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Analysis: The world's problems enter Japan's psyche, again
TOKYO (AP) -- The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place.... 2/1/2015 10:24 AM

Thousands of Hong Kongers march for democracy
HONG KONG (AP) -- Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators have marched through Hong Kong's streets in the first major rally since mass protests last year.... 2/1/2015 10:21 AM

Japan mourns Kenji Goto as caring and courageous reporter
TOKYO (AP) -- Whether in tsunami-stricken northeastern Japan or conflict-ridden Sierra Leone, the stories of the vulnerable, the children and the poor drove the work of journalist Kenji Goto.... 2/1/2015 10:15 AM

Extremists attack biggest city in northeast Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Islamic extremists attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeast Nigeria from four fronts overnight with the crescendo of warfare - booming cannon and whooshing rockets - continuing Sunday, witnesses said.... 2/1/2015 10:00 AM

US defense contractor says staff targeted in Saudi shooting
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A U.S. defense contractor says two of its employees were the Americans shot at in Saudi Arabia on Friday, marking the second such incident for the company in less than four months.... 2/1/2015 9:42 AM

UN says violence in Iraq kills at least 1,375 in January
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The United Nations mission to Iraq said Sunday that violence in the country amid the war against the extremist Islamic State group killed at least 1,375 people in January.... 2/1/2015 9:27 AM

Japanese shocked, saddened by purported slaying of hostage
TOKYO (AP) -- The news of the purported killing of journalist Kenji Goto by Islamic State militants rushed through Japan early Sunday morning, shocking and saddening people in a nation that has embraced pacifism and where many were not emotionally prepared to cope with the hostage crisis:... 2/1/2015 9:14 AM

Family of Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State demands word
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Worried relatives of a Jordanian fighter pilot asked their government Sunday to be more open about negotiations for his release, after a second Islamic State group hostage was shown beheaded in a video purportedly from the militants.... 2/1/2015 9:12 AM

Emirati sisters attacked by London intruder return home
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The United Arab Emirates' state news agency says the Gulf nation dispatched a medical plane to bring three sisters home nearly 10 months after they were attacked by a hammer-wielding intruder in their luxury London hotel room.... 2/1/2015 8:40 AM

African leaders to court: Drop cases against top Africans
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The International Criminal Court should drop or suspend charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto until African concerns about the court and proposals to change its founding treaty are considered, African leaders say.... 2/1/2015 8:00 AM

Horror in Japan as video purports to show hostage beheaded
TOKYO (AP) -- Appalled and saddened by news Sunday of journalist Kenji Goto's beheading, apparently by Islamic State extremists, Japan ordered heightened security precautions, but vowed not to give in to terrorism.... 2/1/2015 7:40 AM

African leaders to court: Drop case against Sudan's leader
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- African leaders have called for the suspension or termination of charges at the International Criminal Court against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto.... 2/1/2015 7:14 AM

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.... 2/1/2015 3:30 AM

Chile's president pushes to ease ban on all abortions
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- President Michelle Bachelet sent legislation to Congress on Saturday proposing to allow some abortions in Chile, a socially conservative South American nation that is among the few countries in the world that ban abortion in all circumstances.... 2/1/2015 12:52 AM

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 11:55 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



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