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Ex-spy chief wanted in Colombia for wiretaps surrenders
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- The former head of Colombia's intelligence agency ended several years on the run and surrendered to face charges of spying on opponents of former President Alvaro Uribe.... 1/31/2015 11:10 PM

Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist
TOKYO (AP) -- An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations to save the man and heightening fears for the life a Jordanian fighter pilot also held hostage.... 1/31/2015 11:07 PM

Greek leader tamps down rhetoric, vows to pay off debts
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A day after Greece appeared on a collision course with its creditors, new radical left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has tamped down the rhetoric by vowing to pay off debts and not act unilaterally.... 1/31/2015 10:07 PM

Chile's president pushes to ease ban on all abortions
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- The president of Chile has sent legislation to Congress proposing to loosen the socially conservative South American nation's total ban on abortions.... 1/31/2015 9:52 PM

Japan 'indignant' over purported video of hostage beheading
TOKYO (AP) -- The Japanese government spokesman expressed "extreme indignation' Sunday over a video purportedly from the Islamic State group that shows a militant beheading hostage Kenji Goto.... 1/31/2015 9:40 PM

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 9:34 PM

Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again.... 1/31/2015 9:30 PM

Vatican investigates 2 cases of child porn possession
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican investigated two cases of child pornography possession in the past year, officials said Saturday.... 1/31/2015 9:03 PM

AP NewsAlert
CAIRO (AP) -- Online video purports to show Islamic State group beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.... 1/31/2015 8:22 PM

British actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82
LONDON (AP) -- The family of longtime actress Geraldine McEwan says she has died following treatment for a stroke. She was 82.... 1/31/2015 7:47 PM

Yemen president refuses to reconsider resignation
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's president will not reconsider his resignation, despite pressure for him to do so by rebels who control the capital and who he says are holding him "at gunpoint," an official close to him said Saturday.... 1/31/2015 7:41 PM

President: Egypt faces long fight to defeat Sinai militants
El-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi told his nation to prepare for a long fight to defeat Islamic extremists Saturday following a wave of attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.... 1/31/2015 7:37 PM

Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- African leaders agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday, as the international community, including long-time foes the U.S. and Iran, rallied in support of Nigeria against the militants.... 1/31/2015 7:25 PM

Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian who hurled firebomb
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says troops have shot a pair of Palestinians who were throwing firebombs at Israeli vehicles in the West Bank. Palestinian officials say one of them, 18-year-old Ahmad Najar, was killed and another was lightly wounded.... 1/31/2015 7:21 PM

Fire at Bangladesh plastics factory kills at least 13
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A fire swept through a plastic packaging factory on Saturday night in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, killing at least 13 people, a fire department official said.... 1/31/2015 7:20 PM

Officials say bombings kill 14 people around Iraq's capital
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of bombings in and around the Iraqi capital killed 14 people Saturday and a senior Kurdish commander died in clashes with Islamic State militants in northern Iraq.... 1/31/2015 7:16 PM

Charlie Hebdo fans to wait for new issue as survivors rest
PARIS (AP) -- There will be no Charlie Hebdo at newsstands this week.... 1/31/2015 7:15 PM

Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine (AP) -- Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be evacuated with as many belongings as they could carry.... 1/31/2015 6:45 PM

Macedonia opposition leader accused of organizing a coup
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- The leader of Macedonia's opposition was charged Saturday with preparing a coup and prevented from leaving the country.... 1/31/2015 6:36 PM

Italy's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president
ROME (AP) -- Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, was elected Saturday as Italy's president in the third day of balloting by lawmakers.... 1/31/2015 6:18 PM



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