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A US green-energy blueprint, meant to help Liberia, fails
BUCHANAN, Liberia (AP) -- On paper, the pitch was simple: A green energy company backed by $217 million in U.S. government loans would convert one of Africa's poorest countries into the world's first biomass-driven economy. But the plan to help Liberia collapsed amid questionable business decisions and oversight.... 1/27/2015 8:44 PM

What! Facebook's down? No storm selfies during brief outage
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- No storm selfies, hookups, status updates. With Facebook and Instagram down for nearly an hour overnight, what were legions of users to do?... 1/27/2015 8:37 PM

Brazilian police searching for stolen goods find 2 tanks
SAO PAULO (AP) -- A Brazilian police raid to recover stolen cars and cargo came up with a more interesting find: two war tanks.... 1/27/2015 8:34 PM

Somali prime minister appoints new Cabinet
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somalia's prime minister has unveiled his Cabinet weeks after he withdrew his initial line-up following opposition by the parliament.... 1/27/2015 8:26 PM

Mexico: Investigation shows that all 43 students are dead
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's attorney general declared all 43 students missing since September dead on Tuesday, citing confessions and forensic evidence from the spot near a garbage dump where he said they were killed and incinerated shortly after being seized by police in the southern city of Iguala.... 1/27/2015 8:25 PM

British born Israeli journalist David Landau dead at 67
JERUSALEM (AP) -- David Landau, a British born author and journalist who was a former editor-in-chief of Israel's Haaretz newspaper and also worked for the Jerusalem Post, has died. He was 67.... 1/27/2015 8:24 PM

Venezuelan officials reject allegation of drug trafficking
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan officials are denouncing a report that links the head of the socialist South American country's parliament to the drug trade.... 1/27/2015 8:20 PM

Colombia calls on Venezuela to release jailed opponent
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia is taking a tougher tone with neighboring Venezuela by calling for the release of a jailed opposition leader.... 1/27/2015 8:15 PM

Egypt's police criticized over death of female protester
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's police are coming under withering criticism as signs mount that officers not only fired birdshot at a young mother during a peaceful protest last weekend but then also hampered efforts to save her life by ignoring pleas to let an ambulance take her away.... 1/27/2015 8:05 PM

Iran says it sent warning to Israel via US officials
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Tehran said Tuesday it sent a warning to Israel through the United States over the recent killing of an Iranian general in an alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria, the official IRNA news agency reported.... 1/27/2015 7:24 PM

UN agency halts aid to Gaza war victims over lack of funds
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A U.N. agency said Tuesday it had to suspend an aid program for Gaza war victims because of a shortfall of funding from donor countries.... 1/27/2015 7:21 PM

Inquiry: Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice
LONDON (AP) -- Former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium not once but twice, a British judge was told Tuesday, as an inquiry opened into the slaying one lawyer called an act of nuclear terrorism ordered by Moscow.... 1/27/2015 7:18 PM

On Auschwitz anniversary, leader warns Jews again targets
BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) -- A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis' most notorious death camp on Tuesday and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz, warning of a rise of anti-Semitism that has made many Jews fearful of walking the streets, and is causing many to flee Europe.... 1/27/2015 7:16 PM

Ukraine moves to shut Russia-backed rebels out of talks
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday declared the Russia-backed separatist republics in the east to be terrorist organizations, formally eliminating the possibility of holding peace talks with their representatives, as fighting escalated.... 1/27/2015 7:07 PM

Obama defends US ties as he pays respects in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he joined an array of current and former American statesmen Tuesday in paying respects following the death of King Abdullah.... 1/27/2015 6:59 PM

Donors pledge record $7.5B for global vaccines program
BERLIN (AP) -- Governments and private donors, among them the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have pledged a record $7.5 billion to replenish a global vaccination program for the poor.... 1/27/2015 6:59 PM

Spain: Death count rises to 11 in military jet crash at base
ALBACETE, Spain (AP) -- The death toll from the crash of a Greek F-16 fighter jet during an elite NATO pilot training program rose to 11 Tuesday after a French airman who suffered serious burns died, Spain's Defense Ministry said.... 1/27/2015 6:49 PM

US loans fueled insider deal, failed power plan in Liberia
BUCHANAN, Liberia (AP) -- The auburn-red soil and lush green vegetation lured the foreign investors to Liberia's third-largest city with visions of environmental gold.... 1/27/2015 6:21 PM

2 Rwandan army officers deny charges of public incitement
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- Two officers in Rwanda's military Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges of inciting insurrection against the government.... 1/27/2015 6:17 PM

Somalia suicide bomber had lived in Switzerland
BERLIN (AP) -- A suicide bomber who last week killed himself and three others at a hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu had previously lived in Switzerland.... 1/27/2015 6:13 PM

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