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Russia cuts key rate to help economy, but ruble drops
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's central bank has cut a key interest rate, which it had hiked in previous months to support the ruble, in order to help the economy.... 1/30/2015 10:51 AM

Italy tries anew to elect president amid political wrangling
ROME (AP) -- Italian Premier Matteo Renzi's candidate in this week's presidential election could cost him backing for his reform agenda.... 1/30/2015 10:46 AM

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MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian central bank cuts key interest rate by 2 percentage points to 15 percent; ruble drops.... 1/30/2015 10:37 AM

Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Witnesses say Chadian warplanes and ground troops bombed Boko Haram fighters out of a Nigerian border town the Islamic extremists have held for three months.... 1/30/2015 10:31 AM

Death toll in southern Pakistan bomb blast rises to 20
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani medical official has raised the death toll from a bombing at a Shiite mosque in country's south to 20 killed.... 1/30/2015 10:31 AM

Ahead of election, Israel issues West Bank building tenders
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's settlement watchdog group says the government has issued hundreds of tenders for housing units in the West Bank, an area the Palestinians demand for their future state.... 1/30/2015 10:26 AM

Eurozone prices plunge 0.6 pct amid weak growth, cheap oil
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Falling oil prices and a weak economy have sent prices in the eurozone even lower ahead of the start of a 1 trillion euro ($1.1 trillion) stimulus effort by the European Central Bank.... 1/30/2015 10:24 AM

12 civilians, 5 troops killed in eastern Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- At least 12 civilians and 5 Ukrainian troops have been killed in the past 24 hours in war-ravaged eastern Ukraine.... 1/30/2015 10:17 AM

Vietnam grounds decades-old Huey choppers after fatal crash
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam's military announced Friday it has temporarily grounded Vietnam War-era U.S.-built helicopters after a crash killed four personnel.... 1/30/2015 10:17 AM

EPA administrator at Vatican ahead of encyclical.
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Obama administration is seeking to hitch its climate change message onto that of the ever-popular Pope Francis, whose upcoming environmental encyclical has drawn more speculation than any papal document in recent memory.... 1/30/2015 10:16 AM

Philippines mourns 44 commandos; terror suspect hunted
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine president said Friday he has ordered the hunt for a Filipino terror suspect who escaped an anti-terrorist operation that resulted in the killings of 44 police commandos, the biggest single-day combat loss in recent years that threatened to derail a peace deal with Muslim rebels.... 1/30/2015 10:15 AM

Former Bulgarian president dies at 79
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Zhelyu Zhelev, a philosopher and communist-era dissident who became Bulgaria's first democratically elected president, died Friday, his family said. He was 79.... 1/30/2015 10:11 AM

Senior Kurdish military commander killed in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Officials say a senior Kurdish military commander and eight Kurdish fighters have been killed in clashes with Islamic State militants in northern Iraq.... 1/30/2015 10:04 AM

World stocks uneven ahead of US growth report
HONG KONG (AP) -- World stock markets were uneven Friday and Wall Street futures slid ahead of quarterly growth figures that will show whether weakness in China, Japan and Europe has hit the U.S. economy.... 1/30/2015 9:57 AM

Britain marks 50th anniversary of Churchill's funeral
LONDON (AP) -- Britain is paying tribute to Winston Churchill with a memorial service to mark the 50th anniversary of the wartime leader's funeral.... 1/30/2015 9:57 AM

Teen who demanded airtime on Dutch TV in police custody
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A 19-year-old student carrying a fake pistol who forced his way into the Dutch national broadcaster and demanded airtime was in custody Friday as police investigated his motives.... 1/30/2015 9:41 AM

Chinese MH370 relatives reject word that passengers are dead
BEIJING (AP) -- Many Chinese families of passengers on the missing Malaysian airliner demanded Friday that Malaysian officials retract their statement that all aboard died, saying that without hard evidence they don't want to start compensation claims.... 1/30/2015 9:35 AM

South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Eugene de Kock, a death squad leader for the apartheid state, has been granted parole after two decades in jail, the South African government announced Friday.... 1/30/2015 9:34 AM

Qatar Airways buys nearly 10 percent of BA, Iberia parent
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar Airways announced Friday it has bought nearly 10 percent of the parent company of British Airways and Spain's Iberia, deepening wealthy Qatar's business ties to Europe and intensifying competition with the airline's fast-growing Gulf rivals.... 1/30/2015 9:25 AM

Belgian authorities detain 4 in anti-terror sweep
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgian authorities have detained four suspects during an anti-terror sweep linked to the recruitment of potential jihadis to go fight in Syria.... 1/30/2015 9:17 AM

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