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UN chief urges African leaders not cling to power
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general has urged African leaders not to cling to power.... 1/30/2015 5:00 PM

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 5:00 PM

Bomb blast at Shiite Muslim mosque in Pakistan kills 56
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, killing at least 56 people and wounding dozens more, in the deadliest act of anti-Shiite violence in two years.... 1/30/2015 4:42 PM

Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Chad sent a warplane dropping bombs and ground troops to drive Islamic extremists from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Friday.... 1/30/2015 4:40 PM

Hezbollah warns Israel it won't tolerate more attacks
BEIRUT (AP) -- The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Friday that this week's deadly cross-border attack on Israeli soldiers was a message that it will no longer tolerate any Israeli attacks against its members.... 1/30/2015 4:39 PM

NATO to deploy small units in 6 Eastern European nations
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO will deploy small units in six Eastern European nations to help coordinate a spearhead force set up in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine, the alliance's secretary-general said Friday.... 1/30/2015 4:31 PM

Report: 8 dead after illegal migrant boat sinks off Morocco
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- At least eight people died when a boat carrying illegal migrants sank Friday amid gales off Morocco, near the Spanish enclave of Melilla, the latest victims of the treacherous effort to seek a better life in Europe.... 1/30/2015 4:25 PM

Russian military to get 50 intercontinental missiles
MOSCOW (AP) -- The chief of Russia's General Staff says the military will receive 50 intercontinental ballistic missiles this year, maintaining a high tempo of modernization despite the nation's economic downturn.... 1/30/2015 4:21 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 4:14 PM

Thai junta tries to curb dissent and keep good terms with US
BANGKOK (AP) -- When Thailand's military junta sensed it was being criticized this week, the country's rulers reacted as they always do: by issuing stern warnings and summoning those responsible for talks army leaders like to refer to as "attitude adjustments."... 1/30/2015 4:12 PM

Saudi authorities delay flogging of blogger 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 4:08 PM

Alibaba promises action against fake goods after criticism
BEIJING (AP) -- E-commerce giant Alibaba has pledged to do more to stop sales of counterfeit goods following a public dispute with a Chinese regulator that accused it of failing to protect consumers.... 1/30/2015 4:05 PM

AP NewsBreak: Canada to criminalize public terror threats
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada will introduce new anti-terror laws that will make it a crime to promote terrorism against Canadians online or elsewhere, a senior government official said Friday.... 1/30/2015 4:04 PM

Bosnian arms exporter accuses ministers over Ukraine deal
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- A Bosnian arms exporter has made a criminal complaint against the country's current and former ministers of trade for blocking a 5 million-euro deal with Ukraine because of objections from Russia.... 1/30/2015 3:52 PM

US-backed Mexico dam project triggered protest, rare defeat
SANTA URSULA, Mexico (AP) -- When the U.S. government backed construction of a new hydroelectric plant in southwestern Mexico, residents rose up and defeated a three-year, $30 million project supported by the little-known Overseas Private Investment Corp. in Washington.... 1/30/2015 3:40 PM

UN: Destruction of Syria chemical weapons facilities begins
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- International investigators say the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons production facilities has begun.... 1/30/2015 3:36 PM

Germany rejects notion of Greek debt write-off
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Germany bluntly rejected on Friday suggestions that Greece should be forgiven repayment of its rescue loans, while a top eurozone official said there was no decision yet on what to do after the country's bailout program runs out at the end of February.... 1/30/2015 3:35 PM

UN court upholds 2 Bosnian Serbs' genocide convictions
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Appeals judges at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal on Friday upheld genocide convictions against two senior Bosnian Serbs for their roles in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the first final judgment for genocide by the United Nations court.... 1/30/2015 3:11 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 3:04 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 2:47 PM

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