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Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, speak to troops during a visit to Maiduguri, Nigeria, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. President Goodluck Jonathan, who is running for re-election next month, visited Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, on Thursday in his first trip to the northeast since a state of emergency was imposed in May 2014. His office said in a statement that he met with troops involved in fighting the extremists as part of his "surprise visit." He also visited hundreds of civilians who were staying in a camp in Maiduguri after fleeing Baga.(AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

Kerry breaks protocol, flies to Nigeria to discourage election violence

- The Washington Times

Amidst rising civil unrest in Nigeria, Secretary of State John F. Kerry flew there this weekend to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan and his challenger in the upcoming Nigerian presidential election to discuss the vote and discourage violence from each party’s supporters, and also to enhance cooperation in the fight against Islamist terrorism.

President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sit for tea after a stroll in the gardens of Hyderabad House, where the leaders held their talks, in New Delhi, India, Sunday. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India) INDIA OUT

U.S., India reach agreement on nuclear power

- The Washington Times

President Obama announced a tentative agreement Sunday with India’s prime minister to open the country to U.S. firms investing in commercial nuclear power, a step that they said underscores improved bilateral relations.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Palestinian Authority headquarters, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. An online video released Tuesday purported to show the Islamic State group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive a $200 million ransom in the next 72 hours. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Japanese hostage purportedly killed by Islamic State

- The Washington Times

Japanese officials early on Sunday condemned a new video showing the execution of one of its citizens held captive by the Islamic State group. They demanded the immediate release of another captive shown in the video.

First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Igor Shuvalov speaks during a panel "The Russian Outlook"at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. The world's financial and political elite will head this week to the Swiss Alps for 2015's gathering of the World Economic Forum at the Swiss ski resort of Davos. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Russians will ‘eat less’ for Vladimir Putin, top official says

- Associated Press

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on Friday warned the West against trying to topple President Vladimir Putin and said that Russians are ready to sacrifice their wealth in Putin’s support.

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Ministry of Foreign Relations General Director for the United States, Josefina Vidal, arrives for a second day of talks with a U.S. delegates, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. The two countries are trying to eliminate obstacles to normalized ties as the highest-level U.S. delegation to the communist island in more than three decades holds a second day of talks with Cuban officials. Cuba is demanding its removal from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, which Washington says it is considering. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

US, Cuba end historic talks with more questions than answers

- Associated Press

After a euphoric month that left Americans dreaming of holidays in Havana and Cubans imagining U.S. products at their corner stores, the first real effort at forging a new era was sobering: Much bitter disagreement still stands in the way of normal relations.

A pro-Russian armored vehicle moves toward Slovyanoserbsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Moscow has proposed restoring a previously agreed line of division in eastern Ukraine to end an escalation of fighting near Donetsk, and has secured rebel agreement to pull back heavy weapons behind it, Russian foreign minister said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

Pro-Russian rebels reject peace deal, launch new offensive

- Associated Press

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine rejected a previously signed peace deal Friday and launched a new multipronged offensive against Ukrainian government troops, upending recent European attempts to mediate an end to the fighting.

Mossa Ag Attaher, spokesman for the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, speaks during a press conference in Rabat, Morocco, on Friday Jan. 23, 2014.   The Tuareg separatist spokesman Mossa Ag Attaher accused the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali of siding with the government and allied militias and has threatened to boycott upcoming peace talks based in Algeria. (AP Photo/ Paul Schemm)

Mali separatists slam UN over clash, freeze cooperation

- Associated Press

The separatist Tuareg movement in Mali broke off cooperation with the U.N. peacekeeping movement after a clash left several of its fighters dead and threatened Friday to boycott the next round of peace talks.

In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, Marta Wise holds a famous black-and-white photo, taken by the Russian liberators of Auschwitz, showing her, center, with about a dozen children in rags standing behind a row of barbed wire that has become one of the most iconic images of the Holocaust, as she poses for a portrait in her house in Jerusalem. Wise was ill and emaciated when she heard the distant sound the soldiers marching toward Auschwitz. The 10-year-old Slovakian Jew assumed it was German troops coming to get her but once she saw the red stars on their uniforms she realized they were Russian. Her nightmare was over. She was liberated. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

70 years after Auschwitz liberation, a survivor remembers

- Associated Press

Marta Wise was ill and emaciated when she heard the distant sound of soldiers marching toward Auschwitz. The 10-year-old Slovakian Jew assumed it was German troops coming to get her but once she saw the red stars on their uniforms she realized they were Russian. Her nightmare was over. She was liberated.

UN: 3,300 villages destroyed in Sudan fighting in 2014

- Associated Press

A new U.N. report says more than 3,000 villages were destroyed in Darfur during targeted attacks on civilians early last year as hundreds of thousands of people fled a spike in violence. The report says government or government-aligned forces are mostly to blame.

Yemeni protesters burn representations of French, American and Israeli flags during a demonstration to show their support for Houthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Thousands of protesters demonstrated Friday across Yemen, some supporting the Shiite rebels who seized the capital and others demanding the country's south secede after the nation's president and Cabinet resigned. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

5 things to know about political crisis in Yemen

- Associated Press

Yemen's U.S.-backed president stepped down this week after Houthi rebels seized the capital of Sanaa, further destabilizing the region and hampering America's ability to fight al-Qaida and other extremists targeting the West. The country's parliament will meet Sunday, but the government's future is unclear.

In this Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, photo Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, and Iran's Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan exchange signed documents in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/ Vadim Savitsky, Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)

Russia lines up counter-terrorism allies

- The Washington Times

Russia is trying to strengthen its counter-terrorism ties with partner nations India and Iran just as the U.S. government is increasing pressure on terrorists in the Middle East.Russia is trying to strengthen its counter-terrorism ties with partner nations India and Iran just as the U.S. government is increasing pressure on terrorists in the Middle East.