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US Embassy: US citizen kidnapped in Nigeria freed

January 28, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

This undated photo provided by Teresa Ock, shows William Gregory Ock, 50, of Bowdon, Ga. The U.S. citizen kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta has been freed after a week in captivity, the U.S. Embassy said Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Deb MacLean told The Associated Press that Ock had been [&hellip...

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Japan’s ‘Nuclear Alley’ conflicted over reactors

January 27, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

Kansai Electric Power Co’s Ohi nuclear power plant No. 2, right, No. 3, center, and No. 4 reactors are seen in Ohi, Fukui prefecture, north of Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday began their...

Gadhafi loyalists seize Libyan city

January 25, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

FILE, in this Sept. 18, 2011 file photo, Former rebel fighters put a pre-Gadhafi flag at the northern gate of Bani Walid, as smokes raise from the town, Libya. Moammar Gadhafi loyalists seized control of a Libyan city and raised the ousted regime’s...

Eurozone, bondholders clash on Greek interest rate

January 24, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, right, speaks with Belgium’s Finance Minister Steven Vanackere, left, and Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan, center, during a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. European...

Iran revives Gulf threats after EU sanctions

January 24, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

In this Jan. 18, 2012 photo, a tourist couple watches the mountains in south of the Strait of Hormuz as the trading dhows and ships are docked on the Persian Gulf waters near the town of Khasab, in Oman. Even as sanctions squeeze Iran ever tighter,...

AP Exclusive: US talks to Afghan insurgent group

January 23, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

In this Feb. 13, 1996 file photo shows Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Afghan rebel leader and chief of the insurgent group Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin, speaking at a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan. Anxious to accelerate peace moves, top-level U.S. officials have...

Arab League extends Syria mission 1 more month

January 23, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

Syrian army defectors gather at the mountain resort town of Zabadani, Syria, near the Lebanese border, on Friday Jan. 20, 2012. President Bashar Assad’s forces attacked Zabadani, some 17 miles (27 kilometers) west of the capital, for six days, sparking...

Ship search finds 12th body, captain’s documents

January 22, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

Relatives of the missing passengers of the grounded cruise ship Costa Concordia off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, throw flowers in the sea during a short ceremony, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. The cruise captain who grounded the Costa Concordia off the...

Amnesty was set to recognize late Cuba dissident

January 21, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

** CORRECTS SPELLING OF NAME WILMAN ** A black ribbon hangs on the front door where Berta Soler, of the Cuban dissident group Ladies in White, speaks on the phone near a condolence book for late dissident Wilman Villar in Havana, Cuba, Friday Jan. 20, 2012....

Top official dismisses concerns about Kim Jong Un

January 18, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

In this Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 photo, North Korean pedestrians make their way along a street blanketed by snow in Pyongyang, North Korea. Daily life to the North Korean capital has begun to return to normal one month after late leader Kim Jong Il’s...