UN chief urges African leaders not cling to power

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general Friday urged African leaders not to cling to power.
Luis Figo names 5 European nominees for FIFA election bid

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2001 file photo, Portuguese player Luis Figo, left, of Spanish team Real Madrid receives his trophy as FIFA "World Player of The Year 2001" from Swiss FIFA president Joseph Blatter, center, and Georges Weah of Liberia, right, during the awards ceremony of the FIFA trophies in Zurich, Switzerland. Luis Figo said in an interview on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 that he wants to become FIFA president and has the nominations needed to be an official candidate against Sepp Blatter. (AP Photo/Keystone, Michele Limina, File)GENEVA (AP) — Two would-be FIFA presidents stepped up campaigning on Friday after nominations closed to challenge Sepp Blatter for the most powerful job in world football.



Greek government expected to avoid tax clash with shipping tycoons

By Jonathan Saul and Renee Maltezou LONDON/ATHENS (Reuters) - While Greece's new leftist government seems set on a collision course with the European Union, it is likely to steer clear of confronting the country's critical shipping industry. The Syriza party of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, which swept to power last Sunday, once promised to take on shipowners and their generous tax allowances. "We are here to solve problems, not to create new ones," said Economy Minister George Stathakis, who oversees the shipping portfolio. "There will be dialogue, discussion, and we will look for the best possible solution," Stathakis, an economist who comes from a shipping family, said during a handover ceremony at the shipping ministry.
Germany to Greece: Don't mess with us over debt, austerity

Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, left, talks to Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, right, as he leaves following a joint news conference following their meeting at the Finance Ministry in Athens, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Germany bluntly rejected on Friday suggestions that Greece should be forgiven repayment of its rescue loans, while Dijsselbloem, on visit to meet the new Greek government officials, said there was no decision yet on what to do after the country's bailout program runs out at the end of February. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece and its European bailout creditors were in open dispute Friday, with Germany bluntly rejecting suggestions the heavily-indebted country should be forgiven part of its rescue loans and warning against "blackmail" from Athens.



South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader

South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leaderJOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African government Friday granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of an apartheid state covert unit responsible for dozens of deaths, saying his freedom is in the interest of national reconciliation.





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