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  • Spanish radical left party gets boost with huge Madrid rally
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 8:00 am
    Hundreds of thousands of people marched through Madrid on Saturday in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, which hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in the Spanish general election later this year.
  • Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 7:54 am
    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.
  • 5 given preliminary charges over jihadi network in France
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 7:41 am
    French authorities filed preliminary charges on Saturday against five men allegedly implicated in a jihadi recruiting network based in a small southern town from where about 20 youths went to fight in Syria and Iraq.
  • South Africa riots raise worry about anti-foreign sentiment
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 7:00 am
    South African youths recently swept through an intersection in the heart of Soweto township, breaking into immigrant-owned shops and grabbing whatever they could -- soda, a loaf of bread, sometimes even the shelves. Nearly 40 years ago, at the same intersection, young blacks marched to protest the white racist rulers of the time, drawing a bloody crackdown that shocked the world.
  • Italy's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 6:49 am
    Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, as the nation's new president on the third day of voting Saturday.
  • Bahrain revokes citizenship of IS group ideologue
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 6:45 am
    Bahraini authorities say they have stripped the citizenship of a senior member of the Islamic State militant group and dozens of other people.
  • Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 6:36 am
    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 evacuated with as many belongings as they could carry.
  • Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 6:16 am
    African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday.
  • Officials say bombings kill 9 people around Iraq's capital
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 5:53 am
    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.
  • Official: UK police need more stun guns due to terror threat
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 5:48 am
    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.
  • Fire devastates major Russian library
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 5:48 am
    A fire at one of Russia's largest public libraries has been raging for more than 17 hours, to destroy thousands of rare documents.
  • Ex-spy chief wanted in Colombia for wiretaps surrenders
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 5:21 am
    The former head of Colombia's intelligence agency has surrendered to authorities.
  • Morocco, France mend long spat, restore legal collaboration
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 5:13 am
    France and Morocco have announced that they have ended a long running spat by restoring judicial cooperation severed nearly a year earlier.
  • Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 4:33 am
    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 that it was quickly taken down.
  • Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 4:00 am
    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 promoted reconciliation during a 10-year tenure that spanned the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94.
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