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Youth who stormed Dutch broadcaster claimed to be hacker

HILVERSUM, Netherlands (AP) -- A 19-year-old brandishing a fake weapon threatened a security guard to gain access to the headquarters of Dutch national broadcaster NOS and demand airtime Thursday night before police stormed a TV studio to arrest him....

Gunman who stormed Dutch broadcaster claimed to be hacker

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A gunman who stormed into the headquarters of Dutch national broadcaster NOS demanding airtime Thursday night claimed to be from a "hackers' collective," according to a reporter who spoke to the man....

New push on Capitol Hill for more oversight of US aid agency

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Key senators are telling The Associated Press they want to see more rigorous oversight of the federal government's development agency, called the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. The agency was the subject of an AP investigation earlier this week into a failed $217 million energy project in western Africa that was marked by insider connections and questionable due diligence....

New push on Capitol Hill for more oversight of US aid agency

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Key U.S. senators said they want more oversight of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the federal government's development finance agency that was the subject of an Associated Press investigation earlier this week into a failed $217 million energy project in western Africa marked by insider connections and questionable due diligence....

Gas blast wrecks Mexico children's hospital, at least 2 dead

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers swung sledgehammers to break through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped....

EU to extend existing Russia sanctions over Ukraine

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union extended by six months an existing set of sanctions against Russian and pro-Russia separatist officials because of the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and was planning further action, officials said Thursday....

Portugal approves citizenship plan for Sephardic Jews

LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Five centuries after burning thousands of Jews at the stake, forcing them to convert to Christianity or expelling them, Portugal is granting citizenship rights to their descendants as part of an attempt to make amends....

Uganda: Mass trial over alleged terror ties to start

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A dozen suspects have appeared in a Ugandan court to face charges, including murder and terrorism, amid what local officials say is the budding threat of Islamic here....

Islamic State standoff involves prisoner, pilot, journalist

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- A young Jordanian fighter pilot, a female al-Qaida recruit who tried to blow up a hotel ballroom in Amman and a veteran Japanese war correspondent are at the center of a life-and-death standoff with the Islamic State group....

Rights group blasts IS for atrocities, Iraq, Syria policies

BEIRUT (AP) -- Human Rights Watch on Thursday blasted Islamic State militants over their atrocities, but also criticized the Syrian and Iraqi governments over what the New York-based group described as "sectarian and abusive" policies that fuel extremism....

UN chief: Boko Haram to top discussions at Africa Union meet

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The threat posed by Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebels, will be a focus of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he attends the African Union heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a spokesman said....

News Guide: A look at the Islamic State hostage crisis

A new message purportedly from Islamic State group militants holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian air force pilot sets yet another deadline to meet their demands. Here's a look at the latest twists and turns in this crisis....

Police question child who backed Charlie Hebdo attackers

PARIS (AP) -- An 8-year-old boy from the south of France who claimed to support the men who attacked the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was detained and questioned by police for defending terrorism....

As Iraqi Kurds gain ground from IS, local Sunnis are wary

ESKI MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- An unarmed Sunni Arab man walked along a road in a patch of northern Iraq newly liberated from Islamic State extremists, holding a white surrender flag - a signal to Kurdish fighters that he is not a militant. Cars drove by, a similar white banner flying from their windows....

Israeli center-left alliance looks to unseat Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (AP) -- When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his unwieldy coalition and called new elections last month, he appeared almost certain to be returned once more to office. But a new center-left alliance has surged past his Likud party in the polls, turning the March 17 contest into a toss-up....

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