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Zimbabwe's Mugabe to celebrate 91st birthday
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's longtime leader, has sought to brush away concerns that his wife controls him, saying she is "not the power behind my throne."... 2/27/2015 3:07 PM

Powerful undersea earthquake shakes southern Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A powerful undersea earthquake shook parts of southern Indonesia on Friday, but no major damage or tsunami were expected because of its depth.... 2/27/2015 3:05 PM

Somali pirates release 4 Thai sailors held nearly 5 years
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A U.N. official says Somali pirates have released four Thai sailors who were held hostage for nearly five years.... 2/27/2015 2:48 PM

Detentions of major Mexico drug chiefs in recent years
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Recent captures or killings of top Mexican drug cartel leaders:... 2/27/2015 2:46 PM

US concerned over human rights, free speech in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A U.S. State Department official has expressed concern over a Turkish security bill that would expand police rights to use firearms and to search and detain people.... 2/27/2015 2:46 PM

Syria expels 2 key UN humanitarian staffers
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Syrian government expelled two key U.N. humanitarian staffers because of their contact with armed opposition groups while trying to arrange aid deliveries - a decision that could harm a new effort to secure a six-week truce in the country's largest city, the U.N. humanitarian chief says.... 2/27/2015 2:42 PM

Mexico official: Top capo nabbed in western Michoacan state
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, who once terrorized western Michoacan state and was one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords , was captured early Friday by federal police, according to a Mexican official.... 2/27/2015 2:41 PM

Vatican whodunit: What happened to books on marriage?
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A whodunit is making the rounds at the Vatican.... 2/27/2015 2:39 PM

South Africa: Parents find daughter 17 years after kidnap
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A newborn was kidnapped from a Cape Town hospital in 1997 but her parents never gave up hope and now, 17 years later, they have found her.... 2/27/2015 2:38 PM

UNESCO chief decries 'cultural cleansing' in IS video
PARIS (AP) -- The head of the U.N. cultural agency denounced the Islamic State group's destruction of ancient statues and artifacts as "cultural cleansing" and a war crime that the world must punish.... 2/27/2015 2:37 PM

Gaza tunnel collapses, killing senior Egyptian officer
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian security officials say a senior army officer was killed and another was injured when a cross-border smuggling tunnel with the Gaza Strip collapsed after troops went into it to investigate.... 2/27/2015 2:17 PM

Scale of racism in World Cup host Russia exposed by study
LONDON (AP) -- Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World Cup, a report provided to The Associated Press reveals.... 2/27/2015 2:15 PM

The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth
CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) -- From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging underfoot to re-shape Earth.... 2/27/2015 2:14 PM

Kurdish fighters advance on Syrian town held by IS militants
BEIRUT (AP) -- Kurdish fighters were closing in on a northeastern Syrian town that is a key stronghold of the Islamic State group on Friday, activists said. The town and the surrounding province have become the latest battleground in the fight against the IS extremists who this week captured up to 220 Christians there.... 2/27/2015 2:09 PM

German Parliament approves Greece's bailout extension
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece's financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens.... 2/27/2015 2:07 PM

Attackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday.... 2/27/2015 2:06 PM

Millions of young risk hearing loss from loud music, UN says
BERLIN (AP) -- The World Health Organization says millions of young people around the world are at risk of hearing loss from loud music.... 2/27/2015 2:00 PM

Rediscovered Picasso to go on display in Paris museum
PARIS (AP) -- The Pompidou Centre in Paris hopes to display a long-vanished Picasso painting in May, now that it has been recovered by U.S. customs authorities.... 2/27/2015 1:54 PM

Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to Japan's prince
TOKYO (AP) -- Britain's Prince William, on his second day of a four-day trip to Japan, had tea Friday with Crown Prince Naruhito. Both princes may be equally charming, but it is no contest which one is seen as more approachable.... 2/27/2015 1:52 PM

Cash-strapped Ukraine struggles to keep Russia gas supplies
MOSCOW (AP) -- Cash-strapped Ukraine sought to buy time in its effort to ensure continued gas supplies from Russia, making a $15 million payment Friday to Moscow as it waits for international rescue loans to arrive.... 2/27/2015 1:50 PM

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