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Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric calls for government reforms
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is calling for the inclusion of more technocrats in government and is threatening to withdraw from the political process if his proposal is not accepted.... 2/13/2016 8:45 AM

Germany presses Russia, Ukraine to implement peace deal
MUNICH (AP) -- Germany's foreign minister pressed for progress on a year-old peace plan for eastern Ukraine as he met Saturday with senior officials from Russia, Ukraine and France, saying he hopes that Moscow and Kiev realize that they don't have forever to implement the deal... 2/13/2016 8:42 AM

2 Indian soldiers, 4 rebels killed in Kashmir fighting
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Four suspected rebels and two soldiers were killed in a fierce gunbattle Saturday in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, an army official said.... 2/13/2016 8:23 AM

115 bodies pulled out from Taiwan quake rubble; 2 missing
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Rescuers have pulled out 115 dead a week since a powerful earthquake struck Taiwan's oldest city of Tainan, leaving only two missing in the rubble of a collapsed 17-story residential complex, authorities said Saturday.... 2/13/2016 7:57 AM

Seeking a Splash: Klay goes for All-Star 3s upset of Curry
TORONTO (AP) -- Klay Thompson believes, even if he knows many don't.... 2/13/2016 7:24 AM

Israeli educators battle government over textbook content
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's main high school civics textbook has become a new battleground in a culture war embroiling the country - pitting politicians against educators in a debate over how much religion and Jewish history should be included in the country's national curriculum.... 2/13/2016 7:09 AM

Bangladesh begins survey of undocumented Rohingya Muslims
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Authorities in Bangladesh have begun a survey to determine the exact number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in majority-Buddhist Myanmar.... 2/13/2016 5:31 AM

Questions raised about what happened in Mexican prison brawl
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- Prosecutors charged three state officers with homicide after a bloody prison brawl that ended with 49 dead, raising questions about what happened during the melee inside Mexico's Topo Chico lockup that saw inmates fight with hammers, cudgels and makeshift knives.... 2/13/2016 5:10 AM

Pope opens Mexico visit after historic stop with patriarch
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis kicks off his first trip to Mexico on Saturday with speeches to the country's political and ecclesial elites, riding in on the success of his historic meeting in Cuba with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.... 2/13/2016 5:04 AM

'Finally': Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- With an exclamation of "Finally," Pope Francis embraced Patriarch Kirill on Friday in the first meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a brief but historic encounter held during a stopover in Cuba before the pope flew on to Mexico.... 2/13/2016 4:24 AM

The Latest: Pope briefly emerges to speak with well-wishers
HAVANA (AP) -- The latest on Pope Francis's historic meeting in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and his subsequent trip to Mexico (all times local):... 2/13/2016 4:21 AM

North Korea halts probe into fate of kidnapped Japanese
TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea has reacted angrily to new sanctions announced by Japan over its recent rocket launch and said in response it will halt an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago.... 2/13/2016 2:26 AM

US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russia.... 2/13/2016 2:20 AM

Pope Francis' plane has landed in Mexico City to start the pontiff's five-day visit.
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis' plane has landed in Mexico City to start the pontiff's five-day visit.... 2/13/2016 1:17 AM

US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights
HAVANA (AP) -- The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall, U.S. officials said Friday.... 2/13/2016 1:12 AM

Egyptian doctors revolt against escalating police abuses
CAIRO (AP) -- When a doctor at a Cairo hospital told a police officer that his cut didn't require stitches, the response was startling and brutal. Police beat up the doctor and a colleague and dragged them off into custody.... 2/13/2016 12:33 AM

Experts identify cases of Syria chemical attacks to probe
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The international body charged with establishing who is responsible for chemical attacks in Syria says it has identified at least five potential cases for investigation - four where chlorine gas was allegedly used against rebel-held areas and one involving mustard gas.... 2/13/2016 12:11 AM

Dominican police kill suspect in attack on German tourist
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Police in the Dominican Republic say they have killed one of two men suspected in the slaying of an elderly German tourist during a robbery.... 2/12/2016 11:04 PM

Tour operators say Zika could be bad for Olympics business
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- If the Zika virus - or fear of it - keeps spreading, the head of a sports travel agency handling tour packages for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics fears for her business.... 2/12/2016 10:24 PM

Police officer fatally shot while on patrol in Haiti capital
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- A Haitian police officer has been killed by multiple gunshots as he patrolled a rough section of the country's capital on a motorcycle.... 2/12/2016 10:21 PM

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