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Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan said Wednesday it is willing to swap an Iraqi woman held on death row in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group.... 1/28/2015 11:57 AM

Litvinenko inquiry: Radioactive body posed autopsy hazard
LONDON (AP) -- A pathologist says the body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was "one of the most dangerous" ever undertaken.... 1/28/2015 11:52 AM

Indonesia prosecutor: Americans' murder trial should proceed
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian prosecutors say the trial of an American couple charged with murdering the woman's mother should proceed despite defense arguments that the indictments are inaccurate and should be annulled.... 1/28/2015 11:47 AM

Bahrain opposition leader denies charges as trial opens
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- A lawyer for the head of Bahrain's leading Shiite opposition group says the cleric has denied all charges against him at the start of a closely watched trial in the strategic Gulf island nation.... 1/28/2015 11:37 AM

Extremists rampage in northeast Nigeria, no troops fighting
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) -- Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeast Nigeria's Adamawa state, killing, burning and looting with no troops deployed to protect civilians, fleeing villagers said Wednesday.... 1/28/2015 11:32 AM

Report: Iran says Washington Post writer to face trial soon
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for months will stand trial "soon," the Islamic Republic's official news agency reported Wednesday.... 1/28/2015 11:24 AM

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan state news agency: Jordan ready to trade prisoner for pilot held by Islamic State group.... 1/28/2015 11:22 AM

Hezbollah claims responsibility for attack on Israeli convoy
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Lebanese Hezbollah group claimed responsibility for firing a missile that targeted an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday, an attack that prompted Israel to fire at least 50 artillery shells into Lebanon in a significant escalation along the volatile border.... 1/28/2015 11:21 AM

Pope warns of 'absentee fathers' in new chapter on family
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is urging fathers to be more involved in the lives of their children, warning that many problems adolescents run into can be traced to "absentee fathers" who are physically at home but don't take time to actually be with their kids.... 1/28/2015 11:18 AM

One-day strikes planned for Duesseldorf, Cologne airports
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's ver.di trade union says private security personnel at the country's Duesseldorf and Cologne-Bonn airports will stage a one-day warning strike Thursday in an ongoing dispute over wages.... 1/28/2015 11:15 AM

Russia considers condemning "annexation" of East Germany
MOSCOW (AP) -- The speaker of the Russian Duma has asked a parliamentary committee to study a proposal to condemn the reunification of Germany in 1990.... 1/28/2015 11:13 AM

Thai 'Red Shirt' leader given jail term for insulting ex-PM
BANGKOK (AP) -- A Thai "Red Shirt" leader has been sentenced to two years in jail for insulting a former prime minister.... 1/28/2015 11:09 AM

Russian govt details spending cuts in view of crisis
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian government, facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, on Wednesday detailed how it intends to cut spending over the next three years in all parts of the economy except military and social programs.... 1/28/2015 11:02 AM

Greek leader: negotiating debt solution a priority
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's new leftist prime minister says his government's top priorities are negotiating with creditors to resolve the country's debt problems and dealing with what he describes as a humanitarian crisis.... 1/28/2015 10:37 AM

Thailand summons US diplomat over critical remarks
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's military government summoned the U.S. charge d'affairs for talks on Wednesday after a top U.S. diplomat roiled the junta during a visit by calling for an end to martial law and saying the impeachment of a former prime minister could be politically motivated.... 1/28/2015 10:19 AM

Malaysia to issue interim report on missing plane on March 7
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Civil aviation authorities in Malaysia will release a required report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 a day before the one-year anniversary, but it won't have any conclusion on what happened because the search is ongoing.... 1/28/2015 10:15 AM

Lawyer: Sri Lankan gov't reinstates impeached chief justice
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- The new Sri Lankan government has temporarily reinstated the chief justice whose impeachment two years ago was condemned internationally as an arbitrary political move, the country's bar association leader said Wednesday.... 1/28/2015 10:14 AM

Amal Clooney on legal team in Armenian genocide case
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Lawyer Amal Clooney is going before Europe's top human rights court to argue against a man convicted for denying the 1915 Armenian genocide.... 1/28/2015 10:07 AM

Court: Man admits setting fire on bus in China, injuring 33
BEIJING (AP) -- A man admitted on Wednesday that he set a fire that spread through a bus in eastern China and injured 33, entering his plea from a hospital bed wheeled into a courtroom because of his own injuries in the blaze, a court said.... 1/28/2015 10:04 AM

Libyan Islamic State group affiliate claims hotel attack
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A Libyan affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility Wednesday for an attack on a Tripoli luxury hotel that killed 10 people, including an American and four Europeans.... 1/28/2015 9:49 AM

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