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  • American shot and injured in Saudi Arabia
    Associated Press | January 30, 2015 6:32 am
    The official Saudi Press Agency says an American citizen was injured when his car came under fire in Saudi Arabia's eastern al-Ihsaa province.
  • Battle with IS kills senior Kurdish general, 8 of his troops
    Associated Press | January 30, 2015 6:32 am
    Clashes with Islamic State militants killed a senior Kurdish military commander and eight of his fighters just outside the disputed northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, officials said.
  • Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk
    Associated Press | January 30, 2015 6:29 am
    Artillery fire in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed at least 12 civilians on Friday afternoon, the city hall in the rebel stronghold said, as fighting intensifies between pro-Russia separatists and government troops.
  • Qatar Airways buys nearly 10 percent of BA, Iberia parent
    Associated Press | January 30, 2015 6:18 am
    Qatar Airways said Friday it has bought nearly 10 percent of the parent company of British Airways and Spain's Iberia, deepening wealthy Qatar's business ties to Europe and intensifying competition with the airline's fast-growing Gulf rivals.
  • Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline
    Associated Press | January 30, 2015 5:56 am
    The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive.
  • Activists: Syrian rebels blow up tunnel under army post
    Associated Press | January 30, 2015 5:52 am
    Syrian opposition fighters on Friday detonated a cache of explosives in a tunnel under an army post in the northwestern province of Idlib, inflicting heavy casualties among government troops, activists said.
  • Report: woman attacks police in Istanbul with automatic fire
    Associated Press | January 30, 2015 5:44 am
    Turkey's state-run news agency says a woman opened automatic weapon fire at a police vehicle in Istanbul's main square, Taksim, before escaping on foot. No one was hurt in Friday's incident.
  • Egypt raises death toll from coordinated Sinai attack to 32
    Associated Press | January 30, 2015 5:24 am
    Egyptian officials on Friday raised the death toll to 32 from coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula the previous night.
  • EPA administrator at Vatican ahead of encyclical.
    Associated Press | January 30, 2015 4:56 am
    The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met Friday with Vatican officials who helped draft Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on ecology, evidence that the Obama administration is seeking to hitch its climate-change message onto that of the popular pope.
  • UN court upholds 2 Bosnian Serbs' genocide convictions
    Associated Press | January 30, 2015 4:36 am
    Appeals judges at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal on Friday upheld genocide convictions against two senior Bosnian Serbs for their roles in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the first final judgment for genocide by the United Nations court.
  • Merkel to visit Hungary at time of huge political challenges
    Associated Press | January 30, 2015 4:32 am
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is traveling to Budapest next week for talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban that come at a time of strain between the two nations, with Orban moving closer to Russia and imposing higher taxes and other burdens on German and other foreign companies operating in the country.
  • Russia cuts key rate to help economy, leaving ruble to drop
    Associated Press | January 30, 2015 4:17 am
    In a surprise decision, Russia's central bank on Friday cut its key interest rate, which it had raised sharply last month to support the collapsing ruble, in order to help the fading economy.
  • Police: Teen who demanded airtime on Dutch TV acted alone
    Associated Press | January 30, 2015 4:12 am
    A 19-year-old student carrying a fake pistol who forced his way into the Dutch national broadcaster and demanded airtime has told detectives he was acting alone and had no links to any terror organization, police said Friday.
  • Russia gives $3 billion Crimea bridge contract to Putin ally
    Associated Press | January 30, 2015 4:04 am
    The Russian government has awarded the contract for the construction of a $3 billion bridge to Crimea to a longtime ally of President Vladimir Putin.
  • Israeli conductor collapses at Swiss concert, dies
    Associated Press | January 30, 2015 3:20 am
    Organizers of a Swiss music festival say Israeli conductor Israel Yinon collapsed during a performance and died.
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