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Puerto Rican judge nominated as 1st gay chief justice
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rican judge Maite Oronoz Rodriguez has been nominated to head the U.S. territory's Supreme Court as the first openly gay chief justice in the United States.... 2/13/2016 5:21 PM

Protesters in Spain urge puppeteers' acquittal on charges
MADRID (AP) -- Around 600 protesters have marched through the southern Spanish city of Granada calling for charges to be dropped against two puppeteers jailed for allegedly praising terrorism.... 2/13/2016 5:15 PM

Pope issues tough-love message to Mexico's political elite
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis told Mexico's political leaders on Saturday that they have a duty to provide their people with security, "true justice" and basic services as he plunged head-on into the drug-inspired violence, corruption and social ills that are tormenting the country.... 2/13/2016 5:14 PM

South Sudan rebel leader says he is will take up VP position
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- South Sudan's rebel leader said Saturday that he has accepted his appointment by President Salva Kiir as vice president and will return to the country to take up the position when adequate security arrangements are made.... 2/13/2016 5:10 PM

Palestinian shot dead after stabbing soldier, bystander
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A knife-wielding Palestinian woman attacked an Israeli soldier on guard near a sensitive West Bank holy site sacred to both Jews and Muslims on Saturday, wounding him and a Palestinian bystander before she was shot and killed by Israeli troops, the military said.... 2/13/2016 5:08 PM

The Latest: Kerry says will make Syria agreement work
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria as government troops, backed by Russian air power, continue to encircle rebel-held districts of the northern city of Aleppo (all times local):... 2/13/2016 5:05 PM

The Latest: Mexico president says shares pope's concerns
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Mexico (all times local):... 2/13/2016 4:59 PM

The Latest: US has 'profound interest' in UK staying in EU
MUNICH (AP) -- The Latest on the security conference in Munich (all times local):... 2/13/2016 4:57 PM

Burundi government has nationwide protests against Rwanda
BUJUMBURA, Burundi' (AP) -- Thousands of Burundians participated in government-sanctioned demonstrations against neighboring Rwanda whom it accuses of supporting a rebellion to topple Burundi's president.... 2/13/2016 4:52 PM

The Latest: East practice starts for Sunday's All-Star game
TORONTO (AP) -- The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):... 2/13/2016 4:48 PM

5 men killed when their car plunges into Swedish canal
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Swedish police say five people have been killed when their car plunged more than 25 meters (82 feet) from a highway bridge into a canal in the capital of Stockholm.... 2/13/2016 4:44 PM

WHO reports rise of neurological disorder in Zika outbreak
BERLIN (AP) -- The World Health Organization says a neurological disorder is on the rise in several Latin American countries that are also seeing an outbreak of the Zika virus.... 2/13/2016 4:31 PM

Mali: Extremists claim attack that killed 5 peacekeepers
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A group that tracks jihadi activity online says Mali-based Islamic extremists have claimed responsibility for an attack on a U.N. base that killed five peacekeepers.... 2/13/2016 4:13 PM

Amid multitude of woes, Egypt leader says democracy is back
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's president said Saturday that his country has established democratic and constitutional rule after years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising, but rights groups say he has presided over an unprecedented crackdown on dissent.... 2/13/2016 4:02 PM

Documentary "Fire at Sea" open at Berlin Film Festival
BERLIN (AP) -- The director of "Fire at Sea" - a documentary about the Italian island of Lampedusa, where thousands of asylum-seekers are arriving from lawless Libya - says he wanted "to show the tragedy that's playing out in front of our eyes ... We're all responsible."... 2/13/2016 4:01 PM

Syrian troops capture village near northern city of Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces on Saturday captured another village near Aleppo, tightening the noose around rebel-held parts of the northern city, Syrian state TV and an opposition activist group said.... 2/13/2016 3:59 PM

Somalia: Al-Shabab claims responsibility for plane bomb
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, said Saturday they carried out the bombing of a commercial passenger jet earlier this month that blew a hole in the fuselage, sucking out the suspected bomber and forcing the plane to make an emergency landing.... 2/13/2016 3:52 PM

Brazil troops battle Zika mosquitoes
SAO PAULO (AP) -- More than 200,000 army, navy and air force troops are fanning out across Brazil to show people how to eliminate the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the Zika virus, which many health officials believe is linked to severe birth defects.... 2/13/2016 3:52 PM

Czech designer, architect Borek Sipek dies at age 66
PRAGUE (AP) -- Borek Sipek, Czech architect and designer best known in his country for his work for late President Vaclav Havel has died. He was 66.... 2/13/2016 3:23 PM

SAfrica: Rescuers suspend search after second mine collapse
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A second collapse of a mine shaft on Saturday has forced rescuers to suspend a search for three people who have been trapped underground for more than a week at a South African mine.... 2/13/2016 3:12 PM

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