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Image of Asia: Greeting Johnny Depp at the Tokyo airport

U.S. actor Johnny Depp kneels down to give his autographs to fans as he and his fiancee Amber Heard arrive at Haneda international airport in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 for his latest film "Mortdecai" promotion. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)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

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 file photo, Meghan Trainor attends the 2014 Billboard Women in Music luncheon at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Meghan Trainor and One Direction star Harry Styles got together to write a duet called "Someday Maybe." Trainor, who releases her debut album ?Title? in Britain Monday Jan. 26, 2015, said she is looking for the right people to sing it and doesn?t know if she would record it with Styles. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)LONDON (AP) ? Meghan Trainor and Harry Styles have put their heartbreak into a duet.


Malaysia Air site hacked, some customer data appears online

Workers stand behind a computer which shows the hacked website of Malaysia Airlines, at a cafe in Petaling Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. The airline's site was changed on Monday, at first with a message saying "404 - Plane Not Found" and that it was "Hacked by Cyber Caliphate." The browser tab for the website said "ISIS will prevail." (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)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

Soldiers from Lagos, part of an expected 1,000 reinforcements sent to Adamawa state to fight Boko Haram Islamists, walk near trucks as they arrive with the 23rd Armoured Brigade in YolaNigerian 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

In this photo taken Jan. 15, 2015, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., holds the new installment of his award-winning graphic novel on civil rights and nonviolent protest, on Capitol Hill in Washington. A comic book about Martin Luther King Jr. helped bring John Lewis into the civil rights movement. The longtime Democratic congressman from Georgia now hopes that graphic novels about his life and what his contemporaries endured to overcome racism will guide today's protesters in search of justice. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)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

FILE - This combination Jan. 6, 2011 file images show Gamal Mubarak, left, and Alaa Mubarak, right, attending a Christmas Eve Mass at the Coptic cathedral in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian security officials said the two sons of ousted President Hosni Mubarak have been released from prison, nearly four years after they were first arrested along with their father. (AP Photo/File)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

Tourists take their pictures with the Hollywood Sign in the background, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Los Angeles. 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. They are the seekers of the Hollywood Sign, that symbol of the Land of the Rich and Famous. And just like those on pilgrimages to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome or the Acropolis in Greece, they press to get just as close as they can to the immortality the symbol represents. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)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

Serbia's Novak Djokovic hits a return to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg during their fourth round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on January 26, 2015Dominant 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

Icicles drip from the overhang of a picnic shelter at the Blacksburg Municipal "Hill" Golf Course after a winter storm in Blacksburg, Va. on Saturday, Jan. 24 2015. The National Weather Service has lifted a winter weather advisory for much of the Baltimore and Washington areas. But the advisory remains in effect until noon for western Maryland, western Virginia and points to the north.(AP Photo / The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry)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.


10 Things to Know for Today

FILE-This Jan. 13, 2015 file photo, shows parents of children who suffer from epilepsy. With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Sex-abuse civil trial to unveil Boy Scout 'perversion' files

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the California Department of Justice's official Internet web site, Megan's Law, shows former Boy Scout leader Al Stein who pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment in 2009. Previously sealed Boy Scouts "perversion" files spanning 16 years could soon be in the public eye as part of a negligence lawsuit set for trial Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in California that was filed against the organization by a victim of Stein's. (AP Photo/California Department of Justice, Megan's Law, File)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

Serbia's Novak Djokovic hits a return to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg during their fourth round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on January 26, 2015World 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

A man fills up his car at a petrol station in RomeBy 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

Dominic Ongwen, a Ugandan commander in warlord Joseph Kony's feared militia, waits for the judge to arrive as he made his first appearance at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Ongwen arrived in The Hague last week after being taken into custody in Central African Republic. He faces war crimes and crimes against humanity charges for his alleged role in a reign of terror that has spanned more than 25 years in central Africa's Great Lakes region. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)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

Gamal and Alaa Mubarak, sons of Hosni Mubarak, stand behind bars during their trial at the police academy, on the outskirts of CairoBy 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

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 file photo, Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) soldiers walk near the town entrance circle heading to their strongholds in Kobani, Syria. Syrian activists and Kurdish officials say the extremist Islamic State group has been nearly pushed out of the Syrian border town of Kobani. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin, File)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

