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Cumberbatch, Fry, others urge UK to pardon gay men
LONDON (AP) -- Oscar-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch has joined others in calling for the British government to pardon gay and bisexual men convicted in the past under the defunct "gross indecency" law.... 1/31/2015 1:30 PM

Ex-spy chief wanted in Colombia for wiretaps surrenders
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- The former head of Colombia's intelligence agency has surrendered to authorities.... 1/31/2015 1:17 PM

Morocco, France mend long spat, restore legal collaboration
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- France and Morocco have announced that they have ended a long running spat by restoring judicial cooperation severed nearly a year earlier.... 1/31/2015 1:08 PM

Fire devastates major Russian library
MOSCOW (AP) -- A fire at one of Russia's largest public libraries has been raging for more than 17 hours, to destroy thousands of rare documents.... 1/31/2015 1:04 PM

Spains radical leftist party shows strength in big rally
MADRID (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people are marching through Madrid's streets in a show of strength by Spain's fledgling radical leftist party Podemos (We Can) which hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in elections later this year.... 1/31/2015 1:00 PM

Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday.... 1/31/2015 12:51 PM

Italy's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president
ROME (AP) -- Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, as the nation's new president on the third day of voting Saturday.... 1/31/2015 12:47 PM

Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such ridicule that it was quickly taken down.... 1/31/2015 12:27 PM

Germany's Merkel says she doesn't see another Greek debt cut
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined the refusal of Greece's European creditors to consider forgiving part of the debt-ridden country's rescue loans, though she stressed in an interview published Saturday that Berlin's aim is to keep Greece in the eurozone.... 1/31/2015 12:20 PM

Serena Williams wins 6th Australian, 19th major title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title, continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals and extended her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory despite a hacking cough on Saturday night.... 1/31/2015 12:10 PM

Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94
BERLIN (AP) -- Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany's World War II surrender a "day of liberation" for his country as he urged it to confront the Nazi past, and promoted reconciliation during a 10-year tenure that spanned the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94.... 1/31/2015 11:57 AM

China offers up to $50K in cash for terror tips in Tibet
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities are offering up to 300,000 yuan ($50,000) for tips on terrorism activities in the Himalayan region of Tibet, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday.... 1/31/2015 10:54 AM

AU threatens South Sudan warring factions with sanctions
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The African Union Saturday joined regional and international organizations in threatening South Sudan's warring factions with sanctions.... 1/31/2015 10:36 AM

Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) -- When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas.... 1/31/2015 9:19 AM

Officials say bombings kill 9 people around Iraq's capital
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Authorities in Iraq say bombings targeting public places and security forces have killed nine people in and around the capital, Baghdad.... 1/31/2015 9:14 AM

Family, diplomats say no new word on Islamic State hostages
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The family of a Jordanian fighter pilot held by the Islamic State group said Saturday it has received no word on his fate since the militants threatened to kill him earlier this week.... 1/31/2015 9:05 AM

Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood - or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria - have been omitted. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities - typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy.... 1/31/2015 9:01 AM

Philippine air force plane crashes at sea, killing 2 pilots
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine air force said one of its Italian-made light planes crashed at sea on a training mission Saturday, killing the two pilots.... 1/31/2015 8:53 AM

Anger, mourning in Pakistan after mosque bombing kills 59
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Thousands of Shiites across Pakistan mourned and protested Saturday after a bombing at a Shiite mosque in the country killed at least 59 people.... 1/31/2015 8:45 AM

5 given preliminary charges over jihadi network in France
PARIS (AP) -- French authorities have laid preliminary charges against five men suspected of involvement in a jihadi recruiting network in a small southern town from where several youths went to fight in Syria and Iraq.... 1/31/2015 8:06 AM

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