Ukraine says it pays for gas, Russia demands more

MOSCOW (AP) – Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz announced Friday that it had paid $15 million for another month of Russian gas, but Moscow says that the sum will only be enough for an additional day of deliveries. Interfax-Ukraine news agency quoted Naftogaz’s executive,...

Ukraine rebels seen withdrawing heavy weapons front line

NOVOAMVROSIIVSKE, Ukraine (AP) – Separatist fighters in east Ukraine have moved rocket launchers to a location 70 kilometers (43 miles) back from the front line with government troops in the first confirmed compliance with a cease-fire agreed earlier this month. Associated...
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Islamic State threat boosts business for Kurdish gunsmith

In this Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 photo, gunsmith Bahktiyar Sadr-Aldeen repairs a weapon at his shop, in Irbil, northern Iraq. Sadr-Aldeen doesn"™t limit his work to his shop. Sometimes he goes out to the front lines himself, mostly to repair heavy weapons that can"™t be...

German Parliament to vote on Greek bailout deal

BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s Parliament will vote on a four-month bailout extension for Greece with a large majority of lawmakers in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc signaling their backing. Volker Kauder, caucus leader of Merkel’s bloc, said an...
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Despite spat with US, Israeli leader fighting Iran nuke deal

FILE – In this Oct. 1, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Netanyahu heads to Washington next week on a last-gasp effort to seal what he hopes will become his...
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‘Jihadi John’ identified as London-raised college grad

CAGE research director, Asim Qureshi talks during a press conference held by the CAGE human rights charity in London, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. A British-accented militant who has appeared in beheading videos released by the Islamic State group in Syria bears "striking...
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‘Jihadi John’ raised in UK, studied computers, reports say

CAGE research director, Asim Qureshi talks during a press conference held by the CAGE human rights charity in London, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. A British-accented militant who has appeared in beheading videos released by the Islamic State group in Syria bears "striking...

New IS video shows militants smashing ancient Iraq artifacts

BAGHDAD (AP) – The Islamic State group released a video on Thursday showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, describing the relics as idols that must be removed. The destructions are part of a campaign by the...
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Number of Syrian Christians abducted by IS rises to 220

Assyrians citizens hold placards during a sit-in for abducted Christians in Syria and Iraq, at a church in Sabtiyesh area east Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Islamic State militants snatched more hostages from homes in northeastern Syria over the past three days,...

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Here’s your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week’s collection includes the Brooklyn Bridge...