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Report: 6 dead after illegal migrant boat sinks off Morocco
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Morocco's state news agency says at least six people died when a boat carrying illegal migrants sank off the Mediterranean shore near the Spanish enclave of Melillla.... 1/30/2015 2:12 PM

Qatar Airways buys nearly 10 percent of BA, Iberia parent
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar Airways said 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 2:10 PM

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 1:57 PM

Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline
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 1:53 PM

Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Artillery fire in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk has killed at least 12 civilians as the fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops intensifies.... 1/30/2015 1:49 PM

Activists: Syrian rebels blow up tunnel under army post
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian opposition fighters on Friday detonated a cache of explosives in a tunnel under an army post in the northwestern province of Idlib, inflicting heavy casualties among government troops, activists said.... 1/30/2015 1:48 PM

Report: woman attacks police in Istanbul with automatic fire
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency says a woman opened automatic weapon fire at a police vehicle in Istanbul's main square, Taksim, before escaping on foot. No one was hurt in Friday's incident.... 1/30/2015 1:41 PM

Germany: Talk of axing Greek debt 'divorced from reality'
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Germany bluntly rejected suggestions that Greece should be forgiven repayment of its rescue loans, as a top eurozone finance official met on Friday the country's new left-wing government leaders in Athens.... 1/30/2015 1:40 PM

Chinese MH370 relatives reject word that passengers are dead
BEIJING (AP) -- About 100 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 1:38 PM

AP PHOTOS: Pinata-making art lives on in Mexican family
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican party isn't complete without a pi??ata, and Melesio Vicente Flores and Cecilia Albarran Gonzalez have spent the last 25 years making high-end versions of the papier-mache figures to later be stuffed with candies and broken open with a stick or club.... 1/30/2015 1:28 PM

Egypt raises death toll from coordinated Sinai attack to 32
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian officials on Friday raised the death toll to 32 from coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula the previous night.... 1/30/2015 1:21 PM

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 1:08 PM

Battle with IS kills senior Kurdish general, 8 of his troops
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- Clashes with Islamic State militants killed a senior Kurdish military commander and eight of his fighters just outside the disputed northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, officials said.... 1/30/2015 1:07 PM

NATO units set for Baltics, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO said Friday it 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.... 1/30/2015 12:54 PM

Bomb blast in southern Pakistan kills 35 at Shiite mosque
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers were gathering for Friday prayers, killing 35 people and wounding dozens, officials said.... 1/30/2015 12:53 PM

EPA administrator at Vatican ahead of encyclical.
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met Friday with Vatican officials who helped draft Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on ecology, evidence that the Obama administration is seeking to hitch its climate-change message onto that of the popular pope.... 1/30/2015 12:50 PM

Italy tries anew to elect president amid political wrangling
ROME (AP) -- Italian lawmakers failed on Friday for a second time to come even close to a consensus to electing the country's new president, a contest which could complicate Premier Matteo Renzi's pursuit of government reforms.... 1/30/2015 12:47 PM

Myanmar opens deep sea port for Chinese oil pipeline
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar has officially opened a deep sea port off its western coast, part of a $2.45 billion port and pipeline project that will carry crude oil from the Middle East to China.... 1/30/2015 12:43 PM

Ahead of election, Israel issues West Bank building tenders
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's settlement watchdog group said Friday that the government has issued hundreds of tenders for housing units in the West Bank, an area the Palestinians demand for their future state, a move that comes several weeks before Israel's national election.... 1/30/2015 12:39 PM

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe new African Union chairman
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- African leaders Friday appointed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as the new chairman of the 54-nation African Union.... 1/30/2015 12:37 PM



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