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S&P downgrades Russia credit rating to junk
LONDON (AP) -- Standard & Poor's rating agency on Monday downgraded Russia's credit grade by one notch to junk status, citing a weakened economic outlook.... 1/26/2015 8:46 PM

Eurozone looks for dialogue after stunning Greece elections
BRUSSELS (AP) -- For a man long seen as the eurozone's worst nightmare, Alexis Tsipras has had a smooth first day as prime minister of Greece.... 1/26/2015 8:43 PM

Canada finds case of H7N9 bird flu in traveler
TORONTO (AP) -- Canadian health authorities said Monday they have diagnosed a case of bird flu in a British Columbia woman who recently returned from China and suspect a man who travelled with her also had it.... 1/26/2015 8:42 PM

US drone strikes resume in Yemen despite turmoil
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A U.S. drone strike targeted al-Qaida in Yemen on Monday, signaling Washington's determination to keep fighting the militants despite political paralysis brought on by a Shiite power grab.... 1/26/2015 8:40 PM

Kurds celebrate ousting Islamic State fighters from Kobani
BEIRUT (AP) -- Jubilant Kurdish fighters ousted Islamic State militants from the key Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday after a four-month battle - a significant victory for both the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition.... 1/26/2015 8:25 PM

Gunshots fired at Emirati plane on landing in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say gunshots were fired at an Emirati passenger plane during landing at Baghdad airport.... 1/26/2015 8:19 PM

First beheading under new Saudi king stirs attention
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia on Monday executed a man convicted of raping several girls in a case that has captured the kingdom's attention and marks the first beheading carried out under the newly enthroned King Salman.... 1/26/2015 8:14 PM

Colombians celebrate Miss Universe title
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Carnival has come a few weeks early to the Caribbean city of Barranquilla where residents took to the streets to show their hometown pride after local girl Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe.... 1/26/2015 8:10 PM

Russia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- A defiant President Vladimir Putin on Monday called the Ukrainian army a "NATO foreign legion," reflecting his readiness to stand up to the West regardless of rising economic costs, as Standard & Poor's rating agency downgraded Russia's credit rating to junk.... 1/26/2015 8:10 PM

Spielberg warns of growing anti-Semitism at Holocaust event
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) -- Film director Steven Spielberg told a group of Holocaust survivors on Monday that Jews are again facing the "perennial demons of intolerance" from anti-Semites who are provoking hate crimes and trying to strip survivors of their identity.... 1/26/2015 7:55 PM

Spain: 10 dead, 13 hurt in crash of Greek F-16 jet at base
MADRID (AP) -- A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other aircraft on the ground during NATO training in southeastern Spain Monday, killing at least 10 people, Spain's Defense Ministry said.... 1/26/2015 7:36 PM

Trainor and Styles write a duet about heartbreak
LONDON (AP) -- Meghan Trainor and Harry Styles have put their heartbreak into a duet.... 1/26/2015 7:10 PM

Cumberbatch says sorry for calling black actors 'colored'
LONDON (AP) -- Benedict Cumberbatch says he was an "idiot" to refer to non-white actors as "colored."... 1/26/2015 7:00 PM

Canadian soldiers involved in 2 more firefights in Iraq
TORONTO (AP) -- Canadian special forces in northern Iraq have engaged in two more firefights against Islamic State group militants, but Canada's government denies they're involved in combat.... 1/26/2015 6:40 PM

Prosecutor seeks 26 years for Costa Concordia captain
ROME (AP) -- Prosecutors asked a court to convict the captain of the Costa Concordia and sentence him to 26 years in prison Monday for the 2012 shipwreck off Tuscany that killed 32 people, saying the term is hardly excessive given the death toll.... 1/26/2015 6:23 PM

Japan seeks Jordan's help in gaining hostage's release
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese diplomat emerged from talks in Jordan on Monday with no signs of progress in securing the release of a freelance journalist held hostage by the extremist Islamic State group.... 1/26/2015 6:14 PM

Ireland unveils credit card-style passports for EU travel
DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland is launching a new plastic passport for travel in Europe - and Irish citizens can provide their own selfies as the ID photo.... 1/26/2015 6:09 PM

Failed Iraqi bomber named in Islamic State hostage crisis
BEIRUT (AP) -- In the moments after her husband blew himself up in the ballroom of a Jordanian hotel as part of an al-Qaida plot, Sajida al-Rishawi fled the scene of chaos wearing her own explosive belt.... 1/26/2015 6:06 PM

Italy promo gets thumbs up for turning stereotypes around
ROME (AP) -- Italy is making waves by turning stereotypes on their head - and selling the world its more serious side.... 1/26/2015 5:59 PM

2 suspected looters killed in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Two suspected looters in South Africa were fatally shot bringing to six the number of people killed in more than a week of attacks on shops owned by African immigrants in the Johannesburg area, police said Monday.... 1/26/2015 5:41 PM

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