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Obama: Counterterrorism operations in Yemen not affected
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama defended his counterterrorism strategy in tumultuous Yemen Sunday, as influential lawmakers from both parties suggested the U.S. may need to turn to special operations forces to root out terrorists from the Middle Eastern nation and elsewhere in the region.... 1/25/2015 5:56 PM

Greece: Govt official admits electoral defeat by Syriza
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A senior official in Greece's governing conservatives has conceded defeat to the radical left Syriza party in Sunday's national elections.... 1/25/2015 5:55 PM

Ukraine: Phone calls prove rebels attacked city, killed 30
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's president said Sunday that intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for firing the rockets that pounded the southeastern city of Mariupol and killed at least 30 people.... 1/25/2015 5:49 PM

Officials say bombings kill 15 in Iraq's capital, Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A string of bombings ripped mainly through commercial areas in Iraq's capital Sunday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens, officials said.... 1/25/2015 5:30 PM

Talks in Yemen between political parties, rebels break down
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Talks between Yemeni political parties and the Shiite rebels who occupy the capital have broken down, with several main factions calling for renewed protests against the rebels.... 1/25/2015 5:28 PM

Romanians protest Swiss franc loans repayments
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Hundreds of people have protested in Romania against high repayments for Swiss franc loans, blaming the banks for offering deceptively cheap loans and calling on the government to regulate hard currency loans.... 1/25/2015 5:27 PM

Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, dozens killed
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts.... 1/25/2015 5:13 PM

Egypt: 13 killed in clashes between Islamists, police
CAIRO (AP) -- Supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist President fought street battles with police in Cairo and other cities on Sunday, the fourth anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising, as clashes left 13 people dead and dozens injured. Another two people died when an explosive device they were planting under a high-voltage tower in the Nile Delta exploded prematurely, security officials said.... 1/25/2015 4:56 PM

South Africa shaken by anti-immigrant riots
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African authorities have re-established order - for now - in Soweto and other Johannesburg townships, after a week of looting of foreign-owned shops and violence in which four people were killed.... 1/25/2015 4:41 PM

Kerry in Nigeria to warn against postelection violence
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- In a rare high-level visit to Africa's most populous country, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Nigeria's leading presidential candidates to refrain from fomenting violence after next month's vote, and he condemned savage attacks by Boko Haram, an al-Qaida-linked insurgency.... 1/25/2015 4:40 PM

Turkish president in Somalia to launch development projects
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Under tight security Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Sunday launched development projects sponsored by his government including an airport terminal in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.... 1/25/2015 4:30 PM

Rally by German anti-Islam group PEGIDA draws smaller crowds
DRESDEN, Germany (AP) -- A group protesting against the perceived "Islamization of the West" mustered fewer supporters than previously, with police in the eastern city of Dresden estimating that about 17,300 people took part in the demonstration Sunday.... 1/25/2015 4:30 PM

Obama, Modi display bond, cite progress toward nuclear ties
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Seizing on their personal bond, President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday they had made progress on nuclear cooperation and climate change, with Obama declaring a "breakthrough understanding" in efforts to free U.S. investment in nuclear energy development in India.... 1/25/2015 4:05 PM

30 Filipino police commandos killed in clash with rebels
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- More than 30 police commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim insurgents Sunday in the southern Philippines in the biggest single-day combat loss for Filipino forces in many years, officials said.... 1/25/2015 3:53 PM

Zambia: Edgar Lungu sworn in as new president
LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) -- Edgar Lungu was sworn in as Zambia's new president Sunday.... 1/25/2015 3:51 PM

French arrests raise question: Is free speech for all?
LONDON (AP) -- When cartoonists at a French publication that had poked fun at the Prophet Muhammad were shot dead, millions around the world felt it as an attack on freedom of speech.... 1/25/2015 3:24 PM

Swiss Guard's cookbook reveals Vatican culinary treats
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- If an army travels on its stomach, what does the world's smallest army eat?... 1/25/2015 3:15 PM


CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt: Officials raise to 9 death toll in clashes between Islamists, police in Cairo district.... 1/25/2015 2:56 PM

Thousands of Spaniards protest proposed security law
MADRID (AP) -- Thousands of protesters are marching in Spanish cities to express their opposition to a proposed law that would set hefty fines for offenses like demonstrating outside parliament buildings or strategic installations.... 1/25/2015 2:37 PM

WHO mulls reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola
GENEVA (AP) -- The World Health Organization is debating how to reform itself after botching the response to the Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.... 1/25/2015 2:21 PM



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