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Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade
TOKYO (AP) -- A deadline of sunset Thursday for a possible prisoner swap purportedly set by the Islamic State group holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian military pilot passed with no sign of whether the two men were still alive.... 1/30/2015 2:55 AM

China education minister demands rejection of Western values
BEIJING (AP) -- China's education minister has demanded strict adherence to communist ideological purity in higher education, saying Western values must never be permitted to infiltrate the classroom.... 1/30/2015 2:44 AM

Gas blast wrecks Mexico children's hospital; 2 dead, 73 hurt
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers swung sledgehammers to break through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped.... 1/30/2015 2:26 AM

Factory data shows Japan economy turning corner on recession
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's industrial output edged higher in December, suggesting the world's third-largest economy may be turning the corner on a recession brought on by a hefty sales tax hike.... 1/30/2015 2:23 AM

Suspect nabbed in killing of former Miss Venezuela, husband
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan authorities say a man sought for a year in the killing of a former Miss Venezuela and her husband has been caught, bringing to 11 the number of suspects detained for the crime.... 1/30/2015 1:35 AM

German couple killed in Paraguay, apparently by guerrillas
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) -- A German couple abducted from their cattle farm was found dead Thursday, apparently at the hands of a guerrilla group that earlier this week demanded the owner of an adjoining farm pay $300,000 and give food to the poor.... 1/30/2015 1:24 AM

Youth who stormed Dutch broadcaster claimed to be hacker
HILVERSUM, Netherlands (AP) -- A 19-year-old brandishing a fake weapon threatened a security guard to gain access to the headquarters of Dutch national broadcaster NOS and demand airtime Thursday night before police stormed a TV studio to arrest him.... 1/30/2015 1:09 AM

Simultaneous attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 26
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Militants struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula with simultaneous attacks involving a car bomb and mortar rounds on Thursday, killing at least 26 security officers.... 1/29/2015 11:25 PM

Jamaica preparing to extradite lottery scam suspect to US
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaican authorities are preparing to extradite a fraud suspect to the U.S. to face charges of allegedly participating in a lottery scam that fleeced thousands of dollars from elderly Americans.... 1/29/2015 10:57 PM

Frenchman linked to attackers charged, incarcerated
PARIS (AP) -- French authorities filed preliminary terrorism charges Thursday against a Frenchman extradited from Bulgaria and linked to gunmen behind deadly attacks in Paris, a judicial official said.... 1/29/2015 10:22 PM

Much confusion, few answers, in Argentine prosecutor's death
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina has been rocked by the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was found in a pool of blood on Jan. 18 hours before he was to elaborate on his accusation that President Cristina Fernandez protected those responsible for a 1994 terror bombing. The case is shrouded in charges of a high-level cover-up and government suggestions that Nisman's death was orchestrated by rogue intelligence agents.... 1/29/2015 10:17 PM

Wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger asks Canada PM to intervene
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The wife of an imprisoned Saudi blogger, sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes on charges that he insulted Islam, said Thursday that her husband can't endure another flogging.... 1/29/2015 9:20 PM

EU official expects clashes but no rash actions from Athens
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The first European official to visit Greece since the country elected a new left-wing government said Thursday that he expects clashes over how to lighten the country's bailout - not rash actions from Athens.... 1/29/2015 9:06 PM

Ukraine: Russia-backed rebels overrun another town in east
ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's military conceded Thursday that its forces had been overrun by Russian-backed separatist forces in another town in their battle to hold onto a strategically valuable railway hub.... 1/29/2015 8:52 PM

New Saudi king reshuffles cabinet
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's official news agency says King Salman has reshuffled the cabinet after assuming the throne last week.... 1/29/2015 8:44 PM

EU to extend existing Russia sanctions over Ukraine
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union extended by six months an existing set of sanctions against Russian and pro-Russia separatist officials because of the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and was planning further action, officials said Thursday.... 1/29/2015 8:43 PM

Angry youths stone Nigerian leader's convoy; police fire gas
JALINGO, Nigeria (AP) -- Youths angry at the Nigerian government's failure to fight Islamic extremists threw stones Thursday at President Goodluck Jonathan's electioneering convoy in the eastern town of Jalingo, breaking windshields and windows on several vehicles. An Associated Press reporter was unable to see if anyone was hurt.... 1/29/2015 8:27 PM

Brazil: Petrobras case had $800M in kickbacks found so far
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian prosecutors said Thursday that a kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras involved at least $800 million in bribes and other illegal funds. They expect that figure to grow as they keep investigating.... 1/29/2015 8:25 PM

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt state TV: Toll rises to 20 killed, 36 wounded in simultaneous Sinai attacks.... 1/29/2015 8:18 PM

Russian woman arrested after giving information to Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian court has arrested a mother of seven on treason charges for providing Ukraine with information on Russian troop movements.... 1/29/2015 7:28 PM

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