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's trade deficit ballooned to a record 12.8 trillion yen ($109 billion) last year as a weakening yen pushed the cost of imports higher despite a moderate recovery in exports.... 1/26/2015 4:29 AM



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