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Greek leftists Syriza aim for landmark election win

ATHENS - Greeks began voting on Sunday in an election expected to bring to power the radical leftist Syriza party, which has pledged to take on international lenders and roll back painful austerity measures imposed during years of economic crisis. | Video

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U.S. ambivalence towards Moscow talks shows pressure easing on Syria's Assad

BEIRUT - An ambivalent U.S. response to a Moscow peace conference on Syria, despite a firm boycott by the main opposition, shows how the fight against Islamic State fighters has reduced international pressure against President Bashar al-Assad.

World, Syria 8:15am EST

Iran's foreign minister summoned to parliament over walk with Kerry

DUBAI - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is to appear before parliament following controversy over a promenade with his American counterpart during intense nuclear negotiations in Geneva, state media reported on Sunday.

World, Davos 9:10am EST

Japan condemns IS execution, demands remaining hostage release

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called the killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants "outrageous" and again demanded the group release a second Japanese national they are holding. | Video

World, Japan, Tony Abbott 5:49am EST

Yemen risks disintegration as south rejects Shi'ite group's takeover

SANAA - No sooner had Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi announced his resignation than his country's tenuous political fabric began to disintegrate.

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U.S. airline flights land in Atlanta after bomb threats

- Bomb threats against two U.S. airline flights on Saturday prompted North American air defense fighter planes to scramble to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta, an airport spokesman said.

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Winter storm spreads snow, traffic woes in U.S. Northeast

- A winter storm spread freezing rain and snow and snarled traffic from the Middle Atlantic states into New England on Saturday, and forecasters said they expected a second system to lash the region early next week.

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Obama vows to ratchet up pressure on Moscow over Ukraine

NEW DELHI - U.S. President Barack Obama blamed Russia on Sunday for the fighting that has flared anew between government troops and separatists in eastern Ukraine, and said the United States would consider additional options to ratchet up pressure on Moscow.