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Brazil governor wants environmental fund to pay pensions
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Rio de Janeiro state governor wants to use money earmarked for an environmental fund being used to clean up waterways before the upcoming Olympics to cover shortfalls in civil servants' pensions, a major Brazilian daily said Tuesday.... 2/9/2016 8:18 PM

Iraqi government says it fully recaptured Ramadi from IS
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi government forces have regained full control of Ramadi after pushing Islamic State group fighters out of the city's outskirts, according to Iraqi security forces and the U.S.-led coalition. The announcement, more than a month after Ramadi was first declared liberated in December, underscores the slow nature of Iraqi ground operations despite heavy backing from U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.... 2/9/2016 8:15 PM

Agencies contend Facebook is breaching French privacy laws
PARIS (AP) -- Two agencies contend Facebook is breaching privacy laws in France by tracking and using the personal data of more than 30 million users there without their knowledge.... 2/9/2016 8:02 PM

US Army study: Iraq's Mosul dam at 'higher risk' of failure
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's Mosul Dam has long been branded the world's most dangerous dam, at risk of collapsing and sending water crashing over millions of people. That prospect is even greater than was previously believed after the Islamic State group captured the dam briefly in 2014, according to a new report by U.S. Army engineers.... 2/9/2016 7:54 PM

IS car bomb in Syrian capital kills 10
BEIRUT (AP) -- A suicide car bomber dispatched by the Islamic State group struck near a police officers' club in the Syrian capital on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and destroying a number of cars.... 2/9/2016 7:31 PM

The Latest: Russia says it has new plan to end Syria war
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence (all times local):... 2/9/2016 7:23 PM

Hoarding in Syria's largest city as government advances
BEIRUT (AP) -- As government troops close in on Aleppo, some residents are preparing to flee Syria's largest city while others are hoarding food in case of a long siege, even laying out bread on rooftops to dry it out for storage.... 2/9/2016 7:22 PM

Norway investigates child abuse at asylum-seekers' centers
HELSINKI (AP) -- Norwegian police said Tuesday that they are investigating several cases of sex offenders allegedly abusing children at asylum-seekers' reception centers in the country. Swedish police, meanwhile, arrested more than a dozen people suspected of planning an attack on a refugee center.... 2/9/2016 7:21 PM

UN urges Turkey to open border to Syrians fleeing Aleppo
KILIS, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey must open its doors to the tens of thousands of Syrians who have massed at the border after fleeing violence, the U.N. demanded Tuesday, as an aide group said tents on the Syrian side are overcrowded and food in short supply.... 2/9/2016 6:45 PM

Son of Iraqi Kurdish leader calls for aid to battle IS
SALAHUDDIN, Iraq (AP) -- A senior Iraqi Kurdish leader on Tuesday called for international aid to help finance the war against the Islamic State group, saying it's a "miracle" that underpaid Kurdish forces are still on the front lines.... 2/9/2016 6:42 PM

Turkey summons US ambassador over Syrian Kurdish forces spat
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey has summoned the U.S. ambassador to "convey unease" a day after the U.S. State Department spokesman said that, unlike Turkey, Washington doesn't recognize Syrian Kurdish forces as "terrorists."... 2/9/2016 6:34 PM

Train crash in Germany kills at least 10, injures 80
BAD AIBLING, Germany (AP) -- Two commuter trains crashed head-on Tuesday in southern Germany, killing 10 people and injuring 80 as they slammed into each other on a curve after an automatic safety braking system apparently failed, the transport minister said.... 2/9/2016 6:25 PM

2nd outside report says Mexico students not burned at dump
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A group of Argentine forensic experts says it has determined there's no biological or physical evidence to conclude that 43 students who disappeared in southern Mexico in 2014 were incinerated at a trash dump as government investigators initially claimed.... 2/9/2016 6:13 PM

South Africa to prosecute 4 apartheid-era cops for murder
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The body of a young anti-apartheid activist who was kidnapped and tortured in 1983 by South African police has never been found, her family never able to mourn at a grave, her killers not sent to prison.... 2/9/2016 6:08 PM

The Latest: European stocks close down amid world volatility
LONDON (AP) -- The latest on the turmoil afflicting global financial markets (all times local):... 2/9/2016 5:59 PM

Pope briefs priests: don't be smug, don't judge sinners
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A specially-recruited group of priests have last-minute instructions from Pope Francis before fanning out through the world to show a more merciful face of the Catholic Church to sinners.... 2/9/2016 5:56 PM

The Latest: Norway investigating migrant child abuse cases
GENEVA (AP) -- The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):... 2/9/2016 5:43 PM

UN: Number of Haitians needing food aid spikes amid drought
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- U.N. officials say the number of Haitians in need of urgent food aid has spiked as a drought is exacerbated by the El Nino weather pattern.... 2/9/2016 5:37 PM

Putin's ex-bodyguard turned governor recalls facing bear
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin's former bodyguard, who recently has been appointed regional governor, said he once confronted a bear outside of Putin's residence.... 2/9/2016 5:29 PM

The Latest: Death toll in German train crash up to 10
BERLIN (AP) -- The Latest on a train crash in Germany that has caused deaths and injuries (all times local):... 2/9/2016 5:20 PM



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