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 The Two Eagles Balloon mission control team gets ready to pop the cork on a bottle of champagne Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M., following the successful landing of the helium-filled balloon just off the coast of Baja in California.

Gas-filled balloon completes record-breaking Pacific flight

The balloon carrying Troy Bradley of Albuquerque, N.M., and his Russian co-pilot Leonid Tiukhtyaev landed off the Mexican coast.

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Normality returning as Ebola ebbs

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is slowing down.

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Clashes intensify between Armenia, Azerbaijan

January was heavily stained by blood, with repeated gun battles and volleys of artillery and rocket fire.

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World Briefs: Cease-fire talks resume on Ukraine

Plus: Debt rhetoric eases; China bank chief quits; Italy elects president; ex-German president dies.

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Strained allies: Obama, Netanyahu go sour

In the newest contretemps between U.S. and Israeli leaders, senior officials in both countries appear not to be trying to repair the breach.

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Apartheid-era killer granted parole

Eugene de Kock, who had been convicted and sentenced in 1996 to two life terms plus 212 years, is being paroled.

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Nations back force to fight Boko Haram

The African Union on Friday endorsed creating a 7,500-member continental force to fight the Nigerian militant extremist Boko Haram group.

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Islamic State attacks Iraq’s oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk

Islamic State militants attack points on defense perimeter of northern Iraq’s oil hub, killing at least seven Kurdish peshmerga fighters.

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World briefs: Pakistan: Death toll in bombing at Shiite mosque rises to 49

Plus: Ukrainian fighting rages; Sinai attack;  Nazi concentration camps; Chevron drops shale exploration in Poland; and Japan’s wartime

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Bomb blast at Shiite Muslim mosque in Pakistan kills 56

Officials said the explosion in the southern city of Shikarpur went off as worshippers were gathering for midday prayers today.

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Families plead for lives of Islamic State hostages as swap hopes fade

The extremists had demanded that Jordan release a female al-Qaida prisoner from death row.

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EU moves toward tougher Russian penalties over Ukraine conflict

Negotiations involving Ukraine, Russia, rebel representatives and European officials are planned today in Minsk, Belarus.

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Killings of Iraqi Sunnis blamed on Shiite militias

Security officials in Diyala province had denied that the killings were sectarian executions committed by pro-government Shiites.

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Hezbollah ready to put clash with Israel behind, U.N. says

Israel’s defense minister declined to comment on whether Israel would retaliate further for the killing of its troops.

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World briefs: Gunman storms Dutch broadcaster

Plus: Bombings in Sinai kill 26; U.K. summons envoy; 3 Americans slain in Kabul; Malaysian airliner; AirAsia crash.

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Hezbollah attack kills Israeli soldiers near Lebanon, raising fears of escalation

The flare-up shattered a fragile calm that has mostly held along the frontier since the monthlong war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.

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 Andressa Urach

TV star’s plastic surgery disaster tests Brazil

Andressa Urach recently went into septic shock and was placed on life support after a botched operation.

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World Briefs: Ukrainian rebels move to seize hub

PLUS: Nigerian army faulted; German anti-immigration movement leaders resign; Argentine prosecutor’s death; Phillipines president

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 Anwar Tarawneh, right, the wife of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kasaesbeh, and his sister, center, weep Wednesday after listening to a statement released by Islamic State while in front of the Royal Palace in Amman. The pilot is being held by Islamic State militants.

All-but-forgotten prisoner in Jordan at center of swap demand by Islamic State

The Jordanian government agreed that it was prepared to trade for the freedom of a pilot reportedly shot down over Syria last month.

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 Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting at the White House in October.

Netanyahu talk stirs backlash in Israeli race

Political analysts say attacking Israel’s prime minister for deteriorating relations with Washington, could be a winning message.

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 Yoshihide Suga, Japanese government spokesman chief cabinet secretary, speaks to the media at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo today shortly after the latest online message purportedly from the Islamic State group warmed that Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot the extremists hold have less than “24 hours left to live.”

Secret talks in Jordan try to win release of hostages

The global efforts gained greater urgency with the release of an apparent ultimatum from the Islamic State group.

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In reprieve to Obama, Senate Democrats agree to wait on Iran sanctions

The 10 lawmakers said they would wait until after a March deadline for finishing the outlines of a deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.

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World Briefs: Grim warning on Auschwitz anniversary

PLUS: Obama meets Saudi king; Yemen rebels; Ukrainian parliament; Fidel Castro; murdered Mexican students.

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 Auschwitz survivor Roman Kent makes a speech at a ceremony today on the site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau near Oswiecim. Ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp are taking place today, with some 300 former Auschwitz prisoners taking part in the commemoration event. In Auschwitz, Nazis killed at least 1.1 million people, mainly Jews, but also prisoners of other ethnicities.

Last survivors recall Auschwitz, ask if lessons learned

Today's gathering in Poland marks perhaps the last major anniversary survivors of the Nazi German camp will be able to attend in numbers.

