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Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian who hurled firebomb
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says troops have shot a pair of Palestinians who were throwing firebombs at Israeli vehicles in the West Bank. Palestinian officials say one of them, 18-year-old Ahmad Najar, was killed and another was lightly wounded.... 1/31/2015 7:21 PM

Fire at Bangladesh plastics factory kills at least 13
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A fire swept through a plastic packaging factory on Saturday night in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, killing at least 13 people, a fire department official said.... 1/31/2015 7:20 PM

British actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82
LONDON (AP) -- The family of longtime actress Geraldine McEwan says she has died following treatment for a stroke. She was 82.... 1/31/2015 7:19 PM

Yemenis say US drone strike kills 4 al-Qaida operatives
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni tribal and security officials say a U.S. drone strike has hit a car in Yemen's Shabwa province, killing four suspected al-Qaida operatives.... 1/31/2015 7:18 PM

Officials say bombings kill 14 people around Iraq's capital
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of bombings in and around the Iraqi capital killed 14 people Saturday and a senior Kurdish commander died in clashes with Islamic State militants in northern Iraq.... 1/31/2015 7:16 PM

Charlie Hebdo fans to wait for new issue as survivors rest
PARIS (AP) -- There will be no Charlie Hebdo at newsstands this week.... 1/31/2015 7:15 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 7:08 PM

Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine (AP) -- Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be evacuated with as many belongings as they could carry.... 1/31/2015 6:45 PM

Macedonia opposition leader accused of organizing a coup
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- The leader of Macedonia's opposition was charged Saturday with preparing a coup and prevented from leaving the country.... 1/31/2015 6:36 PM

President: Egypt faces long fight to defeat Sinai militants
El-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi told his nation to prepare for a long fight to defeat Islamic extremists Saturday following a wave of attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.... 1/31/2015 6:35 PM

Vatican: 2 prelates are investigated in child porn case
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A Vatican spokesman says two Polish-born prelates are being investigated by Holy See authorities for alleged possession of child pornography.... 1/31/2015 6:29 PM

Italy's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president
ROME (AP) -- Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, was elected Saturday as Italy's president in the third day of balloting by lawmakers.... 1/31/2015 6:18 PM

Spanish radical left party gets boost with huge Madrid rally
MADRID (AP) -- At least 100,000 people marched through Madrid on Saturday in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, which hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in the Spanish general election later this year.... 1/31/2015 6:10 PM

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 6:06 PM

Swiss police: 4 dead after avalanche hits group of skiers
BERLIN (AP) -- Police in Switzerland say four people are dead after an avalanche hit a group of skiers in the southeast of the country.... 1/31/2015 5:49 PM

Morocco, France mend long spat, restore legal collaboration
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- After a year-long rupture, France and Morocco restored their cooperation in legal matters on Saturday, a move allowing closer counterterrorism cooperation.... 1/31/2015 5:39 PM

Anti-Charlie Hebdo protest in Kabul turns violent
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A protest in the Afghan capital, Kabul, Saturday against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, turned into a violent confrontation between riot police and demonstrators, police said.... 1/31/2015 5:36 PM

Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94
BERLIN (AP) -- Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany's World War II surrender a "day of liberation" for his country as he urged it to confront the Nazi past, and promoted reconciliation during a tenure spanning the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94.... 1/31/2015 5:09 PM

Fire devastates major Russian library, threatens rare texts
MOSCOW (AP) -- A fire at one of Russia's largest public libraries has been raging for a day, threatening to destroy thousands of rare documents.... 1/31/2015 4:57 PM

South Africa riots raise worry about anti-foreign sentiment
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African youths recently swept through an intersection in the heart of Soweto township, breaking into immigrant-owned shops and grabbing whatever they could - soda, a loaf of bread, sometimes even the shelves. Nearly 40 years ago, at the same intersection, young blacks marched to protest the white racist rulers of the time, drawing a bloody crackdown that shocked the world.... 1/31/2015 4:53 PM

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