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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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Boko Haram releases about 190 people in Nigeria's Yobe state

BAUCHI, Nigeria - Nigerian Sunni jihadist group Boko Haram released about 190 captives, who returned to their community in the northeast state of Yobe between Friday and Saturday, while other people were still being held, local and state officials said.

World, Africa 24 Jan 2015

Pro-Russian rebels attack key port; Ukraine says at least 30 dead

KIEV - Pro-Russian rebels launched an offensive against the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, prompting the European Union's foreign policy chief to warn of a further "grave deterioration" in EU-Russian relations.

World, Russia 24 Jan 2015

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

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Obama, world leaders head to Saudi Arabia to offer condolences

RIYADH - U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet its new King Salman after the death of his predecessor Abdullah on Friday, testimony to Riyadh's important role in energy markets and the fight against Islamist militancy. | Video

World, Russia, Saudi Arabia 24 Jan 2015

Venezuela's currency woes an increasing threat to U.S. corporate profits

- Venezuela's deepening economic troubles, and in particular the weakness of the bolivar and restrictive currency controls, have hurt U.S. corporate profits for the fourth quarter of 2014 and are set to inflict further pain this year.

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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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President Poroshenko says de-escalation is priority in east Ukraine

KIEV - Ukrainian President said on Sunday de-escalation of the conflict with pro-Russian rebels in the country's east was the priority for the Kiev government, which stands by a September peace deal signed in Minsk.