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Macedonia police say thwart plot to overthrow government (Reuters)
Police in Macedonia are to charge four people with trying to overthrow the government, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday, and a senior government official identified one of them as the leader of the main opposition Social Democrats.
Greece says will not cooperate with 'troika' or seek aid extension (Reuters)
Greece's new leftist government opened talks on its bailout with European partners on Friday by flatly refusing to extend the program or to cooperate with the international inspectors overseeing it.
Fifteen Ukrainian soldiers killed in fighting in past 24 hours: defense minister (Reuters)
Fifteen Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in fighting against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said on Saturday.
Western-backed rebels join Aleppo alliance: Syria monitor (Reuters)
A Western-backed rebel group in northern Syria that is under pressure from al Qaeda's hardline Nusra Front has joined an alliance of mainly Islamist insurgent factions in Aleppo, a group monitoring the conflict said on Saturday.
Two die as Muslim protesters clash with police in Afghan capital: witnesses (Reuters)
Two people were killed when violence broke out at an anti-Charlie Hebdo protest in the Afghan capital on Saturday, according to witnesses, but Kabul's police chief said there were no deaths and only two injuries.
Japan says hostage negotiations with militants 'deadlocked' (Reuters)
Efforts by Japan and Jordan to secure the release of two of their nationals held captive by Islamic State militants remain "deadlocked" and the situation remains highly unpredictable, Japanese officials said.
Islamic State seizes oil facility in north Iraq, 15 workers missing (Reuters)
Islamic State insurgents seized a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city Kirkuk where 15 employees were working, security and oil officials said on Saturday.
Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives (Reuters)
Japan and Jordan scrambled on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman.
Austrians rue starting fashion for Swiss franc mortgages (Reuters)
The surging Swiss franc has dealt a double blow to homeowners in Austria, home of the trend for borrowing in the Swiss currency that has devastated mortgage holders across eastern Europe.
Deadly clash in Philippines a setback to peace with Muslim rebels (Reuters)
A deadly clash between Philippines police and Muslim rebels in the south of the country has dealt a temporary setback to peace talks, Manila's chief peace negotiator said on Saturday, appealing for renewed efforts to keep the process on track.
Panasonic withdraws from TV production in China: source (Reuters)
Panasonic Corp (6752.T) has stopped making TVs in China and plans to liquidate its joint venture in Shandong, a company source said on Saturday, the latest in a string of Japanese electronics companies exiting overseas TV markets amid strong pricing pressure.
Stig Bergling, a Cold War Spy Known for His Escape, Dies at 77 (New York Times)
Mr. Bergling, sentenced to life in prison in 1979 for selling military secrets to the Soviet Union, fled from custody during a conjugal visit with his wife.
AirAsia captain left seat before jet lost control: sources (Reuters)
The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned it was too late to save the plane, two people familiar with the investigation said.
With Oil Revenue Dropping, Mexico Announces Budget Cuts (New York Times)
The government said it would cut $8.3 billion, sharply reducing the budget of the state oil company and effectively canceling a bullet train project at the center of a conflict-of-interest scandal.
Zimbabwe's President Is Appointed Chairman of African Union (New York Times)
President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, one of Africa’s most divisive figures, was appointed to the rotating chairmanship of the African Union by the organization’s leaders on Friday.
"A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective."
- Sun Tzu
Macedonia police say thwart plot to overthrow government
Greece says will not cooperate with 'troika' or seek aid extension
Fifteen Ukrainian soldiers killed in fighting in past 24 hours: defense minister
Western-backed rebels join Aleppo alliance: Syria monitor
Two die as Muslim protesters clash with police in Afghan capital: witnesses
Japan says hostage negotiations with militants 'deadlocked'
Islamic State seizes oil facility in north Iraq, 15 workers missing
Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives
Austrians rue starting fashion for Swiss franc mortgages
Deadly clash in Philippines a setback to peace with Muslim rebels
Panasonic withdraws from TV production in China: source
Stig Bergling, a Cold War Spy Known for His Escape, Dies at 77
AirAsia captain left seat before jet lost control: sources
With Oil Revenue Dropping, Mexico Announces Budget Cuts
Zimbabwe's President Is Appointed Chairman of African Union
Haitians Are Swept Up as Bahamas Tightens Immigration Rules
Loyalist Forsakes Gandhis' Fraying Party
Dark day for Woods raises prospect of the 'yips'
Vaccine Critics Turn Defensive Over Measles
"It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."
- Carl Sagan