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Attacks kill 9 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say bombings and a shooting have killed nine people, including three soldiers, around Baghdad.... 1/29/2015 12:21 PM

Netanyahu blasts Iran for Hezbollah attack on Lebanon border
SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that Iran is to blame for a deadly flare-up along the Israeli-Lebanese border the previous day, the deadliest escalation in the disputed zone since the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel.... 1/29/2015 12:18 PM

Stig Bergling, Soviet spy who fled from Swedish prison, dies
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Stig Bergling, a former Swedish security officer who sold secrets to the Soviet Union during the Cold War and brazenly escaped while serving a life sentence for espionage, has died. He was 77.... 1/29/2015 12:17 PM

Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's government declared Thursday the crash of Flight 370 an accident to pave the way for compensation claims, angering victims' families still waiting for evidence while officials said the search for wreckage will go on.... 1/29/2015 12:11 PM

Philippines warns ASEAN over China reef reclamation
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines has urged fellow Southeast Asian nations to jointly demand that China stop its land reclamation in contested South China Sea reefs.... 1/29/2015 12:09 PM

UN chief: Boko Haram to top discussions at Africa Union meet
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The threat posed by Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebels, will be a focus of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he attends the African Union heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a spokesman said.... 1/29/2015 12:08 PM

Italy lawmakers vote for new president in test for Renzi
ROME (AP) -- Lawmakers cast ballots Thursday for a new Italian president in a vote testing Premier Matteo Renzi's abilty to rally his divided party behind his reform agenda and a single candidate.... 1/29/2015 12:06 PM

New deadline approaches in Islamic State hostage crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- A sunset deadline was approaching Thursday in the Middle East for Jordan to release an Iraqi prisoner or face the death of a captured Jordanian air force pilot, according to the latest threat purportedly issued by the Islamic State group.... 1/29/2015 12:05 PM

Uganda: Mass trial over alleged terror ties to start
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A dozen suspects have appeared in a Ugandan court to face charges, including murder and terrorism, amid what local officials say is the budding threat of Islamic here.... 1/29/2015 11:54 AM

EU parliament president to meet with new Greek government
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The European Parliament's president is to be the first European official to visit Athens, a day after announcements by Greece's nascent radical left government on rolling back a series of key budget commitments sent the country's stock market plummeting.... 1/29/2015 11:41 AM

Russia suspends role in Europe's human rights watchdog
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Russia has extended its walkout from Europe's human rights watchdog after again losing its right to vote over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.... 1/29/2015 11:40 AM

Islamic State standoff involves prisoner, pilot, journalist
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- A young Jordanian fighter pilot, a female al-Qaida recruit who tried to blow up a hotel ballroom in Amman and a veteran Japanese war correspondent are at the center of a life-and-death standoff with the Islamic State group.... 1/29/2015 11:39 AM

Miners rally in Prague to demand brown coal mining expansion
PRAGUE (AP) -- Hundreds of miners are rallying in Prague to pressure the government to allow the expansion of brown coal mining in northern Czech Republic.... 1/29/2015 11:39 AM

'The Thorn Birds' author Colleen McCullough dies at age 77
SYDNEY (AP) -- Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness.... 1/29/2015 11:38 AM

Dinosaur no more: Fans lament loss of museum's iconic Dippy
LONDON (AP) -- Dippy the dinosaur is being retired from London's Natural History Museum - and his fans aren't happy.... 1/29/2015 11:37 AM

France: Crew tried to eject in NATO jet crash that killed 11
PARIS (AP) -- The head of France's air force says the crash of a NATO jet in Spain that left 11 people dead, including nine French airmen, came after the Greek crew tried to eject from the plane during a failed takeoff.... 1/29/2015 11:34 AM

Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in controls when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded.... 1/29/2015 11:33 AM

Worker dies on Taiwan film lot to be used for Scorsese movie
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- A worker was killed in an accident Thursday at a Taiwanese film lot during preparations for the shooting of a new Martin Scorsese movie, media reports said.... 1/29/2015 11:22 AM

WHO: Ebola response shifts to ending epidemic
LONDON (AP) -- Health officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the deadly virus' spread, the World Health Organization said Thursday.... 1/29/2015 11:21 AM

Romania: ex-minister indicted for money-laundering
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Prosecutors have indicted a former presidential candidate, who was one of Romania's most influential politicians in recent years, on suspicion of money-laundering and making false statements.... 1/29/2015 11:05 AM



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