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Russia urged to free Ukrainian officer on hunger strike
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has come under pressure from Europe's human rights watchdog and the United States to free Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian air force officer who is on hunger strike in a Russian prison.... 1/28/2015 8:52 PM

Ukraine rebels claim new key victory is within grasp
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Separatist forces in eastern Ukraine said Wednesday they have almost fully encircled government forces in a town that hosts a strategic railway hub, putting them within grasp of a decisive new victory.... 1/28/2015 8:50 PM

Aide says Argentine prosecutor didn't trust security detail
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The man who gave prosecutor Alberto Nisman the gun that killed him said Wednesday that Nisman feared for the safety of his daughters and didn't trust the policemen protecting him.... 1/28/2015 8:45 PM

Raul Castro: US must return Guantanamo for normal relations
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.... 1/28/2015 8:40 PM

Huge YouTube bulk makes it tough to catch all terror videos
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Internet giant Google said Wednesday that the sheer volume of video on its YouTube website makes it tough to catch all terror related content, complicating the struggle to halt the spread of terrorist propaganda and hostage footage.... 1/28/2015 8:32 PM

Jordan offers swap to Islamic State group to save pilot
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group Wednesday in a desperate attempt to save a Jordanian air force pilot the militants purportedly threatened to kill, along with a Japanese hostage.... 1/28/2015 8:22 PM

Yemen rebels beat, detain demonstrators in capital
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Rebels who control the Yemeni capital beat back dozens of people marching in protest against them on Wednesday, firing automatic rifles in the air and striking protesters with batons and knives.... 1/28/2015 8:02 PM

Venezuela's No. 2 distances himself from defecting bodyguard
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The powerful head of Venezuela's congress moved Wednesday to distance himself from a bodyguard who defected to the United States and reportedly has implicated his former boss as head of drug ring of political and military officials.... 1/28/2015 7:58 PM

Brazil's biggest city may cut water service to 2 days a week
SAO PAULO (AP) -- The worst drought to hit Brazil's biggest city in decades may leave residents with water service only two days a week.... 1/28/2015 7:51 PM

Libya hotel attack signals growing reach of Islamic State
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Militants loyal to the Islamic State group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a deadly and complex attack on a hotel in Libya's capital Tripoli, signaling an expansion of the jihadi group's reach in the chaotic North African state while raising questions about the extent of coordination with leaders in Syria and Iraq.... 1/28/2015 7:50 PM

Controversial French comic tells court he seeks peace
PARIS (AP) -- Controversial French comic Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala has told a court he wants "to make peace" with critics who have accused the 12-times convicted performer of anti-Semitism and inciting racial hatred.... 1/28/2015 7:46 PM

Greece, eurozone creditors gear up for clash over bailout
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's new radical left government has shot the first salvo in what is expected to be a tough clash with fellow eurozone countries over budget cuts that Athens says are choking the life out of its economy.... 1/28/2015 7:38 PM

UN can't reach residents of Islamic State's de facto capital
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations says it cannot deliver aid to 600,000 people in two Syrian cities controlled by the Islamic State group.... 1/28/2015 7:13 PM

Egypt seeks to distance police from protester killing
CAIRO (AP) -- The Egyptian government on Wednesday sought to distance the police from last weekend's shooting death of a female protester, saying a forensic examination showed she was killed by a type of projectile that is "absolutely" not used by security forces.... 1/28/2015 6:12 PM

Petrobras releases profit drop in 3rd quarter 2014
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's scandal-plagued state-run oil company Wednesday released its third quarter report for 2014, showing that profits dropped 9 percent compared to the same period in 2013.... 1/28/2015 6:00 PM

Workers at Britain's National Gallery vote for 5-day strike
LONDON (AP) -- Workers at Britain's National Gallery will be staging a five-day strike beginning next week in a dispute over whether some of its services should be run by an outside contractor.... 1/28/2015 5:45 PM

Pet reptile not a lizard, Lithuanian student finds out
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) -- A baby caiman has found a new home at a Lithuanian zoo after its previous owner tried to sell it online, apparently upon realizing that the pet reptile he was raising in his bathroom wasn't a harmless lizard.... 1/28/2015 5:28 PM

Extremists rampage in northeast Nigeria, no troops fighting
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) -- Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing, burning and looting with no troops protecting civilians, fleeing villagers said Wednesday.... 1/28/2015 5:27 PM

More resignations at top of anti-Islam organization
BERLIN (AP) -- There's more trouble at the top for a German organization protesting the perceived "Islamization" of Europe.... 1/28/2015 5:23 PM

Amal Clooney on legal team in Armenian genocide case
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Lawyer Amal Clooney went before Europe's top human rights court Wednesday to argue against a man convicted of denying the 1915 Armenian genocide.... 1/28/2015 5:15 PM



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