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Australian paper mocked for obit of 'The Thorn Birds' author
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia's largest newspaper was facing sharp criticism over its obituary of the nation's most famous author, whom it described as plain and overweight.... 1/31/2015 3:51 AM

German World War II panzer ace Otto Carius dies at 92
BERLIN (AP) -- Otto Carius, a World War II German panzer ace credited with destroying more than 150 enemy tanks, mostly on the Eastern Front, has died at 92.... 1/31/2015 2:12 AM

Thai junta tries to curb dissent and keep good terms with US
BANGKOK (AP) -- When Thailand's military junta sensed it was being criticized this week, the country's rulers reacted as they always do: by issuing stern warnings and summoning those responsible for talks army leaders like to refer to as "attitude adjustments."... 1/31/2015 12:31 AM

Test of gun finds only DNA of deceased Argentine prosecutor
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Testing of the pistol used to kill a prosecutor who had leveled incendiary charges against Argentina's president has found traces of DNA only belonging to him, the lead investigator in the case said Friday.... 1/30/2015 11:39 PM

IS hostage drama shows change in propaganda technique
BEIRUT (AP) -- The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the extremist group's propaganda technique.... 1/30/2015 11:39 PM

Venezuela allows security forces to use firearms in protests
C ARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Human rights groups and Venezuela's opposition are criticizing the government's new authorization for riot police to use firearms to control protests.... 1/30/2015 11:19 PM

Thousands protest right-wingers at Vienna ball, 38 detained
VIENNA (AP) -- As elegant pairs waltzed under crystal chandeliers Friday, thousands of raucous demonstrators outside their lavish palace ball demanded an end to the black-tie event, which they say draws the far-right fringe from across Europe. Police detained dozens and at least two people were injured.... 1/30/2015 11:07 PM

Canada to criminalize public terror threats
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada announced a new anti-terror law Friday that will make it a crime for people to call for a terrorist attack, even if they don't make a specific threat.... 1/30/2015 10:59 PM

Mexico cuts spending by $8.4 billion due to oil price drop
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico said Friday it will cut government spending by $8.4 billion this year because of a drop in revenues due to declining oil prices.... 1/30/2015 10:30 PM

Africans open new front in war on terror to fight Boko Haram
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Schoolgirls torn from their families in a mass kidnapping and forced into sexual slavery. Bombs that ripped through bus stations. The slaughter of hundreds of villagers, many with their throats cut.... 1/30/2015 10:08 PM

Propane deliveries part of daily life in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- It was the sort of scene that plays out thousands of times a day across Mexico City: A tanker truck laden with propane rumbled down a crowded street, pulled up at a hospital and began to pump gas into its storage tanks.... 1/30/2015 10:00 PM

Venezuela says it shot down suspected drug plane near Aruba
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's military confirmed on Friday that it shot down over the Caribbean Sea a small civilian plane believed to be carrying drugs, and officials on the neighboring island nation of Aruba said packets of cocaine were found in the waters where the craft went down.... 1/30/2015 9:46 PM

Jamaica Senate starts debate on pot decriminalization bill
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaica's Senate on Friday started debating a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot and establish a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry on the island where the drug has long been pervasive but prohibited.... 1/30/2015 8:42 PM

Kurd allies fighting IS in north Iraq hampered by rivalries
SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish forces in recent weeks have retaken parts of the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar, whose Yazidi population was driven out in a humanitarian disaster last year that triggered U.S. intervention. But sniping among Kurdish factions makes the hold on the town seem shaky and is threatening the wider fight against Islamic state militants.... 1/30/2015 8:19 PM

Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline
TOKYO (AP) -- The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive.... 1/30/2015 8:15 PM

Deadline nears for 'stateless' in Dominican Republic
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- An important deadline loomed Friday for tens of thousands of people in the Dominican Republic who were born in the country but are not considered citizens because they are the descendants of migrants, mostly from neighboring Haiti.... 1/30/2015 8:11 PM

5 may face preliminary charges over jihadi network in France
PARIS (AP) -- Five people have appeared before a French judge and could face preliminary charges over a jihadi recruiting network in a small southern town from where several youths went to fight in Syria and Iraq.... 1/30/2015 8:09 PM

Amnesty: Saudis postpone blogger's flogging for 3rd week
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Authorities in Saudi Arabia delayed the planned flogging of a blogger convicted of insulting Islam for a third straight week Friday in the face of growing international pressure against the punishment, according to rights group Amnesty International.... 1/30/2015 8:02 PM

Egypt blames Muslim Brotherhood for deadly Sinai attack
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for playing a role in a sophisticated insurgent attack that killed 31 people in Egypt's volatile northern Sinai Peninsula. El-Sissi, a former army chief, cut short a trip to Ethiopia to return to Cairo Friday, as state television broadcast the arrival of the bodies of slain soldiers in coffins draped with Egyptian flags.... 1/30/2015 7:50 PM

Germany to Greece: Don't mess with us over debt, austerity
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece and its European bailout creditors were in open dispute Friday, with Germany bluntly rejecting suggestions the heavily-indebted country should be forgiven part of its rescue loans and warning against "blackmail" from Athens.... 1/30/2015 7:20 PM



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