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Nigerian suicide bomber gets cold feet, refuses to kill
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Strapped with a booby-trapped vest and sent by the extremist Boko Haram group to kill as many people as possible, the young teenage girl tore off the explosives and fled as soon as she was out of sight of her handlers.... 2/11/2016 7:32 PM

Cyprus president: peace talks headway on governance, economy
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Peace talks aimed at reunifying ethnically split Cyprus have made significant progress on how power will be shared with breakaway Turkish Cypriots and how the economy will function under a federation, the country's president said Thursday.... 2/11/2016 7:26 PM

Israel appoints new head of Shin Bet security agency
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has appointed a new head of its shadowy Shin Bet internal security agency.... 2/11/2016 7:07 PM

The Latest: Syria talks underway in Munich
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 7:05 PM

George Clooney hopes to meet Merkel to discuss refugees
BERLIN (AP) -- Actor George Clooney says he plans to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the situation in Syria, which has contributed to the surge in refugees coming to Europe over the past year.... 2/11/2016 7:03 PM

Berlin Film Festival jury questioned over diversity
BERLIN (AP) -- The Berlin International Film Festival became embroiled Thursday in the debate about diversity in the movie industry, with jury president Meryl Streep dismissing questions about the all-white panel by telling reporters that "we're all Africans, really."... 2/11/2016 7:01 PM

Puerto Rico pushes tax incentives for wealthy amid crisis
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's government is trying to convince hundreds of wealthy investors to move to the U.S. territory, hoping they could help lift it out of a deepening economic crisis.... 2/11/2016 6:43 PM

Official: Hamas prevents senior UN staffer from leaving Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A United Nations official says the Islamic militant Hamas has prevented a senior employee of the international organization from leaving the Gaza Strip.... 2/11/2016 6:43 PM

Canada says will seek United Nations Security Council seat
TORONTO (AP) -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country will seek a United Nations Security Council seat as vacancies come up.... 2/11/2016 6:32 PM

52 dead, 12 injured in riot at northern Mexico prison
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- A brutal fight between rival factions killed 52 inmates and injured 12 at a prison in northern Mexico on Thursday, the state governor said.... 2/11/2016 6:31 PM

Pentagon chief predicting 'tangible gains' in Iraq, Syria
BRUSSELS (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter predicted on Thursday that recent U.S.-led efforts to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State group would produce "tangible gains" in Iraq and Syria by March, even as coalition partners pledged to expand and deepen their military contributions.... 2/11/2016 6:26 PM

Obama administration opening 2-front campaign on Syria
MUNICH (AP) -- The Obama administration opened a two-front campaign on Syria on Thursday with a push to end one war there and step up another.... 2/11/2016 6:18 PM

Protests inside, outside during South African nation speech
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Opposition members disrupted the South African president's state-of-the-nation address on Thursday, with some lawmakers walking out of the joint session.... 2/11/2016 6:13 PM

May verdict for ex-Chad dictator accused of war crimes
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The judge presiding over the trial for Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre who faces charges of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes during his rule has said a verdict will be given by May 30.... 2/11/2016 6:00 PM

AP appoints Zeina Karam news director for Lebanon and Syria
CAIRO (AP) -- The Associated Press has named Zeina Karam as its news director for Lebanon and Syria, a new position that consolidates leadership in video, text and photo coverage.... 2/11/2016 5:58 PM

Brazil police arrest ex-president of construction company
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian police have arrested the former president of construction giant Andrade Gutierrez for his suspected role in a bribery scandal involving the state-owned company that operates Brazil's two nuclear power plants.... 2/11/2016 5:57 PM

L'Oreal 2015 sales up across markets, net profit down
PARIS (AP) -- Leading global cosmetics company L'Oreal saw its sales grow 12 percent last year, with increases across old and new markets despite difficulties in Brazil and global economic uncertainty.... 2/11/2016 5:53 PM

Sweden arrests man on suspicion of preparing terror crimes
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Swedish police say they have arrested a man in the Stockholm area on suspicion of preparing terror crimes.... 2/11/2016 5:37 PM

Portugal's fellow euro states keep wary eye on its budget
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Portugal's fellow states in the eurozone are keeping a wary eye on its plans to roll back budget austerity measures, with the bloc's top executive and Germany both warning the country not to miss deficit targets.... 2/11/2016 5:28 PM

The Latest: European stock markets close sharply lower
LONDON (AP) -- The latest on the turmoil afflicting global financial markets (all times local):... 2/11/2016 5:17 PM

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