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5 foreigners, 3 guards killed in Libyan hotel attack
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Libya's capital Tuesday, killing at least five foreigners and three guards, authorities said....

Japan envoy hopeful about hostage release
TOKYO (AP) -- Delicate negotiations were underway Tuesday to secure the release of a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faced questions over his government's handling of the crisis....

Japan turns to 'I am Kenji' Facebook page on hostage crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people's hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: "I am Kenji."...

Kurds expand offensive after driving IS out of Syrian town
BEIRUT (AP) -- Kurdish fighters expanded their offensive Tuesday after driving Islamic State militants from the Syrian border town of Kobani the previous day, to retake dozens of surrounding villages still held by the militants, activists and officials said....

Leaders mark Auschwitz liberation 70 years on without Putin
BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) -- When the Soviet army entered Auschwitz exactly 70 years ago, finding piles of corpses and prisoners close to death, a Russian soldier took a small and hungry 11-year-old girl into his arms and rocked her tenderly, tears coming to his eyes....

Inquiry: Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice
LONDON (AP) -- A long-awaited inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko opened Tuesday with the revelation that the KGB agent turned Kremlin critic may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium not once - as authorities initially thought - but twice....

Israel says 2 rockets from Syria strike Golan Heights
JERUSALEM (AP) -- At least two rockets launched from Syria struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel responded with artillery fire, the Israeli military said....

Greek bailout critic named new finance minister
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A Greek economist and outspoken bailout critic has been named as finance minister in the country's new left-wing government....

Dutch judge approves hacking suspect's extradition to US
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A Dutch judge on Tuesday approved the extradition to the U.S. of a Russian suspected of involvement in a multimillion-dollar computer hack....

Spain: Death count rises to 11 in military jet crash at base
ALBACETE, Spain (AP) -- The death toll from the crash of a Greek F-16 fighter jet at a Spanish military base during an elite NATO pilot training program rose to 11 Tuesday after a French airman who suffered serious burns died, Spain's Defense Ministry said....

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Europe
Romanian ex-ministers jailed for espionage, organized crime

Latin America/Caribbean
Fidel Castro writes statement on shift in Cuba-US relations

Middle East
Kurds expand offensive after driving IS out of Syrian town