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Italy urged Egypt for help hours after student disappeared
CAIRO (AP) -- Italian officials contacted Egyptian authorities hours after a student later found tortured to death disappeared in central Cairo last month, according to an official summary of early Italian efforts to locate him.... 2/11/2016 11:13 PM

Berlin Film Festival jury questioned over diversity
BERLIN (AP) -- The Berlin International Film Festival became embroiled Thursday in the debate about diversity in the movie industry, with jury president Meryl Streep dismissing questions about the all-white panel by telling reporters that "we're all Africans, really."... 2/11/2016 10:50 PM

Obama administration opening 2-front campaign on Syria
MUNICH (AP) -- The Obama administration opened a two-front campaign on Syria on Thursday with a push to end one war there and step up another.... 2/11/2016 10:37 PM

Riot at prison in northern Mexico leaves 49 inmates dead
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- A brawl between rival drug gangs at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico turned into a riot Thursday, leaving 49 inmates dead and 12 injured in the country's deadliest prison melee in years.... 2/11/2016 10:35 PM

Puerto Rico pushes tax incentives for wealthy amid crisis
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's government is trying to convince hundreds of wealthy investors to move to the U.S. territory, hoping they could help lift it out of a deepening economic crisis.... 2/11/2016 10:14 PM

3 killed in attack on customs post in central Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Mali's Defense Ministry and a witness say three people have been killed in the central Mopti region by armed men attacking a customs post.... 2/11/2016 9:40 PM

Final arguments wrapped in Habre trial; verdict in May
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The lawyers for former Chad dictator Hissene Habre closed their final statements Thursday by dismissing the credibility of testimony and reports that placed direct blame on the leader for the deaths of thousands during his rule.... 2/11/2016 9:28 PM

Nigerian suicide bomber gets cold feet, refuses to kill
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Strapped with a booby-trapped vest and sent by the extremist Boko Haram group to kill as many people as possible, the young teenage girl tore off the explosives and fled as soon as she was out of sight of her handlers.... 2/11/2016 9:13 PM

French govt reshuffle makes Ayrault the new foreign minister
PARIS (AP) -- Former Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, a low-key veteran of the Socialist Party much acquainted with German culture, will become France's new foreign minister.... 2/11/2016 8:51 PM

Lawyer: Witnesses in ex-CBC host assault trial lied
TORONTO (AP) -- The defense lawyer for a former Canadian Broadcast Corp. radio host charged with sexual assault said Thursday the complainants withheld information from police and lied under oath.... 2/11/2016 8:47 PM

Portugal's fellow euro states keep wary eye on its budget
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Portugal's fellow states in the 19-nation eurozone are keeping a wary eye on its new government's plans to roll back budget austerity measures, with the bloc's top executive and Germany both warning the country not to miss deficit targets.... 2/11/2016 8:42 PM

At least 2 dead in Greek helicopter crash
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Authorities in Greece say a navy helicopter has crashed into the eastern Aegean Sea, killing at least two of the three-man crew.... 2/11/2016 8:36 PM

NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis
BRUSSELS (AP) -- In a dramatic response to Europe's gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece.... 2/11/2016 8:21 PM

Economy focus of S. African nation speech, despite heckling
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's struggling economy was the focus point of the president's state-of-the-nation address on Thursday, which went ahead despite disruptions and heckling from opposition politicians.... 2/11/2016 8:16 PM

Ireland slams threats to reporters covering Dublin gang war
DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland's largest newspaper group says its reporters covering the Dublin gang war are receiving death threats from criminals because of their work.... 2/11/2016 8:06 PM

Moroccan freed from Guantanamo now out of jail in homeland
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was jailed again after returning to Morocco in September has been released, but still waits to learn whether he will be charged with "conspiring against national security."... 2/11/2016 7:46 PM

Questions grow over banks as profit warnings pile up
PARIS (AP) -- Questions are growing over the financial health of banks, particularly in Europe and the U.S., as they face a toxic mix of low economic growth, bad loans and squeezed earnings.... 2/11/2016 7:44 PM

Greece, creditors still weeks away from bailout targets deal
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Greece and its international creditors are still weeks away from any possible agreement about the targets that Athens must meet to secure billions to rebuild its shattered economy.... 2/11/2016 7:39 PM

Syrian saved from tip of submerged boat unsure of future
BALIKESIR, Turkey (AP) -- A Syrian man saved in a dramatic rescue operation following a migrant boat accident says his goal was to reach Germany but now he is unsure of his future.... 2/11/2016 7:38 PM

Cyprus president: peace talks headway on governance, economy
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Peace talks aimed at reunifying ethnically split Cyprus have made significant progress on how power will be shared with breakaway Turkish Cypriots and how the economy will function under a federation, the country's president said Thursday.... 2/11/2016 7:26 PM

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