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February 27, 2015 - 7:31am
7 min 29 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Former pop star Gary Glitter has received a 16-year prison sentence after being convicted of sexually abusing three young girls in the 1970s.

The 70-year-old singer, whose real name is Paul Gadd, showed no response as he was sentenced Friday.

He had been found guilty earlier this month of one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13.

February 27, 2015 - 7:29am
7 min 29 sec ago

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Belgrade court is considering quashing the treason conviction against Gen. Draza Mihailovic for his collaboration with Nazis during World War II, which would politically rehabilitate the controversial Serbian guerrilla commander almost 70 years after he was sentenced and shot to death by communists.

Dozens of nationalist supporters and leftist opponents of Mihailovic gathered in front of the Higher Court on Friday. They were kept apart by riot...

February 27, 2015 - 7:27am
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BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists and Kurdish representatives say Kurdish fighters have captured dozens of villages following days of clashes with the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria.

The Kurdish fighters, known as the People's Protection Units or YPG, have been making territorial gains since capturing the Syrian border town of Kobani last month following a several-month struggle.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says...

February 27, 2015 - 7:25am
7 min 28 sec ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Warsaw city councilors have banned a 1945 monument of Polish-Soviet brotherhood in arms from being returned to its place on a city street.

The move, a reversal of their own previous decision, comes as ties between Warsaw and Moscow are strained over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The councilors voted 51-2 late Thursday to keep the massive monument, generally referred to as the "four sleeping men," in a storeroom. It was...

February 27, 2015 - 6:56am
7 min 28 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — A global agency fighting terrorist financing says Islamic State extremists are financially vulnerable as oil prices have fallen and their ability to extort resources in Iraq and Syria is peaking.

The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force, in a report released Friday, urges governments to do more to starve the group of funds.

The report says most of Islamic State's money comes from looting banks and farms, selling oil, kidnapping for...

February 27, 2015 - 6:56am
7 min 28 sec ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A newborn was kidnapped from a Cape Town hospital in 1997. Her parents never gave up hope and, 17 years later, they have found her.

She was living just a couple miles (kilometers) from her parents but, as the Cape Argus newspaper reports, the amazing discovery happened only after she attended school with her biological sister, and people noticed their similarities.

Police spokesman Andre Traut says a woman was arrested and...

February 27, 2015 - 6:49am
7 min 28 sec ago

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A previously unknown militant group is claiming responsibility for a meat cleaver attack in Bangladesh last night that killed a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger and wounded his wife.

Avijit Roy and his wife were returning from a book fair in the capital Dhaka when they were attacked.

Roy was a prominent voice against religious intolerance.

The group Ansar Bangla 7 says on Twitter that Roy "was the...

February 27, 2015 - 6:27am
7 min 28 sec ago

MANSEHRA, Pakistan (AP) — A senior police officer in Pakistan says two prisoners believed to be involved in the 2013 slaying of 10 foreign climbers at the base of one of the world's tallest mountains have escaped from jail.

Senior police officer Ishaq Hussain says four Pakistanis held at a jail in the northern city of Gilgit tried to escape before dawn Friday.

He says the guards chased the men, killing one of them and re-arresting another. But two of...

February 27, 2015 - 6:26am
7 min 28 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Madonna says she hit her head and suffered whiplash when she was yanked backward down some steps while performing live at the Brit Awards.

The dramatic tumble occurred Wednesday as the 56-year-old sang "Living For Love."

Madonna's dancers tugged at her flowing Armani cape, but instead of coming loose it dragged the singer down three steps. Madonna said the cape had been tied too tightly at the neck "and my two lovely Japanese dancers...

February 27, 2015 - 6:26am
7 min 28 sec ago

AHMADABAD, India (AP) — A court in western India has acquitted six men accused of killing three British tourists during religious riots in 2002.

The court in Gujarat state said Friday that it found no evidence against the accused.

The three British Muslims were killed in the riots that erupted in Gujarat state after a train filled with Hindu pilgrims was attacked by a Muslim mob in a small town. A fire broke out — it remains unclear whether it was...

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