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Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) -- When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas.... 1/31/2015 9:19 AM

Officials say bombings kill 9 people around Iraq's capital
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Authorities in Iraq say bombings targeting public places and security forces have killed nine people in and around the capital, Baghdad.... 1/31/2015 9:14 AM

Family, diplomats say no new word on Islamic State hostages
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The family of a Jordanian fighter pilot held by the Islamic State group said Saturday it has received no word on his fate since the militants threatened to kill him earlier this week.... 1/31/2015 9:05 AM

Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood - or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria - have been omitted. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities - typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy.... 1/31/2015 9:01 AM

Philippine air force plane crashes at sea, killing 2 pilots
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine air force said one of its Italian-made light planes crashed at sea on a training mission Saturday, killing the two pilots.... 1/31/2015 8:53 AM

Anger, mourning in Pakistan after mosque bombing kills 59
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Thousands of Shiites across Pakistan mourned and protested Saturday after a bombing at a Shiite mosque in the country killed at least 59 people.... 1/31/2015 8:45 AM

5 given preliminary charges over jihadi network in France
PARIS (AP) -- French authorities have laid preliminary charges against five men suspected of involvement in a jihadi recruiting network in a small southern town from where several youths went to fight in Syria and Iraq.... 1/31/2015 8:06 AM

Is he dead? Philippines awaits answer of costly terror raid
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to their base was triumphant: "Mike 1 bingo," a code meaning they have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan.... 1/31/2015 6:55 AM

IS hostage drama shows change in propaganda technique
BEIRUT (AP) -- The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the extremist group's propaganda technique.... 1/31/2015 6:50 AM

Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth
CHONGLI, China (AP) -- Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.... 1/31/2015 6:46 AM

Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed.... 1/31/2015 6:05 AM

Australian paper mocked for obit of 'The Thorn Birds' author
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia's main national newspaper was facing sharp criticism over its obituary of the nation's most famous author, whom it described as plain and overweight.... 1/31/2015 4:39 AM

German World War II panzer ace Otto Carius dies at 92
BERLIN (AP) -- Otto Carius, a World War II German panzer ace credited with destroying more than 150 enemy tanks, mostly on the Eastern Front, has died at 92.... 1/31/2015 2:12 AM

Thai junta tries to curb dissent and keep good terms with US
BANGKOK (AP) -- When Thailand's military junta sensed it was being criticized this week, the country's rulers reacted as they always do: by issuing stern warnings and summoning those responsible for talks army leaders like to refer to as "attitude adjustments."... 1/31/2015 12:31 AM

Test of gun finds only DNA of deceased Argentine prosecutor
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Testing of the pistol used to kill a prosecutor who had leveled incendiary charges against Argentina's president has found traces of DNA only belonging to him, the lead investigator in the case said Friday.... 1/30/2015 11:39 PM

Venezuela allows security forces to use firearms in protests
C ARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Human rights groups and Venezuela's opposition are criticizing the government's new authorization for riot police to use firearms to control protests.... 1/30/2015 11:19 PM

Thousands protest right-wingers at Vienna ball, 38 detained
VIENNA (AP) -- As elegant pairs waltzed under crystal chandeliers Friday, thousands of raucous demonstrators outside their lavish palace ball demanded an end to the black-tie event, which they say draws the far-right fringe from across Europe. Police detained dozens and at least two people were injured.... 1/30/2015 11:07 PM

Canada to criminalize public terror threats
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada announced a new anti-terror law Friday that will make it a crime for people to call for a terrorist attack, even if they don't make a specific threat.... 1/30/2015 10:59 PM

Mexico cuts spending by $8.4 billion due to oil price drop
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico said Friday it will cut government spending by $8.4 billion this year because of a drop in revenues due to declining oil prices.... 1/30/2015 10:30 PM

Africans open new front in war on terror to fight Boko Haram
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Schoolgirls torn from their families in a mass kidnapping and forced into sexual slavery. Bombs that ripped through bus stations. The slaughter of hundreds of villagers, many with their throats cut.... 1/30/2015 10:08 PM



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