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February 27, 2015 - 8:32am
5 min 35 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — The leader of the U.N. cultural agency is denouncing the Islamic State group's destruction of ancient statues and artifacts as "cultural cleansing" and a war crime that the world must punish.

Irina Bokova, director-general of Paris-based UNESCO, said she couldn't finish watching an Islamic State video posted this week that shows men using sledgehammers to smash the Mesopotamian artworks in Iraq's northern city of Mosul.

Speaking to...

February 27, 2015 - 7:51am
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican federal official says federal police have captured Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, one of the most-wanted drug lords and who once terrorized western Michoacan state.

The official says Gomez was captured early Friday in the capital city of Morelia without a shot fired. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case.

Gomez was the leader of the Knights Templar cartel, a quasi-...

February 27, 2015 - 7:48am
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — A whodunit is making the rounds at the Vatican.

The publisher of a book on traditional Catholic marriage is crying foul, saying someone apparently swiped as many as 100 copies of the book from the Vatican mailboxes of bishops who attended a controversial meeting on family issues last October.

The publisher sent the books to attendees to counter progressive proposals by Pope Francis' favorite theologian to let divorced and civilly...

February 27, 2015 - 7:48am
5 min 35 sec ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — A former chief of Israel's Mossad spy agency is slamming the prime minister's handling of the Iranian nuclear threat.

Ahead of Benjamin Netanyahu's contentious speech to Congress, Meir Dagan says "the person who has caused the greatest strategic damage to Israel on the Iranian issue is the prime minister."

The comments were published Friday in the Yediot Ahronot daily.

Dagan has been a fierce critic of Netanyahu'...

February 27, 2015 - 7:31am
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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
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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
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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
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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
5 min 35 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...

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