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Albanian opposition holds anti-govt rally, demands new vote

Thousands of protesters supporting Albania's opposition surrounded the parliament building Thursday and demanded the government step down, claiming it's corrupt and has links to organized crime.

Ex-school district worker gets 5 years for embezzling $1.2M

The former chief financial officer for the school district of Berkeley County, South Carolina, has been sentenced to just over 5 years in prison for embezzling more than $1.2 million. … Click to

Recruitment of new soldiers threatens South Sudan’s peace

South Sudan's rival armed groups are forcefully recruiting civilians, including child soldiers, violating a fragile peace deal signed five months ago. The evidence from numerous accounts that opposing

Sheriff: Woman died in accidental fall at Georgia party

The sheriff's office of Forsyth County, Georgia, says a woman found dead in the backyard of a Cumming home died in an accidental fall. Maj. Joe Perkins told news outlets … Click to Continue »

Indigo, ash and time mark Nigeria’s centuries-old dye pits

A little indigo, a handful of ash and time. The dye pits in Nigeria's ancient northern city of Kano are said to be the last ones of their kind after … Click to Continue »

2 killed in Munich shooting, police say no danger to public

German media report that two men have died after a shooting in Munich. Police in the Bavarian capital said Thursday the situation is "under control" and there is currently no … Click to Continue »

World’s biggest shipping company posts Q4 loss, revenue up

Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk is reporting a fourth quarter loss of $34 million, down from a $32 million profit a year earlier. Its fourth quarter revenue increased to $10.2 … Click to

Dutch report: More info needed on flying over conflict zones

A Dutch safety watchdog says airlines around the world need more and better information to make risk assessments about flying over conflict zones. The Dutch Safety Board issued a report … Click to

More than 150 IS militants handed over to Iraq from Syria

U.S.-backed Syrian forces fighting the Islamic State group in Syria handed over more than 150 Iraqi members of the group to Iraq, the first batch of several to come, an … Click to Continue »

Pope demands bishops act now on abuse; victims speak of pain

Pope Francis opened a landmark sex abuse prevention summit Thursday by warning senior Catholic figures that the faithful are demanding concrete action against predator priests and not just words of …

USA Football unveils council to oversee developmental model

USA Football has introduced the council that will oversee the implementation of its Football Development Model for the sport. The FDM, part of the overall American Development Model for athletes …

The Latest: Pope issues ideas for handling clergy sex abuse

The Latest on the Vatican's conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Pope Francis has issued 21 proposals to stem the clergy sex abuse … Click to Continue »

Official: Northern Virginia snow costs agency $1M per hour

The commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation says it cost about $1 million per hour for the agency to respond to this week's snowstorm in northern Virginia. WTOP-FM reported … Click

German police detain 2 in alleged Islamic extremist plot

A German-Moroccan couple was arrested Thursday in central Germany on charges they were planning an Islamic extremist attack. A series of raids included searches of the homes of 12 other … Click to

Column: Players finding payoffs are changing in baseball

Manny Machado's new $300 million contract put a stop — at least temporarily — to a growing chorus of player complaints that major league teams were conspiring to do deep … Click to Continue »

Army’s Jeff Monken still facing same recruiting challenges

What a difference a year doesn't make at West Point. An academy-record 11 wins last season for Army and a final ranking of No. 19 in the AP Top 25? … Click to Continue »

Showbiz veterans relive glory days before Iran’s revolution

The old man took out his iPhone and scrolled to a black-and-white photo taken 50 years ago on a movie set in Tehran. Mansour Sepehrnia is paunchy and gray now, … Click to Continue »

Spain: Pro-separatist protesters clash with police

Protesters backing Catalonia's secession from Spain clashed with police and blocked major roads and train tracks across the northeastern region on Thursday to protest the trial of a dozen separatist …

Iran announces another navy drill in key Strait of Hormuz

Iran's navy says it will hold an annual drill in the strategic Strait of Hormuz as pressure mounts on the country months after the United States re-imposed sanctions on Iran, … Click to Continue »

Vatican’s legal procedures for handling sex abuse, explained

For centuries, the Vatican's canon law system busied itself with banning books and dispensing punishments that included burnings at the stake for heretics. These days, the Vatican office that