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Iraq launches operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Backed by allied Shiite, Sunni and Iranian fighters, Iraqi security forces launched a large-scale military operation Monday to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, a major step in a campaign to reclaim territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.... 3/2/2015 1:16 PM

How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say
CAIRO (AP) -- Three British schoolgirls believed to have gone to Syria to become "jihadi" brides. Three young men charged in New York with plotting to join the Islamic State group and carry out attacks on American soil. A masked, knife-wielding militant from London who is the face of terror in videos showing Western hostages beheaded.... 3/2/2015 1:11 PM

Kerry defends Israel before UN rights panel
GENEVA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday delivered a vigorous defense of Israel before the U.N. Human Rights Council, urging its members to end what the United States says is its unfair and biased focus on the Jewish State that could undermine its credibility. His remarks came as the Obama administration attempts to blunt complaints that it has not been strong enough in its support for Israel, criticism now centered on its pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran.... 3/2/2015 1:08 PM

Oscar-winning director: Poles should see 'Ida" not debate it
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The director of "Ida," the Polish movie that won this year's Oscar for best foreign film, said Monday that Poles should see it before calling it anti-Polish.... 3/2/2015 1:07 PM

Journalist jailed for online post freed from Myanmar prison
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A journalist who was arrested for a Facebook post mocking Myanmar's leaders was freed from jail Monday without charge.... 3/2/2015 12:56 PM

US ambassador's Cyprus-Russia tweet upsets Cypriot president
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Cyprus' president has sharply rebuked the U.S. ambassador on the Mediterranean island for a tweet he claims linked his visit to Russia to the assassination of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov.... 3/2/2015 12:55 PM

Scam Alert! Hundreds in Ghana think they're police recruits
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) -- Hundreds of Ghanaians reported to police stations around the country over the weekend thinking they were new police recruits, only to find out they were the victims of a scam, police said.... 3/2/2015 12:54 PM

Iran blames West for rise of Islamic State group
BERLIN (AP) -- Iran's foreign minister has accused the West of fueling Islamic extremism by failing to protect the rights of Muslim immigrants.... 3/2/2015 12:54 PM

China lists 14 generals snared in anti-corruption campaign
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese military prosecutors on Monday released a list of 14 generals convicted of graft or placed under investigation in an accelerating nationwide anti-corruption drive.... 3/2/2015 12:52 PM

Libyan parliament names Hifter top army commander
CAIRO (AP) -- Khalifa Hifter, a veteran general leading a campaign against Islamist militias, has been named the general commander of the armed forces loyal to the internationally-backed government.... 3/2/2015 12:51 PM

Saudi diplomat taken by al-Qaida in Yemen free after 3 years
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A Saudi diplomat abducted by suspected al-Qaida militants in Yemen has been freed after nearly three years in captivity and has returned home to Riyadh, the kingdom said Monday.... 3/2/2015 12:51 PM

World market momentum over Chinese rate cut fades
LONDON (AP) -- World stock markets edged lower in European trading on Monday as investor optimism faded over a weekend interest rate cut by the Chinese central bank.... 3/2/2015 12:49 PM

Myanmar prevents students from marching against academic law
LETPADAN, Myanmar (AP) -- Truckloads of police on Monday prevented hundreds of students from continuing their march to Myanmar's biggest city to protest a new law that they say curbs academic freedom.... 3/2/2015 12:44 PM

Pollution documentary attracts huge interest in China
BEIJING (AP) -- A slick new documentary on China's environmental woes has racked up more than 175 million online views in two days, underscoring growing concern in the country over the impact of air, water and soil pollution.... 3/2/2015 12:44 PM

'Jihadi John' was hardworking student, says former principal
LONDON (AP) -- The man who became the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" was a relatively hardworking student who showed no signs of being radicalized, his former school principal said Monday.... 3/2/2015 12:42 PM

South Africa: Wildfire destroys 5 homes in Cape Town
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African firefighters say they are battling to control a wildfire that has burned down five homes in Cape Town's southern peninsula.... 3/2/2015 12:39 PM

Kerry, Russian FM meet in Geneva as Ukraine tensions simmer
GENEVA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with his Russian counterpart in what appeared to be less than amicable talks amid continuing tensions over Ukraine and American calls for a full probe into the murder of a prominent opposition figure in Moscow.... 3/2/2015 12:37 PM

Kerry warns against revealing details of Iran nuke talks
GENEVA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is warning that public discussion of select details of the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran will make it more difficult to reach a deal that prevents the country from developing atomic weapons.... 3/2/2015 12:34 PM

Britain's Prince William takes on diplomatic role in China
BEIJING (AP) -- Prince William presented China's president with an invitation from the queen for him to visit Britain this year, as the prince on Monday began the first official trip to mainland China by a senior British royal in a generation.... 3/2/2015 12:31 PM

Video reports conflict in probe of Putin critic's slaying
MOSCOW (AP) -- The investigation into the killing of Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin who was gunned down not far from the Kremlin, faced conflicting reports Monday about possible surveillance footage of his slaying.... 3/2/2015 12:30 PM

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