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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

Yemen president refuses to reconsider resignation
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's president will not reconsider his resignation, despite pressure for him to do so by rebels who control the capital and who he says are holding him "at gunpoint," an official close to him said Saturday.... 1/31/2015 5:48 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 5:43 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

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, and quickly established as priorities both efforts to revive his country's moribund economy and to encourage unity in Europe's fight against a `'new season of terror."... 1/31/2015 5:06 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

Fire at Bangladesh plastics factory kills at least 13
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A fire official says at least 13 people are dead after a fire swept through a plastic packaging factory in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.... 1/31/2015 4:54 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

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

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

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

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