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Kurd allies fighting IS in north Iraq hampered by rivalries
SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish forces in recent weeks have retaken parts of the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar, whose Yazidi population was driven out in a humanitarian disaster last year that triggered U.S. intervention. But sniping among Kurdish factions makes the hold on the town seem shaky and is threatening the wider fight against Islamic state militants.... 1/30/2015 8:19 PM

Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline
TOKYO (AP) -- The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive.... 1/30/2015 8:15 PM

Deadline nears for 'stateless' in Dominican Republic
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- An important deadline loomed Friday for tens of thousands of people in the Dominican Republic who were born in the country but are not considered citizens because they are the descendants of migrants, mostly from neighboring Haiti.... 1/30/2015 8:11 PM

5 may face preliminary charges over jihadi network in France
PARIS (AP) -- Five people have appeared before a French judge and could face preliminary charges over a jihadi recruiting network in a small southern town from where several youths went to fight in Syria and Iraq.... 1/30/2015 8:09 PM

Amnesty: Saudis postpone blogger's flogging for 3rd week
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Authorities in Saudi Arabia delayed the planned flogging of a blogger convicted of insulting Islam for a third straight week Friday in the face of growing international pressure against the punishment, according to rights group Amnesty International.... 1/30/2015 8:02 PM

Egypt blames Muslim Brotherhood for deadly Sinai attack
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for playing a role in a sophisticated insurgent attack that killed 31 people in Egypt's volatile northern Sinai Peninsula. El-Sissi, a former army chief, cut short a trip to Ethiopia to return to Cairo Friday, as state television broadcast the arrival of the bodies of slain soldiers in coffins draped with Egyptian flags.... 1/30/2015 7:50 PM

Venezuela confirms it downed plane near Aruba
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's military confirmed that it shot down over the Caribbean Sea a small civilian plane believed to be carrying drugs.... 1/30/2015 7:21 PM

Germany to Greece: Don't mess with us over debt, austerity
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece and its European bailout creditors were in open dispute Friday, with Germany bluntly rejecting suggestions the heavily-indebted country should be forgiven part of its rescue loans and warning against "blackmail" from Athens.... 1/30/2015 7:20 PM

UN chief urges African leaders not cling to power
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general Friday urged African leaders not to cling to power.... 1/30/2015 7:08 PM

Canada to criminalize public terror threats
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada will introduce new anti-terror laws that will make it a crime to encourage terrorism against Canadians, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Friday in response to two recent attacks.... 1/30/2015 7:04 PM

Ahead of election, Israel issues West Bank building tenders
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's settlement watchdog group said Friday that the government has issued hundreds of tenders for housing units in the West Bank, an area the Palestinians demand for their future state, a move that comes several weeks before Israel's national election.... 1/30/2015 7:03 PM

Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed.... 1/30/2015 6:45 PM

French fracture laid bare as 8-year-old praises terrorists
PARIS (AP) -- It was bad enough when France learned that the minute of silence for victims of the nation's deadliest terror attacks in decades was not respected by all students. Some children contested it, others walked out. But when an 8-year old Muslim boy proclaimed, "I am with the terrorists," the alarm bells sounded at full strength.... 1/30/2015 6:30 PM

African Union postpones report on South Sudan atrocities
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The African Union has postponed releasing a report which is expected to reveal those responsible for atrocities committed in the violence in South Sudan, the chairman of a commission inquiry into the conflict said Friday.... 1/30/2015 6:22 PM

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe new African Union chairman
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- African leaders Friday appointed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as the new chairman of the 54-nation African Union.... 1/30/2015 6:17 PM

Alibaba promises more action against fake goods
BEIJING (AP) -- E-commerce giant Alibaba pledged Friday to do more to fight online sales of counterfeit goods, quickly settling a public dispute with a Chinese regulator after the value of its U.S.-traded shares plunged.... 1/30/2015 6:17 PM

Ukraine to ask UN states to call Russia a terrorism sponsor
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations says his country soon will ask the world body's member states to formally recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism.... 1/30/2015 6:17 PM

South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The South African government Friday granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of an apartheid state covert unit responsible for dozens of deaths, saying his freedom is in the interest of national reconciliation.... 1/30/2015 5:46 PM

Chances improve for Renzi's pick to become Italian president
ROME (AP) -- Italian Premier Matteo Renzi forged ahead Friday with his candidate for president, even at the risk of losing broad support for his reform agenda, after initial rounds of balloting by lawmakers failed to yield a new head of state.... 1/30/2015 5:45 PM

50 years after funeral, Churchill towers over UK politicians
LONDON (AP) -- Fifty years after Winston Churchill's funeral, British politicians paid tribute Friday to the wartime leader - and tried to energize their election campaigns with a little of the Churchill magic.... 1/30/2015 5:40 PM

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