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February 1, 2016 - 7:00am
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BAGHDAD (AP) — President Barack Obama's envoy to the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group visited northern Syria over the weekend, according to a coalition official.

Brett McGurk's visit to the town of Kobani was the first known visit by a senior U.S. official to Syrian territory since the beginning of the U.S.-led campaign against IS in August 2014.

McGurk was joined by British and French officials in Kobani, where Kurdish forces aided...

February 1, 2016 - 6:34am
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BEIJING (AP) — China has created five new military regions covering the country as part of a continuing drive to reorganize and streamline the 2.3 million-member People's Liberation Army.

The north, south, east, west and central regions replace the seven previous regions. The new districts are being touted as better suited to command joint operations while further indicating President Xi Jinping's firm hold over the armed forces.

Xi presided at a...

February 1, 2016 - 6:26am
1 week 2 days ago

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria has announced the official start of peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition leaders.

Staffan di Mistura made the comments on Monday after hosting envoys from the main Syrian opposition group at the U.N. offices in Geneva. He had previously met with a government delegation on Friday.

De Mistura laid out the positions of the opposition group. He said he planned to take up further talks in...

February 1, 2016 - 6:23am
1 week 3 days ago

LONDON (AP) — A judge has sentenced a British woman to six years in prison for going to Syria to live under the rule of the Islamic State group.

Tareena Shakil was convicted last week of being a member of the group and encouraging acts of terrorism.

In October 2014 she and her 1-year-old son boarded a plane to Turkey and then traveled to Syria. After three months Shakil fled, taking a taxi to the Turkish border and returning to Britain....

February 1, 2016 - 6:11am
1 week 2 days ago

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the huge influx of asylum-seekers to Europe (all times local):

8:05 p.m.

The Finnish prime minister says his offer last year to open his house to asylum-seekers is still valid but has been postponed due to security concerns.

Juha Sipila told national radio on Sunday that his September offer has become "too public" for any migrant family to stay there safely.

Sipila and his family...

February 1, 2016 - 6:10am
1 week 3 days ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bombing aimed at a police base in Afghanistan's capital has killed at least one person and wounded another 16.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi says the attack Monday afternoon took place in a busy part of the city, near the Kabul Zoo.

It was aimed at the headquarters of the civil order police, a militarized force that patrols urban areas and fights on the front lines.

Ismail...

February 1, 2016 - 5:43am
1 week 3 days ago

SYDNEY (AP) — An animal welfare group in Australia says a driver deliberately ran down and killed 17 kangaroos.

A spokesman for the RSPCA in Queensland state, Michael Beatty, says the carcasses of 16 kangaroos were found Monday along a 100-meter (300-foot) stretch of road in the eastern city of Brisbane. Another kangaroo had to be euthanized because of its injuries. Many of the animals were young.

Beatty said the kangaroos were deliberately hit, with...

February 1, 2016 - 5:43am
1 week 3 days ago

LONDON (AP) — Britain's fertility regulator has approved a scientist's application to edit the human genetic code using a new technique that some fear crosses too many ethical boundaries.

In a statement Monday, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority says it has granted research led by scientist Kathy Niakan to try to understand the genes that human embryos need to develop successfully.

Last year, Chinese researchers made the first attempt...

February 1, 2016 - 5:43am
1 week 3 days ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's leftwing-led government is entering a new round of negotiations with its creditors over progress on the latest bailout program, amid angry union reactions to proposed pension reforms — a key part of the talks.

Representatives of Greece's European creditors and the International Monetary Fund are due to meet the country's finance minister later Monday. Greek officials say there will be a break in the talks at the end of this week, but it is...

February 1, 2016 - 5:41am
1 week 3 days ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says it now has access to more than $100 billion worth of frozen overseas assets following the implementation of the nuclear deal with world powers.

Government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht says much of the money had been piling up in banks in China, India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey since international sanctions were tightened in 2012 over Tehran's nuclear program. His comments were posted on the website of state-run Press TV on Monday....

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