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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 4:43 PM

Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday.... 1/31/2015 4:41 PM

Spanish radical left party gets boost with huge Madrid rally
MADRID (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of 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 4:40 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 4:20 PM

Italy's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president
ROME (AP) -- Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, as the nation's new president on the third day of voting Saturday.... 1/31/2015 3:56 PM

Ex-spy chief wanted in Colombia for wiretaps surrenders
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- The former head of Colombia's intelligence agency ended several years on the run and surrendered to face charges of spying on opponents of former President Alvaro Uribe.... 1/31/2015 3:51 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 3:49 PM

Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) -- When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas.... 1/31/2015 3:45 PM

5 given preliminary charges over jihadi network in France
PARIS (AP) -- French authorities filed preliminary charges on Saturday against five men allegedly implicated in a jihadi recruiting network based in a small southern town from where about 20 youths went to fight in Syria and Iraq.... 1/31/2015 3:37 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 2:55 PM

Bahrain revokes citizenship of IS group ideologue
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Bahraini authorities say they have stripped the citizenship of a senior member of the Islamic State militant group and dozens of other people.... 1/31/2015 2:39 PM

Cumberbatch, Fry, others urge UK to pardon gay men
LONDON (AP) -- Oscar-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch has joined others in calling for the British government to pardon gay and bisexual men convicted in the past under the defunct "gross indecency" law.... 1/31/2015 2:21 PM

Serena Williams wins 6th Australian, 19th major title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title and continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals by extending her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova.... 1/31/2015 2:13 PM

Officials say bombings kill 9 people around Iraq's capital
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of bombings in and around the Iraqi capital killed nine people Saturday and a senior Kurdish commander died in clashes with Islamic State militants in northern Iraq.... 1/31/2015 1:48 PM

Official: UK police need more stun guns due to terror threat
LONDON (AP) -- The head of Britain's Police Federation says all front-line officers need to be equipped with stun guns because of the rising terror threat.... 1/31/2015 1:45 PM

Fire devastates major Russian library
MOSCOW (AP) -- A fire at one of Russia's largest public libraries has been raging for more than 17 hours, to destroy thousands of rare documents.... 1/31/2015 1:43 PM

Morocco, France mend long spat, restore legal collaboration
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- France and Morocco have announced that they have ended a long running spat by restoring judicial cooperation severed nearly a year earlier.... 1/31/2015 1:08 PM

Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such ridicule that it was quickly taken down.... 1/31/2015 12:27 PM

Germany's Merkel says she doesn't see another Greek debt cut
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined the refusal of Greece's European creditors to consider forgiving part of the debt-ridden country's rescue loans, though she stressed in an interview published Saturday that Berlin's aim is to keep Greece in the eurozone.... 1/31/2015 12:20 PM

China offers up to $50K in cash for terror tips in Tibet
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities are offering up to 300,000 yuan ($50,000) for tips on terrorism activities in the Himalayan region of Tibet, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday.... 1/31/2015 10:54 AM



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