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South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The South African government Friday granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of an apartheid state covert unit responsible for dozens of deaths, saying his freedom is in the interest of national reconciliation.... 1/30/2015 5:46 PM

Chances improve for Renzi's pick to become Italian president
ROME (AP) -- Italian Premier Matteo Renzi forged ahead Friday with his candidate for president, even at the risk of losing broad support for his reform agenda, after initial rounds of balloting by lawmakers failed to yield a new head of state.... 1/30/2015 5:45 PM

50 years after funeral, Churchill towers over UK politicians
LONDON (AP) -- Fifty years after Winston Churchill's funeral, British politicians paid tribute Friday to the wartime leader - and tried to energize their election campaigns with a little of the Churchill magic.... 1/30/2015 5:40 PM

Amnesty: Saudis postpone blogger's flogging for 3rd week
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Authorities in Saudi Arabia delayed the planned flogging of a blogger convicted of insulting Islam for a third straight week Friday in the face of growing international pressure against the punishment, according to rights group Amnesty International.... 1/30/2015 5:36 PM

Mexico cuts spending by $8.4 billion due to oil price drop
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico will cut government spending by $8.4 billion this year because of a drop in revenues due to declining oil prices.... 1/30/2015 5:34 PM

Bosnian arms exporter accuses ministers over Ukraine deal
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- A Bosnian arms exporter on Friday made a criminal complaint against the country's current and former ministers of trade for blocking a 5 million-euro deal with Ukraine because of objections from Russia.... 1/30/2015 5:11 PM

BMW fixes security flaw that exposed 2.2M cars to break-ins
BERLIN (AP) -- German automaker BMW says it has fixed a security flaw that made 2.2 million of its vehicles vulnerable to break-ins.... 1/30/2015 5:08 PM

Rio de Janeiro unnerved by wave of stray-bullet cases
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The bullet hit the 4-year-old girl as she waited to cross a street, holding hands with her stepfather and a cousin. The next day, a 9-year-old boy was shot dead at a swimming pool. Soon after, it was a 21-year-old mother of two who was killed by another stray bullet while sitting with a child in her lap.... 1/30/2015 5:08 PM

EU antiterror chief calls for common laws against jihadis
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- The European Union's counterterrorism chief says member states need to have common laws against Europeans traveling to Syria and Iraq to join jihadist groups.... 1/30/2015 5:08 PM

UN chief urges African leaders not cling to power
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general has urged African leaders not to cling to power.... 1/30/2015 5:00 PM

Kurd allies fighting IS in north Iraq hampered by rivalries
SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish forces in recent weeks have retaken parts of the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar, whose Yazidi population was driven out in a humanitarian disaster last year that triggered U.S. intervention. But sniping among Kurdish factions makes the hold on the town seem shaky and is threatening the wider fight against Islamic state militants.... 1/30/2015 5:00 PM

Bomb blast at Shiite Muslim mosque in Pakistan kills 56
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, killing at least 56 people and wounding dozens more, in the deadliest act of anti-Shiite violence in two years.... 1/30/2015 4:42 PM

Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Chad sent a warplane dropping bombs and ground troops to drive Islamic extremists from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Friday.... 1/30/2015 4:40 PM

Hezbollah warns Israel it won't tolerate more attacks
BEIRUT (AP) -- The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Friday that this week's deadly cross-border attack on Israeli soldiers was a message that it will no longer tolerate any Israeli attacks against its members.... 1/30/2015 4:39 PM

NATO to deploy small units in 6 Eastern European nations
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO will deploy small units in six Eastern European nations to help coordinate a spearhead force set up in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine, the alliance's secretary-general said Friday.... 1/30/2015 4:31 PM

Report: 8 dead after illegal migrant boat sinks off Morocco
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- At least eight people died when a boat carrying illegal migrants sank Friday amid gales off Morocco, near the Spanish enclave of Melilla, the latest victims of the treacherous effort to seek a better life in Europe.... 1/30/2015 4:25 PM

Russian military to get 50 intercontinental missiles
MOSCOW (AP) -- The chief of Russia's General Staff says the military will receive 50 intercontinental ballistic missiles this year, maintaining a high tempo of modernization despite the nation's economic downturn.... 1/30/2015 4:21 PM

Thai junta tries to curb dissent and keep good terms with US
BANGKOK (AP) -- When Thailand's military junta sensed it was being criticized this week, the country's rulers reacted as they always do: by issuing stern warnings and summoning those responsible for talks army leaders like to refer to as "attitude adjustments."... 1/30/2015 4:12 PM

Alibaba promises action against fake goods after criticism
BEIJING (AP) -- E-commerce giant Alibaba has pledged to do more to stop sales of counterfeit goods following a public dispute with a Chinese regulator that accused it of failing to protect consumers.... 1/30/2015 4:05 PM

AP NewsBreak: Canada to criminalize public terror threats
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada will introduce new anti-terror laws that will make it a crime to promote terrorism against Canadians online or elsewhere, a senior government official said Friday.... 1/30/2015 4:04 PM



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