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Image of Asia: Greeting Johnny Depp at the Tokyo airport
In this photo by Shizuo Kambayashi, actor Johnny Depp kneels to give autographs to fans as he and his fiancee Amber Heard arrive at Haneda international airport in Tokyo to promote his latest film. "Mortdecai," also starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor, went into wide release in the U.S. over the weekend and opens in Japan on Feb. 6. The eccentric heist comedy tanked at the box office, making an estimated $4.1 million in North America and $5.2 million elsewhere, adding to a string of duds for Depp.
Trainor and Styles write a duet about heartbreak
LONDON (AP) ? Meghan Trainor and Harry Styles have put their heartbreak into a duet.
Malaysia Air site hacked, some customer data appears online
HONG KONG (AP) ? Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines on Monday and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained in the attack.
Nigerian military fights to recapture town from Boko Haram
Nigerian troops backed by air strikes were fighting on Monday to recapture the northeastern town of Monguno from Boko Haram insurgents who had seized it a day earlier, security sources said. One hit the outskirts and airport of the main northeastern city of Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram's five-year-old insurgency, which it covets as the potential capital of an Islamic state. They then hit two other towns, including Monguno, which lies on the shores of Lake Chad. "The operation resumed on Monguno this morning through air bombardment to dislodge the insurgents," a security source said on Monday.
'March: Book Two' shows all sides of civil rights movement
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A comic book about Martin Luther King Jr. helped bring a young John Lewis into the civil rights movement.
Officials say 2 sons of Egypt's Mubarak freed from prison
CAIRO (AP) ? The two sons of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were released from prison Monday, nearly four years after they were first arrested along with their father, authorities said.
Seekers of the Hollywood Sign disrupt nearby neighborhood
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Like pilgrims flocking to a holy shrine, they come from all over the world to pay homage, not to a deity but to something similar ? the people they see on TV and in the movies.
Germany hints at fresh Russia sanctions over Mariupol
Germany's foreign minister hinted at further sanctions on Russia on Monday, saying the European Union would have to react if pro-Russian separatists launched a broad offensive on the east Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. European Union foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Thursday to discuss a new outbreak of fighting and an attack by pro-Russian separatists on Mariupol on Saturday, a city of 500,000, which Kiev said left 30 civilians dead.
Germany urges pro-Russian separatists to halt offensive on Mariupol
Angela Merkel's spokesman said on Monday the German chancellor had urged pro-Russian separatists to halt their offensive on the east Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, and asked Russia's Vladimir Putin in a call on Sunday to use his influence over them. "If we want to get out of this spiral of escalation and give diplomacy a chance, then it is absolutely crucial that above all the pro-Russian separatists finally respect the cease fire," Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert told a press conference. Germany reiterated there was a real threat of an escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine without the implementation of the Minsk peace accord, and urged Russia to ensure separatists withdraw heavy weapons as previously agreed. Asked about possible further sanctions against Moscow, a foreign ministry spokesman said European foreign ministers would meet on Thursday and decide how to react.
Djokovic romps through as Williams sisters fight on at Open
Dominant Novak Djokovic swept into the Australian Open last eight Monday as the Williams sisters displayed fighting qualities to stay alive, but the tournament ended for two-time champion Victoria Azarenka. He will now play big-serving Canadian eighth seed Milos Raonic as he bids for a fifth Australian crown and an eighth Grand Slam title. Fellow world number one Serena Williams battled back from a set down in a tense match against Spain's Garbine Muguruza to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, staying on track for a 19th Grand Slam title and her sixth at Melbourne. "I didn't start out so well and she did everything she needed to do in the first set," said Williams, who can lose her top ranking if she exits and Maria Sharapova wins the tournament.
Nor'easter threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow
NEW YORK (AP) ? The Monday morning commute was normal for much of the Northeast as officials continued to urge residents to prepare for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow starting later in the day.
