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  • Libyan Islamic State group affiliate claims hotel attack
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 1:08 am
    A Libyan affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Tripoli luxury hotel that killed 10 people, including an American and four Europeans.
  • Communist officials in Tibet punished for helping Dalai Lama
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 1:08 am
    Investigators have found that 15 Communist Party officials in Tibet joined underground Tibetan independence organizations, provided intelligence to the Dalai Lama and his supporters or participated in activities deemed harmful to China's security, a party agency said Wednesday.
  • Malaysia to issue interim report on missing plane on March 7
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 1:04 am
    Malaysia's civil aviation department will release an interim report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 7, a day before the flight's one-year anniversary.
  • Vietnam War-era helicopter crashes, killing 4 soldiers
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 12:42 am
    An American-built helicopter once used in the Vietnam War crashed Wednesday during a training mission in the Southeast Asian nation, killing all four soldiers aboard, the military said.
  • Israel military says its airstrikes target Syrian army posts
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 12:28 am
    The Israeli military said Wednesday it launched airstrikes targeting Syrian army artillery posts in response to rockets fired the previous day into the Israeli-held Golan Heights.
  • Hostage Mom's plea to Japan's leader: Please save Kenji
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 12:28 am
    The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State group extremists appealed publicly Wednesday to Japan's leader to save her son after his captors purportedly issued what they said was a final death threat.
  • Lawyers, activists demand Sri Lankan chief justice resign
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 12:20 am
    Lawyers and rights activist on Wednesday demanded Sri Lanka's chief justice resign because he is being investigated for involvement in an alleged coup plot soon after this month's presidential election.
  • China criticizes Alibaba in report withheld until after IPO
    Associated Press | January 27, 2015 11:56 pm
    Chinese regulators accused e-commerce giant Alibaba on Wednesday of permitting sales of fake goods and hurting consumers in a report that was withheld until now to avoid disrupting the company's U.S. stock market debut.
  • Human smugglers turn to cargo ships to ferry fleeing Syrians
    Associated Press | January 27, 2015 11:31 pm
    The crew was about to dig into dinner when word of the "ghost ship" came through: a freighter hurtling out of control toward Italy with no crew -- and hundreds of Syrians as cargo.
  • Fiery Islamic State group cleric gives voice to radicals
    Associated Press | January 27, 2015 11:05 pm
    Turki al-Binali has crisscrossed the Islamic State group's self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq with a pistol holstered at his side, delivering fiery sermons in which the 30-year-old provides religious justification for its bloody rampage across the region.
  • Palestinian girl, 14, in Israel prison for throwing rocks
    Associated Press | January 27, 2015 11:05 pm
    The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment demonstrates Israel's excessive measures against stone-throwing youth.
  • Tourists give hope to residents of battered Lebanese city
    Associated Press | January 27, 2015 11:05 pm
    As the tour group made its way through the narrow alleys of the seaside city of Tripoli, marveling at its medieval architecture, residents stared back at a sight that for them was just as exotic -- visitors in their poor, restive corner of Lebanon.
  • Group: Israel violated rules of war in strikes on Gaza homes
    Associated Press | January 27, 2015 11:01 pm
    A majority of Palestinians killed in dozens of Israeli attacks on Gaza homes in the 2014 war with Hamas were women, minors or the elderly, and some of the strikes violated the rules of war, an Israeli rights group said Wednesday.
  • Snails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world
    Associated Press | January 27, 2015 9:56 pm
    The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting snail slime to hopefully smooth out some wrinkles and otherwise give me a younger-than-my-age look.
  • TV star's plastic surgery disaster tests Brazil
    Associated Press | January 27, 2015 9:20 pm
    Andressa Urach went from being a single teenage mom nicknamed "Beanpole" to a reality TV bombshell in Brazil thanks to silicone implants, anabolic steroids, a nose job, and gel and botox injections, a fact she wasn't ashamed to share with fans.
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