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  • MARICOPA, Ariz.— A former president of a major aircraft manufacturer was one of the two people killed after their World War II-era plane crashed and burned near the town of Maricopa. Pilot Jeffrey Pino, 61, was formerly the president of Sikorsky Aircraft, a Connecticut- based aircraft manufacturer. The second victim was identified as 72- year-old Nickolas...

  • N. Korea launches rocket, defies UN, US Saturday, 6 Feb 2016 | 9:50 AM ET
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

    Defying warnings of tougher sanctions, North Korea launched a rocket widely considered to be a cover for developing ballistic missiles.

  • Syria: Foreign aggressors will go home 'in coffins' Saturday, 6 Feb 2016 | 9:00 AM ET
    Syrians walk on debris of collapsed buildings after the war-crafts belonging to the Russian army carried out airstrikes on the opposition-controlled neighborhoods in Aleppo, Syria on December 11, 2015.

    Syria will resist any incursion and send the aggressors home "in coffins," its foreign minister said, in comments aimed at Sunni Arab countries.

  • EU plans to send more guards to Greece border Saturday, 6 Feb 2016 | 6:38 AM ET
    Migrants walk towards the transit camp in Gevgelija, Macedonia, after entering the country by crossing the border with Greece, September 11, 2015.

    The EU has detailed a plan to send more guards and even troops to Macedonia's border with Greece in a bid to stem the flow of migrants, the FT reports.

  • Feb 5- Twitter Inc said it had suspended over 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 for "threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS." The microblogging service provider said in a blog on Friday that it had increased the size of the teams that review reports of such activity, reducing the response time significantly. The company said it was...

  • TWITTER- SINCE MIDDLE OF 2015 ALONE, "SUSPENDED OVER 125,000 ACCOUNTS FOR THREATENING OR PROMOTING TERRORIST ACTS, PRIMARILY RELATED TO ISIS"- BLOG.

  • WASHINGTON— Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday. The White House on Friday said Twitter's announcement was "very much welcome. "The administration is committed to taking every...

  • For debt-hobbled, unemployment-plagued Greece, it's a nightmare. Unions are up in arms about the move, which has become the main hurdle in Greece's negotiations with its European creditors and the International Monetary Fund. The head of Greece's bar associations, Vassilios Alexandris, said the new system would reduce some lawyers' net incomes to as little as...

  • AP FACT CHECK: Clinton, Sanders missteps Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 3:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Hillary Clinton cast the financial industry as an adversary in her presidential campaign— despite the money that industry has poured into her White House effort. CLINTON on Wall Street: "They are trying to beat me in this primary." THE FACTS: Wall Street is not the anti-Clinton monolith she implied.

  • AP FACT CHECK: Dems in New Hampshire Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 10:21 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Hillary Clinton cast the financial industry as an adversary in her presidential campaign— despite the money that industry has poured into her White House effort. CLINTON on Wall Street: "They are trying to beat me in this primary." THE FACTS: Wall Street is not the anti-Clinton monolith she implied.

  • ATHENS, Greece— Tens of thousands joined anti-government protests in Athens Thursday as Greece was crippled by a general strike against a bailout-related overhaul of the country's ailing pension system. Unions are angry at pension reforms that are part of Greece's third international bailout. Thursday's general strike is the most significant the...

  • North Korea's mobile missile launcher seen moving Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 10:21 PM ET
    A sales assistant watches TV sets broadcasting a news report on North Korea's nuclear test, in Seoul, January 6, 2016.

    North Korea's mobile missile launcher, carrying a ballistic missile, has been seen moving near the east coast, Japanese broadcaster NHK said.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday mapped out plans for the U.S. Navy to buy more high-end submarines, destroyers, fighter jets and unmanned underwater vehicles using $8 billion in savings generated by scaling back orders for smaller Littoral Combat Ships. Carter said the Pentagon's five-year budget plan also included $2.9 billion to modify...

  • Ukraine warns of rising risk of war with Russia Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 8:38 AM ET
    Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko attends a ceremony at the training center of the Ukrainian National Guard outside Kiev.

    Hopes that Ukraine can get back on track were hit on Wednesday, when the country's president warned that the probability of war with Russia had risen and its economy minister resigned.

  • Germany considers $5,450 limit on cash transactions Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 6:58 AM ET

    BERLIN— The German government is considering introducing a limit of 5,000 euros on cash transactions in an effort to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism. Deputy finance minister Michael Meister said Wednesday that Germany would like to see a European solution, but could introduce a national limit if none is achieved, news agency dpa reported.

  • Why we should worry about Libya...again Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 10:45 AM ET
    Flames rise from a storage tank filled with crude oil at an oil facility in northern Libya's Ras Lanouf region after it was set ablaze following fresh attacks launched by Islamic State (IS) group jihadists to seize key port terminals, on January 21, 2016.

    A global coalition is meeting to focus on Islamic State's strengthening presence in Libya.

  • EU unveils plan to curb funding to extremists Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 10:33 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union unveiled new measures to curb the financing of extremist groups Tuesday amid calls for more action following last year's attacks in Paris. "We want to improve the oversight of the many financial means used by terrorists, from cash and cultural artefacts to virtual currencies and anonymous pre-paid cards," said European Commission...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration said Tuesday it will propose quadrupling what it spends on its troops and training in Europe, as part of the U.S. military's accelerating effort to deter Russia. President Barack Obama, in his final budget request to Congress, will ask for $3.4 billion— up from $789 million for the current budget year— for what the Pentagon...

  • WARRI, Nigeria— Multiple bombings of Agip oil pipelines have caused thousands of barrels of oil to pollute waterways, farms and fishing grounds in Nigeria's southern Bayelsa state, residents said Monday. The spill is "massive— the biggest in years," community leader Eke-Spiff Erempagamo told The Associated Press. Similar attacks a week earlier on gas and oil...

  • 'Don't be too optimistic about Syrian peace talks' Sunday, 31 Jan 2016 | 6:06 PM ET
    Syrian Peace Talks do not amount to much : Expert

    Kamran Bokhari, Middle East & South Asia specialist at the University of Ottawa, explains why he is not optimistic about any substantive changes from the Syrian peace talks.