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EU, Germany warn Greece over debt reductions

The European Union and Germany warned Greece’s radical new left-wing government Thursday that there is little support for a reduction in its massive debts, on the eve of its first talks with its eurozone partners.Radical Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the cur...

Updated : 2015.01.30 21:44

U.S. Senate panel approves Iran sanctions bill

WASHINGTON (AP) ― A bill that would levy tough new sanctions on Iran if it fails to sign an agreement to curb its nuclear program cleared a Senate committee on Thursday. But lawmakers are holding off on a full Senate vote to see whether diplomatic negotiations yield a deal.Republican and ...

Updated : 2015.01.30 21:44

Google revenue falls short as competition on mobile intensifies

Google’s fourth-quarter sales and profit missed estimates as the Web company’s advertising business faced more competition on mobile devices. Revenue, excluding sales passed on to partners, rose 6.9 percent to $14.5 billion, the company said in a statement Thursday, missing analysts’ av...

Updated : 2015.01.30 21:23

‘Thorn Birds’ author Colleen McCullough dies

Colleen McCullough. (AP)SYDNEY (AFP) ― Internationally acclaimed Australian author, Colleen McCullough, whose novel “The Thorn Birds” sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, died on Thursday ag...

Updated : 2015.01.30 20:52

Festival honors Charlie Hebdo

ANGOULME, France (AFP) ― The world’s leading comics festival was set to open in France on Thursday under a tight net of security as it dedicated this year’s event to the murdered cartoonists of Cha...

Updated : 2015.01.30 20:51

Man with fake gun interrupts Dutch TV

THE HAGUE (AFP) ― A man armed with a fake gun disrupted Dutch television on Thursday evening when he forced his way into the building of public broadcaster NOS and demanded airtime before being overpowered by police.The man, speaking Dutch and carrying a black pistol which police later sa...

Updated : 2015.01.30 20:51

Balloon crew surpasses flight distance record

In this photo provided by the Two Eagles Balloon Team, Troy Bradley of New Mexico and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia set off from Saga, Japan, shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Sunday. (AP-Yonhap)ALBUQUERQUE, ...

Updated : 2015.01.30 20:50

Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies

NEW YORK (AP) ― Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch’’ whose music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s won him an Oscar nomination and made him one of the best-selling...

Updated : 2015.01.30 20:49

UN chief launches inquiry of Mali protest deaths

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will open an inquiry into the fatal shootings allegedly by UN troops of three protesters during demonstrations in northern Mali, his spokesman said Thursday.Witnesses said the three Malians were shot in Gao by UN troops during protests on Tuesday against a ...

Updated : 2015.01.30 09:34

(Photo News) Pushing back

A Kurdish man talks with a radio as he checks the eastern part of the Syrian border town of Kobane, known as Ain al-Arab, Wednesday. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontie...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:27

Greece, eurozone creditors gear up for bailout clash

ATHENS (AFP) ― Greece’s radical new government is to hold its first talks with a foreign dignitary on Thursday, hosting the head of the European parliament a day after announcing moves to roll back austerity measures.In sweeping announcements two days after taking power, Prime Minister A...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:25

Women joining IS as ‘cheerleaders, not victims’

LONDON (AFP) ― Western women who join Islamic State militants are driven by the same ideological passion as many male recruits and should be seen as potentially dangerous cheerleaders, not victims, experts said Wednesday.A new study from the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue s...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:22

Netanyahu warns after killings

MAJIDIYA, Lebanon (AFP) ― Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Lebanon’s Hezbollah it will pay the “full price” after missiles killed two Israeli soldiers Wednesday in an attack that raised fe...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:12

Iran, Europe negotiators to meet in Istanbul

TEHRAN (AFP) ― Iranian officials will meet with European members of the P5+1 group in Istanbul on Thursday under the ongoing diplomatic effort to secure a deal over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.The meeting with British, French and German diplomats was announced by Iran’s foreign mi...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:11

IS suffers ‘devastating’ blows but biggest ...fighting still ahead

BAGHDAD (AFP) ― The Islamic State group has suffered “devastating” blows in Syria’s Kobane and on several Iraqi fronts, but analysts warn such victories in the fight against the jihadists cannot be replicated everywhere.Kurdish fighters backed by U.S.-led airstrikes this week ousted IS...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:10