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Activists, Kurds: Islamic State group nearly out of Kobani
BEIRUT (AP) -- The extremist Islamic State group has nearly been pushed out of the Syrian border town of Kobani, activists and Kurdish officials said Monday, marking a major symbolic victory both for the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition targeting the militants.... 1/26/2015 12:10 PM

Toll of Filipino commandos killed in rebel clash rises to 43
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- At least 43 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday.... 1/26/2015 12:06 PM

Prosecutor seeks 26 years for Costa Concordia captain
ROME (AP) -- Prosecutors have asked a court to convict the captain of the Costa Concordia and sentence him to 26 years in prison for the 2012 shipwreck off Tuscany that killed 32 people, saying the term is hardly excessive given the death toll.... 1/26/2015 12:06 PM

Church of England to ordain first female bishop
LONDON (AP) -- Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England is coming to an end, as the 500-year-old institution consecrates its first female bishop.... 1/26/2015 11:59 AM

Russia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian officials struck a defiant note Monday after Western leaders threatened to further punish Moscow for escalated fighting in eastern Ukraine over the weekend.... 1/26/2015 11:54 AM

Survivors visit Auschwitz a day ahead of 70th anniversary
OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) -- Auschwitz survivors have made emotional private visits to the former Nazi death camp a day before commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of its liberation.... 1/26/2015 11:52 AM

PM: Thai Airways won't go bankrupt but faces rehabilitation
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's beleaguered national airline will be saved from bankruptcy under a rehabilitation plan being worked out between the airline and government, premier Prayuth Chan-ocha said Monday.... 1/26/2015 11:43 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 11:41 AM

2 suspected looters killed in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Two suspected looters in South Africa were fatally shot following a week of attacks on immigrant-owned shops in the Johannesburg area, police said Monday.... 1/26/2015 11:41 AM

Aer Lingus confirms IAG takeover bid at 2.55 euros per share
DUBLIN (AP) -- Aer Lingus announced Monday that British Airways parent IAG has made an improved takeover offer of 2.55 euros ($2.85) per share, and the board of the Irish airline says it is considering the proposal.... 1/26/2015 11:39 AM

AP NewsAlert
BEIRUT (AP) -- Kurdish officials, Syrian activists: Islamic State group militants nearly pushed out of Kobani.... 1/26/2015 11:37 AM

US drone kills 3, first strike since Yemen leader resigned
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Tribal leaders and security officials in Yemen say the U.S. has carried out its first drone strike in the country since its president resigned.... 1/26/2015 11:34 AM

German business confidence rises for third month running
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German business optimism rose for the third straight month in January, giving a positive signal from Europe's biggest economy as executives foresee export gains from the weaker euro.... 1/26/2015 11:32 AM

Spain: Cervantes searchers find casket with his initials
MADRID (AP) -- Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes have found a casket bearing the initials "M.C." with bones inside it in a crypt underneath a cloistered convent in Madrid.... 1/26/2015 11:30 AM

Egypt court convicts doctor of female genital mutilation
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian lawyer says an appeals court has convicted a doctor of manslaughter and performing a female genital mutilation that killed a 13-year-old girl, sentencing him to two years and three months in prison.... 1/26/2015 11:22 AM

Malaysia Air site hacked, some customer data appears online
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines on Monday and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained in the attack.... 1/26/2015 11:16 AM

Officials say 2 sons of Egypt's Mubarak freed from prison
CAIRO (AP) -- The two sons of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were released from prison Monday, nearly four years after they were first arrested along with their father, authorities said.... 1/26/2015 10:55 AM

Cyprus aims to become regional search-and-rescue hub
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Cyprus' defense minister says the country is setting up a satellite earth station that will anchor a search-and-rescue control center covering Europe's southeastern edge.... 1/26/2015 10:53 AM

Egypt state newspaper calls out president following shooting
CAIRO (AP) -- In an unusually critical column, the chairman of Egypt's state-run daily Al-Ahram newspaper has specifically called out the country's president as being responsible for protecting the public after the shooting death of a protester.... 1/26/2015 10:51 AM

WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama celebrates India's Republic Day
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama's experience at India's Republic Day celebration may have felt a little like his two presidential inaugurations.... 1/26/2015 10:45 AM



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