The head of radical leftist Syriza party Tsipras speaks to supporters after winning the elections in AthensBy 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

In this photo taken on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 and provided by Aranzadi Science Society, the initials "M.C" are seen on a plank of a coffin found on unidentified graves in the chapel?s crypt of the closed order Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in Madrid's historic Barrio de las Letras, or Literary Quarter. Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes, the author of 'Don Quixote' who was buried in 1616 at the Convent but the exact whereabouts of his grave are unknown, have found a casket bearing the initials ?M.C.? with bones inside it in crypt underneath a cloistered convent. Archeologists say they made the find over the weekend after excavations to solve the centuries-old mystery of where the great Spanish writer was laid to rest. (AP Photo/Aranzadi Science Society)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

A woman waves a Greek flag during a speech by the leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras outside Athens University Headquarters, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. A triumphant Alexis Tsipras told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party's win in Sunday's early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past. "Today the Greek people have made history. Hope has made history," Tsipras said in his victory speech at a conference hall in central Athens. (AP Photo/Fotis Plegas G.)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

Venus Williams of the U.S. reacts to a lost point to Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)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

People walk by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Asian stocks and the euro were weaker Monday after Greece's anti-austerity opposition party won a big victory in national elections, renewing fears the European common currency bloc could unravel. Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped 43.23 points or 0.25 percent and closed at 17,468.52 for the day. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)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

In this Jan. 4, 2015 photo, the computer, modem and intranet network cabling belonging to Rafael Antonio Broche Moreno sits on a desk at his home in Havana. Home Internet connections are banned for all but a handful of Cubans, and the government charges nearly a quarter of a month?s salary for an hour online in government-run hotels and Internet centers. But a small minority have covertly engineered a partial solution by pooling funds to create a private network of more than 9,000 computers with small, inexpensive but powerful hidden Wi-Fi antennas and Ethernet cables strung over streets and rooftops spanning the entire city. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)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

Visitors and media stand by the entrance gate of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. A decade ago, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary of the death camp's liberation. On Tuesday, for the 70th anniversary, organizers are expecting 300, the youngest in their 70s. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)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

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Women?s Center for Guidance and Legal Awareness, shows a portrait of Sohair el-Batea, who died last year after undergoing a female genital mutilation operation by Dr. Raslan Fadl, in Egypt. Lawyer Reda al-Danbouki says an appeals court has convicted Dr. Fadl of manslaughter and performing a female genital mutilation that killed el-Batea sentencing him to two years and three months in prison. Female genital mutilation was criminalized in 2008, but remains widespread in Egypt, where more than 90 percent of women are estimated to have undergone it. (AP Photo/Women?s Center for Guidance and Legal Awareness, File)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

Gamal and Alaa Mubarak, sons of Hosni Mubarak, stand behind bars during their trial at the police academy, on the outskirts of CairoEgypt'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

The Rev. Libby Lane, second left, arrives at York Minster, England, where she will be consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Stockport, Monday Jan. 26, 2015. Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England is coming to an end, as the 500-year-old institution consecrates its first female bishop. (AP Photo/PA, Lynne Cameron) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVELONDON (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

In this zoomed picture the Euro sculpture stands in front of the old European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. The euro wobbled Monday after Greece's anti-austerity opposition party won a big victory in national elections, renewing fears the European common currency bloc could unravel.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)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

Protesters chant slogans against Houthi Shiite rebels who hold the capital, Sanna, amid a power vacuum as they march on a street in Sanaa on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Some 20,000 marched Saturday across the capital, where demonstrators converged on the house of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who resigned Thursday along with his Cabinet. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)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

FILE - This Sept. 7, 2011, file photo, shows the exterior of MeadWestvaco's corporate headquarters in downtown Richmond, Va. Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco are joining to form a $16 billion packaging company. The company, which has not been named as of Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, will have combined sales of $15.7 billion and its board will include eight directors from Rock-Tenn and six directors from MeadWestvaco. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, P. Kevin Morley, File)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

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, speaks during an interview with a U.S. magazine, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Assad has dismissed negotiations with "puppets" in an interview with a U.S. magazine ahead of talks set to begin in Moscow. (AP Photo/SANA)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.

 
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