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  • Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

    BAGHDAD (AP) — When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas. Residents say the extremists smashed…

  • Officials say bombings kill 9 people around Iraq’s capital

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities in Iraq say bombings targeting public places and security forces have killed nine people in and around the capital, Baghdad. Police officials say a bomb exploded near a sheep market Saturday…

  • Family, diplomats say no new word on Islamic State hostages

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The family of a Jordanian fighter pilot held by the Islamic State group said Saturday it has received no word on his fate since the militants threatened to kill him earlier…

  • Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been omitted. Some anime…

  • Philippine air force plane crashes at sea, killing 2 pilots

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine air force said one of its Italian-made light planes crashed at sea on a training mission Saturday, killing the two pilots. The single-prop SF-260FH was flying in formation with…

  • Anger, mourning in Pakistan after mosque bombing kills 59

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of Shiites across Pakistan mourned and protested Saturday after a bombing at a Shiite mosque in the country killed at least 59 people. In Shikarpur, the site of the blast, mourners…

  • Australian Open Show Court Schedules

    Sunday At Melbourne Park Melbourne, Australia All Times EST Rod Laver Arena Midnight Mixed Doubles Final: Kristina Mladenovic, France, and Daniel Nestor (3), Canada, vs. Martina Hingis, Switzerland, and Leander Paes (7), India 3:30 a.m.…

  • Australian Open Show Court Schedules

    Sunday At Melbourne Park Melbourne, Australia All Times EST Rod Laver Arena Midnight Mixed Doubles Final: Kristina Mladenovic, France, and Daniel Nestor (3), Canada, vs. Martina Hingis, Switzerland, and Leander Paes (7), India 3:30 a.m.…

  • Australian Open Results

    Saturday At Melbourne Park Melbourne, Australia Purse: $32.9 million (Grand Slam) Surface: Hard-Outdoor Junior Singles Boys Championship Roman Safiullin (1), Russia, def. Hong Seong-chan (7), South Korea, 7-5, 7-6 (2). Girls Championship Tereza Mihalikova, Slovakia,…

  • 5 given preliminary charges over jihadi network in France

    PARIS (AP) — French authorities have laid preliminary charges against five men suspected of involvement in a jihadi recruiting network in a small southern town from where several youths went to fight in Syria and…

  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Swan has debut Rod Laver appearance

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — U.S.-based British 15-year-old Katie Swan’s first time at Rod Laver Arena came not as a spectator, but as a player on center court. Swan, who lost the Australian Open junior girls…

  • What to watch at the Aussie Open Sunday: The Men’s Final

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, contesting the Australian Open final on Sunday, are both members of the so-called “Big Four” of men’s tennis, the group which has dominated Grand Slam titles…

  • Is he dead? Philippines awaits answer of costly terror raid

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to their base was triumphant: “Mike 1 bingo,” a code meaning they have killed one of Southeast Asia’s most-wanted terror suspects, Malaysian Zulkifli…

  • Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth

    CHONGLI, China (AP) — Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that…

  • Safiullin wins boys, Mihalikova wins Aussie Open girls title

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roman Safiullin of Russia won the boys singles title and Slovakia’s Tereza Mihalikova won the girls singles title at the Australian Open on Saturday. Mihalikova won five consecutive games after Katie…