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Philippines warns ASEAN over China reef reclamation
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines has urged fellow Southeast Asian nations to jointly demand that China stop its land reclamation in contested South China Sea reefs.... 1/29/2015 12:09 PM

UN chief: Boko Haram to top discussions at Africa Union meet
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The threat posed by Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebels, will be a focus of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he attends the African Union heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a spokesman said.... 1/29/2015 12:08 PM

Italy lawmakers vote for new president in test for Renzi
ROME (AP) -- Lawmakers cast ballots Thursday for a new Italian president in a vote testing Premier Matteo Renzi's abilty to rally his divided party behind his reform agenda and a single candidate.... 1/29/2015 12:06 PM

New deadline approaches in Islamic State hostage crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- A sunset deadline was approaching Thursday in the Middle East for Jordan to release an Iraqi prisoner or face the death of a captured Jordanian air force pilot, according to the latest threat purportedly issued by the Islamic State group.... 1/29/2015 12:05 PM

Uganda: Mass trial over alleged terror ties to start
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A dozen suspects have appeared in a Ugandan court to face charges, including murder and terrorism, amid what local officials say is the budding threat of Islamic here.... 1/29/2015 11:54 AM

EU parliament president to meet with new Greek government
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The European Parliament's president is to be the first European official to visit Athens, a day after announcements by Greece's nascent radical left government on rolling back a series of key budget commitments sent the country's stock market plummeting.... 1/29/2015 11:41 AM

Russia suspends role in Europe's human rights watchdog
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Russia has extended its walkout from Europe's human rights watchdog after again losing its right to vote over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.... 1/29/2015 11:40 AM

Islamic State standoff involves prisoner, pilot, journalist
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- A young Jordanian fighter pilot, a female al-Qaida recruit who tried to blow up a hotel ballroom in Amman and a veteran Japanese war correspondent are at the center of a life-and-death standoff with the Islamic State group.... 1/29/2015 11:39 AM

Miners rally in Prague to demand brown coal mining expansion
PRAGUE (AP) -- Hundreds of miners are rallying in Prague to pressure the government to allow the expansion of brown coal mining in northern Czech Republic.... 1/29/2015 11:39 AM

'The Thorn Birds' author Colleen McCullough dies at age 77
SYDNEY (AP) -- Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness.... 1/29/2015 11:38 AM

Dinosaur no more: Fans lament loss of museum's iconic Dippy
LONDON (AP) -- Dippy the dinosaur is being retired from London's Natural History Museum - and his fans aren't happy.... 1/29/2015 11:37 AM

France: Crew tried to eject in NATO jet crash that killed 11
PARIS (AP) -- The head of France's air force says the crash of a NATO jet in Spain that left 11 people dead, including nine French airmen, came after the Greek crew tried to eject from the plane during a failed takeoff.... 1/29/2015 11:34 AM

Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in controls when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded.... 1/29/2015 11:33 AM

Worker dies on Taiwan film lot to be used for Scorsese movie
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- A worker was killed in an accident Thursday at a Taiwanese film lot during preparations for the shooting of a new Martin Scorsese movie, media reports said.... 1/29/2015 11:22 AM

WHO: Ebola response shifts to ending epidemic
LONDON (AP) -- Health officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the deadly virus' spread, the World Health Organization said Thursday.... 1/29/2015 11:21 AM

Romania: ex-minister indicted for money-laundering
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Prosecutors have indicted a former presidential candidate, who was one of Romania's most influential politicians in recent years, on suspicion of money-laundering and making false statements.... 1/29/2015 11:05 AM

Gorbachev warns of military conflict between Russia, West
MOSCOW (AP) -- Ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says the confrontation between Russia and the West could spill into all-out war.... 1/29/2015 10:53 AM

Rights group blasts IS for atrocities, Iraq, Syria policies
BEIRUT (AP) -- Human Rights Watch on Thursday blasted Islamic State militants over their atrocities, but also criticized the Syrian and Iraqi governments over what the New York-based group described as "sectarian and abusive" policies that fuel extremism.... 1/29/2015 10:51 AM

Stig Bergling, Swede who spied for Soviets, dies
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Stig Bergling, a former Swedish security officer who spied for the Soviet Union during the Cold War, has died. He was 77.... 1/29/2015 10:51 AM

Rome Jewish leader triggers police intervention at Auschwitz
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The head of Rome's Jewish community and four others were questioned by police after triggering an alarm at the visitor's center at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.... 1/29/2015 10:50 AM

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