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EU's commission vice-president to run for Slovak president

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 5:37am

European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic says he is ready to run for the post of Slovakia's president in the forthcoming presidential election.

EU could snub US-Mideast meeting over Iran concerns

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 5:34am

European Union countries appear ready to snub an international conference on the Middle East in Poland next month over concerns it is part of a U.S. drive to ramp up pressure on Iran.

Report: Secret talks between US, NKorea in Sweden

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 5:23am

Sweden's news agency says a secret, high-level meeting between envoys from the United States and North Korea is being held in Stockholm.

ICC judges: Former Ivory Coast president must remain jailed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 4:59am

Judges at the International Criminal Court have ruled that former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and a former government minister must remain in custody until judges issue a decision on a prosecution appeal against their unconditional release.

UN health agency: Rising misconduct reports are 'positive'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 4:38am

The World Health Organization says it is seeing increasing reports of misconduct reported by staffers within the U.N. health agency, describing the trend as "a positive thing."

Germany calls on Russia to prevent a new arms race

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 4:35am

Germany's foreign minister on Friday urged Russia to save a key arms treaty with the U.S., to prevent a new arms race as a deadline looms.

The Latest: Death toll in Colombia car bombing rises to 21

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 3:57am

The Latest on the car bombing in Bogota (all times local):

Colombian authorities say death toll in car bombing more than doubles to 21

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 3:52am

Colombian authorities say death toll in car bombing more than doubles to 21.

German parliament moves to deter migrants from 4 nations

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 3:26am

German lawmakers have approved a government plan to declare three North African nations and Georgia safe countries of origin, a move meant to deter migrants from those countries and streamline the handling of asylum applications.

Israeli military demolishes home of Palestinian attacker

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 3:22am

Israeli forces have demolished the family home of a Palestinian charged with fatally stabbing an American-Israeli settler several months ago.

AP Photos: Celebrating south India's bull taming festivals

Aijaz Rahi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 2:39am

As drums beat and the crowd cheers, a man leaps onto the back of a large bull and hangs tightly to its hump as the animal bucks and jumps.

The Latest: UN denounces Zimbabwe's 'excessive use of force'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 2:29am

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Former Afghan national security adviser announces candidacy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 2:28am

A former national security adviser has registered as a candidate for president of Afghanistan and called on the Taliban to engage in peace negotiations to end the country's 17-year war.

Sweden votes for Lofven, ends political deadlock

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 2:21am

A center-left minority government led by the current caretaker prime minister, Stefan Lofven, was approved Friday by Swedish lawmakers, ending a four-month political deadlock.

Ex-judge: Romania ruling could collapse murder trials

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 2:11am

A court ruling that Romanian prosecutors obtained evidence illegally could collapse murder and child pornography trials in the country, a top legal expert said Friday.

The Latest: Congo dismisses AU request to delay vote results

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 2:09am

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Russian officials rule out attack in building collapse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 1:54am

Russian authorities are denying reports that a terrorist attack was to blame for an explosion that brought down an apartment block, killing 39 people.

Indonesia leader to free radical cleric behind Bali bombings

Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 1:49am

The ailing 80-year-old radical cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other violent extremists in Indonesia will be released from prison, Indonesia's president said Friday, slashing a 15-year sentence.

Son of Kenyan military officer identified as attack suspect

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 1:47am

Kenyan investigators have identified a Kenyan military officer as the father of one of the extremists involved in the attack on a hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi this week.