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Ukraine moves to shut Russia-backed rebels out of talks
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday declared the Russia-backed separatist republics in the east to be terrorist organizations, formally eliminating the possibility of holding peace talks with their representatives, as fighting escalated.... 1/27/2015 7:07 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 joined an array of current and former American statesmen Tuesday in paying respects following the death of King Abdullah.... 1/27/2015 6:59 PM

Donors pledge record $7.5B for global vaccines program
BERLIN (AP) -- Governments and private donors, among them the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have pledged a record $7.5 billion to replenish a global vaccination program for the poor.... 1/27/2015 6:59 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 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 6:49 PM

2 Rwandan army officers deny charges of public incitement
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- Two officers in Rwanda's military Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges of inciting insurrection against the government.... 1/27/2015 6:17 PM

On Auschwitz anniversary, leader warns Jews again targets
BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) -- A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis' most notorious death camp on Tuesday and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz, warning of a rise of anti-Semitism that has made many Jews fearful of walking the streets, and is causing many to flee Europe.... 1/27/2015 6:13 PM

Somalia suicide bomber had lived in Switzerland
BERLIN (AP) -- A suicide bomber who last week killed himself and three others at a hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu had previously lived in Switzerland.... 1/27/2015 6:13 PM

Inquiry: Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice
LONDON (AP) -- Former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium not once but twice, a British judge was told Tuesday, as an inquiry opened into the slaying one lawyer called an act of nuclear terrorism ordered by Moscow.... 1/27/2015 6:11 PM

Facebook outage brings jokes, marketing pitches to Twitter
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- For many, the hour without a Facebook was a golden opportunity for a joke - or a marketing pitch - on other social media sites.... 1/27/2015 6:06 PM

AP Interview: EU anti-terror chief: rehab for jihadis
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's anti-terror chief called Tuesday for countries to rehabilitate rather than punish returning jihadis with no blood on their hands, saying that some prisons have become "incubators of radicalization."... 1/27/2015 6:03 PM

Kosovo police use tear gas to clear anti-gov't protesters
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) -- Police in Kosovo fired volleys of tear gas and used water cannons Tuesday to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters demanding the resignation of a minister in what is one of the worst bouts of violence to hit the country since it became independent in 2008.... 1/27/2015 6:01 PM

Rio official says there's 'no plan B' for Olympic sailing
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro Olympic organizers said Tuesday they have "no plan B" for the 2016 games' sailing competitions, despite a recent admission by the state's top environment official that it will be impossible to meet pledges to clean up the raw sewage- and trash-filled waters where the events are to be staged.... 1/27/2015 6:00 PM

Israel says 2 rockets from Syria strike Golan Heights
JERUSALEM (AP) -- At least two rockets launched from Syria struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel responded with artillery fire, the military said.... 1/27/2015 5:59 PM

Spain: 10 priests indicted in abuse case of interest to pope
MADRID (AP) -- A judge in the southern Spanish city of Granada has indicted 10 priests and two Catholic lay workers in a sex abuse case that prompted Pope Francis to call one of the alleged victims.... 1/27/2015 5:48 PM

Brazilian police searching for stolen goods find 2 tanks
SAO PAULO (AP) -- A Brazilian police raid to recover stolen cars and cargo came up with a more interesting find: two war tanks.... 1/27/2015 5:42 PM

Putin marks Auschwitz liberation to press points on Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has used the commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz to press the Russian points on Ukraine.... 1/27/2015 5:39 PM

Amid pressure, bailout critic is new Greek finance minister
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's new left-wing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, picked an outspoken bailout critic as his new finance minister Tuesday, signaling his resolve to take a tough line with eurozone lenders in an effort to write off a massive chunk of rescue debt.... 1/27/2015 5:18 PM

Gunmen storm Libyan hotel; 4 foreigners, 5 guards dead
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Tuesday, killing four foreigners and five guards, and triggering an hours-long standoff that ended when two assailants set off a grenade that killed them, officials said.... 1/27/2015 5:16 PM

Pakistan military says its airstrikes kill 76 militants
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani military jets struck suspected militant hideouts Tuesday near the Afghan border, killing 76 militants, the army said.... 1/27/2015 5:09 PM

Monarch butterflies rebound in Mexico, numbers still low
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico has rebounded 69 percent from last year's lowest-on-record levels, but their numbers remain very low, according to the World Wildlife Fund.... 1/27/2015 4:58 PM

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