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Cyprus aims to become regional search-and-rescue hub

January 26, 2015 05:53 AM EST | AP

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' defense minister says the country is setting up a satellite earth station that will anchor a search-and-rescue control center covering Europe's southeastern edge.

Christoforos Fokaides told The Associated Press in an interview Monday that the earth station will be Europe's third such facility, complementing ones in Norway and Spain that improve authorities' response to regional emergencies.

Egypt state newspaper calls out president following shooting

January 26, 2015 05:51 AM EST | AP

CAIRO (AP) — In an unusually critical column, the chairman of Egypt's state-run daily Al-Ahram newspaper has specifically called out the country's president as being responsible for protecting the public after the shooting death of a protester.

The front-page piece by Ahmed Sayed el-Naggar, published Monday, focused on the killing of Shaimaa el-Sabbagh, shot dead Saturday on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the overthrow of autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama celebrates India's Republic Day

January 26, 2015 05:45 AM EST | AP

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama's experience at India's Republic Day celebration may have felt a little like his two presidential inaugurations.

He watched the two-hour parade of military hardware, marching bands and elaborately dressed camels from a rain-soaked, open-air reviewing stand.

Venus Williams' strong Australian Open run continues

January 26, 2015 05:38 AM EST | AP

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Venus Williams' strong run at the Australian Open continued Monday when she beat sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time since 2010.

After recovered an early break in the third, 34-year-old Williams dominated the rest of the match and clinched it with an ace to set up a match against fellow American Madison Keys.

Turkish court orders Facebook pages blocked

January 26, 2015 05:36 AM EST | AP

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has ordered authorities to block access in the country to Facebook pages that "insult" the Prophet Muhammad, in the latest move to censor the Internet.

The Anadolu Agency says a court in Ankara issued the order late Sunday. The court also threatened to block access to Facebook as a whole, if its order isn't implemented.

Motorola unveils 3 smart phones for return to China

January 26, 2015 05:34 AM EST | AP

BEIJING (AP) — Motorola, acquired last year by computer maker Lenovo Group, has unveiled three smartphones for its return to China following a two-year absence from the most populous mobile phone market.

Motorola said Monday that buyers of its flagship Moto X model will be able to pick colors, features and exterior materials that include leather and wood. The 16GB version will start at 3,299 yuan ($540).

German business confidence rises for third month running

January 26, 2015 05:17 AM EST | AP

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A closely watched indicator of German business optimism rose for the third straight month in January, giving a positive signal from Europe's biggest economy.

The business climate survey from the Munich-based Ifo institute rose to 106.7 points from 105.5 points in December, beating expectations among market analysts for 106.2.

PM: Thai Airways won't go bankrupt but faces rehabilitation

January 26, 2015 04:59 AM EST | AP

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's coup-leader-turned-premier Prayuth Chan-ocha says debt-laden Thai Airways will not go bankrupt because the government is supporting it.

Prayuth said Monday the government was discussing steps to save Thai Airways from bankruptcy and was giving an initial green light to a rehabilitation plan proposed by the carrier.

Church of England to ordain first female bishop

January 26, 2015 04:57 AM EST | AP

LONDON (AP) — Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England is coming to an end, as the 500-year-old institution consecrates its first female bishop.

The Rev. Libby Lane becomes the eighth Bishop of Stockport in a service Monday at York Minster. Her consecration comes after the church ended a long and divisive dispute by voting last year to allow women to serve as bishops.

Spokesman: Secret Service recovers 'device' at White House

January 26, 2015 04:51 AM EST | AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for President Barack Obama says a "device" has been found on the grounds of the White House.

Spokesman Josh Earnest says early indications are that the device does not pose a threat to anyone in the building.

NTT becomes first domestic sponsor of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

January 26, 2015 04:48 AM EST | AP

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers have signed up Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation as the first domestic sponsor of the 2020 Games.

NTT, which provided a variety of telecommunications services for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, will be the organizing committee's official telecommunications services partner.

Weekend Sports In Brief

January 26, 2015 04:46 AM EST | AP


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — J.J. Watt danced, Jimmy Graham dunked, Odell Beckham Jr. dazzled. The Pro Bowl in the desert was all about having a good time.

Morocco arrests suspected Algerian member of IS-linked group

January 26, 2015 04:44 AM EST | AP

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco's Interior Ministry has announced the arrest of an Algerian citizen suspected of belonging to a group linked to the Islamic State militant organization which was responsible for the beheading of a French hiker.

In September, French hiker Herve Gourdel was kidnapped and then beheaded in Algeria by a group called Jund al-Khilafa (Soldiers of the Caliphate), which had declared allegiance to Syria- and Iraq-based IS.

