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By By ELAINE KURTENBACH and YURI KAGEYAMA | January 31, 2015 5:24 pm
Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist
  • Greek leader tamps down rhetoric, vows to pay off debts
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 5:00 pm
    A day after Greece appeared on a collision course with its creditors, new radical left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has tamped down the rhetoric by vowing to pay off debts and not act unilaterally.
  • Obama mingles with power brokers at Alfalfa Club luncheon
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 4:54 pm
    President Barack Obama mingled with Washington power brokers at an Alfalfa Club luncheon.
  • Ex-spy chief wanted in Colombia for wiretaps surrenders
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 4:12 pm
    The former head of Colombia's intelligence agency ended several years on the run and surrendered to face charges of spying on opponents of former President Alvaro Uribe.
  • Japan 'indignant' over purported video of hostage beheading
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 3:12 pm
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed outrage Sunday over a video purportedly from the Islamic State group that shows a militant beheading hostage Kenji Goto.
  • Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 2:36 pm
    Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood -- or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria -- have been omitted. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities -- typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy.
  • Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 2:36 pm
    The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again.
  • South Africa riots raise worry about anti-foreign sentiment
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 2:19 pm
    South African youths recently swept through an intersection in the heart of Soweto township, breaking into immigrant-owned shops and grabbing whatever they could -- soda, a loaf of bread, sometimes even the shelves. Nearly 40 years ago, at the same intersection, young blacks marched to protest the white racist rulers of the time, drawing a bloody crackdown that shocked the world.
  • Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 2:15 pm
    African leaders agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday, as the international community, including long-time foes the U.S. and Iran, rallied in support of Nigeria against the militants.
  • Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 11:48 am
    Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be evacuated with as many belongings as they could carry.
  • President: Egypt faces long fight to defeat Sinai militants
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 11:42 am
    Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi told his nation to prepare for a long fight to defeat Islamic extremists Saturday following a wave of attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.
  • Macedonia opposition leader accused of organizing a coup
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 11:42 am
    The leader of Macedonia's opposition was charged Saturday with preparing a coup and prevented from leaving the country.
  • Vatican: 2 prelates are investigated in child porn case
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 11:36 am
    A Vatican spokesman says two Polish-born prelates are being investigated by Holy See authorities for alleged possession of child pornography.
  • Italy's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 11:25 am
    Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, was elected Saturday as Italy's president in the third day of balloting by lawmakers.
  • Spanish radical left party gets boost with huge Madrid rally
    Associated Press | January 31, 2015 11:12 am
    At least 100,000 people marched through Madrid on Saturday in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, which hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in the Spanish general election later this year.
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