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Gas blast at Mexico City children's hospital, dozens injured
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico City officials say a gas tank truck has exploded outside a maternity and children's hospital, collapsing part of it and injuring dozens of people.... 1/29/2015 2:29 PM

Portugal approves citizenship plan for Sephardic Jews
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portugal's government on Thursday approved a law granting citizenship rights to the descendants of Jews it persecuted 500 years ago, following Spain's adoption of similar legislation last year.... 1/29/2015 2:26 PM

Angry youths stone Nigerian leader's convoy; police fire gas
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) -- Youths angry at the Nigerian government's failure to fight Islamic extremists threw stones Thursday at President Goodluck Jonathan's electioneering convoy in the eastern city of Yola, breaking windshields and windows on several vehicles. An Associated Press reporter was unable to see if anyone was hurt.... 1/29/2015 2:23 PM

Jordan demands IS deliver proof captured pilot still alive
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- A spokesman says Jordan's government has demanded proof of life of a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants before moving ahead with any possible swap to bring about his release.... 1/29/2015 2:19 PM

Alibaba run-in with China regulator signals tougher scrutiny
BEIJING (AP) -- For years, Alibaba faced complaints it failed to stamp out sales of counterfeit goods on its e-commerce websites. But Chinese regulators stayed silent, apparently reluctant to disrupt the rise of an Internet star even as they accused foreign automakers, dairies and others of violating anti-monopoly or consumer protection rules.... 1/29/2015 2:08 PM

Bulgaria extradites man suspected of link to French attacks
PARIS (AP) -- A Frenchman wanted in connection with deadly terrorist attacks in Paris has been extradited from Bulgaria to France, where he is facing charges of links to terrorism.... 1/29/2015 2:05 PM


AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan says al-Qaida prisoner still in country, raises doubt about meeting IS release deadline.... 1/29/2015 2:02 PM

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 1:59 PM

Suicide bomb at Afghan funeral for Taliban victims kills 16
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A suicide bomber struck a funeral in Afghanistan for the victims of an earlier Taliban attack, killing 16 people and wounding 39, an Afghan official said.... 1/29/2015 1:41 PM

Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in control when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded.... 1/29/2015 1:41 PM

France says EU to move to further sanctions on Russia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- France says European Union sanctions against separatists in eastern Ukraine and their Russian backers will be reinforced in an attempt to force all sides back to the negotiating table.... 1/29/2015 1:32 PM

Dinosaur no more: Fans lament loss of museum's iconic Dippy
LONDON (AP) -- Dippy the dinosaur is being retired from London's Natural History Museum - and his fans aren't happy.... 1/29/2015 1:30 PM

Sri Lanka says it will return private land in civil war area
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's new government plans to return private land seized by the military in the civil war-ravaged north and release several hundred detainees, a minister said, in an apparent move toward reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils.... 1/29/2015 1:20 PM

Yemen rebels seize military base outside capital
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni officials say Shiite rebels have captured a key military base south of the capital where U.S. advisers had previously trained counter-terrorism forces.... 1/29/2015 1:01 PM

Philippines warns ASEAN over China reef reclamation
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines has urged fellow Southeast Asian nations to demand that China immediately stop its land reclamation in contested South China Sea reefs, warning the 10-nation bloc's credibility may be undermined if it remains silent on the issue.... 1/29/2015 12:59 PM

Global stocks, oil stabilize after Fed statement
TOKYO (AP) -- Global shares and the price of oil stabilized on Thursday during European trading hours after the Federal Reserve issued a reminder it is still on track to raise interest rates this year.... 1/29/2015 12:55 PM

Thai junta blocks discussion of media censorship
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's junta has forced the cancellation of a prominent civic forum examining its repressive media policies since the military toppled an elected government last May.... 1/29/2015 12:49 PM

Italy lawmakers vote for new president in test for Renzi
ROME (AP) -- Lawmakers cast ballots Thursday for a new Italian president in a vote testing Premier Matteo Renzi's ability to rally his divided party behind his reform agenda and a single candidate who is also agreeable to ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi.... 1/29/2015 12:44 PM

Greek bailout in focus as EU parliament head visits Athens
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The European Parliament's president arrived in Athens Thursday for a visit closely watched for signs of a potential clash between Greece's new left-wing government and its bailout lenders.... 1/29/2015 12:37 PM

Police question child who backed Charlie Hebdo attackers
PARIS (AP) -- Police detained and questioned an 8-year-old boy from the south of France who claimed to support the men who attacked the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, drawing criticism Thursday that France's measures to prevent people from defending terrorism have gone overboard.... 1/29/2015 12:32 PM



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