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Saudi diplomat taken by al-Qaida in Yemen free after 3 years

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says that its diplomat who was abducted by alleged al-Qaida militants in Yemen has been released after nearly three years in captivity....

Afghan army takes on Taliban in first solo offensive

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban, hoping to strike a decisive blow ahead of the spring fighting season and prove it can rout the insurgents without the aid of U.S. and NATO combat troops....

Iraq's Tikrit: A Sunni bastion on the road to Mosul

The offensive launched Monday by Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militias and Sunni tribal fighters is aimed at capturing Tikrit, a Sunni city 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad that was captured by Islamic State militants during their lightning advance last summer....

Britain's Prince William takes on diplomatic role in China

BEIJING (AP) -- Prince William presented China's president with an invitation from the queen for him to visit Britain this year, as the prince on Monday began the first official trip to mainland China by a senior British royal in a generation....

Estonians vote in parliamentary election amid security fears

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) -- Early results showed Estonia's center-right ruling coalition leading Sunday in the country's parliamentary election, which has been dominated by economic issues and security concerns due to Russia's actions in Ukraine....

AP Essay: 'Jihadi John' won't have the same impact unmasked

LONDON (AP) -- As "Jihadi John," he was a terrifying figure, his identity concealed by a black mask, his threatening tone backed up by his oversize, serrated knife and his willingness to use it in the name of Islamic State and its self-declared caliphate....

30,000 marchers in Moscow mourn slain Putin foe

MOSCOW (AP) -- For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not slogans....

Iraqi premier gives ultimatum ahead of hinted Tikrit attack

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's prime minister called on Sunni tribal fighters to abandon the Islamic State group Sunday, ahead of a promised offensive to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from the extremists....

Sierra Leone's vice president in quarantine for Ebola

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone's vice president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guards....

Italy resumes Navy exercise amid new tensions over Libya

ROME (AP) -- The Italian Navy is resuming exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, including near the coast of Libya, amid concerns about rapidly deteriorating security in the North African nation....