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La Scala expects Expo labor dispute to blow over
MILAN (AP) -- La Scala's general manager says he expects to find a solution to a union dispute over the opening concert for the world's fair Expo 2015 on May 1, which coincides with the traditional labor day holiday.... 1/27/2015 3:16 PM

Obama defends US ties as he pays respects in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he led an array of current and former American statesmen in paying respects Tuesday following the death of King Abdullah.... 1/27/2015 3:15 PM

Indonesian military halts recovery efforts for AirAsia plane
PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's military has halted its recovery efforts for the crashed AirAsia plane, including attempts to locate more bodies and raise the fuselage from the Java Sea, an official said Tuesday.... 1/27/2015 3:13 PM

Leaders mark Auschwitz liberation 70 years on without Putin
BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) -- A ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau has started in Poland, with leaders and survivors paying tribute to the victims of the death camp.... 1/27/2015 3:07 PM

Purported IS message threatens Japan, Jordan hostages
CAIRO (AP) -- An online message purportedly from the Islamic State group warned Tuesday that a Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot the extremists hold have less than "24 hours left to live."... 1/27/2015 3:07 PM

UN: 2 killed, 6 hurt in northern Mali protest
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- U.N. officials in northern Mali say at least two people are dead and six others wounded after a demonstration in the town of Gao turned violent.... 1/27/2015 3:03 PM

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CAIRO (AP) -- Purported Islamic State message: Japan hostage, Jordan pilot have less than 24 hours to live.... 1/27/2015 2:57 PM

Egypt court upholds verdict against 3 prominent activists
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's highest appeal court on Tuesday upheld convictions and three-year prison sentences for three prominent activists for violating the country's draconian law on protests, their lawyer said.... 1/27/2015 2:51 PM

Brazilian police searching for stolen goods find 2 tanks
SAO PAULO (AP) -- A Brazilian police raid to recover stolen cars and cargo came up with a more interesting find: two war tanks.... 1/27/2015 2:49 PM

Airlines halt flights to Baghdad after gunfire hits plane
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Several airlines suspended flights to Baghdad on Tuesday after a passenger plane arriving from the Mideast's busiest airport in Dubai came under fire as it landed in the Iraqi capital.... 1/27/2015 2:43 PM

Philippines rejects US Marine's appeal to drop murder case
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines on Tuesday rejected an appeal by a U.S. Marine that it drop a murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year.... 1/27/2015 2:34 PM

Romanian ex-ministers jailed for espionage, organized crime
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Two Romanian former ministers have been jailed for commercial espionage and treason in the sale of strategic state companies.... 1/27/2015 2:09 PM

Facebook blames internal glitch for hourlong global outage
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Facebook said the outage that made its social media sites inaccessible worldwide for about an hour Tuesday was self-inflicted.... 1/27/2015 2:07 PM

Dutch judge approves hacking suspect's extradition to US
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A Dutch judge on Tuesday approved the extradition to the U.S. of a Russian suspected of involvement in a multimillion-dollar computer hack.... 1/27/2015 2:04 PM

Inquiry: Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice
LONDON (AP) -- A long-awaited inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko opened Tuesday with the revelation that the KGB agent turned Kremlin critic may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium not once - as authorities initially thought - but twice.... 1/27/2015 2:02 PM

Greek bailout critic named new finance minister
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A Greek economist and outspoken bailout critic has been named as finance minister in the country's new left-wing government.... 1/27/2015 1:58 PM

Kurds expand offensive after driving IS out of Syrian town
BEIRUT (AP) -- Kurdish fighters expanded their offensive Tuesday after driving Islamic State militants from the Syrian border town of Kobani the previous day, to retake dozens of surrounding villages still held by the militants, activists and officials said.... 1/27/2015 1:55 PM

Shiite rebel official: Abducted aide to Yemen's leader freed
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- An official representing Yemen's Shiite rebels says an abducted presidential aide has been set free, after his seizure set in motion days of political turmoil that prompted the country's embattled president to resign.... 1/27/2015 1:50 PM

Romania's spy chief who backed security laws resigns
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- The chief of Romania's Intelligence Service has resigned after criticizing the country's top court for rejecting security laws which allowed the government to collect data on people without court approval.... 1/27/2015 1:42 PM

Spain: Death count rises to 11 in military jet crash at base
ALBACETE, Spain (AP) -- The death toll from the crash of a Greek F-16 fighter jet at a Spanish military base during an elite NATO pilot training program rose to 11 Tuesday after a French airman who suffered serious burns died, Spain's Defense Ministry said.... 1/27/2015 1:41 PM



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