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Extremists attack biggest city in northeast Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian troops Sunday repelled Islamic extremists who attacked from four fronts on Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeast Nigeria, with several civilians killed by aerial bombs and grenades and mortar shells on the ground.... 2/1/2015 1:55 PM

Horror in Japan as video purports to show hostage beheaded
TOKYO (AP) -- Appalled and saddened by news of journalist Kenji Goto's purported beheading by Islamic State extremists, Japan ordered heightened security precautions Sunday and said it would persist with its non-military support for fighting terrorism.... 2/1/2015 1:55 PM

Japan mourns Kenji Goto as caring and courageous reporter
TOKYO (AP) -- Whether in tsunami-stricken northeastern Japan or conflict-ridden Sierra Leone, the stories of the vulnerable, the children and the poor drove the work of journalist Kenji Goto.... 2/1/2015 1:55 PM

Egypt antiquities showman tells the world it's safe to visit
KRUGERSDORP, South Africa (AP) -- Egypt's best-known archaeologist is a passionate showman with an explorer's fedora who joined the last, doomed Cabinet of President Hosni Mubarak, then resigned in a swirl of corruption allegations after the 2011 revolution ousted his patron. Admired or reviled, he is once again a frontman for Egypt, exhorting international audiences to see the heritage of a country where unrest has hit tourism hard.... 2/1/2015 1:54 PM

Arabic news channel backed by Saudi prince goes on air
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- The fight for Arabic news viewers is heating up.... 2/1/2015 1:49 PM

Djokovic wins 5th Australian Open title, denies Murray a 1st
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open title and his eighth career Grand Slam while extending Andy Murray's misery at Melbourne Park.... 2/1/2015 1:47 PM

Serbia grants citizenship to main rival of Palestine leader
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Serbia has granted citizenship to a key political rival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after he pledged millions of dollars in investments from the Emirates, where he has lived in exile.... 2/1/2015 1:43 PM

Romanian mountain Ice Church draws all types of Christians
BALEA LAC, Romania (AP) -- High on a remote mountain in Romania, priests have blessed a church made entirely from ice, outstanding both for its architectural style as well as being a place for religious tolerance.... 2/1/2015 1:35 PM

Ukraine: 13 troops killed in fight with Russia-backed rebels
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine says 13 of its servicemen have been killed and 20 wounded in the fighting with Russia-backed separatist forces over the past 24 hours.... 2/1/2015 1:25 PM

Thousands of Hong Kongers march for democracy
HONG KONG (AP) -- Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched through Hong Kong's streets Sunday in the first major rally since mass protests last year.... 2/1/2015 1:20 PM

Thai luxury train locomotive catches fire, no one hurt
BANGKOK (AP) -- The locomotive of a luxury train carrying about 200 mostly European tourists caught fire Sunday morning as it was leaving a station in western Thailand, but no one was hurt.... 2/1/2015 1:11 PM

Bomb on bus in central Damascus kills 7
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A bomb exploded on a bus near Damascus' medieval city center on Sunday, killing at least seven people, including Lebanese Shiite pilgrims, according to Syrian activists and Lebanese media.... 2/1/2015 1:00 PM

Flash floods hit Greece, destroy bridge, force evacuations
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Flash floods caused by heavy rains have submerged large areas in northwestern Greece, forcing authorities to evacuate hundreds of people from several villages in the Epirus region.... 2/1/2015 12:59 PM

Rights group: Egypt 'covering up' protester deaths
CAIRO (AP) -- Rights group Amnesty International has accused Egyptian authorities of intimidating witnesses and whitewashing evidence in order to cover up the role of security forces in the killing of more than two dozen people during protests last week.... 2/1/2015 12:40 PM

Iran's Ahmadinejad launches website ahead of vote
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched a website ahead of parliamentary elections next year in a sign he may be eyeing a political comeback despite a recent corruption scandal.... 2/1/2015 12:35 PM

UN says violence in Iraq kills at least 1,375 in January
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The United Nations mission to Iraq said Sunday that violence in the country amid the war against the extremist Islamic State group killed at least 1,375 people in January.... 2/1/2015 12:34 PM

Court invader interrupts Australian Open men's final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- A protester was stopped on court by security during the Australian Open men's final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on Sunday night, causing a short delay in play during the second set.... 2/1/2015 12:01 PM

Pope to visit Sarajevo to boost 'brotherhood and peace'
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis says he will visit Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, in hopes of boosting efforts toward brotherhood in the country that was ravaged by war two decades ago.... 2/1/2015 11:53 AM

Jordan renews swap offer to free pilot held by Islamic State
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan renewed an offer Sunday to swap an al-Qaida prisoner for a fighter pilot held captive by the Islamic State group, a day after a video purportedly showed the militants beheading a Japanese hostage.... 2/1/2015 11:38 AM

US defense contractor says staff targeted in Saudi shooting
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A U.S. defense contractor confirmed Sunday that two of its American employees were shot at in Saudi Arabia, marking the second time in less than four months that the company's staff has been targeted.... 2/1/2015 11:07 AM

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