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  • Austrian panel recommends no return of Klimt masterpiece

    VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian panel has ruled against returning one of the country’s most stunning works of art to heirs of the original Jewish owner. The monumental “Beethoven Frieze” is being claimed by heirs…

  • Residents: Boko Haram fighters gather in mass in NE Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Residents and an intelligence officer say Boko Haram fighters are massing at their headquarters in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza in preparation for a showdown with multinational forces. A woman…

  • Stoltenberg says Merkel asked him to become NATO chief

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says it was German Chancellor Angela Merkel who convinced him to accept the alliance’s top job. In a prerecorded talk show to be aired Friday by Swedish broadcaster…

  • Image of Asia: Demonstrating support of the death penalty

    In this photo by Achmad Ibrahim, an Indonesian man demonstrates his support of the death penalty in front of an effigy representing a drug offender that was later burned during a protest at a port…

  • Iraqi forces push on to Tikrit as IS destroys ancient site

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces pressed their offensive against the Islamic State group Friday, expecting to reach the outskirts of the militant-held city of Tikrit, a day after the extremists reportedly “bulldozed” a famed archaeological…

  • EU slaps new sanctions on Syria regime backers

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has stepped up its sanctions against Syria in response to the crackdown by President Bashar Assad’s regime. EU Council headquarters said in a statement Friday that it had slapped…

  • Pope meets with Chilean bishop amid outcry over appointment

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has met with the bishop running a Chilean diocese where there has been unprecedented opposition to the nomination of his successor, accused of covering up for Chile’s most notorious…

  • EU chief speaks out against arms supplies for Kiev

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — The European Union’s foreign policy chief is speaking out against bipartisan calls in the U.S. to provide lethal, defensive weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists. Some lawmakers from…

  • 11-year-old sent home from school for Christian Grey costume

    LONDON (AP) — Thousands of British students mark World Book Day by going to school in costume as their favorite fictional characters. But one 11-year-old found himself in a bind when he dressed as Christian…

  • Bach: IOC doesn’t always agree with host country politics

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach says the Olympic body does not necessarily condone the political or legal systems in countries it selects to host the games. In a speech at a sports…

  • UN calls on Indonesia to halt execution of drug smugglers

    BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. human rights office has called on Indonesia to refrain from executing convicted drug smugglers, saying that the death penalty won’t stop narcotics trafficking. Ten smugglers from Australia, Nigeria, the Philippines,…

  • Nepal’s airport to remain closed at least another day

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal’s only international airport will remain closed at least another day as workers attempt to remove a Turkish Airlines jet that skidded after landing, blocking the single runway, aviation officials said…

  • Ukraine declares heavy weapons pullback from front line

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian military officials say government forces are withdrawing heavy rocket launchers from the front line with Russian-backed separatists in accordance with last month’s cease-fire accord. Military spokesman Col. Andriy Lysenko said…

  • Portugal’s leader admits tax lapses, refuses to resign

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s prime minister gave the taxman extra muscle as part of a crackdown on fraud and evasion after the country needed a 78-billion-euro ($86 billion) bailout in 2011. Now, Pedro Passos…

  • Bank of Greece: need progress in talks with creditors

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s central bank governor says it is “very important” for next week’s meeting of eurozone finance ministers, set for Monday in Brussels, to go well for Greece. The 19 finance ministers…