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Top Philippine diplomat and China critic resigns over health
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines' top diplomat, who was behind a bold government move to challenge the validity of China's vast territorial claims in the South China Sea at an international tribunal, has resigned due to health reasons, officials said Monday.... 2/8/2016 12:51 PM

Coldplay's latest video draws flak for portrayal of India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- British rock band Coldplay's latest music video has triggered a debate in India over its portrayal of the country with critics accusing its producers of showing stereotypical images of India with Hindu holy men, peacocks and colorful festivals.... 2/8/2016 12:48 PM

Turkish PM: Turkey, Germany to start joint diplomatic involvement to end onslaught in Alep...
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish PM: Turkey, Germany to start joint diplomatic involvement to end onslaught in Aleppo.... 2/8/2016 12:46 PM

Spain: Madrid city calls for release of puppeteers
MADRID (AP) -- Madrid city hall apologized Monday to parents for exposing their children to a violent puppet show, but says jailing the puppeteers for allegedly praising terrorism was disproportionate.... 2/8/2016 12:37 PM

Ex-French minister in court for tax fraud, money laundering
PARIS (AP) -- A former French budget minister will appear in court on charges of tax fraud and money laundering that forced him to dramatically resign three years ago in the first political scandal under President Francois Hollande.... 2/8/2016 12:31 PM

The Latest: Turkish official lambastes EU on migrant demands
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):... 2/8/2016 12:51 PM

Mega red carpet for Egypt leader's car spurs online uproar
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is coming under criticism after a massive red carpet was laid over public roads for his motorcade during a trip to open social housing projects in a Cairo suburb.... 2/8/2016 12:19 PM

Chechen leader posts threatening messages online
MOSCOW (AP) -- The leader of Russia's Chechen republic has posted several pictures online that have been viewed as threats to the Russian opposition.... 2/8/2016 12:19 PM

Merkel in Turkey for migrants talks as 33 people die at sea
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks in Ankara Monday on how to reduce the influx of people into Europe as reports emerged that another 33 people died off Turkey's coast attempting to reach Greece.... 2/8/2016 12:12 PM

Red Cross in Gaza reopens office after violent protests
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross says it has reopened its Gaza office after closing it the previous day in response to repeated attempts by protesters to storm it.... 2/8/2016 12:05 PM

Top bankers urge closer ties to solve euro's problems
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The top central bankers from France and Germany are joining in an appeal to fix longstanding flaws in the euro currency by more closely integrating their economies and putting more authority over policy at the European level.... 2/8/2016 11:56 AM

Ethnic protesters in Nepal withdraw border blockade, strike
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- The main ethnic group that's been protesting for months over the new constitution is ending its border blockade and general strike in southern Nepal, bringing relief to the Himalayan nation suffering severe shortages of fuel, medicine and other supplies.... 2/8/2016 11:56 AM

Maldives police arrest judge, ex-prosecutor general
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Maldives police arrested a judge and a former prosecutor general for issuing an arrest warrant for the country's president without the police requesting one, an official said Monday in the latest political turmoil in the Indian Ocean archipelago.... 2/8/2016 11:53 AM

Syria troops make more gains in Aleppo, near Turkish border
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian army troops recaptured a new village north of Aleppo Monday, bringing troops and allied militiamen to within a few kilometers of the Turkish border as part of a major Russian-backed offensive in the area, the Syrian government and opposition activists said.... 2/8/2016 11:42 AM

Leopard wanders south Indian school, injures 3 before caught
BANGALORE, India (AP) -- Officials say a leopard wandered into a school in southern India and injured three people as it tried to escape.... 2/8/2016 11:34 AM

Stun guns in demand in Germany amid security concerns
PRAGUE (AP) -- After the attacks in Paris and New Year's security scares, Germans have been snapping up self-defense equipment like stun guns - to the delight of a Czech manufacturer who corners the market.... 2/8/2016 11:33 AM

Australian released by jihadists arrives in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- An Australian woman who was freed by her al-Qaida captors after several weeks said Monday that she hopes her husband who remains a hostage will soon be released as well so they can continue their charity work in the West African country.... 2/8/2016 11:29 AM

Call for responsive governments at Dubai summit amid turmoil
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- World leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama called Monday for governments to be responsive to and inclusive of their citizens, especially as the unrest of the Arab Spring still reverberates across the Middle East.... 2/8/2016 11:19 AM

Taxi in Prague block traffic, demand higher pay, ban on Uber
PRAGUE (AP) -- Hundreds of Czech taxi drivers are blocking a major road in downtown Prague to demand higher pay and protest alternative services such as Uber.... 2/8/2016 11:06 AM

Russian authorities detain 7 on suspicion of terrorist plot
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's state security service says it has detained seven people in the country's Ural mountain region on suspicion of terrorist activities.... 2/8/2016 10:47 AM

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