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Russian government 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 2:04 PM

Italy cracks down on 'ndrangheta crime syndicate
ROME (AP) -- Italian authorities have executed about 170 arrest warrants in a major crackdown on the `ndrangheta, an organized crime syndicate in southern Italy which officials say has become deeply rooted in the business world in the north.... 1/28/2015 2:00 PM

6 Bulgarians working for UN go missing in Sudan
CAIRO (AP) -- A spokeswoman for the U.N. World Food Program in Sudan says a six-person Bulgarian helicopter crew has gone missing after reports their aircraft made an unexpected landing in a conflict-torn area.... 1/28/2015 1:58 PM

Ukraine says 3 soldiers killed in fighting in the east
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A Ukrainian official says three soldiers have been killed in the past 24 hours in fighting in eastern Ukraine.... 1/28/2015 1:55 PM

Afghanistan arrests militants linked to journalist killing
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan has arrested two alleged militants from a Taliban splinter group that claimed responsibility for killing a Swedish journalist in Kabul, an official said Wednesday.... 1/28/2015 1:52 PM

Polish leaders seek relief for those with Swiss franc loans
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish authorities say they are working to find a solution to help the more than 500,000 Poles who hold Swiss franc loans, the payments of which are spiking after a recent surge in the franc.... 1/28/2015 1:52 PM

Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan is willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner involved in a deadly 2005 hotel bombing for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group, a government spokesman said Wednesday.... 1/28/2015 1:40 PM

Iran bill would scrap nuclear deal over new sanctions
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian lawmakers have proposed a bill that would scrap a landmark 2013 interim nuclear agreement if new sanctions are imposed.... 1/28/2015 1:33 PM

Voltaire book on tolerance climbs French best-seller lists
PARIS (AP) -- A 250-year-old book by the Enlightenment anti-establishment writer Voltaire is climbing best-seller lists in France weeks after attacks by French-born Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen.... 1/28/2015 1:26 PM

Greece sets up clash with eurozone over debt measures
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's radical new government on Wednesday signaled the country would backtrack or scrap a series of budget measures its eurozone creditor nations had demanded in exchange for bailout loans.... 1/28/2015 1:25 PM

Lebanese Hezbollah hits Israeli convoy, causing casualties
SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) -- A missile fired by the Lebanese Hezbollah group struck an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday, an apparent retaliation for a deadly airstrike attributed to Israel that killed six Hezbollah fighters in Syria earlier this month.... 1/28/2015 1:24 PM

Stocks drift as weak US earnings add to growth concerns
BEIJING (AP) -- Global stocks drifted Wednesday after weak earnings from several U.S. companies added to global growth concerns as investors waited for the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest statement on monetary policy.... 1/28/2015 1:08 PM

Philippines says peace pact collapse would aid terrorists
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine president has warned that a collapse of a recent peace deal with the largest Muslim rebel group would help terrorists. Some lawmakers have questioned the deal after rebels were involved in a weekend clash that killed 44 police anti-terror commandos.... 1/28/2015 1:03 PM

Palestinians attack Gaza UN compound after aid suspended
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Dozens of Palestinians attacked a United Nations compound in Gaza City following the world body's suspension of an aid program for victims of last year's war.... 1/28/2015 12:49 PM

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 12:49 PM

Indonesia prosecutor: Americans' murder trial should proceed
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian prosecutors said Wednesday the trial of an American couple charged with murdering the woman's mother should proceed, defending their indictment against defense arguments that it has inaccuracies and should be annulled.... 1/28/2015 12:48 PM

Thai 'Red Shirt' leader given jail term for insulting ex-PM
BANGKOK (AP) -- A top leader of Thailand's "Red Shirt" political movement was sentenced Wednesday to two years in jail for insulting a former prime minister, the latest blow to the supporters of another ex-prime minister, billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra.... 1/28/2015 12:36 PM

Litvinenko inquiry: Radioactive body posed autopsy hazard
LONDON (AP) -- The body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was "one of the most dangerous" ever undertaken, a pathologist said Wednesday.... 1/28/2015 12:28 PM

Swedish swimming pool opens gender neutral changing room
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- A public swimming pool outside the Swedish capital is reopening this weekend after building a third changing room, for people with a "neutral gender identity."... 1/28/2015 12:23 PM

Libyan group loyal to Islamic State 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 12:16 PM

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