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Sex-abuse civil trial to unveil Boy Scout 'perversion' files
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) ? Previously sealed Boy Scout "perversion" files spanning 16 years could soon be in the public eye as part of a negligence lawsuit set for trial Monday that a victim of sex abuse filed against the organization.
Dominant Djokovic powers into Open quarters
World number one Novak Djokovic fought off Gilles Muller to reach his eighth consecutive quarter-final at the Australian Open on Monday as he steps up his charge towards another Grand Slam title. The four-time champion did not have his service broken as he downed the 42nd-ranked Muller from Luxembourg 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 and will play Milos Raonic for a place in the semi-finals. Djokovic was outstanding on service, winning a high 82 percent of first serves and fighting off four break points.
Airlines cancel thousands of flights ahead of Northeast snow
Airlines cancelled thousands of flights into and out of East Coast airports as a major snowstorm packing up to three feet of snow barrels down on the region.
OPEC's Badri expects some oil price rebound soon
Oil prices at current levels may have reached a floor and could move higher very soon, OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah al-Badri said on Monday. "Now the prices are around $45-$55 and I think maybe they reached the bottom and will see some rebound very soon," Badri said in an interview. Badri warned that any OPEC oil supply cut would lead to spare capacity, a lack of investment and an eventual shortage and price spike. "If they do not invest there will be no more supply, if there is no more supply there will be a shortage in the market after 3-4 years and the price will go up and we'll see a repetition of 2008." "Maybe we will go to $200 if there is a real shortage of supply because of the lack of investment," Badri said.
Oil prices turn positive as OPEC sec gen calls bottom to market
By Himanshu Ojha LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices turned positive on Monday, erasing early losses after the Secretary-General of the OPEC producer group said he expected the market to bottom out around current levels. "Now the prices are around $45-$55 and I think maybe they reached the bottom and will see some rebound very soon," Abdullah al-Badri, Secretary-General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said in an interview. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for March delivery was at $45.94 a barrel, up 35 cents. After a smooth transition in Saudi Arabia following the death early on Friday of King Abdullah, both Brent and U.S. crude price fell early on Monday.
Commander in Joseph Kony's feared militia appears in court
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) ? A commander in warlord Joseph Kony's feared militia is making his first appearance before an International Criminal Court judge.
Mubarak's sons released from Egyptian prison: officials
By Shadi Bushra and Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) - The sons of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak were released from prison on Monday, security officials said, a move that could fuel tension after the violent anniversary on Sunday of the 2011 uprising that toppled the autocrat. An Egyptian court last week ordered the release of Alaa and Gamal Mubarak pending their retrial in a corruption case. Mubarak's sons, big businessmen in his era of crony capitalism, were released at 2 a.m., accompanied by their lawyer and bodyguards, and driven to their home in Cairo's upscale Heliopolis area, security officials said. Security and medical officials said they had also visited Mubarak in the military hospital where he is still in detention.
Islamic State group nearly pushed out of Syria's Kobani
BEIRUT (AP) ? Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group almost entirely out of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday, marking a major loss for extremists whose hopes for easy victory dissolved into a bloody, costly siege that seems close to ending in defeat.
2 Malian troops killed, 3 wounded in ambush in north
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) ? At least two soldiers were killed in an ambush in Mali's north, an army official said Monday.
Greek leftists ally with right against bailout after huge election win
By Renee Maltezou and Deepa Babington ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras on Monday agreed to team up with a right-wing party to form a new hardline, anti-bailout government determined to face down international lenders and end nearly five years of tough economic measures. The decisive victory by Tsipras' Syriza in Sunday's snap election reignites fears of new financial troubles in the country that set off the regional crisis in 2009. It is also the first time a member of the 19-nation euro zone will be led by parties rejecting German-backed austerity. This is what the electorate of an important country is telling us," said Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan.
Spain: Cervantes searchers find casket with his initials
MADRID (AP) ? Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes said Monday that they found wooden fragments of a casket bearing the initials "M.C." with bones in and around them in a crypt underneath the chapel of a cloistered convent in Madrid.
