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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

Propane deliveries part of daily life in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- It was the sort of scene that plays out thousands of times a day across Mexico City: A tanker truck laden with propane rumbled down a crowded street, pulled up at a hospital and began to pump gas into its storage tanks.... 1/30/2015 10:00 PM

Venezuela says it shot down suspected drug plane near Aruba
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's military confirmed on Friday that it shot down over the Caribbean Sea a small civilian plane believed to be carrying drugs, and officials on the neighboring island nation of Aruba said packets of cocaine were found in the waters where the craft went down.... 1/30/2015 9:46 PM

Canada to criminalize public terror threats
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada announced a new anti-terror law Friday making it a crime for people to call for a terrorist attack, even if they don't make a specific threat.... 1/30/2015 9:27 PM

Jamaica Senate starts debate on pot decriminalization bill
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaica's Senate on Friday started debating a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot and establish a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry on the island where the drug has long been pervasive but prohibited.... 1/30/2015 8:42 PM

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.... 1/30/2015 8:42 PM

Kurd allies fighting IS in north Iraq hampered by rivalries
SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish forces in recent weeks have retaken parts of the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar, whose Yazidi population was driven out in a humanitarian disaster last year that triggered U.S. intervention. But sniping among Kurdish factions makes the hold on the town seem shaky and is threatening the wider fight against Islamic state militants.... 1/30/2015 8:19 PM

Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline
TOKYO (AP) -- The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive.... 1/30/2015 8:15 PM

Deadline nears for 'stateless' in Dominican Republic
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- An important deadline loomed Friday for tens of thousands of people in the Dominican Republic who were born in the country but are not considered citizens because they are the descendants of migrants, mostly from neighboring Haiti.... 1/30/2015 8:11 PM

5 may face preliminary charges over jihadi network in France
PARIS (AP) -- Five people have appeared before a French judge and could face preliminary charges over a jihadi recruiting network in a small southern town from where several youths went to fight in Syria and Iraq.... 1/30/2015 8:09 PM

Amnesty: Saudis postpone blogger's flogging for 3rd week
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Authorities in Saudi Arabia delayed the planned flogging of a blogger convicted of insulting Islam for a third straight week Friday in the face of growing international pressure against the punishment, according to rights group Amnesty International.... 1/30/2015 8:02 PM

Egypt blames Muslim Brotherhood for deadly Sinai attack
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for playing a role in a sophisticated insurgent attack that killed 31 people in Egypt's volatile northern Sinai Peninsula. El-Sissi, a former army chief, cut short a trip to Ethiopia to return to Cairo Friday, as state television broadcast the arrival of the bodies of slain soldiers in coffins draped with Egyptian flags.... 1/30/2015 7:50 PM

Germany to Greece: Don't mess with us over debt, austerity
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece and its European bailout creditors were in open dispute Friday, with Germany bluntly rejecting suggestions the heavily-indebted country should be forgiven part of its rescue loans and warning against "blackmail" from Athens.... 1/30/2015 7:20 PM

UN chief urges African leaders not cling to power
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general Friday urged African leaders not to cling to power.... 1/30/2015 7:08 PM

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 7:03 PM

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.... 1/30/2015 6:45 PM

French fracture laid bare as 8-year-old praises terrorists
PARIS (AP) -- It was bad enough when France learned that the minute of silence for victims of the nation's deadliest terror attacks in decades was not respected by all students. Some children contested it, others walked out. But when an 8-year old Muslim boy proclaimed, "I am with the terrorists," the alarm bells sounded at full strength.... 1/30/2015 6:30 PM

African Union postpones report on South Sudan atrocities
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The African Union has postponed releasing a report which is expected to reveal those responsible for atrocities committed in the violence in South Sudan, the chairman of a commission inquiry into the conflict said Friday.... 1/30/2015 6:22 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 6:17 PM

Alibaba promises more action against fake goods
BEIJING (AP) -- E-commerce giant Alibaba pledged Friday to do more to fight online sales of counterfeit goods, quickly settling a public dispute with a Chinese regulator after the value of its U.S.-traded shares plunged.... 1/30/2015 6:17 PM

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