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Who killed Litvinenko? Inquiry opens into ex-KGB man's death
LONDON (AP) -- As Alexander Litvinenko lay dying from radiation poisoning in 2006, he named the man he thought had ordered his murder: Russian President Vladimir Putin.... 1/26/2015 4:29 PM

France, seeking growth, debates bill to free up labor rules
PARIS (AP) -- France's Parliament has started debating a bill promoted by the Socialist government aimed at freeing up the country's labor rules and regulations, in order to boost hiring.... 1/26/2015 4:27 PM

Islamic State group nearly pushed out of Syria's Kobani
BEIRUT (AP) -- Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group almost entirely out of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday, marking a major loss for extremists whose hopes for easy victory dissolved into a bloody, costly siege that seems close to ending in defeat.... 1/26/2015 4:24 PM

US Embassy in Yemen's capital closes to public
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The State Department says the U.S. Embassy in Yemen has closed to the public over security concerns amid street violence and turmoil that is roiling the impoverished Arab country.... 1/26/2015 4:19 PM

Dwindling group of survivors to mark Auschwitz 70 years on
OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) -- A decade ago, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary of the death camp's liberation. On Tuesday, for the 70th anniversary, organizers are expecting 300, the youngest in their 70s.... 1/26/2015 4:03 PM

Egypt court convicts doctor of female genital mutilation
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian appeals court on Monday convicted a doctor of manslaughter and performing female genital mutilation that led to the death of a 13-year-old girl, sentencing him to two years and three months in prison in the country's first case that came to trial over the widespread practice, defense lawyers said.... 1/26/2015 3:59 PM

Indonesian rescuers fail again to lift fuselage of AirAsia
PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) -- The second attempt to lift the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner failed Sunday as the wreckage sank back to the ocean floor when a rope linking the lifting balloons broke.... 1/26/2015 3:57 PM

Liberia: Only 5 people being treated for Ebola in country
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia says there are currently only five confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire country.... 1/26/2015 3:46 PM

Japan seeks Jordan's help in gaining hostage's release
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese diplomat emerged from talks in Jordan on Monday with no signs of progress in securing the release of a freelance journalist held hostage by the extremist Islamic State group.... 1/26/2015 3:45 PM

Survivors visit Auschwitz a day ahead of 70th anniversary
OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) -- The voices of Auschwitz survivors praying for their murdered loved ones reverberated Monday amid the barracks and barbed wire of the former Nazi death camp, with one survivor crying out in a pained voice: "I don't want to come here anymore!"... 1/26/2015 3:20 PM

IS spokesman calls on Muslims in West to commit more attacks
BEIRUT (AP) -- The spokesman for the Islamic State group is calling on Muslims living in Western countries to carry out more attacks, saying any loyalist who has the opportunity to "shed a drop of blood" should do so.... 1/26/2015 3:19 PM

Prosecutor seeks 26 years for Costa Concordia captain
ROME (AP) -- Prosecutors asked a court to convict the captain of the Costa Concordia and sentence him to 26 years in prison Monday for the 2012 shipwreck off Tuscany that killed 32 people, saying the term is hardly excessive given the death toll.... 1/26/2015 3:18 PM

WikiLeaks slams Google over delay in revealing US warrants
BERLIN (AP) -- The secrets-spilling group WikiLeaks has criticized Google for failing to inform it about U.S. search warrants issued against three of its staff.... 1/26/2015 2:56 PM

Commander in Joseph Kony's feared militia appears in court
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A commander in warlord Joseph Kony's feared militia made his first appearance before an International Criminal Court judge Monday, calling himself a former soldier who was abducted and "taken to the bush" when he was just 14.... 1/26/2015 2:51 PM

Spain: 3 terror suspects jailed without bail, 1 released
MADRID (AP) -- A judge has ordered three terror suspects arrested over the weekend in the Spanish North African enclave of Ceuta to remain jailed because they pose a potential threat to the country's security.... 1/26/2015 2:49 PM

France: 10 go on trial in L'Oreal heiress fraud case
PARIS (AP) -- The trial of ten people accused of swindling France's richest woman of artworks and cash worth hundreds of millions of euros began Monday with the shock revelation that one of the accused had attempted suicide hours before the soap opera-like case began.... 1/26/2015 2:48 PM

Church of England consecrates first female bishop
LONDON (AP) -- Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England ended Monday, as the 500-year-old institution consecrated its first female bishop.... 1/26/2015 2:37 PM

Eurozone looks for dialogue after stunning Greece elections
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The election in Greece of a radical party that wants to overhaul the country's bailout program raises new uncertainties for the eurozone. But several European creditor nations hinted they will seek a compromise deal to avoid disastrous scenarios, like Greece falling out of the euro.... 1/26/2015 2:35 PM

AP Interview: Iraq 'sleeper cells' fight Islamic State group
BAGHDAD (AP) -- "Sleeper cells" made up of former Iraqi police officers and soldiers are tipping off authorities to Islamic State group positions in the northern city of Mosul, a prominent lawmaker has told The Associated Press.... 1/26/2015 2:31 PM

Renowned Greek singer Demis Roussos dead at 68
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek singer Demis Roussos, whose often high-pitched pop serenades won him household recognition in the 1970s and 1980s across Europe and beyond and who sold more than 60 million records, has died in Athens at the age of 68, a hospital confirmed Monday.... 1/26/2015 2:29 PM



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