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S&P downgrades Russia credit rating to junk
LONDON (AP) -- Standard & Poor's rating agency has downgraded Russia's credit grade by one notch to junk status, citing a weakened economic outlook.... 1/26/2015 6:27 PM

Prosecutor seeks 26 years for Costa Concordia captain
ROME (AP) -- Prosecutors asked a court to convict the captain of the Costa Concordia and sentence him to 26 years in prison Monday for the 2012 shipwreck off Tuscany that killed 32 people, saying the term is hardly excessive given the death toll.... 1/26/2015 6:23 PM

Japan seeks Jordan's help in gaining hostage's release
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese diplomat emerged from talks in Jordan on Monday with no signs of progress in securing the release of a freelance journalist held hostage by the extremist Islamic State group.... 1/26/2015 6:14 PM

Spain: Greek F-16 jet crashes at base, killing 10 people
MADRID (AP) -- A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other planes on the ground during NATO training in southeastern Spain Monday, killing at least 10 people, Spain's Defense Ministry said.... 1/26/2015 6:12 PM

Ireland unveils credit card-style passports for EU travel
DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland is launching a new plastic passport for travel in Europe - and Irish citizens can provide their own selfies as the ID photo.... 1/26/2015 6:09 PM

Failed Iraqi bomber named in Islamic State hostage crisis
BEIRUT (AP) -- In the moments after her husband blew himself up in the ballroom of a Jordanian hotel as part of an al-Qaida plot, Sajida al-Rishawi fled the scene of chaos wearing her own explosive belt.... 1/26/2015 6:06 PM

Italy promo gets thumbs up for turning stereotypes around
ROME (AP) -- Italy is making waves by turning stereotypes on their head - and selling the world its more serious side.... 1/26/2015 5:59 PM

Islamic State group pushed out of Syria's Kobani
BEIRUT (AP) -- Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group entirely out of a key Syrian town on Monday, marking a major defeat for the extremists whose hopes for an easy victory when they pushed into Kobani last year dissolved into a bloody, costly and months-long siege.... 1/26/2015 5:58 PM

2 suspected looters killed in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Two suspected looters in South Africa were fatally shot bringing to six the number of people killed in more than a week of attacks on shops owned by African immigrants in the Johannesburg area, police said Monday.... 1/26/2015 5:41 PM

Saudi Arabia carries out first beheading under new king
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia has executed a man convicted of raping several girls, the first beheading under the newly enthroned King Salman.... 1/26/2015 5:38 PM

Canadian soldiers involved in 2 more firefights in Iraq
TORONTO (AP) -- Canadian special forces in northern Iraq have engaged in two more firefights against Islamic State group militants.... 1/26/2015 5:32 PM

Liberia: Only 5 people being treated for Ebola in country
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia said Monday that there are currently only five confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire country - a dramatic turnaround in the West African nation where the virus has taken its deadliest toll.... 1/26/2015 5:30 PM

China's shadow looms large over Obama visit to India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- As President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in New Delhi this week, the shadow of a third player hung over the talks: neighboring China, which has complicated relationships with both the United States and India.... 1/26/2015 5:21 PM

WikiLeaks slams Google over delay in revealing US warrants
BERLIN (AP) -- WikiLeaks on Monday criticized Google for failing to swiftly inform the secrets-spilling group about U.S. search warrants issued seeking emails and other personal information from three of its staff.... 1/26/2015 5:18 PM

French authorities raid prison cells of radicals
PARIS (AP) -- The Paris prosecutor's office says authorities have found phones, USB flash drives and other equipment during searches of about 80 prison cells of Islamic radicals after terrorist attacks earlier this month.... 1/26/2015 5:18 PM

IS spokesman calls on Muslims in West to commit more attacks
BEIRUT (AP) -- The spokesman for the Islamic State group called on Muslims living in Western countries to carry out more attacks, saying any loyalist who has the opportunity to "shed a drop of blood" should do so.... 1/26/2015 5:08 PM

Church of England consecrates first female bishop
LONDON (AP) -- The male monopoly in the leadership of the Church of England ended Monday, as the 500-year-old institution consecrated its first female bishop.... 1/26/2015 4:58 PM

First US drone strike in Yemen since leader resigned kills 3
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A U.S. drone strike in Yemen, the first so far this year, killed three al-Qaida fighters on Monday, signaling Washington's determination to keep targeting the global terror network's most lethal branch despite the resignation of the Yemeni president, a top U.S. ally, in the face of a Shiite rebel power grab.... 1/26/2015 4:52 PM

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, arguing that the Ukrainian government is responsible for the latest increase in violence.... 1/26/2015 4:37 PM

Eurozone looks for dialogue after stunning Greece elections
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The election in Greece of a radical party that wants to overhaul the country's bailout program raises new uncertainties for the eurozone. But several European creditor nations hinted they will seek a compromise deal to avoid disastrous scenarios, like Greece falling out of the euro.... 1/26/2015 4:36 PM

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