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North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbors & U.S.

SEOUL/TOKYO North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it has called a satellite, but its neighbors and Washington denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test. | Video

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Australian woman freed after kidnap by al Qaeda in Burkina Faso

NIAMEY An elderly Australian woman kidnapped with her husband in Burkina Faso by a group affiliated to al Qaeda has been freed, neighboring Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Saturday.

Australia 10:11pm EST

Iranian-British ex-BBC journalist is in Evin prison, relatives say

DUBAI The family of an Iranian-British former BBC journalist who was detained last week in Tehran were told on Saturday that he was in the capital's Evin prison, a friend told Reuters.

Davos 4:12pm EST

Iraqi PM rejects idea of building security wall around Baghdad

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday dismissed plans announced by the military this week to build a concrete wall around Baghdad in a bid to prevent attacks by Islamic State militants.

12:12pm EST

Anti-Islam movement PEGIDA stages protests across Europe

DRESDEN, Germany Germany's anti-Islam PEGIDA movement staged rallies in several cities across Europe on Saturday to protest against the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa. | Video

Iraq's water minister judges only tiny danger of Mosul dam collapse

BAGHDAD Iraq's minister of water resources on Saturday played down warnings that Mosul dam will collapse, estimating only a "one in a thousand" chance of failure and saying the solution was to build a new dam or install a deep concrete support wall.

Iraq 4:34pm EST

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