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UK report: Spy agencies should seek female recruits online
LONDON (AP) -- British lawmakers say the country's intelligence agencies, which inspired James Bond, are not doing enough to promote real-life Jane Bonds.... 3/5/2015 12:52 PM

European Central Bank holds rates, faces stimulus questions
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- The European Central Bank has kept its key interest rate on hold and will at a press conference later face questions on the details of its 1.1 trillion euro bond-buying stimulus program.... 3/5/2015 12:50 PM

France push for the relaunch of peace talks on Syria
PARIS (AP) -- French president Francois Hollande has called for the relaunch of peace talks to pursue a political solution for Syria and blamed president Bashar Assad for the suffering of Syrian people.... 3/5/2015 12:50 PM

Russian policeman gets 15-year sentence for spying for US
MOSCOW (AP) -- A court in Moscow has convicted a Russian police officer on charges of spying for the United States and sentenced him to 15 years in prison.... 3/5/2015 12:48 PM

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- European Central Bank holds key interest rate at record low as it prepares to start stimulus.... 3/5/2015 12:46 PM

UK's Cameron called 'chicken' for refusing TV debate
LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron is refusing to take part in a head-to-head TV debate with the opposition leader before the U.K's general election, prompting calls of cowardice Thursday from rivals.... 3/5/2015 12:41 PM

Teacher sentenced to 6 years for attempt to join ISIS
LONDON (AP) -- A British judge has sentenced a radicalized chemistry teacher to six years in prison for planning to travel to Syria to fight alongside the Islamic State group.... 3/5/2015 12:41 PM

WHO to begin large-scale testing of Ebola vaccine in Guinea
LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization will start large-scale testing of an experimental Ebola vaccine in Guinea on Saturday to see how effective it might be in preventing future outbreaks of the deadly virus.... 3/5/2015 12:40 PM

Nepal airport's blocked runway strands thousands of people
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal's only international airport remains closed for a second day, cancelling all flights to foreign destinations and stranding thousands of passengers.... 3/5/2015 12:38 PM

Spain sees energy deal as EU step to cut Russia dependence
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Spain has welcomed a new agreement to connect its energy network with those in Portugal and France as a major step toward breaking Europe's dependence on Russian gas supplies.... 3/5/2015 12:38 PM

Attack on US envoy part of S.Korea's violent protest history
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A knife attack Thursday that injured the U.S. ambassador to South Korea is the latest act of political violence in a deeply divided country where some protesters portray their causes as matters of life and death.... 3/5/2015 12:32 PM

Italian PM in Moscow to discuss Russia-EU ties
MOSCOW (AP) -- Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi visited Moscow Thursday for talks focusing on Russia-EU ties, which have been badly strained by the Ukrainian crisis.... 3/5/2015 12:30 PM

Russian NGO ousted from Gulag prison camp museum
MOSCOW (AP) -- An independent Russian organization says it has been ousted from the Gulag prison camp museum that it has run from 1992, leaving "no talk of Stalin."... 3/5/2015 12:27 PM

Insurgent attacks in Iraqi capital kill at least 11 people
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Insurgents unleashed a series of attacks mostly targeting civilian areas in and around the Iraqi capital on Thursday, killing at least 11 and wounding many others, officials said. Meanwhile, Islamic State group militants in the country's north set oil wells ablaze in an attempt to foil government forces battling to reclaim territory.... 3/5/2015 12:25 PM

Last Ebola patient is released in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old English teacher, from a treatment center in the capital on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free.... 3/5/2015 12:19 PM

Myanmar police drag away protesting factory workers
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Police say they have detained more than a dozen factory workers, who were demanding higher wages and better working conditions, in a protest that follows a crackdown on students outside Myanmar's biggest city.... 3/5/2015 12:06 PM

Ex-crew recognizes photos of sunken Japanese battleship
TOKYO (AP) -- A former crewmember on a Japanese battleship that sank during World War II said Thursday he recognized photos of wreckage discovered this week off the Philippines by a team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.... 3/5/2015 11:50 AM

Indonesia rejects Australia offer of swap to stop executions
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Indonesian officials said Thursday they will reject an Australian offer to swap prisoners as part of a last-ditch attempt to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers expected to face a firing squad within days.... 3/5/2015 11:40 AM

Boko Haram refugees risk lives to cross lake to Chad camps
BAGA SOLO, Chad (AP) -- Kellou Abakar knew she was in trouble as the contractions started not long after an Islamic extremist group attacked her town in Nigeria. Her husband was nowhere to be found, and so she pulled her 4-year-old son onto her back and grabbed her two little girls by the hand.... 3/5/2015 11:28 AM

India says it will act against BBC for airing banned film
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's home minister said Thursday that the government would act against the British Broadcasting Corporation after it ignored a court order and aired a documentary about a fatal gang rape in which one of the attackers blames the victim.... 3/5/2015 11:24 AM

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