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Attackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday.... 2/27/2015 3:54 PM

Amsterdam warns tourists white heroin being sold as cocaine
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Authorities in Amsterdam are warning about potentially lethal white heroin that is being sold as cocaine after three Danish tourists became ill in the city this week.... 2/27/2015 3:54 PM

ICC prosecutor: Evidence against Ugandan rebel incomplete
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- The International Criminal Court's prosecutor says she needs more time to build the case against against a Ugandan rebel commander who faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.... 2/27/2015 3:51 PM

UN free speech expert praises US net neutrality decision
BERLIN (AP) -- The U.N.'s independent expert on freedom of speech has praised the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for voting to enforce "net neutrality" rules for the broadband industry.... 2/27/2015 3:45 PM

Russian court upholds sentence for opposition leader Navalny
MOSCOW (AP) -- An appeals court in Moscow has upheld a 15-day sentence for prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.... 2/27/2015 3:44 PM

Mexico official: Top capo nabbed in western Michoacan state
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords who terrorized the western state of Michoacan as head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early Friday by federal police, according to a Mexican official.... 2/27/2015 3:42 PM

Soviet army monument banned from returning to Warsaw square
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Warsaw city councilors have banned a 1945 monument of Polish-Soviet World War II brotherhood in arms from being returned to its place in a city square.... 2/27/2015 3:34 PM

UK spies face questions about failure to stop 'Jihadi John'
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday that Britain's intelligence services do a good job and make "incredibly difficult judgments," after revelations that the masked Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" had been on their radar for years.... 2/27/2015 3:31 PM

Detentions of major Mexico drug chiefs in recent years
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Recent captures or killings of top Mexican drug cartel leaders:... 2/27/2015 3:28 PM

Afghan troops push Taliban from key southern district
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan forces on Friday routed the Taliban from a large swath of a key southern province that has long been an important insurgent stronghold, in their first major solo operation since international combat forces pulled out of the country, an American general and a senior Afghan police officer said.... 2/27/2015 3:22 PM

Madonna: Hit my head, got whiplash in Brits stage tumble
LONDON (AP) -- Madonna says she hit her head and suffered whiplash when she was yanked backward down some steps while performing live at the Brit Awards.... 2/27/2015 3:17 PM

Experts blame anti-vaccine lobby for Bosnia measles outbreak
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Medical experts are warning that the anti-vaccination lobby is growing in Bosnia, often using scientifically discredited arguments to stoke parental fears in the worst-affected country in Europe's measles outbreak.... 2/27/2015 3:13 PM

Cuban cigar makers anticipate big bucks from US travelers
HAVANA (AP) -- Over six decades rolling premium cigars with his small, wrinkled hands, Arnaldo Alfonso has taken pride in seeing his "habanos" sampled by visiting heads of state and other dignitaries.... 2/27/2015 3:11 PM

Zimbabwe's Mugabe to celebrate 91st birthday
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's longtime leader, has sought to brush away concerns that his wife controls him, saying she is "not the power behind my throne."... 2/27/2015 3:07 PM

Powerful undersea earthquake shakes southern Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A powerful undersea earthquake shook parts of southern Indonesia on Friday, but no major damage or tsunami were expected because of its depth.... 2/27/2015 3:05 PM

Somali pirates release 4 Thai sailors held nearly 5 years
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A U.N. official says Somali pirates have released four Thai sailors who were held hostage for nearly five years.... 2/27/2015 2:48 PM

US concerned over human rights, free speech in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A U.S. State Department official has expressed concern over a Turkish security bill that would expand police rights to use firearms and to search and detain people.... 2/27/2015 2:46 PM

Syria expels 2 key UN humanitarian staffers
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Syrian government expelled two key U.N. humanitarian staffers because of their contact with armed opposition groups while trying to arrange aid deliveries - a decision that could harm a new effort to secure a six-week truce in the country's largest city, the U.N. humanitarian chief says.... 2/27/2015 2:42 PM

Vatican whodunit: What happened to books on marriage?
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A whodunit is making the rounds at the Vatican.... 2/27/2015 2:39 PM

South Africa: Parents find daughter 17 years after kidnap
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A newborn was kidnapped from a Cape Town hospital in 1997 but her parents never gave up hope and now, 17 years later, they have found her.... 2/27/2015 2:38 PM



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