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March 5, 2015 - 6:28am
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BAGA SOLO, Chad (AP) — Kellou Abakar knew she was in trouble as the contractions started not long after an Islamic extremist group attacked her town in Nigeria. Her husband was nowhere to be found, and so she pulled her 4-year-old son onto her back and grabbed her two little girls by the hand.

The 30-year-old pregnant woman ran as fast as she could to escape the Jan. 3 attack on her hometown of Baga. It was one of the worst massacres ever carried out by Boko Haram during...

March 5, 2015 - 6:22am
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A prosecutor says that Poland has asked U.S. authorities to release data from an IT company's cloud that could be vital for the ongoing probe into a government eavesdropping scandal.

Spokeswoman for a Warsaw prosecutor's office, Renata Mazur, said Thursday that a request was sent to U.S. justice authorities in January. She refused to name the IT company in question.

Polish prosecutors believe the cloud may hold some...

March 5, 2015 - 6:09am
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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police have cracked down on students and other activists opposing Myanmar's new education law, charging protesters with batons and dragging them into trucks at a landmark pagoda in the heart of the old capital, Yangon.

An Associated Press photographer said several demonstrators had slight injuries.

About 30 protesters — including prominent activist Nilar Thein and other student leaders — gathered in front of the Sule Pagoda on...

March 5, 2015 - 6:07am
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BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say government helicopter gunships have dropped bombs on the Syrian city of Aleppo, killing at least 10 people and wounding many others.

An Aleppo-based activist who goes by the name Abu Raed said a barrel bomb struck a shop that sells gasoline and diesel. He said a fire broke out and many bystanders were burned.

Abu Raed said the strike on the Qadi Askar neighborhood Thursday morning killed at least 10, while the Britain-...

March 5, 2015 - 6:07am
4 min 58 sec ago

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic is honoring the victims of last week's deadly shooting attack in a small town restaurant.

On Feb 24, a gunman entered the Druzba, or "Friendship," restaurant in the southeastern town of Uhersky Brod and opened fire during lunchtime, killing eight and seriously wounding a woman before he fatally shot himself.

Police identified the gunman as a 63-year-old local man who had no criminal record and had a gun license. A...

March 5, 2015 - 5:59am
4 min 58 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers say the country's intelligence agencies, which inspired James Bond, are not doing enough to promote real-life Jane Bonds.

A report on women in the intelligence services says female staff are being held back by a layer of middle managers, dubbed "the permafrost," who have "a very traditional male mentality and outlook."

The report published Thursday by Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee said that women...

March 5, 2015 - 5:59am
4 min 58 sec ago

TOKYO (AP) — A former crewmember on a Japanese battleship that sank during World War II says he recognizes photos taken of wreckage discovered this week off the Philippines by a team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

Shizuhiko Haraguchi served as a gunnery officer on the Musashi, one of the largest battleships in history, when it was being fitted in Japan before it departed for the Pacific in 1943.

He said Thursday that he recognized underwater...

March 5, 2015 - 5:54am
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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya's state-run oil corporation has declared 11 oil fields in the country non-operational after attacks by suspected Islamic State militants, opting for a force majeure clause that exempts the state from contractual obligations.

The statement posted on Wednesday on the corporation website also warns of danger to other terminals and facilities.

The National Oil Corporation says that despite pleas for the authorities to ensure...

March 5, 2015 - 5:43am
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NEW DELHI (AP) — India's home minister says the government will act against the British Broadcasting Corporation for ignoring a court order and airing a documentary about a fatal New Delhi gang rape in which one of the attackers blames the victim.

"India's Daughter" was to have been shown on Sunday, International Women's Day, in India and several other countries. Police and the government got a court order that halted the screening, but the BBC aired the documentary in...

March 5, 2015 - 5:33am
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LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron is refusing to take part in a head-to-head debate with the opposition leader Ed Miliband before the campaign for the general election.

Cameron's camp made what he described as a final offer to debate organizers, insisting the Conservative leader would sign up for a single 90-minute contest involving at least seven party leaders. Cameron's supporters are describing the single debate as the most fair.

The...

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