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  • Carter: NATO to draw up plans to counter people smuggling

    BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says NATO military authorities have been ordered to draw up plans for how the alliance could help shut down illegal migration and people smuggling across the Aegean…

  • The Latest: Yen rises sharply, stoking talk of intervention

    LONDON (AP) — The latest on the turmoil global financial markets (all times local): 9:50 a.m. Stocks and oil may be getting the most attention in global markets, but there are big moves elsewhere, too…

  • 94 year old former Auschwitz guard goes on trial in Germany

    DETMOLD, Germany (AP) — A 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard went on trial Thursday on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder in western Germany, accused of serving in the death camp at a time when hundreds…

  • N. Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factory

    PAJU, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that was the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, saying Seoul’s suspension of operations at the…

  • Sweden cuts key interest rate to minus 0.50 percent

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s central bank has decided to cut its key interest rate to a record low of minus 0.50 percent, saying the measure is necessary to safeguard the bank’s target of increasing inflation,…

  • Italy urged Egypt for help hours after student disappeared

    CAIRO (AP) — An official summary of Italian efforts to find a student after he disappeared in central Cairo last month shows diplomats contacted Egyptian authorities in the hours after he went missing. The summary,…

  • World stocks shudder as economy jitters take center stage

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Stocks shuddered again Thursday, led by a sharp drop in Hong Kong as it caught up with global market turmoil after Lunar New Year holidays. An escalation in tensions between…

  • Ex-army chief’s appointment as Sri Lanka lawmaker criticized

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international rights group says the Sri Lankan government’s decision to appoint the civil war-winning general to Parliament contradicts pledges to investigate abuses alleged to have occurred under his command.…

  • 3 missing in Greek helicopter crash

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece say three navy personnel are missing after a helicopter crash in the eastern Aegean Sea. Adm Evangelos Apostolakis, chief of Greece’s armed forces, said debris from the crashed…

  • A look at Japan’s complex relationship with North Korea

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan has a troubled and complicated relationship with North Korea. The two countries have no diplomatic ties, but there are tens of thousands of pro-Pyongyang ethnic Koreans who live in Japan and…

  • The Latest: Yonhap: Army readiness in event of provocation

    PAJU, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on tensions between North and South Korea following Pyongyang’s rocket launch (all times local): 6:05 p.m. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency says the military buildup along the western…

  • Oil price drop pushes Total profit down 26 percent

    PARIS (AP) — Total says its fourth quarter earnings skidded 26 percent as the collapse in oil prices hit another global energy giant. The French company said Thursday that profit adjusted for changes in the…

  • The Latest: Russia hits 1,900 targets in Syria in a week

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local): 11:45 a.m. The Russian defense ministry says its airstrikes have hit about…

  • Dozens detained, life paralyzed by strike in Indian Kashmir

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian authorities have detained dozens of Kashmiri activists and placed separatist leaders under house arrest to prevent them from holding anti-India protests to mark the anniversary of a top separatist leader’s…

  • At least 69 injured in train derailment in Egypt

    CAIRO (AP) — At least 69 people were injured when a train derailed and two of its cars overturned as it was travelling north toward Cairo on Thursday, an Egyptian Health Ministry official said. Gamal…