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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 3:22 PM

AP NewsBreak: Canada to criminalize online terror threats
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada will introduce new anti-terror laws that will make it a crime to promote terrorism against Canadians online.... 1/30/2015 3:20 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 3:17 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 3:16 PM

Saudi authorities delay flogging of blogger for third week
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A leading rights group says authorities in Saudi Arabia have delayed the planned flogging of a blogger convicted of insulting Islam for a third straight week in the face of growing international pressure against the punishment.... 1/30/2015 3:12 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

Bomb rips through Shiite Muslim mosque in Pakistan, 49 dead
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers were gathering for Friday prayers, killing 49 people and wounding dozens more, officials said.... 1/30/2015 3:04 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

Eurozone official: no plan for when Greece's bailout ends
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A top eurozone finance official says there is no decision so far on what to do after Greece's bailout program runs out at the end of next month.... 1/30/2015 3:02 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

German World War II panzer ace Otto Carius dies at 92
BERLIN (AP) -- Otto Carius, a World War II German panzer ace credited with destroying more than 150 enemy tanks, mostly on the Eastern Front, has died at 92.... 1/30/2015 2:33 PM

France pledges tanks, armored vehicles to NATO force
PARIS (AP) -- France is pledging tanks and armored vehicles to bolster NATO forces in Poland, where leaders are increasingly uneasy about Russia.... 1/30/2015 2:31 PM

Battle with IS kills senior Kurdish general, 8 of his troops
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- Clashes with Islamic State militants killed a senior Kurdish military commander and eight of his fighters just outside the disputed northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, officials said.... 1/30/2015 2:30 PM

American shot and injured in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- The official Saudi Press Agency says an American citizen was injured when his car came under fire in Saudi Arabia's eastern al-Ihsaa province.... 1/30/2015 2:27 PM

AP PHOTOS: Pinata-making art lives on in Mexican family
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican party isn't complete without a pi??ata, and Melesio Vicente Flores and Cecilia Albarran Gonzalez have spent the last 25 years making high-end versions of the papier-mache figures to later be stuffed with candies and broken open with a stick or club.... 1/30/2015 2:24 PM

Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Artillery fire in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed at least 12 civilians on Friday afternoon, the city hall in the rebel stronghold said, as fighting intensifies between pro-Russia separatists and government troops.... 1/30/2015 2:21 PM

Report: 6 dead after illegal migrant boat sinks off Morocco
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Morocco's state news agency says at least six people died when a boat carrying illegal migrants sank off the Mediterranean shore near the Spanish enclave of Melillla.... 1/30/2015 2:12 PM

Qatar Airways buys nearly 10 percent of BA, Iberia parent
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar Airways said Friday it has bought nearly 10 percent of the parent company of British Airways and Spain's Iberia, deepening wealthy Qatar's business ties to Europe and intensifying competition with the airline's fast-growing Gulf rivals.... 1/30/2015 2:10 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 1:57 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 1:53 PM

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