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Portugal approves citizenship plan for Sephardic Jews
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Five centuries after burning thousands of Jews at the stake, forcing them to convert to Christianity or expelling them, Portugal is granting citizenship rights to their descendants as part of an attempt to make amends.... 1/29/2015 4:18 PM

Greek bailout in focus as EU parliament head visits Athens
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The first European official to visit Greece since the country elected a new left-wing government said Thursday that he expects clashes over how to lighten the country's bailout, but no rash actions from Athens.... 1/29/2015 4:15 PM

Bosnians split over sale of weapons to Ukraine
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- A Bosnian arms exporter has threatened to sue government officials who are blocking a 5 million-euro deal his company has with Ukraine because of objections from Russia.... 1/29/2015 4:14 PM

Gas blast at Mexico City children's hospital, dozens injured
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A powerful gas tank truck explosion shattered a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, killing at least three people and injuring dozens.... 1/29/2015 4:12 PM

Lawyers seek review of ICC refusal to probe Gaza flotilla
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Lawyers are calling for a review of the International Criminal Court prosecutor's decision not to investigate the storming by Israel of an aid flotilla that was heading to Gaza.... 1/29/2015 4:00 PM

Syria talks in Moscow end without visible results
MOSCOW (AP) -- Representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition have wrapped up four days of consultations in Russia with a general statement avoiding any sharp issues.... 1/29/2015 3:59 PM

Jordan seeks proof captive pilot alive before any IS trade
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan on Thursday demanded proof from Islamic State militants that a Jordanian pilot they are holding is still alive, despite purported threats by the group to kill the airman at sunset unless an al-Qaida prisoner is freed from death row in Jordan.... 1/29/2015 3:58 PM

Thai junta blocks discussion of media censorship
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's junta has forced a German foundation to cancel a prominent forum on media restrictions imposed since the military toppled an elected government last May.... 1/29/2015 3:57 PM

Dinosaur no more: UK museum's Dippy to be retired in 2017
LONDON (AP) -- Dippy the dinosaur is being retired from London's Natural History Museum - and his fans aren't happy.... 1/29/2015 3:47 PM

Syria government airstrikes kill at least 8 in IS-held city
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian activists say government airstrikes have killed at least eight people in a northern town held by the Islamic State.... 1/29/2015 3:41 PM

Judge orders accounts of former Petrobras president opened
SAO PAULO (AP) -- A Brazilian judge has ordered that the bank accounts of a former president of Petrobras, Brazil's state-run oil company, be made available to prosecutors investigating allegations of overbilling.... 1/29/2015 3:40 PM

Netanyahu blasts Iran for Hezbollah attack on Lebanon border
SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday blamed Iran for a deadly flare-up along the Lebanese border, the deadliest escalation on the disputed frontier since the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel.... 1/29/2015 3:36 PM

Report: Hundreds of thousands of Africans are stateless
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- A new report says hundreds of thousands - perhaps millions - of Africans are stateless because of gaps in the citizenship laws of many countries.... 1/29/2015 3:33 PM

Milan Expo 2015 tightening security after Paris attacks
MILAN (AP) -- Milan Expo 2015 world's fair officials say they are heightening security following last month's terror attacks in Paris.... 1/29/2015 3:32 PM

UK government: Data from police killings probes lost in mail
LONDON (AP) -- The British government says files from three judge-led inquiries - two of them into killings by police - have been lost in the mail.... 1/29/2015 3:26 PM

Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's government formally declared still-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 an accident on Thursday and said all those on board were presumed dead, paving the way for compensation claims but angering victims' families still waiting for evidence of the plane's fate.... 1/29/2015 3:24 PM

EU plans to step up fight on online jihadi propaganda
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- The EU on Thursday called for more help from Internet companies to fight online terrorist propaganda in the face of the terror attacks in France.... 1/29/2015 3:24 PM

Attacks kill 16 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Bombings and a shooting killed at least 16 people around the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday, including soldiers and Shiite militiamen, officials said.... 1/29/2015 3:15 PM

Italy lawmakers vote for new president in test for Renzi
ROME (AP) -- Italian lawmakers were casting ballots Thursday for a new president in a test of Premier Matteo Renzi's ability to rally his fractured party behind a candidate who would also be palatable to opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi, whose support is needed for the government's ambitious reform agenda.... 1/29/2015 3:08 PM

Rights group blasts IS for atrocities
BEIRUT (AP) -- Human Rights Watch on Thursday blasted Islamic State militants over their atrocities, but also criticized the "sectarian and abusive" policies of the Syrian and Iraqi governments, saying they fuel extremism.... 1/29/2015 3:07 PM

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