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Nigeria's president: Troops liberate town from Boko Haram
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan says troops have retaken a northeast town and several villages from Boko Haram. There was no way to immediately confirm the claim.... 1/30/2015 9:50 AM

Teen who demanded airtime on Dutch TV in police custody
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A 19-year-old student carrying a fake pistol who forced his way into the Dutch national broadcaster and demanded airtime was in custody Friday as police investigated his motives.... 1/30/2015 9:41 AM

Vietnam grounds decades-old Huey choppers after fatal crash
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam's military has temporarily grounded Vietnam War-era U.S.-built helicopters after a crash killed four personnel.... 1/30/2015 9:41 AM

Philippines mourns 44 commandos; terror suspect hunted
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine president said Friday he has ordered the hunt for a Filipino terror suspect who escaped an anti-terrorist operation that resulted in the killings of 44 police commandos, the biggest single-day combat loss in recent years that threatened to derail a peace deal with Muslim rebels.... 1/30/2015 9:39 AM

Chinese MH370 relatives reject word that passengers are dead
BEIJING (AP) -- Many 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 9:35 AM

South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Eugene de Kock, a death squad leader for the apartheid state, has been granted parole after two decades in jail, the South African government announced Friday.... 1/30/2015 9:34 AM

Qatar Airways buys nearly 10 percent of BA, Iberia parent
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar Airways announced 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 9:25 AM

Belgian authorities detain 4 in anti-terror sweep
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgian authorities have detained four suspects during an anti-terror sweep linked to the recruitment of potential jihadis to go fight in Syria.... 1/30/2015 9:17 AM

Pakistanis fleeing offensive find new dangers in Afghanistan
KHOST, Afghanistan (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have sought shelter at a sprawling refugee camp in a volatile region of Afghanistan after crossing the mountainous border to escape a military onslaught against insurgents.... 1/30/2015 9:04 AM

Former Bulgarian president dies at 79
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Zhelyu Zhelev, a philosopher and communist-era dissident who became Bulgaria's first democratically elected president in 1990, died Friday, his family said. He was 79.... 1/30/2015 9:02 AM

Twin bombing at Baghdad market kills 8 people
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say a twin bombing at a crowded market in Baghdad has killed eight people.... 1/30/2015 8:49 AM

Russian official: West aims to turn business against Kremlin
MOSCOW (AP) -- A top Russian official has accusing a leading rating agency of trying to turn tycoons against the Kremlin.... 1/30/2015 8:42 AM

China education minister demands rejection of Western values
BEIJING (AP) -- China's education minister has issued a stern warning against threats to communist ideological purity in higher education, saying Western values must never be permitted to infiltrate the classroom.... 1/30/2015 8:33 AM

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 8:19 AM

Egypt's IS affiliate claims Sinai attacks that killed 26
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- An Egyptian militant group affiliated with the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in three towns in the restive Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 26 security officers.... 1/30/2015 8:18 AM

Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap
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 8:16 AM

Taliban claim Kabul attack that killed 3 Americans, 1 Afghan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack at the Kabul airport in which a gunman shot and killed three American contractors and one Afghan man.... 1/30/2015 6:08 AM

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 5:46 AM

Survivors recall panic before Mexico City hospital blast
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Inside the maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City, concern quickly turned to panic as the sour smell of propane seeped in and a vapor cloud grew at the emergency room's entrance. The crew of a gas tanker truck outside began yelling: "Call the firefighters! And tell people to get out!"... 1/30/2015 5:15 AM

Rio de Janeiro unnerved by wave of stray-bullet cases
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The bullet hit the 4-year-old girl as she waited to cross a street, holding hands with her stepfather and a cousin. The next day, a 9-year-old boy was shot dead at a swimming pool. Soon after, it was a 21-year-old mother of two who was killed by another stray bullet while sitting with a child in her lap.... 1/30/2015 5:13 AM

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