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  • Russia considers condemning "annexation" of East Germany
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 3:17 am
    The speaker of the Russian Duma has asked a parliamentary committee to study a proposal to condemn the reunification of Germany in 1990.
  • Thailand summons US diplomat over critical remarks
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 2:24 am
    Thailand's military government summoned the U.S. charge d'affairs for talks on Wednesday after a top U.S. diplomat roiled the junta during a visit by calling for an end to martial law and saying the impeachment of a former prime minister could be politically motivated.
  • Malaysia to issue interim report on missing plane on March 7
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 2:20 am
    Civil aviation authorities in Malaysia will release a required report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 a day before the one-year anniversary, but it won't have any conclusion on what happened because the search is ongoing.
  • Court: Man admits setting fire on bus in China, injuring 33
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 2:08 am
    A man admitted on Wednesday that he set a fire that spread through a bus in eastern China and injured 33, entering his plea from a hospital bed wheeled into a courtroom because of his own injuries in the blaze, a court said.
  • Snails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 1:20 am
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Egyptian police criticized over death of female protester
    Associated Press | January 27, 2015 9:20 pm
    Egypt's police are coming under withering criticism as signs mount that officers not only fired birdshot at a young mother during a peaceful protest last weekend but then also hampered efforts to save her life by ignoring pleas to let an ambulance take her away.
  • Mexico: Missing students' parents reject official account
    Associated Press | January 27, 2015 9:18 pm
    Parents of 43 college students missing since last year angrily rejected the Mexican attorney general's declaration that investigators are certain the youths were killed and incinerated after being seized by police in the southern state of Guerrero.
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