• Djokovic beats defending champ Wawrinka to reach final

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic reached his fifth Australian Open final with a five-set win over defending champion Stan Wawrinka that fell flat compared with their previous encounters at Melbourne Park. The top-ranked Djokovic finished over the top of Wawrinka in a...

  • Luis Figo names 5 European nominees for FIFA election bid

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Luis Figo identified the five national federations that formally nominated him to run for FIFA president against Sepp Blatter. The Portugal great said in a statement he received the endorsement of Denmark, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Poland. He was...

  • Marathon champ Rita Jeptoo banned 2 years for doping

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Athletics Kenya says on Friday it has banned marathon champion Rita Jeptoo two years for doping. Jeptoo has won the Boston Marathon three times, and her second Chicago Marathon in October. But traces of the banned blood-booster EPO were found in her...

  • Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe new African Union chairman

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders Friday appointed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as the new chairman of the 54-nation African Union. The 90-year-old Mugabe, who has ruled his country since 1980, succeeds Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. The announcement...

  • Ahead of election, Israel issues West Bank building tenders

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's settlement watchdog group said Friday that the government has issued hundreds of tenders for housing units in the West Bank, an area the Palestinians demand for their future state, a move that comes several weeks before Israel's national election. Peace Now...

  • Eurozone official in Athens to meet new government

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A top eurozone financial official is in Athens for talks with Greece's new left wing government after it promised to renege on key commitments required in exchange for a 240 billion euro ($270 billion) rescue package. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutchman who chairs...

  • Myanmar opens deep sea port for Chinese oil pipeline

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar has officially opened a deep sea port off its western coast, part of a $2.45 billion port and pipeline project that will carry crude oil from the Middle East to China. The port and 770-kilometer (480-mile) pipeline are a joint venture between the China...

  • Italy tries anew to elect president amid political wrangling

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Italian lawmakers failed on Friday for a second time to come even close to a consensus to electing the country's new president, a contest which could complicate Premier Matteo Renzi's pursuit of government reforms. They were due to try again in the afternoon. Chances of...

  • EPA administrator at Vatican ahead of encyclical.

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — 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....

  • Bomb blast in southern Pakistan kills 35 at Shiite mosque

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers were gathering for Friday prayers, killing 35 people and wounding dozens, officials said. The blast was the deadliest sectarian attack to hit the country in months and comes as Pakistan is...

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