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 The outage "was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems," Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook says internal glitch to blame for global outages of its sites

The outage at Facebook appeared to spill over and temporarily slow or block traffic to other major Internet sites.

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Alexis Tsipras: A young, impatient leftist is Greece's defiant new face

The nation is fast running out of money and in need of an infusion from its creditors to avoid a run on its banks before the end of next

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Islamic State flees Kobani battle in Syria

The outcome would be a major victory for the Kurds in a town that became the primary focus of the U.S. aerial campaign.

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Russia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine

Standard & Poor’s rating agency downgraded Russia’s credit rating to junk, causing the ruble to tumble further.

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 Visitors walk by barbed wire fences Monday at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland. A decade ago, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary of the death camp's liberation. Today, for the 70th anniversary, organizers are expecting 300, the youngest in their 70s.

Holocaust survivors, memories dwindling

As the world moves closer to a post-survivor era, some Jewish leaders fear that people are already starting to forget the Holocaust.

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 The Cortinthia Hotel is seen under attack in Tripoli, Libya, today as gunmen stormed the luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, killing several foreigners and guards, officials said.

Nine killed as gunmen storm luxury hotel in Libyan capital

A worker said the hotel had Italian, British and Turkish guests, but the hotel was largely empty at the time of the attack.

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World Briefs: Philippines clash strains peace pact

Plus: Yemen drone strike; Mubarak’s sons released; Global warming warning;

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Activists, Kurds: Islamic State group nearly out of Syrian border town

Expelling the militants marks a major symbolic victory both for the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition targeting ISIS in airstrikes.

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Rebels press Ukraine offensive

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama promises steps against Russian-backed “aggression.”

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In India, Obama aims to improve countries’ ties

The president was given a warm reception by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, scores killed

The violence comes amid U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the country Sunday.

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Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil

Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza party bitterly opposed the terms of the 2010 bailout of the country.

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World briefs: Protesters killed on anniversary of Egypt uprising

Plus: Video changes demands; Talks to end crisis fail; Citizens offer allegiance.

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 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters after a Cabinet meeting early today at his official residence in Tokyo.

Japan’s PM seeks release of Islamic State captive

In recent years, Japan has moved toward the U.S. government's hard line against paying ransoms to terrorists who kidnap Americans.

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Chaos in Yemen forces U.S. to halt fight against terrorists

American  officials say the growing chaos in Yemen has resulted in a steady erosion in intelligence-gathering efforts against al-Qaida.

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 Counter-demonstrators protest against a nearby gathering of pro-Pegida activists, who in Berlin call themselves "Baergida" and were demonstrating against the Islamization of Germany and other woes last week in Berlin.

New German far-right push against immigrants hits streets

Since the movement was founded in October, refugee advocates say the number of aggressive acts against foreigners has sharply increased.

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World Briefs: Leftists lead final polls in Greece

Plus: Obama alters itinerary; 4 held in plot; Brits urged to stay in EU; Iraq’s Islamic State fight; ruling party’s pick wins; dozens freed.

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ISIS video claims beheading of one Japanese hostage

A Japanese hostage captured by Islamic State militants was said to have been killed.

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 In this Jan. 6, 2015, file image released by the Saudi Press Agency, Crown Prince Salman gestures during a session at the Shura Council. On early Friday, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. Saudi Arabia’s new king, Salman, is a veteran of the country’s top leadership.

Saudi king buried as new ruler sets succession

King Salman moved quickly after Friday’s burial of the late ruler, Abdullah, to put a younger generation of his family closer to the throne.

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Pro-Russian rebels reject peace deal, launch new offensive

The separatists’ moves upended recent European attempts to mediate an end to the fighting.

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 Yemeni protesters gather during a demonstration to show their support for Houthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, on Friday. Thousands of protesters demonstrated Friday across Yemen, some supporting the Shiite rebels who seized the capital and others demanding the country’s south secede after the nation’s president and Cabinet resigned. Arabic on the posters reads, “God is great. Death to America. Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews. Victory to Islam.”

Yemen's Shiite rebels try to avoid overstepping amid protest

The Houthis made no public attempt to fill the vacuum created by the resignations of the president, his prime minister and cabinet.

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Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson held a breakfast meeting with the dissidents a day after talks with Cuban officials.

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World Briefs: U.S.-India ties to take spotlight

PLUS: Islamic State decried; Thai ex-premier banned; rival Caracas protests.

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Europe’s central bank to pump money into ailing economy

Starting in March, the ECB will buy 60 billion euros’ worth of government and corporate bonds each month at least through September 2016.

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Saudi King Abdullah dies; new ruler is Salman

King Salman has named his half-brother Muqrin as his crown prince and heir, rapidly moving to forestall any fears of a succession crisis.

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Obama will not meet Netanyahu in D.C.

Neither Barack Obama nor John Kerry will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he comes to Washington March 3.

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