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  • Thousands take part in anti-Islam protests across Europe

    DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Thousands of people are taking part in protests against Islam and immigration in several European cities.

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  • Watson bought by Bangalore for $1.4 million at IPL auction

    BANGALORE, India (AP) — Australia allrounder Shane Watson was the costliest buy at the Indian Premier League auctions Saturday after he was picked up for $1.4 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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  • Rough seas, harsh winter, border limits add to migrant woes

    PRESEVO, Serbia (AP) — Rasul Orwani thought he had faced the worst after braving cold, rough seas in a rickety wooden boat to travel from Turkey to Greece, then came the Balkans.

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  • Jansrud wins downhill at test event for Pyeongchang Olympics

    JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Kjetil Jansrud confirmed he's the skier to beat on the downhill course for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, winning the test event by a comfortable margin Saturday.

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  • Analysis: AP bureau chiefs in Koreas on planned launch

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It's another big, splashy step for the North Korean government: a planned rocket launch the world will see as a banned test of long-range missile technology that comes only weeks after testing what it said was a hydrogen bomb.

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  • UN chief: 34 groups now allied to Islamic State extremists

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Thirty-four militant groups from around the world had reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State extremist group as of mid-December — and that number will only grow in 2016, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report Friday.

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  • U.S., India in talks to settle solar power trade dispute

    By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and India are in talks that could settle a long-running solar power trade dispute, delaying the announcement of a ruling by the World Trade Organization, an Obama administration official said on Friday. Washington filed the WTO challenge…

    Reuters
  • Obama, Park press Beijing on N.Korea sanctions

    The campaign to win China's backing for deeper sanctions against North Korea gained in intensity Friday, with the US and South Korean presidents making their case directly to Xi Jinping. Presidents Barack Obama and Park Geun-Hye spoke to their Chinese counterpart by phone in separate calls to…

    AFP
  • DraftKings makes long delayed push into UK

    BOSTON (AP) — Daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings is making its long-anticipated international push with a launch Friday in the United Kingdom even as its industry continues to tangle with U.S. policymakers.

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  • France, Germany pile pressure on Turkey to stem migrant tide

    The massive flow of migrants into Europe must be slowed with the help of Turkey and better screening of asylum applicants on arrival on the continent, the interior ministers of France and Germany said Friday. Speaking in Athens, the ministers warned again of a real "danger" of Europe's Schengen…

    AFP
  • Sheikh Salman's FIFA bid gets African boost

    Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa's bid to take over as FIFA president received a massive boost on Friday with the Asian football chief getting the powerful backing of the African continent. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) agreed to support the Bahraini's bid to succeed Sepp Blatter…

    AFP
  • African confederation backs Sheikh Salman in FIFA election

    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Sheikh Salman's bid to succeed Sepp Blatter got a major boost Friday when the African soccer confederation announced it was backing the Bahraini royal for FIFA president.

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  • Factbox: What business thinks about Britain's EU referendum

    Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to renegotiate Britain's ties with Europe and then give voters a referendum on European Union membership by the end of 2017. Following are the views of business leaders: AEROSPACE AND AIRLINES Chief executive of airline easyJet Carolyn McCall said: "We…

    Reuters
  • Conservationists hope Year of Monkey brings species luck

    Conservationists, including renowned primatologist Dr Jane Goodall, are hoping the Year of the Monkey will shine a light on the threats the species are facing worldwide, namely in Asia. Hunted for food, traditional medicine and the pet trade, primate populations in Asia, particularly China, are…

    Reuters
  • Big spending Chinese clubs show global ambitions

    The European transfer window is not so European any more, with Chinese clubs outspending the continent's richest clubs in January to prove that the country is now a genuine power in attracting the world's best players.

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  • Image of Asia: Testing downhill course for Olympic skiers

    In this photo by Mark Schiefelbein, Switzerland's Nils Mani skis during the second training session for a World Cup downhill event in Jeongseon, South Korea, that also is a test event for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. The Jeongseon Alpine Center is rare in that it has only the competition…

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  • World stocks turn lower after mixed US job report

    LONDON (AP) — World stock markets turned lower on Friday after a mixed U.S. jobs report showed a slowdown in the pace of hiring in the world's largest economy but a decrease in the overall rate of unemployment.

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