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  • Sri Lanka says it will return private land in civil war area

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s new government plans to return private land seized by the military in the civil war-ravaged north and release several hundred detainees, a minister said, in an apparent move…

  • Yemen rebels seize military base outside capital

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say Shiite rebels have captured a key military base south of the capital where U.S. advisers had previously trained counter-terrorism forces. They say the Republican Guard camp captured Thursday…

  • Global stocks, oil stabilize after Fed statement

    TOKYO (AP) — Global shares and the price of oil stabilized on Thursday during European trading hours after the Federal Reserve issued a reminder it is still on track to raise interest rates this year.…

  • Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators weigh Loretta Lynch’s nomination for attorney general for a second day at a hearing certain to pile criticism on President Barack Obama and Eric Holder, the current occupant of the job.…

  • Italy lawmakers vote for new president in test for Renzi

    ROME (AP) — Lawmakers cast ballots Thursday for a new Italian president in a vote testing Premier Matteo Renzi’s ability to rally his divided party behind his reform agenda and a single candidate who is…

  • Russia to cut budget for 2018 World Cup amid economic woes

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Sports Minister says the government will cut the budget for hosting the 2018 World Cup as part of plans to slash state expenditure while recession looms. The Russian government is cutting…

  • New deadline approaches in Islamic State hostage crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — A sunset deadline was approaching Thursday in the Middle East for Jordan to release an Iraqi prisoner or face the death of a captured Jordanian air force pilot, according to the latest…

  • Greek bailout in focus as EU parliament head visits Athens

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Parliament’s president arrived in Athens Thursday for a visit closely watched for signs of a potential clash between Greece’s new left-wing government and its bailout lenders. Martin Schulz is…

  • France: Crew tried to eject in F-16 jet crash that killed 11

    PARIS (AP) — The Greek crew of an F-16 fighter jet that crashed into parked planes at a Spanish air base, killing 11, tried to eject after a failed takeoff, the head of France’s air…

  • UN chief: Boko Haram to top discussions at Africa Union meet

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The threat posed by Boko Haram, Nigeria’s Islamic extremist rebels, will be a focus of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he attends the African Union heads of state summit in…

  • Uganda: Mass trial over alleged terror ties to start

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A dozen suspects have appeared in a Ugandan court to face charges, including murder and terrorism, amid what local officials say is the budding threat of Islamic here. Police spokesman Fred…

  • Obama to seek to bust limits on domestic, defense spending

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said Thursday, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by both Democrats…

  • Military judge weighs female Guantanamo guards

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A military judge is hearing arguments on whether to make permanent a temporary order limiting the use of female guards to move prisoners around the Guantanamo Bay prison. Thursday is…

  • Romania: ex-minister indicted for money-laundering

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Prosecutors have indicted a former presidential candidate, who was one of Romania’s most influential politicians in recent years, on suspicion of money-laundering and making false statements. Anti-corruption prosecutors questioned Elena Udrea…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EST

    Japan says it has deep trust in Jordan to help secure release of Islamic State group hostage TOKYO (AP) — Japan said it was putting its trust in Jordan to help gain the release of…