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Cuba digs in heels on concessions as part of better US ties
HAVANA (AP) -- The start of talks on repairing 50 years of broken relations appears to have left President Raul Castro's government focused on winning additional concessions without giving in to U.S. demands for greater freedoms, despite the seeming benefits that warmer ties could have for the country's struggling economy.... 1/25/2015 10:43 PM

UK reviewing security after hoax call to Cameron
LONDON (AP) -- British officials are reviewing security measures Sunday after a hoax caller pretending to be the director of the government's eavesdropping agency managed to get through to Prime Minister David Cameron on the phone.... 1/25/2015 10:06 PM

Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, scores killed
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts.... 1/25/2015 10:02 PM

Images of shot Egypt protester revive criticism of police
CAIRO (AP) -- Images of a mortally wounded protester, blood running down her face and hair as she was lifted from the pavement by a comrade, have touched off powerful criticism of Egypt's government on the anniversary of a revolution initially sparked by police brutality.... 1/25/2015 9:58 PM

Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A triumphant Alexis Tsipras told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party's win in Sunday's early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past.... 1/25/2015 9:57 PM

Belgium sees some room to discuss Greek debt program
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgium's finance minister sees some room to discuss the "modalities" of the Greek debt program with the other eurozone nations after Sunday's election victory of the left-wing Syriza party that seeks an end to painful austerity measures.... 1/25/2015 9:46 PM

Zambia: Edgar Lungu sworn in as new president
LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) -- Edgar Lungu was sworn in as Zambia's new president Sunday.... 1/25/2015 9:33 PM

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Tsipras: New Greek government will negotiate fair, mutually beneficial financial solution.... 1/25/2015 9:29 PM

Tunisia's Islamists will not back new coalition govt
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's powerful Islamist party said Sunday that it will not back the country's new coalition government in an upcoming confidence vote.... 1/25/2015 9:04 PM

Iran foreign minister summoned to explain stroll with Kerry
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has been summoned before parliament to explain his recent public stroll with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, according to a Sunday report by the country's official IRNA news agency.... 1/25/2015 9:03 PM

Iranian lawmakers honor Guard commander over IS victories
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian lawmakers are publicly praising a senior Guard commander for his work fighting the militant Islamic State group.... 1/25/2015 9:01 PM

Venezuela blocks meeting of former leaders, opposition chief
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan authorities have blocked two former Latin American presidents from visiting jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.... 1/25/2015 8:58 PM

Ukraine: Phone calls prove rebels attacked city, killed 30
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's president said Sunday that intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for firing the rockets that pounded the southeastern city of Mariupol and killed at least 30 people.... 1/25/2015 8:42 PM

WHO adopts reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola
GENEVA (AP) -- The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.... 1/25/2015 8:15 PM

Jolie in Iraq, says more needed for Iraq and Syria refugees
DOHUK, Iraq (AP) -- Actress Angelina Jolie, the special envoy for the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, appealed Sunday for urgent funding to assist more than three million displaced Iraqis and Syrians living in dire conditions in northern Iraq.... 1/25/2015 8:06 PM

Obama, Modi declare era of 'new trust' in US-India relations
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declared an era of "new trust" in the often fraught relationship between their nations as the U.S. leader opened a three-day visit to New Delhi.... 1/25/2015 7:32 PM

France finds bodies of 6 skiers buried by avalanche in Alps
PARIS (AP) -- France's interior ministry says the bodies of six French skiers have been found a day after they were swept away by an avalanche in the French Alps.... 1/25/2015 7:21 PM

Egypt: 15 killed in clashes between Islamists, police
CAIRO (AP) -- Anti-government protesters fought street battles with police in Cairo and other cities on Sunday, the fourth anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising, as clashes left at least 15 people dead and dozens injured. Another two people died when an explosive device they were planting under a high-voltage tower in the Nile Delta exploded prematurely, according to security officials.... 1/25/2015 7:19 PM

Congo lawmakers approve revised electoral law after protests
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Lawmakers in Congo have approved a new version of the country's electoral law after scrapping a provision that opposition leaders said was intended to prolong the president's time in power.... 1/25/2015 7:09 PM

Talks in Yemen between political parties, rebels break down
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- U.N.-sponsored talks between Yemeni political parties and Shiite rebels who occupy the capital broke down Sunday, with several main factions calling for renewed protests against the rebels.... 1/25/2015 7:09 PM



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