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February 1, 2015

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  • Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies

    1 day, 3 hours ago

    (AP) DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine (AP) — Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be ...

  • Romney's exit unleashes race for donors among 2016 hopefuls

    1 day, 4 hours ago

    (AP) DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney's exit from the 2016 presidential campaign has unleashed a frenzy of fresh fundraising and opened up a new race for the backing of donors who had remained loyal to him. Big dollars were ...

  • Officials say bombings kill 9 people around Iraq's capital

    1 day, 4 hours ago

    (AP) BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of bombings in and around the Iraqi capital killed nine people Saturday and a senior Kurdish commander died in clashes with Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. A bomb exploded near a sheep market Saturday ...

  • Official: UK police need more stun guns due to terror threat

    1 day, 4 hours ago

    (AP) LONDON (AP) — The head of Britain's Police Federation says all front-line officers need to be equipped with stun guns because of the rising terror threat. Chairman Steve White told British news outlets Saturday that terrorists have turned to long-wolf ...

  • IS fighters acknowledge defeat in Syrian town of Kobani

    1 day, 4 hours ago

    (AP) BEIRUT (AP) — Members of the Islamic State group have acknowledged for the first time that they were defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani. In a video released by the pro-IS Aamaq News Agency late Friday, two fighters said ...

  • Fire devastates major Russian library

    1 day, 5 hours ago

    (AP) MOSCOW (AP) — A fire at one of Russia's largest public libraries has been raging for more than 17 hours, to destroy thousands of rare documents. The Institute for Scientific Information on Social Sciences in south-west Moscow went up in ...

  • Spain*s radical leftist party shows strength in big rally

    1 day, 5 hours ago

    (AP) MADRID (AP) — Tens of thousands of people are marching through Madrid's streets in a show of strength by Spain's fledgling radical leftist party Podemos (We Can) which hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in elections later ...

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

    1 day, 5 hours ago

    (AP) ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An African Union official says African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria. The head of the African Union's Peace and Security Council, Samil Chergui, said ...

  • Sergio Mattarella, constitutional court justice, is elected Italy's president by lawmakers

    1 day, 6 hours ago

    (AP) ROME (AP) — Sergio Mattarella, constitutional court justice, is elected Italy's president by lawmakers .

  • Lawmakers vote for new Italian president in test for Renzi

    1 day, 7 hours ago

    (AP) ROME (AP) — Italian lawmakers are voting again to elect the country's next president. Premier Matteo Renzi has urged his oft-divisive Democrats and government allies to unify behind his pick, Constitutional Court justice Sergio Mattarella, in Saturday's balloting. After two ...

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

    1 day, 7 hours ago

    (AP) BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say authorities in Tibet are offering up to 300,000 yuan ($50,000) for tips on terrorism activities there, although there has been little public knowledge of terrorism recently in the Himalayan region where Tibetan Buddhism ...

  • San Francisco police detain man in human remains case

    1 day, 8 hours ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police detained a "person of interest" Friday night who had been shown in photos released earlier in the probe of human remains found inside a suitcase, authorities said. Police Chief Greg Suhr confirmed the man was ...

  • AU threatens South Sudan warring factions with sanctions

    1 day, 8 hours ago

    (AP) ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The African Union has joined regional and international organizations in threatening South Sudan's warring factions with sanctions. The African Union's Peace and Security Council said Saturday it will impose sanctions on all parties in South ...

  • AP Top International News At 4 a.m. EST

    1 day, 9 hours ago

    (AP) Is he dead? Philippines awaits answer of costly terror raid Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth IS hostage drama shows change in propaganda technique Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul French fracture laid bare as ...

  • Philippine air force plane crashes at sea, killing 2 pilots

    1 day, 9 hours ago

    (AP) 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. The single-prop SF-260FH was flying in formation with two other planes on a ...

  • AP Top Business News At 3:27 a.m. EST

    1 day, 9 hours ago

    (AP) Drive to repeal medical device tax no slam dunk in Congress Stocks sag at the close; January finishes on weak note 10 Super Bowl ads that everyone will be talking about Consumers fuel steady US economy as rest of world ...

  • At a glance: Where the GOP contenders stand in the 2016 race

    1 day, 9 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Technically, no big-name Republican has formally declared his candidacy for president in 2016. But we now know that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is out, after he announced Friday that he would forgo a third presidential run. ...

  • Mitt Romney bows out of 2016 race after a 3-week test run

    1 day, 9 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney has stepped out of the 2016 presidential contest in favor of what he calls the "next generation of Republican leaders" following a three-week fact-finding effort that revealed significant resistance to a third campaign. The 2012 ...

  • Japan says efforts to free Islamic State hostage deadlocked

    1 day, 10 hours ago

    (AP) AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A top Japanese diplomat says efforts to free a captive journalist from the militant Islamic State group have reached a "state of deadlock." The fate of veteran war reporter Kenji Goto has been linked to that ...

  • Anger, mourning in Pakistan after mosque bombing kills 59

    1 day, 10 hours ago

    (AP) ISLAMABAD (AP) — Shiites across Pakistan are mourning and planning to protest after a bombing at a Shiite mosque in the country killed at least 59 people. Abdul Qudoos Kalwar, a senior police official, says the death toll in the ...

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