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February 9, 2016 - 6:42am
1 min 36 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — The International Energy Agency says oil supply is set to outpace demand this year, keeping a lid on any expected price increases.

The organization, which advises countries on energy policy, said in its monthly report Tuesday that global excess supply may reach 2 million barrels per day during the first quarter, and a further 1.5 million barrels a day in the second quarter. Further stock-building of 300,000 barrels a day is forecast in the second half of the...

February 9, 2016 - 6:40am
1 min 36 sec ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces and the U.S.-led coalition say the government has regained full control of Ramadi after pushing Islamic State group fighters out of the city's outskirts.

The Ministry of Interior said in a statement Tuesday that a road linking Ramadi to the capital Baghdad is also back under government control.  

Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman for the coalition, told The Associated Press that Iraqi security forces have control of...

February 9, 2016 - 6:23am
1 min 36 sec ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has sentenced seven men for conspiring with the Islamic State, the first time it has sent anyone to prison for IS links, as the jailed radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir filed an appeal to have his conviction overturned.

Bashir, who has expressed his support for IS, filed an appeal of his 2011 conviction for setting up a militant camp in Aceh province at the end of a hearing Tuesday. The 77-year-old founder of the Jemaah Islamiyah...

February 9, 2016 - 6:22am
1 min 36 sec ago

GENEVA (AP) — The International Organization for Migration says 409 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, and migrant crossings in the first six weeks of 2016 are running at nearly ten times the rate of the same period last year.

IOM says 76,000 people have reached Europe by sea, nearly 2,000 per day, since Jan. 1.

More than three-fourths of the deaths have been on the short eastern Mediterranean route between Turkey and...

February 9, 2016 - 6:05am
31 min 38 sec ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military chief says its number one mission is to counter the threat posed by attack tunnels from Gaza.

Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said Tuesday that Gaza's Hamas rulers have been rebuilding the sophisticated network of underground tunnels that Israel damaged during the 2014 war.

Eisenkot says destroying this network is the military's top priority for 2016, adding that it's not deceived by the relative quiet along the Israel-Gaza...

February 9, 2016 - 5:55am
31 min 38 sec ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Farmers in northern Greece have blocked traffic on the country's main highway, intensifying nationwide protests against budget austerity measures demanded by bailout lenders.

Protest organizers said Tuesday that a tractor blockade on the highway linking Athens to Greece's second largest city, Thessaloniki, would be in effect indefinitely unless the government withdrew proposals for tax hikes and an overhaul of the pension system.

February 9, 2016 - 5:45am
31 min 38 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — U.K. lawmakers responsible for scrutinizing Britain's intelligence agencies say there are not enough privacy safeguards in plans to strengthen the government's powers to spy on the Internet.

Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee says the draft Investigatory Powers Bill takes a "piecemeal" approach to protecting privacy. In a report Tuesday, the committee says privacy should be "an integral part of the legislation rather than an add-on."...

February 9, 2016 - 5:32am
31 min 38 sec ago

MADRID (AP) — Tens of thousands of commuters in the Spanish city of Barcelona are facing travel chaos as smoke from a fire filled railway tunnels and forced authorities to suspend train service.

The city's firefighting department said the fire started early Tuesday in trash that had accumulated at a disused station in the northeastern city. Five commuter lines and one subway line were affected. The fire was extinguished but rail services are not expected to return to...

February 9, 2016 - 4:40am
1 min 36 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — The latest on the turmoil afflicting global financial markets (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

Perhaps more remarkable than the 5.4 percent reverse posted by Japan's main stock market was the news that the interest rate on the country's benchmark 10-year bond became negative for the first time ever.

The yield on the bond fell by 0.05 percentage points to minus 0.03 percent. What that means is investors are willing to...

February 9, 2016 - 4:40am
1 hour 21 min ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African prosecutors plan to charge four former members of the apartheid-era security forces for the 1983 murder of an activist who opposed white-minority rule.

The National Prosecuting Authority says the female activist, Nokuthula Simelane, disappeared while being held by the Soweto Special Branch, a police unit. It says Simelane was kidnapped and tortured, and her body has not been recovered.

After apartheid ended in 1994,...

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