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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan waves at supporters in Yola, Nigeria, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Youths angry at the Nigerian government's failure to fight Islamic extremists threw stones Thursday at President Goodluck Jonathan's electioneering convoy in the eastern town of Jalingo, breaking windshields and windows on several vehicles. (AP Photo/Lekan Oyekanmi)

Africans open new front to fight Boko Haram

Friday, January 30, 2015

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Schoolgirls torn from their families in a mass kidnapping and forced into sexual slavery. Bombs that ripped through bus stations. The slaughter of hundreds of villagers, many with their throats cut. Nigeria has suffered through years of violence from the Muslim extremist group known as Boko Haram, and now its neighbors are starting to take on the … 0

Does milk do a body good?

Friday, January 30, 2015

NEW YORK — Embattled milk producers launched a social media campaign this week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product. But how healthy is it? While the government urges milk consumption, some studies have begun to suggest potential ill effects from drinking too much of the white stuff. It … 0

IS hostage drama shows change in propaganda technique

Friday, January 30, 2015

BEIRUT — The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the extremist group’s propaganda technique. Far from the high-tech, slickly edited videos involving beheaded Western hostages through … 0

Pipeline problems?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Three powerful accidents in recent years highlight weaknesses in the oversight of how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said Tuesday as they issued more than two dozen safety recommendations. … 0

Sheriffs want popular police-tracking app disabled

Monday, January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. They say one of the technology industry’s most popular mobile apps could … 0

Ex-CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to reporter

Monday, January 26, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A former CIA officer was convicted Monday of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter. Jurors convicted 47-year-old Jeffrey Sterling, of O’Fallon, Missouri, of all nine counts he faced in federal court. On the third … 0

Islamic State nearly out of Kobani

Monday, January 26, 2015

BEIRUT — Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group almost entirely out of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday, marking a major loss for extremists whose hopes for easy victory dissolved into … 0

IS spokesman calls for more attacks in West

Monday, January 26, 2015

BEIRUT — The spokesman for the Islamic State group is calling on Muslims living in Western countries to carry out more attacks, saying any loyalist who has the opportunity to “shed a drop of blood” should do so. Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, in an audio recording released Monday, praised … 0

Liberia: Only 5 people being treated for Ebola in country

Monday, January 26, 2015

MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberia said Monday that there are currently only five confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire country — a dramatic turnaround in the West African nation where the virus has taken its deadliest toll. At … 0

Cuba’s secret net

Monday, January 26, 2015

HAVANA — Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica … 0

Spain: Greek F-16 jet crashes at base, killing 10 people

Monday, January 26, 2015

MADRID — A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other planes on the ground during NATO training in southeastern Spain Monday, killing at least 10 people, Spain’s Defense Ministry said. Another 13 people were injured in the incident at the Los Llanos base, which sent flames and a … 0

S&P downgrades Russia credit rating to junk

Monday, January 26, 2015

LONDON — Standard & Poor’s rating agency has downgraded Russia’s credit grade by one notch to junk status, citing a weakened economic outlook. The agency dropped the rating to BB+ from BBB- as it sees the country’s financial buffers at risk amid a slide in the country’s currency … 0

Man tells police drone crash at White House was accidental

Monday, January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — A man has come forward to say he was responsible for the drone that crashed early Monday on the White House grounds. A U.S. official says the man made contact with the Secret Service after reports … 0