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Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed.... 1/30/2015 6:45 PM

French fracture laid bare as 8-year-old praises terrorists
PARIS (AP) -- It was bad enough when France learned that the minute of silence for victims of the nation's deadliest terror attacks in decades was not respected by all students. Some children contested it, others walked out. But when an 8-year old Muslim boy proclaimed, "I am with the terrorists," the alarm bells sounded at full strength.... 1/30/2015 6:30 PM

African Union postpones report on South Sudan atrocities
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The African Union has postponed releasing a report which is expected to reveal those responsible for atrocities committed in the violence in South Sudan, the chairman of a commission inquiry into the conflict said Friday.... 1/30/2015 6:22 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 6:17 PM

Alibaba promises more action against fake goods
BEIJING (AP) -- E-commerce giant Alibaba pledged Friday to do more to fight online sales of counterfeit goods, quickly settling a public dispute with a Chinese regulator after the value of its U.S.-traded shares plunged.... 1/30/2015 6:17 PM

Ukraine to ask UN states to call Russia a terrorism sponsor
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations says his country soon will ask the world body's member states to formally recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism.... 1/30/2015 6:17 PM

UN chief urges African leaders not cling to power
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general Friday urged African leaders not to cling to power.... 1/30/2015 5:57 PM

Germany to Greece: Don't mess with us over debt, austerity
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece and its European bailout creditors were in open dispute Friday, with Germany bluntly rejecting suggestions the heavily-indebted country should be forgiven part of its rescue loans and warning against "blackmail" from Athens.... 1/30/2015 5:47 PM

South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The South African government Friday granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of an apartheid state covert unit responsible for dozens of deaths, saying his freedom is in the interest of national reconciliation.... 1/30/2015 5:46 PM

Chances improve for Renzi's pick to become Italian president
ROME (AP) -- Italian Premier Matteo Renzi forged ahead Friday with his candidate for president, even at the risk of losing broad support for his reform agenda, after initial rounds of balloting by lawmakers failed to yield a new head of state.... 1/30/2015 5:45 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 5:40 PM

Amnesty: Saudis postpone blogger's flogging 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 5:36 PM

Mexico cuts spending by $8.4 billion due to oil price drop
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico will cut government spending by $8.4 billion this year because of a drop in revenues due to declining oil prices.... 1/30/2015 5:34 PM

Bosnian arms exporter accuses ministers over Ukraine deal
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- A Bosnian arms exporter on Friday 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 5:11 PM

BMW fixes security flaw that exposed 2.2M cars to break-ins
BERLIN (AP) -- German automaker BMW says it has fixed a security flaw that made 2.2 million of its vehicles vulnerable to break-ins.... 1/30/2015 5:08 PM

Rio de Janeiro unnerved by wave of stray-bullet cases
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The bullet hit the 4-year-old girl as she waited to cross a street, holding hands with her stepfather and a cousin. The next day, a 9-year-old boy was shot dead at a swimming pool. Soon after, it was a 21-year-old mother of two who was killed by another stray bullet while sitting with a child in her lap.... 1/30/2015 5:08 PM

EU antiterror chief calls for common laws against jihadis
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- The European Union's counterterrorism chief says member states need to have common laws against Europeans traveling to Syria and Iraq to join jihadist groups.... 1/30/2015 5:08 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

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