Flogging of Saudi blogger delayed again on medical grounds

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The planned flogging of a Saudi blogger convicted of insulting Islam has been delayed for a second straight week, a leading international rights group said Thursday, a move that comes amid mounting pressure from Saudi Arabia’s...
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Kerry: Iraq coalition has killed 50 percent of IS leaders

British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi perform a posed handshake for the media inside 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool) British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, and Iraqi Prime...
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French terror judge sees shifting jihadi profiles

FILE – This Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 file photo shows French Investigating Judge Marc Trevidic as he addresses reporter during an interview with the Associated Press in Paris. France’s top terror judge says Europe’s combustible mix of experienced extremist...
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Zimbabwe’s First Lady seeks to control more land

In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, members of a family stand next to their grass-hut dwelling which was destroyed by the police at Manzou Farm in Mazoe, north of Harare, in Zimbabwe. It has been reported by that police officers destroyed the thatch huts on Manzou farm,...
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Japan agonizes over ways to free Islamic State hostages

Ko Nakata, an expert on Islamic law, prepares to attend a press conference on two hostages held by the Islamic State group, at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Nakata told reporters he was able to reach the Islamic State. (AP...

France tackles discrimination, inequalities after attacks

PARIS (AP) — France’s prime minister is launching a new bid to heal what he called a nation fractured between haves and have-nots, after terrorist attacks exposed long-simmering discrimination and social and religious tensions. Manuel Valls shocked many this week by...
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2 Japanese hostages: How their lives got intertwined

This image taken from an online video released by the Islamic State group’s al-Furqan media arm on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, purports to show the group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages that the militants identify as Kenji Goto Jogo, left, and Haruna Yukawa, right,...
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Strikes, attacks bring turbulent politics back to Bangladesh

In this Jan. 21, 2015 photo, injured Saiful Islam, a doctor by profession and father of two-and-a-half-year-old Safir Islam, a victim of a homemade bomb stands as his son lies in an intensive care unit with burns to his face, head and other body parts, to receive treatment at a...
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German FM: Russia, Ukraine agree withdrawal of heavy arms

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shows a piece of a bus that was attacked recently during the panel “The Future of Ukraine” in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. The meeting runs Jan. 21 through 24 under the overarching theme “The New Global...