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Putin marks Auschwitz liberation to press points on Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has used the commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz to press the Russian points on Ukraine.... 1/27/2015 5:39 PM

On Auschwitz anniversary, leader warns Jews again targets
BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) -- A Jewish leader stood Tuesday before 300 survivors of the Nazis' most notorious death camp and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz, warning of a rise of anti-Semitism that has made many Jews fearful of walking the streets, and is causing many to flee Europe.... 1/27/2015 5:29 PM

Rio official says there's 'no plan B' for Olympic sailing
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A spokesman for Rio de Janeiro's Olympic organizers says there's "no plan B" for the 2016 games' sailing competitions, though the state's top environmental official has acknowledged that pledges to clean up the waters of the sailing venue will not be met.... 1/27/2015 5:25 PM

Inquiry: Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice
LONDON (AP) -- Former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium not once but twice, a British judge was told Tuesday, as an inquiry opened into the slaying one lawyer called an act of nuclear terrorism ordered by Moscow.... 1/27/2015 5:23 PM

Amid pressure, bailout critic is new Greek finance minister
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's new left-wing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, picked an outspoken bailout critic as his new finance minister Tuesday, signaling his resolve to take a tough line with eurozone lenders in an effort to write off a massive chunk of rescue debt.... 1/27/2015 5:18 PM

Gunmen storm Libyan hotel; 4 foreigners, 5 guards dead
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Tuesday, killing four foreigners and five guards, and triggering an hours-long standoff that ended when two assailants set off a grenade that killed them, officials said.... 1/27/2015 5:16 PM

Pakistan military says its airstrikes kill 76 militants
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani military jets struck suspected militant hideouts Tuesday near the Afghan border, killing 76 militants, the army said.... 1/27/2015 5:09 PM

Monarch butterflies rebound in Mexico, numbers still low
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico has rebounded 69 percent from last year's lowest-on-record levels, but their numbers remain very low, according to the World Wildlife Fund.... 1/27/2015 4:58 PM

UN says no new polio cases reported in Syria for past year
BEIRUT (AP) -- In a rare success amid Syria's civil war, the United Nation's World Health Organization says there hasn't been a new polio case reported in the war-torn country for the past year.... 1/27/2015 4:58 PM

Somalia: Al-Shabab leader says he has quit terror group
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A leader of Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabab with a $3 million bounty on his head announced Tuesday he has quit the insurgency and renounced violence perpetrated by the al Qaida-linked group.... 1/27/2015 4:56 PM

UN agency halts aid to Gaza war victims over lack of funds
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A United Nations agency says it suspended an aid program for Gaza residents displaced in last summer's Israel-Hamas war because of a large shortfall in funds from donor countries.... 1/27/2015 4:52 PM

Purported IS message threatens Japanese, Jordanian hostages
BEIRUT (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 4:49 PM

2 Rwandan army officers deny charges of public incitement
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- Two officers in Rwanda's military have pleaded not guilty to charges of inciting insurrection against the government.... 1/27/2015 4:43 PM

Oxfam: Rich countries must support Ebola recovery
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) -- Rich countries must act swiftly to repair battered health systems and get cash to millions of families in the three countries hit hardest by the world's worst Ebola outbreak, the international development agency Oxfam said Tuesday.... 1/27/2015 4:39 PM

Iran sends warning to Israel via US officials
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran said Tuesday it has sent a warning to Israel through the United States over the recent killing of an Iranian general in an alleged Israeli airstrike, the official IRNA news agency reported.... 1/27/2015 4:35 PM

Rebel killings of 44 commandos test Philippine peace deal
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine officials asked lawmakers Tuesday not to withdraw their support from a new government peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group after some insurgents were involved in a clash that killed 44 anti-terror police commandos.... 1/27/2015 4:28 PM

Argentine president seeks overhaul of intelligence services
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- President Cristina Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve Argentina's intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of a prosecutor, strongly denying his accusation that she had sought to shield former Iranian officials suspected in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center.... 1/27/2015 4:25 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 4:19 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 joined an array of current and former American statesmen Tuesday in paying respects following the death of King Abdullah.... 1/27/2015 4:01 PM

UN: 2 killed, 6 hurt in northern Mali protest
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A demonstration outside a U.N. base in northern Mali descended into violence Tuesday, leaving at least two people dead and six wounded, according to a U.N. official.... 1/27/2015 3:48 PM

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