Greece's Syriza to form government after election victory
ATHENS, Greece (AP) ? Greece's Syriza party gained the key backing needed to form a government Monday, creating a surprise alliance with a small right-wing party that signals possible confrontation over the country's bailout.
8 kidnapped Central African officials are freed
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) ? Eight Central African Republic officials kidnapped by members of the country's former rebel coalition have been freed, one of the officials said Monday.
Williams sisters advance to quarterfinals at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) ? The Williams sisters are back in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam, and neither one is there just to watch.
Markets shrug off victory of Greek anti-austerity party
LONDON (AP) ? Global financial markets shrugged off the election victory of an anti-austerity party in Greece, with most investors appearing to conclude on Monday that it is unlikely to lead the country to fall out of the euro.
Cuban youth build secret computer network despite Wi-Fi ban
HAVANA (AP) ? Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access.
Survivors visit Auschwitz a day ahead of 70th anniversary
OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) ? The voice of Auschwitz survivors praying for their murdered loved ones reverberated Monday amid the barracks and barbed wire of the former Nazi death camp, with one survivor crying out in a pained voice: "I don't want to come here anymore!"
Egypt court convicts doctor of female genital mutilation
CAIRO (AP) ? An Egyptian appeals court on Monday convicted a doctor of manslaughter and performing female genital mutilation that led to the death of a 13-year-old girl, sentencing him to two years and three months in prison in the country's first case that came to trial over the widespread practice, defense lawyers said.
Egypt's pound weakens to new low of 7.43 per dollar -central bank
Egypt's pound weakened to 7.43 per dollar from 7.39 at a central bank auction on Monday, the weakest level it has been allowed to reach since auctions began in December 2012. It was the sixth consecutive official depreciation in the past week, prompted by the gap between the black market and the official rate. The bank offered 40 million dollars and sold 38.4 million at a cut-off price of 7.4301 pounds per dollar, the central bank said. The rates at which banks are allowed to trade dollars are determined by the results of central bank sales, giving the bank effective control over official exchange rates.
Church of England consecrates first female bishop
LONDON (AP) ? Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England ended Monday, as the 500-year-old institution consecrated its first female bishop.
Eurozone after Greece elections: More compromise than chaos
BRUSSELS (AP) ? The stunning election in Greece of a radical anti-austerity party raises new uncertainties for the eurozone, but the initial impression is that a compromise deal over the country's debt can be forged to avert a chaotic exit from the euro.
Survey: Firms optimistic on hiring, wages in 1Q
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Rising sales helped boost hiring at U.S. businesses in the last three months of 2014, and companies are optimistic that continued improvement in business conditions will bring increased employment and wages in the current quarter, a new survey shows.
AT&T buying Nextel Mexico from NII Holdings
DALLAS (AP) ? AT&T is buying Nextel Mexico from NII Holdings for about $1.88 billion, minus the company's debt.
US drone kills 3 in first strike since Yemen leader resigned
SANAA, Yemen (AP) ? The first U.S. drone strike in Yemen since the start of the year killed three suspected al-Qaida fighters on Monday, signaling Washington's determination to keep striking the global network's most lethal branch despite the Yemeni president's resignation in the face of a Shiite rebel power grab.
Athens hospital says renowned Greek singer Demis Roussos has died aged 68
ATHENS, Greece (AP) ? Athens hospital says renowned Greek singer Demis Roussos has died aged 68.
MeadWestvaco, Rock-Tenn join to form $16B packaging behemoth
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ? Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco will join forces to create a $16 billion packaging company, driving down its own costs and possibly gaining the scale to better dictate prices.
Syrian president dismisses talks with 'puppets' in interview
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) ? Russia and Syria played down any hopes of a breakthrough in talks set to begin Monday in Moscow, while much of the opposition shied away.
Post Holdings to pay $1.15B for Malt-O-Meal cereal maker
ST. LOUIS (AP) ? Post Holdings will spend $1.15 billion to bulk up its presence in the market for bagged and hot cereals by buying the privately held MOM Brands Co., maker of Malt-O-Meal cereals.