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Abe 'speechless' after video claims IS hostage dead
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's prime minister said Sunday he was "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed, and he demanded the release of the other.... 1/25/2015 3:39 AM

Explosion shakes Afghan capital, official says 2 wounded
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A truck packed with explosives blew up on the outskirts of the Afghan capital on Sunday, police said, in the first such violent incident in Kabul for almost three weeks.... 1/25/2015 3:09 AM

Father of Japanese hostage reported killed still hopeful
TOKYO (AP) -- The father of the Japanese hostage purportedly killed by Islamic State militants says he's hoping deep in his heart that the news is not true.... 1/25/2015 2:39 AM

Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine's southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the rebels.... 1/25/2015 1:27 AM

Spanish police arrest 4 suspected members of a jihadi cell
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish National Police arrested four suspected jihadis Saturday in the country's North African enclave of Ceuta who allegedly had formed a terror cell and were ready to carry out an attack, the Interior Ministry said.... 1/25/2015 12:50 AM

Reporter covering prosecutor's death leaves Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A journalist credited with being the first to report the gunshot death of federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman has left Argentina because of fear for his safety.... 1/24/2015 11:15 PM

Zambia: Ruling party candidate wins presidential election
LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) -- The candidate from the ruling Patriotic Front, Edgar Lungu, has won Zambia's presidential election called after President Michael Sata died in October, the acting chief justice announced on Saturday.... 1/24/2015 11:14 PM

Celebrities gasp at Dior's hidden orchestra in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- From behind a black curtain in the central catwalk, fashion powerhouse Dior pulled a surprise on its guests in unveiling a concealed orchestra at the start of the Paris menswear show.... 1/24/2015 11:02 PM

British Airways parent makes 3rd takeover bid for Aer Lingus
DUBLIN (AP) -- Officials say the parent company of British Airways has made a third, improved takeover approach to Irish airline Aer Lingus and an announcement of the offer is expected Monday.... 1/24/2015 10:35 PM

Leftists ahead in last polls before Greek national election
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Syriza, the radical left-wing party that has vowed to rewrite the terms of the country's international bailout and end harsh austerity measures, held the lead in the last polls released ahead of Sunday's national election.... 1/24/2015 10:31 PM

Thousands march against socialist president in Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro marched in the capital Saturday to denounce the socialist government for a deepening economic crisis marked by widespread shortages and galloping inflation.... 1/24/2015 9:32 PM

Kerry to visit Nigeria ahead of election
ZURICH (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's plan to stop in Nigeria for meetings with the two leading candidates in the upcoming presidential election signals deep U.S. concerns about postelection violence in a country already devastated by an al-Qaida-linked insurgency.... 1/24/2015 9:20 PM

Obama says terror group has killed hostage; others doubtful
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) -- President Barack Obama is condemning what he calls "the brutal murder" of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group.... 1/24/2015 9:00 PM

Thousands protest in Kosovo, demand Serb minister be fired
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) -- Thousands of ethnic Albanians protested in Kosovo's capital Saturday against a minority Serb politician's denial of war crimes against them and demanded the government take over the management of the country's crucial mining complex.... 1/24/2015 8:37 PM

Tens of thousands protest after president resigns in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Yemenis marched in protest on Saturday against Shiite rebels who hold the capital, amid a power vacuum in a country that is home to what Washington describes as al-Qaida's most dangerous offshoot.... 1/24/2015 8:05 PM

Election measure being withdrawn after Congo unrest
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- The head of Congo's parliament says a controversial measure that led to violent street protests in the enormous country is now being withdrawn.... 1/24/2015 8:05 PM

Protester shot dead at leftist party march in central Cairo
CAIRO (AP) -- A female protester was shot dead by police at a march in downtown Cairo Saturday, her political party said in a statement.... 1/24/2015 8:01 PM

Obama to cut short India trip to pay call on Saudi Arabia
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) -- President Barack Obama will shorten his trip to India and divert to Saudi Arabia, paying respects after the death of King Abdullah and meeting with the oil-rich nation's new monarch, the White House said Saturday.... 1/24/2015 7:52 PM

Libyan extremist group says leader has been killed
CAIRO (AP) -- Benghazi-based extremist Islamic militant group Ansar al-Shariah said Saturday its leader Mohammed al-Zahawi has been killed.... 1/24/2015 7:49 PM

Bolivia caravan celebrates return of god of prosperity
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Hundreds of people have been marching through the streets of Bolivia's capital tossing flowers and dancing to celebrate the return of a 2,000-year-old icon of the god of prosperity, Ekeko.... 1/24/2015 7:43 PM

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