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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

Riot at prison in northern Mexico leaves 52 inmates dead
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- A brawl between rival drug gangs at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico turned into a riot Thursday, leaving 52 inmates dead and 12 injured in the country's deadliest prison melee in years.... 2/11/2016 8:38 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

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 7:43 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

Israel appoints new head of Shin Bet security agency
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has appointed a new head of its shadowy Shin Bet internal security agency.... 2/11/2016 7:07 PM

The Latest: Syria talks underway in Munich
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local):... 2/11/2016 7:05 PM

George Clooney hopes to meet Merkel to discuss refugees
BERLIN (AP) -- Actor George Clooney says he plans to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the situation in Syria, which has contributed to the surge in refugees coming to Europe over the past year.... 2/11/2016 7:03 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 7:01 PM

Official: Hamas prevents senior UN staffer from leaving Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A United Nations official says the Islamic militant Hamas has prevented a senior employee of the international organization from leaving the Gaza Strip.... 2/11/2016 6:43 PM

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