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Eurozone prices plunge 0.6 pct amid weak growth, cheap oil
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Falling oil prices and a weak economy caused consumer prices in the eurozone to drop even more sharply in January ahead of the start of a 1 trillion euro ($1.1 trillion) stimulus effort by the European Central Bank.... 1/30/2015 10:12 AM

Former Bulgarian president dies at 79
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Zhelyu Zhelev, a philosopher and communist-era dissident who became Bulgaria's first democratically elected president, died Friday, his family said. He was 79.... 1/30/2015 10:11 AM

Pakistan bomb blast kills 6 at Shiite Muslim mosque
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A senior Pakistani police official says a bomb blast at a mosque belonging to the minority Shiite sect of Islam has killed six people.... 1/30/2015 10:08 AM

Senior Kurdish military commander killed in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Officials say a senior Kurdish military commander and eight Kurdish fighters have been killed in clashes with Islamic State militants in northern Iraq.... 1/30/2015 10:04 AM

World stocks uneven ahead of US growth report
HONG KONG (AP) -- World stock markets were uneven Friday and Wall Street futures slid ahead of quarterly growth figures that will show whether weakness in China, Japan and Europe has hit the U.S. economy.... 1/30/2015 9:57 AM

Britain marks 50th anniversary of Churchill's funeral
LONDON (AP) -- Britain is paying tribute to Winston Churchill with a memorial service to mark the 50th anniversary of the wartime leader's funeral.... 1/30/2015 9:57 AM

Nigeria's president: Troops liberate town from Boko Haram
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan says troops have retaken a northeast town and several villages from Boko Haram. There was no way to immediately confirm the claim.... 1/30/2015 9:50 AM

Teen who demanded airtime on Dutch TV in police custody
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A 19-year-old student carrying a fake pistol who forced his way into the Dutch national broadcaster and demanded airtime was in custody Friday as police investigated his motives.... 1/30/2015 9:41 AM

Vietnam grounds decades-old Huey choppers after fatal crash
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam's military has temporarily grounded Vietnam War-era U.S.-built helicopters after a crash killed four personnel.... 1/30/2015 9:41 AM

Philippines mourns 44 commandos; terror suspect hunted
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine president said Friday he has ordered the hunt for a Filipino terror suspect who escaped an anti-terrorist operation that resulted in the killings of 44 police commandos, the biggest single-day combat loss in recent years that threatened to derail a peace deal with Muslim rebels.... 1/30/2015 9:39 AM

Chinese MH370 relatives reject word that passengers are dead
BEIJING (AP) -- Many Chinese families of passengers on the missing Malaysian airliner demanded Friday that Malaysian officials retract their statement that all aboard died, saying that without hard evidence they don't want to start compensation claims.... 1/30/2015 9:35 AM

South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Eugene de Kock, a death squad leader for the apartheid state, has been granted parole after two decades in jail, the South African government announced Friday.... 1/30/2015 9:34 AM

Qatar Airways buys nearly 10 percent of BA, Iberia parent
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar Airways announced Friday it has bought nearly 10 percent of the parent company of British Airways and Spain's Iberia, deepening wealthy Qatar's business ties to Europe and intensifying competition with the airline's fast-growing Gulf rivals.... 1/30/2015 9:25 AM

Belgian authorities detain 4 in anti-terror sweep
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgian authorities have detained four suspects during an anti-terror sweep linked to the recruitment of potential jihadis to go fight in Syria.... 1/30/2015 9:17 AM

Pakistanis fleeing offensive find new dangers in Afghanistan
KHOST, Afghanistan (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have sought shelter at a sprawling refugee camp in a volatile region of Afghanistan after crossing the mountainous border to escape a military onslaught against insurgents.... 1/30/2015 9:04 AM

Russian official: West aims to turn business against Kremlin
MOSCOW (AP) -- A top Russian official has accusing a leading rating agency of trying to turn tycoons against the Kremlin.... 1/30/2015 8:42 AM

China education minister demands rejection of Western values
BEIJING (AP) -- China's education minister has issued a stern warning against threats to communist ideological purity in higher education, saying Western values must never be permitted to infiltrate the classroom.... 1/30/2015 8:33 AM

US-backed Mexico dam project triggered protest, rare defeat
SANTA URSULA, Mexico (AP) -- When the U.S. government backed construction of a new hydroelectric plant in southwestern Mexico, residents rose up and defeated a three-year, $30 million project supported by the little-known Overseas Private Investment Corp. in Washington.... 1/30/2015 8:19 AM

Egypt's IS affiliate claims Sinai attacks that killed 26
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- An Egyptian militant group affiliated with the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in three towns in the restive Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 26 security officers.... 1/30/2015 8:18 AM

Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap
TOKYO (AP) -- The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive.... 1/30/2015 8:16 AM

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