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Ahead of election, Israel issues West Bank building tenders
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's settlement watchdog group said Friday that the government has issued hundreds of tenders for housing units in the West Bank, an area the Palestinians demand for their future state, a move that comes several weeks before Israel's national election.... 1/30/2015 12:39 PM

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe new African Union chairman
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- African leaders Friday appointed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as the new chairman of the 54-nation African Union.... 1/30/2015 12:37 PM

Battle with IS kills senior Kurdish general, 8 of his troops
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- Clashes with Islamic State militants killed a senior Kurdish military commander and eight of his fighters just outside the disputed northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, officials said.... 1/30/2015 12:32 PM

UN court upholds 2 Bosnian Serbs' genocide convictions
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Appeals judges at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal on Friday upheld genocide convictions against two senior Bosnian Serbs for their roles in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the first final judgment for genocide by the United Nations court.... 1/30/2015 12:31 PM

Merkel to visit Hungary at time of huge political challenges
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is traveling to Budapest next week for talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban that come at a time of strain between the two nations, with Orban moving closer to Russia and imposing higher taxes and other burdens on German and other foreign companies operating in the country.... 1/30/2015 12:28 PM

NATO units set for Baltics, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO is deploying small units in six eastern European nations to help coordinate a spearhead force set up in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine.... 1/30/2015 12:18 PM

Russia cuts key rate to help economy, leaving ruble to drop
MOSCOW (AP) -- In a surprise decision, Russia's central bank on Friday cut its key interest rate, which it had raised sharply last month to support the collapsing ruble, in order to help the fading economy.... 1/30/2015 12:15 PM

Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- A Chadian warplane and ground troops drove Boko Haram fighters from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Friday. The African Union moved to send ground forces to Nigeria and the U.S. said it would assist.... 1/30/2015 12:13 PM

South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The South African government Friday granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of a covert unit for the apartheid state responsible for dozens of deaths, saying it is in the interest of national reconciliation. But those who knew de Kock's victims are struggling to accept his release.... 1/30/2015 12:10 PM

Police: Teen who demanded airtime on Dutch TV acted alone
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 has told detectives he was acting alone and had no links to any terror organization, police said Friday.... 1/30/2015 12:07 PM

Death toll in bomb blast in southern Pakistan rises to 35
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A police official says the death toll from a blast at a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan has risen to 35.... 1/30/2015 12:03 PM

Russia gives $3 billion Crimea bridge contract to Putin ally
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian government has awarded the contract for the construction of a $3 billion bridge to Crimea to a longtime ally of President Vladimir Putin.... 1/30/2015 12:01 PM

Activists: Syrian rebels blow up tunnel under army post
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say Syrian opposition fighters have detonated a large amount of explosives in a tunnel under an army post in the northwestern province of Idlib, inflicting heavy casualties on the government troops.... 1/30/2015 11:45 AM

Britain marks 50th anniversary of Churchill's funeral
LONDON (AP) -- Britain is paying tribute to Winston Churchill with memorial services to mark the 50th anniversary of the wartime leader's funeral.... 1/30/2015 11:43 AM

EPA administrator at Vatican ahead of encyclical.
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met Friday with Vatican officials who helped draft Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on ecology, evidence that the Obama administration is seeking to hitch its climate-change message onto that of the popular pope.... 1/30/2015 11:40 AM

Eurozone prices plunge 0.6 pct amid weak growth, cheap oil
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Falling prices sent another worrying signal about the eurozone economy just before the European Central Bank starts a 1 trillion euro ($1.1 trillion) stimulus effort.... 1/30/2015 11:37 AM

Egyptian officials raise death toll of Sinai attacks to 32
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian health officials have raised the death toll to 32 from coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula the previous night.... 1/30/2015 11:34 AM

Israeli conductor collapses at Swiss concert, dies
BERLIN (AP) -- Organizers of a Swiss music festival say Israeli conductor Israel Yinon collapsed during a performance and died.... 1/30/2015 11:15 AM

Chinese MH370 relatives reject word that passengers are dead
BEIJING (AP) -- About 100 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 11:09 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 10:55 AM

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