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February 24, 2015 - 4:25am
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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's official news agency is reporting that a Cairo court has acquitted a prime minister and interior minister who served under deposed President Hosni Mubarak in a corruption case.

The MENA news agency says the Cairo Criminal Court made the ruling Tuesday in the retrial of former Premier Ahmed Nazif and former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly, both of whom served in Mubarak's Cabinet before the Jan. 25, 2011, uprising that eventually forced Mubarak out of...

February 24, 2015 - 4:17am
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MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have arrested four people suspected of working to recruit jihadi militants and spread propaganda for the Islamic State group.

An Interior Ministry statement said Tuesday two people were arrested in the Spanish north African enclave of Melilla and two others in the northeastern region of Catalonia.

There were no immediate details on the identity of the four.

The statement said the two detainees in...

February 24, 2015 - 4:12am
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DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A FIFA task force has recommended playing the 2022 World Cup in November-December to avoid the summer heat in Qatar.

FIFA says the task force chose the option over other proposals to play in January or May. FIFA also says the tournament should be shorter than the current 32-day schedule.

The plan must be approved by the FIFA executive committee, chaired by President Sepp Blatter, at a March 19-20 meeting in Zurich....

February 24, 2015 - 4:07am
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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A van packed with migrants has swerved off a road in southern Serbia, injuring 40 people, some of them seriously.

Serbian police say the accident happened early Tuesday and the driver fled the scene. It was not immediately clear what caused the van to slide off the road.

Doctors at an emergency hospital in the area say five people remain in a life-threatening condition with spinal, head or abdominal injuries. They say the...

February 24, 2015 - 3:55am
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BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece's creditors in the 19-country eurozone have approved a list of reforms Athens proposed to get a 4-month extension to its bailout, which would keep the country afloat.

An encouraging initial reaction from the so-called institutions — the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund — was backed by the eurozone Tuesday. It now goes to some member nations for approval.

"We therefore agreed to proceed...

February 24, 2015 - 3:51am
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PARIS (AP) — Paris police say they spotted at least five drones flying over the French capital overnight, and an investigation is underway into who was flying them and why.

France's BFM television reported that they were seen flying over the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and the American Embassy, among other locations.

A Paris police official confirmed the presence of the drones in Paris airspace, but would not provide other details. The national...

February 24, 2015 - 3:50am
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BEIRUT (AP) — Two activist groups say Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Assyrians after overrunning several villages in northeastern Syria.

Nuri Kino, the head of the activist group A Demand For Action that focuses on religious minorities in the Middle East, says the Islamic State fighters are holding between 70 and 100 captive, most of them from the Christian Assyrian village of Tal Shamiram.

Kino said Tuesday his group based its...

February 24, 2015 - 3:43am
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BERLIN (AP) — Millions of German industrial workers are set to get a 3.4 percent pay increase this year following a deal between employers and a major union.

Tuesday's agreement will see the raise take effect in April. Workers will each get a one-time payment of 150 euros ($170) for January-March.

The raise falls short of the 5.5 percent IG Metall, Germany's biggest industrial union, originally demanded for some 3.7 million workers but contrasts with...

February 24, 2015 - 3:43am
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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say gunmen have kidnapped 30 members of Hazara ethnic community in the country's south.

The attack happened Monday afternoon in Afghanistan's Zabul province.

Provincial Gov. Mohammad Ashraf said Tuesday some of those kidnapped may have been government officials and likely were taken from two vehicles traveling on a main road in the area.

Another local official also confirmed the 30...

February 24, 2015 - 3:34am
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine say they have begun a large-scale pullback of heavy weapons in line with an international peace plan that aims to form a wide buffer zone between separatists' and Ukrainian forces' artillery.

The claim Tuesday by Eduard Basurin, a top rebel commander, could not immediately be confirmed. Michael Bociurkiw, a spokesman for the observer mission that is monitoring the fighting in eastern Ukraine, said he could not...

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