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Greece says will not cooperate with "troika" or seek aid extension


ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's new leftist government opened talks on its bailout with European partners on Friday by flatly refusing to extend the program or to cooperate with the international inspectors overseeing it. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' government ...

ISIS Kills Kurdish Commander in Surprise Attack on Kirkuk

New York Times

BAGHDAD — Exploiting a foggy night as cover, Islamic State militants launched a surprise attack on Iraqi Kurdish positions on the outskirts of Kirkuk early Friday, killing a senior Kurdish commander and at least five of his men, security officials in the city said.

How hostage pilot drama is feeding an antiwar movement in Jordan

Christian Science Monitor

Jordan has refused to pull the trigger on a prisoner swap, saying it lacked proof the pilot held by Islamic State jihadists was still alive. Jordan says its role in the US-led coalition has not diminished.

Spain, Israel agree to joint probe on peacekeeper's death in Lebanon


Spain and Israel have agreed to carry out a joint investigation on the death of a Spanish U.N. peacekeeper who was killed in Lebanon during Israeli shelling near the border, Madrid said on Friday. The soldier was killed on Wednesday when the Israeli military ...

US man shot and wounded in eastern Saudi Arabia: state media


DUBAI (Reuters) - A U.S. citizen was shot and wounded in eastern Saudi Arabia on Friday, state news agency SPA reported, adding to security concerns in the world's top oil exporting nation. A vehicle carrying two U.S. citizens came under fire in the Eastern ...

At least 56 dead in bomb blast at Shiite mosque in Pakistan

Fox News

Jan. 30, 2015 - People help a person injured in a bomb blast as he arrives at a local hospital in Shikarpur, Pakistan. A bomb ripped through a mosque in Pakistan belonging to members of the Shiite minority sect of Islam just as worshippers were gathering for ...

From the Monitor archives: Sentencing of a notorious apartheid assassin

Christian Science Monitor

The South African government charged Eugene De Kock for killing dozens with anti-apartheid activists during that era. The Christian Science Monitor covered his 1996 trial. By Sudarsan Raghavan, Correspondent January 30, 2015. close. FILE - In this Sept.

Review: Rodman North Korea documentary more spectacle than substance

Salt Lake Tribune

FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - Dennis Rodman sings Happy Birthday to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seated above in the stands, before an exhibition basketball game at an indoor stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea on ...

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