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Officials say 2 sons of Egypt’s Mubarak freed from prison

By HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press 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. Security officials said the two, wealthy businessman Alaa and Mubarak’s one-time heir apparent Gamal, walked free from Torah Prison in a southern Cairo suburb shortly after daybreak and headed to their respective homes in the capital’s upscale Heliopolis suburb. The two, along with their father, still face a retrial on corruption charges Continue reading

German business confidence rises for third month running

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A closely watched indicator of German business optimism rose for the third straight month in January, giving a positive signal from Europe’s biggest economy. The business climate survey from the Munich-based Ifo institute rose to 106.7 points from 105.5 points in December, beating expectations among market analysts for 106.2. Ifo President Hans-Werner Sinn said that “stronger impulses are expected from exports thanks to the falling euro exchange rate.” Germany’s export-oriented economy should benefit from the steep drop in the euro from around $1.40 in May to $1.13 on Monday. Continue reading

Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe in Miami

By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Despite being a relative pageant newcomer, Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries. Continue reading

Spokesman: Secret Service recovers ‘device’ at White House

By NEDRA PICKLER WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for President Barack Obama said Monday that a “device” was found on the grounds of the White House while the president and first lady were in India but that it posed no threat. It was unclear if the president’s daughters were at home at the time of the incident. Continue reading

No threat from device found on White House grounds: spokesman

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service has recovered a “device” on the White House grounds, which according to local television reports was a small drone, but White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at a briefing in New Delhi on Monday that the device “does not pose any kind of ongoing threat.” (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Krista Mahr) White House U.S Continue reading

Church of England to ordain first female bishop

LONDON (AP) — 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. The Rev. Libby Lane becomes the eighth Bishop of Stockport in a service Monday at York Minster Continue reading

WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama celebrates India’s Republic Day

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama’s experience at India’s Republic Day celebration may have felt a little like his two presidential inaugurations. Continue reading

Greece’s Syriza to form gov’t after election victory

By DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Left-wing Greek election winner Syriza gained key support from an anti-bailout party Monday, allowing it to form a new government. Continue reading

Toll of Filipino commandos killed in rebel clash rises to 43

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least 43 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of southeast Asia’s most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday. Continue reading

Russian ruble tumbles after violent weekend in east Ukraine

Alexandr Atorvin, foreground, speaks to his visiting relatives in a hospital after being injured during an attack on Saturday, in Mariupol, Eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Continue reading