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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

Japan studying latest message in Mideast hostage crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan was studying the latest message purportedly from the Islamic State group, which extends the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi prisoner, while officials worked feverishly Thursday to try to free a Japanese journalist held by the militants.... 1/29/2015 8:34 AM

Police question child who backed Charlie Hebdo attackers
PARIS (AP) -- An 8-year-old boy from the south of France who claimed to support the men who attacked the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was detained and questioned by police for defending terrorism.... 1/29/2015 8:24 AM

Israel-Lebanon border calm day after escalation
SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) -- The Israeli-Lebanese border is calm but Israel remains on alert a day after the deadliest escalation since the two sides' 2006 war.... 1/29/2015 8:05 AM

Myanmar tallies 1,114 bird species, 20 previously unrecorded
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black and white falconet with a surprised, panda-like expression.... 1/29/2015 8:03 AM

Latest Taliban attacks across Afghanistan kill 17
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A spate of Taliban attacks across Afghanistan overnight and on Thursday morning killed at least 17 people, officials said, the latest violence that comes as insurgents increasingly target local police and Afghan forces after most foreign combat troops withdrew at the end of last month.... 1/29/2015 8:01 AM

Sri Lanka says to return private lands in civil war areas
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's new government plans to give back military-held private land in the country's war-ravaged north and release detainees, a minister said, in apparent moves at post-civil war reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils.... 1/29/2015 7:46 AM

Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market.... 1/29/2015 7:28 AM

Chinese officials call attention to baby, gender imbalances
BEIJING (AP) -- For decades, most urban Chinese families could have only one child. Now, officials in China's biggest city are telling young couples: Please have more children.... 1/29/2015 7:25 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 6:51 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 said in a memoir to be published next week.... 1/29/2015 6:40 AM

Israeli center-left alliance looks to unseat Netanyahu
JERUSALEM (AP) -- When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his unwieldy coalition and called new elections last month, he appeared almost certain to be returned once more to office. But a new center-left alliance has surged past his Likud party in the polls, turning the March 17 contest into a toss-up.... 1/29/2015 6:40 AM

India fires top foreign office official
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The Indian government has fired its top foreign ministry official, replacing her with its current ambassador to the United States.... 1/29/2015 6:03 AM

Philippines: Growth shows we're no longer sick man of Asia
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Philippine official says the country no longer deserves to be branded the "sick man of Asia" after its economy grew more than 6 percent for a third consecutive year.... 1/29/2015 5:53 AM

Inquest: Sydney caf?? hostage killed by police bullet
SYDNEY (AP) -- A hostage who died during a siege in a downtown Sydney cafe was killed when she was struck by fragments of a bullet fired from a police officer's gun as authorities stormed in to end the 16-hour standoff, a lawyer told an inquest on Thursday.... 1/29/2015 5:48 AM

AP PHOTOS: Chilean kids cool off during summer heat wave
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- When the news spreads through the neighborhood that a small aquatic park is being installed in the local plaza, the children are the first to show up and excitedly watch a water truck fill up inflatable swimming pools.... 1/29/2015 5:01 AM

Philippines says peace pact collapse would aid terrorists
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine president has warned that the collapse of a peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group would abet terrorism and fresh violence after criticism of the accord followed the killing of 44 police commandos in what authorities said was an accidental clash with the guerrillas.... 1/29/2015 4:35 AM

Naomi Campbell steals show at couture as Bruni is mobbed
PARIS (AP) -- Singer Carla Bruni, actress Catherine Deneuve and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese were among regulars attending the spectacular displays at Paris' haute couture week Wednesday.... 1/29/2015 4:31 AM

Panama high court OKs corruption probe of ex-president
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Panama's Supreme Court voted Wednesday to open a corruption probe against former President Ricardo Martinelli, a move likely to rally popular support in a nation where the politically powerful rarely face justice for misdeeds.... 1/29/2015 4:17 AM

North Korea may be restarting nuke plant: US institute
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.... 1/29/2015 3:44 AM



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