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Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot
TOKYO (AP) -- A special Japanese envoy in Jordan has expressed hope that both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces."... 1/27/2015 3:59 AM

Asia stocks mostly higher as initial Greek jitters ease
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday as markets calmed from initial jitters over Greece's election result, with Tokyo shares making a significant rebound, cheered by the cheap yen.... 1/27/2015 3:58 AM

Argentine president seeks overhaul of intelligence services
BUENOS AIRES (AP) -- President Cristina Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve Argentina's intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of a prosecutor, strongly denying his accusations that she had sought to shield former Iranian officials suspected in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center.... 1/27/2015 3:35 AM

Failed Iraqi bomber named in Islamic State hostage crisis
BEIRUT (AP) -- In the moments after her husband blew himself up in the ballroom of a Jordanian hotel as part of an al-Qaida plot, Sajida al-Rishawi fled the scene of chaos wearing her own explosive belt.... 1/27/2015 3:34 AM

Fidel Castro writes statement on shift in Cuba-US relations
HAVANA, Cuba (AP) -- Former President Fidel Castro has ended his silence over the Dec. 17 declaration that Cuba and the United States would move to restore full diplomatic relations, writing that though he does not trust Washington's politics, differences between the nations should be resolved through cooperation.... 1/27/2015 3:18 AM

Mexico protest marks 4 months since students' disappearance
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Protesters in Mexico City are marking four months since the disappearance of 43 rural teachers' college students in southern Mexico.... 1/27/2015 12:42 AM

Canadian soldiers involved in 2 more firefights in Iraq
TORONTO (AP) -- Canadian special forces in northern Iraq have engaged in two more firefights against Islamic State group militants, but Canada's government denies they're involved in combat.... 1/26/2015 11:41 PM

Frenchwoman freed from Mexico jail sues ex-president, others
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Frenchwoman who became a cause celebre in her country after she was jailed for kidnapping in Mexico is suing a former Mexican president, other ex-officials and a major TV network, her lawyer said Monday.... 1/26/2015 11:35 PM

UN: deadly attack on Ukraine city could be war crime
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Deadly rocket attacks on the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol this weekend that "knowingly targeted civilians" violated international humanitarian law and could amount to war crimes, the U.N. political chief said Monday.... 1/26/2015 11:20 PM

Egypt: Release of Mubarak's sons caps weekend of violence
CAIRO (AP) -- In a sign of confidence by a tough Egyptian government, Hosni Mubarak's two sons were freed Monday after almost four years in prison, following a weekend marked by a spate of protester killings by an increasingly heavy-handed police force.... 1/26/2015 11:08 PM

Kate Hudson reveals derriere at Versace, Portman hits Dior
PARIS (AP) -- At Paris' high-octane couture week, what happens on the catwalk is only half the story.... 1/26/2015 11:02 PM

WikiLeaks slams Google over delay in revealing US warrants
BERLIN (AP) -- WikiLeaks on Monday criticized Google for failing to swiftly inform the secrets-spilling group about U.S. search warrants issued seeking emails and other personal information from three of its staff.... 1/26/2015 10:59 PM

US drone strikes resume in Yemen despite turmoil
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A U.S. drone strike targeted al-Qaida in Yemen on Monday, signaling Washington's determination to keep fighting the militants despite political paralysis brought on by a Shiite power grab.... 1/26/2015 10:39 PM

Kurds celebrate ousting Islamic State fighters from Kobani
BEIRUT (AP) -- Jubilant Kurdish fighters ousted Islamic State militants from the key Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday after a four-month battle - a significant victory for both the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition.... 1/26/2015 10:28 PM

Spain: 10 dead, 21 hurt in crash of Greek F-16 jet at base
MADRID (AP) -- A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other aircraft on the ground during NATO training in southeastern Spain Monday, killing at least 10 French and Greek military personnel, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said.... 1/26/2015 10:23 PM

Colombians celebrate Miss Universe title
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Carnival has come a few weeks early to the Caribbean city of Barranquilla where residents took to the streets on Monday to show their hometown pride after local beauty queen Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe.... 1/26/2015 10:16 PM

Spielberg warns of growing anti-Semitism at Holocaust event
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) -- Film director Steven Spielberg told a group of Holocaust survivors on Monday that Jews are again facing the "perennial demons of intolerance" from anti-Semites who are provoking hate crimes and trying to strip survivors of their identity.... 1/26/2015 9:55 PM

Russia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- A defiant President Vladimir Putin on Monday called the Ukrainian army a "NATO foreign legion," reflecting his readiness to stand up to the West regardless of rising economic costs, as Standard & Poor's rating agency downgraded Russia's credit rating to junk.... 1/26/2015 9:20 PM

Greece's first radical left prime minister sworn in
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Tieless and eschewing the traditional religious swearing-in ceremony, but with a surprise coalition deal in the bag and a sanguine international reception, radical left leader Alexis Tsipras took over Monday as austerity-wracked Greece's new prime minister.... 1/26/2015 9:02 PM

S&P downgrades Russia credit rating to junk
LONDON (AP) -- Standard & Poor's rating agency on Monday downgraded Russia's credit grade by one notch to junk status, citing a weakened economic outlook.... 1/26/2015 8:46 PM



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