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Iraq says Islamic State militants "bulldozed" ancient site
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities says Islamic State militants "bulldozed" the Nimrud archaeological site near the northern city of Mosul using heavy military vehicles.... 3/5/2015 9:02 PM

NATO, Russia exchange barbs reminiscent of Cold War days
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- NATO and Russia exchanged heated language reminiscent of Cold War days on Thursday with accusations of sinister geopolitical plotting and human rights abuses flying across an increasingly deep divide.... 3/5/2015 9:01 PM

Syria says it killed military leader of al-Qaida group
BEIRUT (AP) -- The military commander of al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate was killed Thursday in an explosion targeting a meeting of senior militants in northern Syria which also killed and wounded a number of other fighters.... 3/5/2015 8:59 PM

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi ministry: Islamic State militants `bulldoze' Nimrud archaeological site near Mosul.... 3/5/2015 8:50 PM

Oxy pays confidential sum to settle Peru pollution case
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Indigenous communities that sued Occidental Petroleum over contamination in Peru's northern Amazon have reached an out-of-court settlement in which the U.S.-based oil company will pay them an undisclosed sum.... 3/5/2015 8:43 PM

Death toll in east Ukraine mine blast reaches 33
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Officials in a separatist rebel-held city in east Ukraine say the death toll from an accidental explosion at a coal mine has risen to 33.... 3/5/2015 8:41 PM

PLO calls for ending security coordination with Israel
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- A top body in the Palestine Liberation Organization on Thursday called for ending security coordination with Israel - a step that could further escalate tensions.... 3/5/2015 8:37 PM

Ex-wife of Argentine prosecutor says he was killed
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The ex-wife of a prosecutor whose mysterious death has rocked Argentina said Thursday that a team of experts she hired had concluded that her former husband was killed and that his body was moved to the bathroom where he was found dead.... 3/5/2015 8:25 PM

Envelopes with white powder found at Canadian offices
TORONTO (AP) -- Authorities in Quebec launched an investigation after envelopes containing a suspicious white powder were found Thursday in the district offices of at least two Canadian cabinet ministers. It wasn't immediately clear what the powder was and whether it posed a hazard.... 3/5/2015 8:23 PM

South Africa to investigate spy allegations
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The South African government said Thursday that it is investigating allegations, posted on a website, that the head of the state watchdog agency and opposition figures spied for the U.S.... 3/5/2015 8:12 PM

Libya says 11 oil fields non-operational after IS attacks
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Libya's state-run oil corporation has declared 11 oil fields in the country non-operational after attacks by suspected Islamic State militants, opting for a force majeure clause that exempts the state from contractual obligations.... 3/5/2015 8:10 PM

UN: Almost half a million people in Darfur displaced in 2014
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A new report from the U.N. secretary-general says nearly half a million people were displaced in Darfur last year, the highest number in a decade for the chaotic region of western Sudan.... 3/5/2015 7:58 PM

Egypt to offer projects worth $35 billion during conference
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt plans to offer some 50 projects valued at up to $35 billion at an international investment conference later this month, officials said Thursday, as the country looks to revive an economy battered by four years of unrest.... 3/5/2015 7:55 PM

Boko Haram refugees risk lives to cross lake to Chad camps
BAGA SOLA, Chad (AP) -- Kellou Abakar knew she was in trouble as the contractions started not long after an Islamic extremist group attacked her town in Nigeria. Her husband was nowhere to be found, and so she pulled her 4-year-old son onto her back and grabbed her two little girls by the hand.... 3/5/2015 7:54 PM

Egypt's el-Sissi replaces interior minister in reshuffle
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Thursday replaced the country's powerful interior minister as part of a Cabinet reshuffle, in what was taken as a sign of growing frustration at the security forces' inability to staunch an increasingly virulent insurgency.... 3/5/2015 7:41 PM

When in Paris: Kim Kardashian goes platinum for Fashion Week
PARIS (AP) -- Kim Kardashian made a fashion statement of her own at Balmain's show Thursday, showing off newly platinum locks.... 3/5/2015 7:21 PM

Turkish minister urges fight against extremists in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The world never had a plan to end the worsening Syrian conflict, Turkey's prime minister said Thursday.... 3/5/2015 7:09 PM

Iranian special operatives free diplomat abducted in Yemen
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran said Thursday that a team of special operatives has freed an Iranian diplomat abducted more than 19 months ago in Yemen, a rare acknowledgement by Tehran of an intelligence operation carried out on foreign soil.... 3/5/2015 7:06 PM

Insurgent attacks in Iraqi capital kill at least 16 people
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Insurgents unleashed a series of attacks mostly targeting civilian areas in and around the Iraqi capital on Thursday, killing at least 16, as Islamic State militants in the country's north set oil wells ablaze in an attempt to slow government forces battling to reclaim territory.... 3/5/2015 6:33 PM

New Macedonia wiretap lawsuits filed against government
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- An opposition politician in Macedonia who ran in the presidential election last year has filed a lawsuit against the government, claiming he was the victim of a major illegal wiretapping operation.... 3/5/2015 6:21 PM

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