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Philippines rejects US Marine's appeal to drop murder case
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines on Tuesday rejected an appeal by a U.S. Marine that it drop a murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year.... 1/27/2015 2:34 PM

Obama defends US ties as he pays respects in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he led an array of current and former American statesmen in paying respects Tuesday following the death of King Abdullah.... 1/27/2015 2:34 PM

Romanian ex-ministers jailed for espionage, organized crime
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Two Romanian former ministers have been jailed for commercial espionage and treason in the sale of strategic state companies.... 1/27/2015 2:09 PM

Facebook blames internal glitch for hourlong global outage
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Facebook said the outage that made its social media sites inaccessible worldwide for about an hour Tuesday was self-inflicted.... 1/27/2015 2:07 PM

Dutch judge approves hacking suspect's extradition to US
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A Dutch judge on Tuesday approved the extradition to the U.S. of a Russian suspected of involvement in a multimillion-dollar computer hack.... 1/27/2015 2:04 PM

Inquiry: Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice
LONDON (AP) -- A long-awaited inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko opened Tuesday with the revelation that the KGB agent turned Kremlin critic may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium not once - as authorities initially thought - but twice.... 1/27/2015 2:02 PM

Greek bailout critic named new finance minister
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A Greek economist and outspoken bailout critic has been named as finance minister in the country's new left-wing government.... 1/27/2015 1:58 PM

Kurds expand offensive after driving IS out of Syrian town
BEIRUT (AP) -- Kurdish fighters expanded their offensive Tuesday after driving Islamic State militants from the Syrian border town of Kobani the previous day, to retake dozens of surrounding villages still held by the militants, activists and officials said.... 1/27/2015 1:55 PM

Shiite rebel official: Abducted aide to Yemen's leader freed
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- An official representing Yemen's Shiite rebels says an abducted presidential aide has been set free, after his seizure set in motion days of political turmoil that prompted the country's embattled president to resign.... 1/27/2015 1:50 PM

Japan envoy hopeful about hostage release
TOKYO (AP) -- Delicate negotiations were underway Tuesday to secure the release of a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faced questions over his government's handling of the crisis.... 1/27/2015 1:48 PM

Brazilian police searching for stolen goods find 2 tanks
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian police say a raid to recover stolen cars and cargo came up with a more interesting find: two war tanks.... 1/27/2015 1:44 PM

Romania's spy chief who backed security laws resigns
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- The chief of Romania's Intelligence Service has resigned after criticizing the country's top court for rejecting security laws which allowed the government to collect data on people without court approval.... 1/27/2015 1:42 PM

Spain: Death count rises to 11 in military jet crash at base
ALBACETE, Spain (AP) -- The death toll from the crash of a Greek F-16 fighter jet at a Spanish military base during an elite NATO pilot training program rose to 11 Tuesday after a French airman who suffered serious burns died, Spain's Defense Ministry said.... 1/27/2015 1:41 PM

Zimbabwe's white farmers face threats of new evictions
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Most of Zimbabwe's white farmers were stripped of their land in often violent evictions that started in 2000. Now the remaining white farmers are on edge because of threats of new evictions linked to the country's long-running political turmoil.... 1/27/2015 1:35 PM

AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa
LONDON (AP) -- Renewed violence in Ukraine between government forces and Russia-backed separatists this week set off threats from the West of further sanctions against Moscow, while Greek voters weary of austerity measures elected the anti-bailout Syriza party to lead the country.... 1/27/2015 1:34 PM

Kosovo police use tear gas to clear anti-gov't protesters
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) -- Police in Kosovo have fired volleys of tear gas at thousands of anti-government protesters demanding the resignation of a minister who had denied that war crimes were committed against ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 war with Serbia.... 1/27/2015 1:31 PM

India nuke deals still thorny for US despite 'breakthrough'
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India and America's declaration of a breakthrough in contentious nuclear energy cooperation has been met with a lukewarm response from industry and analysts. Few expect the potentially lucrative Indian market to suddenly become less complicated for U.S. nuclear companies.... 1/27/2015 1:29 PM

Obama promotes religious and gender equity in India speech
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States as he closed out a three-day visit to New Delhi.... 1/27/2015 1:20 PM

Japan turns to 'I am Kenji' Facebook page on hostage crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people's hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: "I am Kenji."... 1/27/2015 1:16 PM

3,000 child soldiers to be freed in war-torn South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- About 3,000 child soldiers will be gradually released from an armed group in South Sudan, the United Nations children's agency said after 280 children were freed on Tuesday.... 1/27/2015 1:13 PM



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