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Gorbachev warns of military conflict between Russia, West
MOSCOW (AP) -- Ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says the confrontation between Russia and the West could spill into all-out war.... 1/29/2015 10:53 AM

Rights group blasts IS for atrocities, Iraq, Syria policies
BEIRUT (AP) -- Human Rights Watch on Thursday blasted Islamic State militants over their atrocities, but also criticized the Syrian and Iraqi governments over what the New York-based group described as "sectarian and abusive" policies that fuel extremism.... 1/29/2015 10:51 AM

Stig Bergling, Swede who spied for Soviets, dies
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Stig Bergling, a former Swedish security officer who spied for the Soviet Union during the Cold War, has died. He was 77.... 1/29/2015 10:51 AM

Rome Jewish leader triggers police intervention at Auschwitz
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The head of Rome's Jewish community and four others were questioned by police after triggering an alarm at the visitor's center at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.... 1/29/2015 10:50 AM

Worker dies on Taiwan film lot to be used for Scorsese movie
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- A worker has died in an accident at a Taiwanese film lot during preparations for the shooting of a new Martin Scorsese movie.... 1/29/2015 10:46 AM

Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday officially declared the crash of Flight 370 an accident, fulfilling a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims.... 1/29/2015 10:40 AM

Boat carrying migrants sinks near Bangladesh; 20 missing
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) -- A fishing boat carrying migrants to Malaysia capsized Thursday off the southern coast of Bangladesh and about 20 people were missing, officials said.... 1/29/2015 10:38 AM

'Thornbirds' author Colleen McCullough dies at age 77
SYDNEY (AP) -- Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness.... 1/29/2015 10:28 AM

WHO: Ebola response shifts to ending epidemic
LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization says officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the virus' spread.... 1/29/2015 10:21 AM

As Iraqi Kurds gain ground from IS, local Sunnis are wary
ESKI MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- An unarmed Sunni Arab man walked along a road in a patch of northern Iraq newly liberated from Islamic State extremists, holding a white surrender flag - a signal to Kurdish fighters that he is not a militant. Cars drove by, a similar white banner flying from their windows.... 1/29/2015 10:21 AM

UN chief: Boko Haram to top discussions at Africa Union meet
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- A spokesman for the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he will be attending the African Union heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and that the threat posed by Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group in Nigeria, will be a focus.... 1/29/2015 10:17 AM

EU parliament president to meet with new Greek gov't
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The European Parliament's president is to be the first European official to visit Athens, a day after announcements by Greece's nascent radical left government on rolling back a series of key budget commitments sent the country's stock market plummeting.... 1/29/2015 10:16 AM

Dozens of flights cancelled in German airport strikes
BERLIN (AP) -- Dozens of flights are being canceled at Germany's Duesseldorf and Cologne-Bonn airports after private security workers walked off the job in a dispute over wages.... 1/29/2015 10:13 AM

Bus crashes into fuel truck in Afghanistan, 23 killed
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says at least 23 people died and 31 were injured when a bus crashed into a fuel truck on a narrow road in southern Zabul province.... 1/29/2015 10:07 AM

Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian investigators say the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in controls when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded.... 1/29/2015 9:56 AM

UN seeking $3.1 billion to help children at risk
BERLIN (AP) -- The United Nations is appealing for $3.1 billion to reach 62 million children at risk in humanitarian crises worldwide, including those living in Ukraine, Syria and other conflict zones and in areas affected by the Ebola epidemic.... 1/29/2015 9:40 AM

Japan says it trusts Jordan to help Islamic State hostage
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan said it was putting its trust in Jordan to help gain the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants, after the latest message purportedly from his captors extended until sundown Thursday in the Middle East the deadline for the Jordanians to release an Iraqi prisoner.... 1/29/2015 9:38 AM

Russia suspends role in Europe's human rights watchdog
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- The head of Russia's delegation to Europe's human rights watchdog says the country will suspend its involvement after losing its right to vote.... 1/29/2015 9:31 AM

N. Korea demanded $10 billion for summit: ex-Seoul leader
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il repeatedly pushed for summit talks with South Korea before his 2011 death but the plans failed because Pyongyang demanded $10 billion and large-scale shipments of food and fertilizer, a former South Korean president says in a memoir to be published next week.... 1/29/2015 9:30 AM

Global stocks hit by oil plunge, Fed mention of rate hike
TOKYO (AP) -- Global shares fell Thursday after oil prices plunged and the Federal Reserve issued a reminder it is still on track to raise interest rates this year. The release of weaker-than-expected retail sales figures in Japan was another reason for gloom.... 1/29/2015 8:49 AM

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