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Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" opened Saturday more than a year after the rest of the world in Japan, where the main character endures as a prisoner of war and where some have called for a boycott of the movie.... 2/6/2016 9:25 AM

Iran body reverses ban on 1,500 election candidates
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's constitutional watchdog, the hard-line Guardian Council, has reversed a ban on 1,500 candidates who had registered to run in Feb. 26 parliamentary elections.... 2/6/2016 9:23 AM

Rough seas, harsh winter, border limits add to migrant woes
PRESEVO, Serbia (AP) -- Rasul Orwani thought he had faced the worst after braving cold, rough seas in a rickety wooden boat to travel from Turkey to Greece, then came the Balkans.... 2/6/2016 9:06 AM

Monkey Year inspires kung fu, predictions of fire, disease
BEIJING (AP) -- The new Chinese year is the one to go bananas over. On Feb. 8, the zodiac calendar enters the Year of the Monkey - the ninth of 12 animal signs. Plastic monkeys are adorning shopping centers and office buildings, and government departments have been giving out toy monkeys.... 2/6/2016 9:04 AM

Top UN human rights official arrives in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- The top U.N. human rights official arrived Saturday in Sri Lanka on a four-day visit aimed at reviewing the measures taken by the island-nation to investigate alleged atrocities committed during the long civil war that left tens of thousands dead.... 2/6/2016 7:06 AM

7 dead, hundreds rescued and injured as quake rattles Taiwan
TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) -- Rescuers raced to find survivors after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday, collapsing a high-rise residential complex and killing at least seven people, sending scores to hospital and leaving about a couple dozen missing.... 2/6/2016 6:58 AM

Bhutan's queen gives birth to a baby boy
GAUHATI, India (AP) -- The tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan has a new crown prince.... 2/6/2016 6:38 AM

Analysis: AP bureau chiefs in Koreas on planned launch
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- It's another big, splashy step for the North Korean government: a planned rocket launch the world will see as a banned test of long-range missile technology that comes only weeks after testing what it said was a hydrogen bomb.... 2/6/2016 6:25 AM

The Latest: Facebook activates 'safety check' for Taiwan
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- The Latest on a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in southern Taiwan (all times local):... 2/6/2016 4:55 AM

In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present.... 2/6/2016 4:26 AM

UN chief: 34 groups now allied to Islamic State extremists
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Thirty-four militant groups from around the world had reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State extremist group as of mid-December - and that number will only grow in 2016, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report Friday.... 2/6/2016 4:03 AM

Tainan city emergency center says south Taiwan quake death toll rises to 5
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Tainan city emergency center says south Taiwan quake death toll rises to 5.... 2/6/2016 3:33 AM

Brazil considers reforming biosecurity law amid criticism
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian officials will soon decide whether to amend the South American nation's rigid procedures for sharing Zika samples, the Cabinet chief's spokeswoman said Friday, as officials announced that they were sending a set of samples to U.S. researchers amid complaints of hoarding.... 2/6/2016 3:19 AM

Former soldiers clash with protesters in Haiti; 1 dead
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- A band of former Haitian soldiers clashed Friday with a far larger gathering of anti-government demonstrators in the troubled country's capital, resulting in the killing of an ex-member of the abolished military amid an ongoing political crisis.... 2/6/2016 1:09 AM

Ecuador president fires military chiefs via Twitter
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- President Rafael Correa says he has fired Ecuador's military high command for refusing to pay back to the state $41 million from an overvalued land deal.... 2/5/2016 10:14 PM

Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee fighting
BEIRUT (AP) -- Thousands of Syrians rushed toward the Turkish border Friday, fleeing a fierce government offensive and intense Russian airstrikes near Syria's largest city of Aleppo.... 2/5/2016 10:09 PM

Top Colombian far-right warlord freed
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Ramon Isaza, a 75-year-old patriarch of the far-right paramilitary bands that killed thousands in Colombia, has been released from prison after serving less than 10 years, it was announced Friday.... 2/5/2016 10:07 PM

After much upheaval Danish TV has a request: "Don't hate us"
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Danish television has a request for the world: "Don't hate us!"... 2/5/2016 10:03 PM

Canada eases certain sanctions against Iran
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada has dropped many of the sanctions it imposed on Iran over that country's nuclear ambitions.... 2/5/2016 9:27 PM

Russia says it will offer new ideas to restart Syria talks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Facing Western criticism over the halt to Syria peace talks, Russia said Friday it plans to present new ideas on how to restart peace efforts at a meeting of nearly 20 key nations on Feb. 11.... 2/5/2016 9:24 PM

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