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Siemens quarterly profit slips 25 pct on slow power business
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Industrial machinery maker Siemens AG says net profit fell 25 percent in its most recent quarter as revalued financial derivatives and lower earnings at its key power and gas business weighed on the bottom line.... 1/27/2015 8:25 AM

US loans fueled insider deal, failed power plan in Liberia
BUCHANAN, Liberia (AP) -- A failed U.S. government-backed plan to produce environmentally friendly energy in one of Africa's poorest countries was marred by insider connections and questionable planning, an Associated Press investigation found. The federal agency at the center of the deal is one of the government's biggest secrets and routinely escapes public scrutiny.... 1/27/2015 8:21 AM

Facebook suffers outage affecting users worldwide
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Facebook suffered a widespread outage lasting an hour on Tuesday affecting users worldwide.... 1/27/2015 8:17 AM

Emirati airlines halt flights to Baghdad after shooting
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Three airlines from the United Arab Emirates are cancelling flights to Baghdad after a flight from the Mideast's busiest airport in Dubai came under fire as it landed in the Iraqi capital Monday night.... 1/27/2015 8:12 AM

Japan turns to 'I am Kenji' Facebook page on hostage crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people's hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: "I am Kenji."... 1/27/2015 8:12 AM

Ericsson Q4 profits hit by decline in North America
HELSINKI (AP) -- Wireless equipment maker Ericsson's fourth-quarter fell by more than a third, with strong growth in Middle East, Europe and Asia offset by a decline in North America.... 1/27/2015 8:04 AM

Aer Lingus backs takeover, needs Irish government support
DUBLIN (AP) -- Aer Lingus announced Tuesday it supports a takeover bid by British Airways parent IAG, putting the Irish airline with its trademark shamrock tailfins on course for foreign acquisition nine years after the national flag carrier's privatization.... 1/27/2015 7:57 AM

Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces," as questions rose Tuesday over the government's handling of the crisis.... 1/27/2015 7:55 AM

Leaders mark Auschwitz liberation 70 years on without Putin
OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) -- When the Soviet army entered Auschwitz exactly 70 years ago, finding piles of corpses and prisoners close to death, a Russian soldier took a small and hungry 11-year-old girl into his arms and rocked her tenderly, tears coming to his eyes.... 1/27/2015 7:52 AM

Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R.K. Laxman dies at 94
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R. K. Laxman, who created the innocuous character the `Common Man' who held up a mirror to the absurdity and silliness of Indian politicians, has died of multiple-organ failure, his doctor said. He was 94.... 1/27/2015 7:08 AM

Obama promotes religious and gender equity in India speech
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States as he closed out a three-day visit to New Delhi.... 1/27/2015 6:58 AM

UN: deadly attack on Ukraine city could be war crime
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Deadly rocket attacks on the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol this weekend that "knowingly targeted civilians" violated international humanitarian law and could amount to war crimes, the U.N. political chief said Monday.... 1/27/2015 6:35 AM

Fidel Castro writes statement on shift in Cuba-US relations
HAVANA, Cuba (AP) -- Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro ended his long silence over his country's decision to restore diplomatic ties with the United States, writing that he backs the negotiations even though he distrusts politics in Washington.... 1/27/2015 6:25 AM

Arab lawmakers shake up Israeli politics with historic union
HAIFA, Israel (AP) -- Israel's Arab political parties are banding together under one ticket for the first time ever ahead of national elections in March, hoping to boost turnout and help unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.... 1/27/2015 6:17 AM

Argentine president seeks overhaul of intelligence services
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- President Cristina Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve Argentina's intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of a prosecutor, strongly denying his accusation that she had sought to shield former Iranian officials suspected in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center.... 1/27/2015 5:02 AM

Mexico protest marks 4 months since students' disappearance
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Protesters in Mexico City are marking four months since the disappearance of 43 rural teachers' college students in southern Mexico.... 1/27/2015 4:48 AM

Obama leading delegation of US dignitaries to Saudi Arabia
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama will lead a delegation of lawmakers, senior U.S. officials and two former secretaries of state to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to pay respects to the royal family following King Abdullah's death.... 1/27/2015 4:35 AM

Asia stocks mostly higher as initial Greek jitters ease
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday as markets calmed from initial jitters over Greece's election result, with Tokyo shares making a significant rebound, cheered by the cheap yen.... 1/27/2015 3:58 AM

Failed Iraqi bomber named in Islamic State hostage crisis
BEIRUT (AP) -- In the moments after her husband blew himself up in the ballroom of a Jordanian hotel as part of an al-Qaida plot, Sajida al-Rishawi fled the scene of chaos wearing her own explosive belt.... 1/27/2015 3:34 AM

Canadian soldiers involved in 2 more firefights in Iraq
TORONTO (AP) -- Canadian special forces in northern Iraq have engaged in two more firefights against Islamic State group militants, but Canada's government denies they're involved in combat.... 1/26/2015 11:41 PM

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