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Russian ruble tumbles after violent weekend in east Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian currency fell by more than 3 percent early Monday, after Western leaders threatened to punish Russia for escalated fighting in eastern Ukraine over the weekend.... 1/26/2015 9:28 AM

Syrian president dismisses talks with 'puppets' in interview
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad dismissed negotiations with Western-backed opposition representatives, calling them "puppets" in an interview with a U.S. magazine published Monday ahead of talks set to begin in Moscow.... 1/26/2015 9:25 AM

Greece's Syriza seeks coalition partners after poll win
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's left-wing Syriza party launched coalition talks Monday, hours after a landmark general election victory fought on a pledge to rewrite the country's massive bailout deal with the eurozone.... 1/26/2015 9:16 AM

Malaysia Air site hacked by group claiming support for IS
HONG KONG (AP) -- The website of Malaysia Airlines was hacked Monday by a group that proclaimed support for the militant Islamic State group and also vowed to release data stolen from the site.... 1/26/2015 9:14 AM

Study: Germans have skeptical view of Israel
BERLIN (AP) -- Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, some 58 percent of Germans say the past should be consigned to history, while three-quarters of Israelis reject the idea of putting the past behind them.... 1/26/2015 9:13 AM

Officials say 2 sons of Egypt's Mubarak freed from prison
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian security officials say two sons of ousted President Hosni Mubarak have been released from prison, nearly four years after they were first arrested along with their father.... 1/26/2015 9:10 AM

Toll of Filipino commandos killed in rebel clash rises to 43
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine police say 43 of their commandos have been killed in a fierce battle in the country's south with Muslim guerrillas while hunting one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects.... 1/26/2015 9:04 AM

Obama takes in India's grand Republic Day parade
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Monday took in a grand display of Indian military hardware, marching bands and elaborately dressed camels, becoming the first American leader to be honored as chief guest at India's annual Republic Day festivities.... 1/26/2015 9:03 AM

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CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian officials say 2 sons of ousted President Hosni Mubarak have been freed from prison.... 1/26/2015 8:57 AM

Japan seeks Jordan's help on gaining hostage's release
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan sought help from Jordan and other countries Monday in its race to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group, with no signs of progress on securing his release.... 1/26/2015 8:51 AM

China's leaders show listening ear on trash but not politics
BEIJING (AP) -- To help sell the public on the need for one of the world's largest trash incinerators in the mountains in west Beijing, Communist Party officials bused in hundreds of people for special tours. They held talks with residents and handed out questionnaires.... 1/26/2015 8:41 AM

France: 10 go on trial in L'Oreal heiress fraud case
PARIS (AP) -- Ten people including a famed French photographer are going on trial, accused of swindling millions of euros in cash and artwork from France's richest woman.... 1/26/2015 8:37 AM

Shiite rebels violently disperse demonstrators in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Shiite rebels armed with knives and batons have attacked and detained demonstrators trying to protest against them in Yemen's capital.... 1/26/2015 8:32 AM

Dwindling group of survivors to mark Auschwitz 70 years on
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A decade ago, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary of the death camp's liberation. On Tuesday, for the 70th anniversary, organizers are expecting 300, the youngest in their 70s.... 1/26/2015 7:47 AM

European woman plunges to death in car from Abu Dhabi tower
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- State media in the United Arab Emirates say a woman from Europe has died after her car plunged six stories from a parking lot in the capital, Abu Dhabi.... 1/26/2015 7:46 AM

Afghan economic crisis looms as foreign aid dollars depart
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's fragile economy has lost around a third of its value in the past year as international aid organizations that poured in cash for more than a decade have drastically scaled back after Western forces effectively ended their 13-year war against the Taliban.... 1/26/2015 7:27 AM

AP Interview: Iraq 'sleeper cells' fight Islamic State group
BAGHDAD (AP) -- "Sleeper cells" made up of former Iraqi police officers and soldiers are tipping off authorities to Islamic State group positions in the northern city of Mosul, a prominent lawmaker has told The Associated Press.... 1/26/2015 7:01 AM

Asia stocks down as anti-austerity party wins Greek election
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stocks and the euro were weaker Monday after Greece's anti-austerity opposition party won a big victory in national elections, renewing fears the European common currency bloc could unravel.... 1/26/2015 6:52 AM

AirAsia scraps fuel surcharges as oil price plummets
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Southeast Asia's biggest budget carrier AirAsia is scrapping fuel surcharges on tickets following the decline in global oil prices.... 1/26/2015 5:22 AM

Australia's knighting of Prince Philip prompts puzzlement
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia's prime minister on Monday dismissed criticism of his decision to make the husband of Queen Elizabeth II an Australian knight, saying Prince Philip has a long history of service Down Under.... 1/26/2015 5:18 AM

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