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DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Al-Jazeera welcomes Egypt's release of reporter Peter Greste, presses for colleagues' freedom.... 2/1/2015 3:13 PM

Pope to visit Sarajevo to boost 'brotherhood and peace'
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis announced on Sunday that 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 3:06 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 3:05 PM

Egypt releases Australian Al-Jazeera reporter
CAIRO (AP) -- Al-Jazeera English reporter Peter Greste left Egypt on Sunday on a flight to Cyprus after being released from prison, following an apparent approval of the Australian journalist's deportation from the country's president, officials said.... 2/1/2015 3:04 PM

Bomb on bus in central Damascus kills 7
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A bomb placed on a bus ferrying Lebanese pilgrims around Shiite holy sites in Damascus exploded Sunday, killing at least seven people, according to Syrian activists and Lebanese media.... 2/1/2015 3:02 PM

Ukraine: 13 troops killed in fight with Russia-backed rebels
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Russian-backed separatists kept up their assault Sunday on railway hub in eastern Ukraine, fighting that authorities said has killed 13 government troops and wounded 20 others over the last day.... 2/1/2015 3:01 PM

Spain: 400 migrants repelled after storming border fence
MADRID (AP) -- Spain says 400 African migrants tried to storm border fences separating its North African enclave Melilla from Morocco and has warned of a buildup in numbers across the frontier.... 2/1/2015 2:59 PM

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 2:58 PM

Greek finance chief holds Paris talks amid tensions
PARIS (AP) -- Greece's finance minister is holding talks in Paris amid high tensions with international creditors, as his country's new leftist leadership seeks to renegotiate huge debts.... 2/1/2015 2:49 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 2:42 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, Serbian officials said Sunday.... 2/1/2015 2:37 PM

Rights group: Egypt covering up protester deaths
CAIRO (AP) -- Rights group Amnesty International on Sunday accused Egyptian authorities of intimidating witnesses and whitewashing evidence to cover up the role of security forces in the killing of more than two dozen people during protests last week.... 2/1/2015 2:09 PM

Flash floods hit Greece, Albania, force evacuations
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Flash floods caused by heavy rains have hit northwestern Greece and southern Albania, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of villagers Sunday and destroying a famous 18th-century stone bridge.... 2/1/2015 2:01 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

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

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

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

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