2 small planes ditch into sea off Hawaii; all aboard survive

January 26, 2015 04:41 AM EST | AP

HONOLULU (AP) — Authorities say two small planes ran out of fuel and went into the Pacific off Hawaii, but all five aboard the aircraft survived.

The Coast Guard says the separate incidents Sunday involved a plane carrying a solo pilot 250 miles off Hawaii, and another with four people aboard just a few miles off shore.

Raonic advances to quarterfinals at Australian Open

January 26, 2015 04:31 AM EST | AP

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Big-serving Milos Raonic advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-3 win Monday over Feliciano Lopez of Spain.

After breaking Lopez' serve in the eighth game of the final set, Raonic won all four points in the next game to clinch the match. He had 30 aces but wasn't helped by his inability to convert break-point chances — only three of 13 in the match.

Azarenka's fun-filled Australian Open comes to an end

January 26, 2015 04:26 AM EST | AP

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Victoria Azarenka is packing her bags and leaving the Australian Open far earlier than years past, but the two-time former champion sure had fun while she was here.

For the Belarussian, who is putting forth a more carefree image these days, this might be just as important as winning.

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

January 26, 2015 04:10 AM EST | AP

There was political turmoil in Nepal, a move to indict Thailand's former president and preparations in India to welcome U.S. President Barack Obama.

The week also saw Japan grapple with a chilling video showing two of its citizens taken hostage by the Islamic State group, which threatened to kill them unless a $200 million ransom was paid.

Officials say 2 sons of Egypt's Mubarak freed from prison

January 26, 2015 04:08 AM EST | AP

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security officials say two sons of ousted President Hosni Mubarak have been released from prison, nearly four years after they were first arrested along with their father.

The officials said the two, wealthy businessman Alaa and Mubarak's one-time heir apparent Gamal, walked free from Torah Prison in a southern Cairo suburb shortly after daybreak on Monday and were believed to have headed to their respective homes in the capital.

American Hockey League

January 26, 2015 04:06 AM EST | AP

NOTE: Two points are awarded for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss.

No games scheduled

Offense rules as Tavares scores 4 in Team Toews' 17-12 win

January 26, 2015 03:58 AM EST | AP

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The NHL Foundation agreed to donate $200 for each shot on goal at the league's All-Star game on Sunday night.

It ended up being a bonanza for charity.

Presidente sirio rechaza diálogo con 'títeres' en entrevista

January 26, 2015 03:58 AM EST | AP

BEIRUT, Líbano (AP) — El presidente de Siria, Bashar Assad, descartó negociar con "títeres" en una entrevista con una revista estadounidense previa a las conversaciones que arrancan en Moscú.

En una entrevista con Foreign Affairs, publicada el lunes en internet, Assad cuestionó el éxito del diálogo con representantes de la oposición respaldados por Occidente, diciendo que ni los grupos armados los ven como verdaderos representantes.

Coach K gets 1,000th win as No. 5 Duke tops St. John's 77-68

January 26, 2015 03:49 AM EST | AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Make no mistake: Mike Krzyzewski is proud of his 1,000 wins. Just don't expect him to keep chasing milestones much longer.

"There's an end in sight. I'm going to be 68 next month. It'll end sooner than later," he said.

France: 10 go on trial in L'Oreal heiress fraud case

January 26, 2015 03:37 AM EST | AP

PARIS (AP) — Ten people including a famed French photographer are going on trial, accused of swindling millions of euros in cash and artwork from France's richest woman.

The trial in Bordeaux is part of the complex politico-financial scandal dubbed the "Bettencourt Affair." Photographer Francois-Marie Banier and others are accused of taking advantage of the frail state of 92-year-old Liliane Bettencourt, heiress to the L'Oreal cosmetics fortune.

Syriza busca socio de gobierno en Grecia tras ganar votación

January 26, 2015 03:35 AM EST | AP

ATENAS (AP) — El partido radical de izquierda griego Syriza se prepara para iniciar conversaciones para formar una coalición de gobierno horas después de su histórica victoria en las elecciones generales, a las que llegó con la promesa de reescribir el acuerdo de rescate al país con la eurozona.

El candidato de Syriza, Alexis Tsipras, no logró la mayoría en el parlamento tras derrotar a la coalición conservadora del primer ministro, Antonis Samaras, por un margen más amplio de lo esperado.

Study: Germans have skeptical view of Israel

January 26, 2015 03:24 AM EST | AP

BERLIN (AP) — Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, some 58 percent of Germans say the past should be consigned to history, while three-quarters of Israelis reject the idea of putting the past behind them.

Some 48 percent of Germans also say their opinion of today's Israel is "poor" and the Germans' view of the Israeli government is even worse, with 62 percent expressing a negative opinion.