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The Latest: Aid group says over 100,000 have fled Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):... 2/12/2016 8:29 PM

Brazil minister says no doubt Zika connected to microcephaly
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil's health minister said Friday that authorities were "absolutely sure" that the Zika virus is connected to devastating birth defects and rejected criticism that the government was slow to investigate the surge of cases that set off international alarms.... 2/12/2016 8:24 PM

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.... 2/12/2016 8:22 PM

'Finally:' Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader
HAVANA (AP) -- Pope Francis met Friday with Patriarch Kirill in the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, an historic development in the 1,000-year schism that divided Christianity that may, however, be more about Russia asserting itself than any new ecumenical progress.... 2/12/2016 8:14 PM

Facebook nude-painting case can face trial in France
PARIS (AP) -- If you post a 19th-century nude painting on Facebook, is it art or impermissible nudity? That question is now cleared for trial in France, after an appeals court there ruled that an aggrieved user can sue the social network over the issue.... 2/12/2016 7:56 PM

Candidates promise unity in Central African Republic vote
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- For more than two years, even going to the cemetery to bury a loved one could get a mourner killed in Central African Republic. The threat of attacks from Christian militia fighters was once so high that Muslims here began burying their dead at home.... 2/12/2016 7:47 PM

US Africa Command: Senior LRA rebel commander defects in CAR
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A senior commander with the rebel group Lord's Resistance Army has defected to villagers in Central African Republic, the U.S. Africa Command said Friday.... 2/12/2016 7:41 PM

The Latest: Pope, patriarch hold historic meeting in Cuba
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):... 2/12/2016 7:40 PM

Spain premier doesn't shake hands with opposition leader
MADRID (AP) -- Acting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy didn't shake hands with Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez during a meeting that's part of the drive to form a government following an inconclusive national election.... 2/12/2016 7:35 PM

Iran sees chance to bring down 'wall of mistrust' with US
MUNICH (AP) -- Iran's foreign minister says the nuclear deal with world powers offers a chance to demolish a "wall of mistrust" between Iran and the United States, but it's not a task for Tehran alone.... 2/12/2016 7:29 PM

Spain: Civil servant fined after skipping work for years
MADRID (AP) -- The case started with confusion over where a civil servant in southern Spain worked. Now a court has ruled he must pay back nearly 27,000 euros ($30,500) in wages because for years he actually didn't work at all.... 2/12/2016 7:23 PM

Saudi foreign minister defends policy at Munich meeting
MUNICH (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Friday defended his country's foreign policy and its stance in Yemen and Syria, insisting that the kingdom has no ambitions beyond its borders.... 2/12/2016 7:18 PM

Militants shoot down Libyan fighter jet
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- Libya's air force chief of staff says a fighter jet was shot down while carrying out airstrikes against Islamic militants, the third jet to be downed in nearly 40 days.... 2/12/2016 7:15 PM

5 killed in UN base attack in Mali; 3 killed near Timbuktu
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Militants attacked a U.N. base in northern Mali on Friday, killing at least 5 peacekeepers and wounding 30 others, a U.N. official said.... 2/12/2016 7:04 PM

ICC blocks use of 5 witnesses who pulled out of Kenya case
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- International Criminal Court appeals judges ruled Friday that statements made by five witnesses who later changed their stories or refused to testify against Kenya's deputy president cannot be used as evidence.... 2/12/2016 7:03 PM

FIFA ethics committee bans Jerome Valcke for 12 years
GENEVA (AP) -- Jerome Valcke, Sepp Blatter's long-time right-hand man, was banned from all soccer-related activity for 12 years Friday for misconduct during his term as FIFA secretary general.... 2/12/2016 7:00 PM

Pope Francis lands in Cuba for first-ever papal meeting with head of Russian Orthodox Chur...
HAVANA (AP) -- Pope Francis lands in Cuba for first-ever papal meeting with head of Russian Orthodox Church .... 2/12/2016 7:00 PM

Hammers and shivs used in Mexico prison riot that killed 49
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- Mexico's deadliest prison brawl in many years was a bloodbath in which inmates attacked each other with hammers, cudgels and makeshift blades, authorities said Friday, underlining yet again the power that drug cartels wield inside many of the country's lockups.... 2/12/2016 6:56 PM

French official: Up to 1,000 must leave Calais migrant camp
PARIS (AP) -- Up to 1,000 people living in a sprawling migrant camp by Calais must leave their makeshift dwellings, the top official in France's northern Pas-de-Calais region announced on Friday.... 2/12/2016 6:40 PM

Italy mourns, premier demands truth from Egypt in slaying
ROME (AP) -- As Italians mourned, Italy's premier insisted Friday that his country's friendship with Egypt can only exist "if the truth emerges" about the death of an Italian doctoral student who was doing research in Cairo.... 2/12/2016 6:32 PM



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