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Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani

January 31, 2015

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again. more »»

Italy's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president

January 31, 2015

ROME (AP) — Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, was elected Saturday as Italy's president in the third day of balloting by lawmakers. more »»

Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94

January 31, 2015

BERLIN (AP) — Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany's World War II surrender a "day of liberation" for his country as he urged it to confront the Nazi past, and... more »»

Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram

January 31, 2015

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday. more »»

Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come

January 31, 2015

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such ridicule... more »»

Germany's Merkel says she doesn't see another Greek debt cut

January 31, 2015

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined the refusal of Greece's European creditors to consider forgiving part of the debt-ridden country's rescue loans, though she stressed i... more »»

China offers up to $50K in cash for terror tips in Tibet

January 31, 2015

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are offering up to 300,000 yuan ($50,000) for tips on terrorism activities in the Himalayan region of Tibet, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday. more »»

Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

January 31, 2015

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 idea. more »»

Family, diplomats say no new word on Islamic State hostages

January 31, 2015

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... more »»

Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis

January 31, 2015

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. more »»

Anger, mourning in Pakistan after mosque bombing kills 59

January 31, 2015

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. more »»

5 given preliminary charges over jihadi network in France

January 31, 2015

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... more »»

Is he dead? Philippines awaits answer of costly terror raid

January 31, 2015

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... more »»

Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth

January 31, 2015

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... more »»

Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk

January 31, 2015

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... more »»

IS hostage drama shows change in propaganda technique

January 30, 2015

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... more »»

Canada to criminalize public terror threats

January 30, 2015

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 threa. more »»

Africans open new front in war on terror to fight Boko Haram

January 30, 2015

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Schoolgirls torn from their families in a mass kidnapping and forced into sexual slavery. Bombs that ripped through bus stations. more »»

Propane deliveries part of daily life in Mexico

January 30, 2015

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 an... more »»

Kurd allies fighting IS in north Iraq hampered by rivalries

January 30, 2015

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... more »»

 
 
 

 

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