• Miners rally in Prague to demand brown coal mining expansion

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) — Hundreds of miners are rallying in Prague to pressure the government to allow the expansion of brown coal mining in northern Czech Republic. Facing the environmental damage, a legacy from the communist era, the government set limits for the mines in 1991. The limits were...

  • Islamic State standoff involves prisoner, pilot, journalist

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A young Jordanian fighter pilot, a female al-Qaida recruit who tried to blow up a hotel ballroom in Amman and a veteran Japanese war correspondent are at the center of a life-and-death standoff with the Islamic State group. The militants, who hold the pilot and...

  • EU parliament president to meet with new Greek government

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Parliament's president is to be the first European official to visit Athens, a day after announcements by Greece's nascent radical left government on rolling back a series of key budget commitments sent the country's stock market plummeting. Martin...

  • Russia suspends role in Europe's human rights watchdog

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Russia has extended its walkout from Europe's human rights watchdog after again losing its right to vote over the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Wednesday voted to renew sanctions against Russia, which...

  • New deadline approaches in Islamic State hostage crisis

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — A sunset deadline was approaching Thursday in the Middle East for Jordan to release an Iraqi prisoner or face the death of a captured Jordanian air force pilot, according to the latest threat purportedly issued by the Islamic State group. The audio message, read in...

  • Uganda: Mass trial over alleged terror ties to start

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A dozen suspects have appeared in a Ugandan court to face charges, including murder and terrorism, amid what local officials say is the budding threat of Islamic here. Police spokesman Fred Enanga said Thursday the suspects were "using religion to recruit...

  • Italy lawmakers vote for new president in test for Renzi

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Lawmakers cast ballots Thursday for a new Italian president in a vote testing Premier Matteo Renzi's abilty to rally his divided party behind his reform agenda and a single candidate. No winner is expected Thursday: Polling is expected to last at least until Friday or...

  • Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government declared Thursday the crash of Flight 370 an accident to pave the way for compensation claims, angering victims' families still waiting for evidence while officials said the search for wreckage will go on. Civil aviation chief...

  • Philippines warns ASEAN over China reef reclamation

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has urged fellow Southeast Asian nations to jointly demand that China stop its land reclamation in contested South China Sea reefs. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the credibility of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations could...

  • UN chief: Boko Haram to top discussions at Africa Union meet

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The threat posed by Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebels, will be a focus of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he attends the African Union heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a spokesman said. The U.N. chief will be encouraging...

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