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Kerry and Lavrov open Syria talks as countries trade barbs
MUNICH (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov opened talks Thursday to try and reconcile deep differences over a proposed cease-fire for the Syrian civil war. They met as other U.S. and Russian officials traded allegations over bombing of civilian areas in the besieged city of Aleppo.... 2/11/2016 3:18 PM

Governor says 52 killed in northern Mexico prison riot
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- Governor says 52 killed in northern Mexico prison riot.... 2/11/2016 3:18 PM

Pakistan's ex-President Musharraf discharged from hospital
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf was briefly hospitalized in the port city of Karachi on Thursday after suffering chest pain and breathing problems but was allowed home later that day, a senior leader of his party and his spokeswoman said.... 2/11/2016 3:17 PM

TransCanada takes 4Q hit after Obama blocks Keystone XL
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Energy company TransCanada Corp. says it lost US$1.79 billion (CA$2.5 billion) in the fourth quarter, mostly because of its stalled Keystone XL pipeline proposal.... 2/11/2016 3:15 PM

Fire breaks out at northern Mexico prison; deaths reported
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- A fire and riot broke out Thursday at a prison in northern Mexico, and local media said numerous inmates appeared to have died.... 2/11/2016 3:09 PM

Czechs propose to send pilot trainers to Iraq
PRAGUE (AP) -- The Czech defense minister says he is planning to send about 30 instructors and military technicians to Iraq to train pilots for Czech-made planes.... 2/11/2016 3:08 PM

The Latest: Saudis call ground troop decision 'irreversible'
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local):... 2/11/2016 3:06 PM

Thai deputy PM sets July 31 vote on charter, 2017 election
BANGKOK (AP) -- The deputy prime minister of Thailand's military government says a referendum on a new constitution will be held on July 31 and will be followed by a general election before the end of next year, whether or not the new charter is approved.... 2/11/2016 2:52 PM

The Latest: US stocks join the global market slump
LONDON (AP) -- The latest on the turmoil afflicting global financial markets (all times local):... 2/11/2016 2:51 PM

South African bookshop a treasure trove of eclectic history
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The only clue to a literary treasure trove tucked away in downtown Johannesburg is a fading sign, but behind this door is a fantastic maze containing an estimated 2 million books and prints.... 2/11/2016 2:46 PM

Putin praises Russian military over Crimea maneuvers
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin says the Russian military in Crimea has proven its capability during war games this week.... 2/11/2016 2:45 PM

Brazil and University of Texas reach deal on Zika vaccine
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil is signing an agreement with the University of Texas to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus, the country's health minister said Thursday, adding the goal is for the vaccine to be ready for clinical testing within 12 months.... 2/11/2016 2:45 PM

Indonesia warns messaging apps to drop same-sex emoticons
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's government has demanded that instant messaging apps remove stickers featuring same-sex couples, in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.... 2/11/2016 2:43 PM

N. Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factories
PAJU, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, calling Seoul's earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North's recent rocket launch a "dangerous declaration of war."... 2/11/2016 2:29 PM

Head of Google in Europe grilled by UK tax authorities
LONDON (AP) -- A British parliamentary committee has grilled Google's head of European operations, questioning in blunt terms whether the Internet giant had paid its fair share of taxes.... 2/11/2016 2:26 PM

Tutu asks why it took years to prosecute apartheid murder
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu has questioned why it took so long for South African prosecutors to charge former members of the apartheid-era security forces for the 1983 death of an activist.... 2/11/2016 2:22 PM

Questions grow over banks as profit warnings pile up
PARIS (AP) -- Questions are growing over the financial health of banks, particularly in Europe, as they face a toxic mix of low economic growth, bad loans and squeezed earnings.... 2/11/2016 2:16 PM

Poland approves child benefits to aid families, boost births
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish lawmakers passed a new child benefit scheme Thursday which will give monthly payments of 500 zlotys ($125) for all second and subsequent children in a family.... 2/11/2016 2:14 PM

2 alleged human smugglers on trial over Aylan Kurdi's death
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Two alleged people-smugglers went on trial in Turkey on Thursday accused of causing the death of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi - who put a human face on the Syrian refugee crisis - and four other people.... 2/11/2016 2:13 PM

State TV: Teacher shoots dead 6 colleagues in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A teacher in southern Saudi Arabia opened fire on colleagues Thursday, killing at least six people and wounding two, state television reported.... 2/11/2016 2:12 PM

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