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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

Health minister urges Brazilians to join Zika battle
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil's health minister is calling on residents to join the government's battle to eliminate Zika, saying that keeping homes free of mosquitoes is the most-effective way to contain the virus.... 2/12/2016 6:25 PM

Serbia passes Holocaust restitution law
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Serbian lawmakers have voted on a bill allowing the restitution of heirless and unclaimed Jewish property expropriated during the Holocaust.... 2/12/2016 6:23 PM

Migrants attacked around Calais, tinderbox of tensions
CALAIS, France (AP) -- Mysterious armed groups are on the prowl, targeting migrants in night attacks in Calais and elsewhere in northern France, sowing fear among the displaced travelers living in squalid slums and deepening concerns the city is becoming a tinderbox of anti-migrant, anti-Muslim rage that's fueling a budding nationalist movement.... 2/12/2016 6:15 PM

Nigerian army frees 267 detainees, no links to Boko Haram
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's army freed 267 detainees Friday, including dozens of children, some as young as preschoolers, saying that investigators had determined they had no links to Boko Haram Islamic extremists.... 2/12/2016 6:12 PM

Britain's Independent newspaper to cease print editions
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Independent newspaper will publish its last print edition next month as it makes a "historic transition" to digital-only format, its owner said Friday.... 2/12/2016 6:05 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 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 6:01 PM

The Latest: Italy pledges $3.3M in humanitarian aid to Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):... 2/12/2016 5:59 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 5:55 PM

South Sudan president appoints rebel leader his deputy
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- South Sudan's president appointed his fierce rival as his deputy in a possible government of national unity, raising hopes for peace even as the rebels described the move as inconsequential.... 2/12/2016 5:47 PM

UK factory-owner jailed for exploiting trafficked Hungarians
LONDON (AP) -- A British factory-owner has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for employing Hungarian workers for as little as 10 pounds ($14.50) a week.... 2/12/2016 5:37 PM

The Latest: Official: Half of Calais camp to be evacuated
SID, Serbia (AP) -- The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):... 2/12/2016 5:26 PM

The Latest: European markets close higher after tough week
LONDON (AP) -- The latest on the turmoil in global financial markets (all times local):... 2/12/2016 5:24 PM

In southern Europe, an astute negotiator unpicks austerity
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- He doesn't boast about being an expert deal-maker like Donald Trump, but new Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa is quietly building a reputation as a canny negotiator and a government leader to watch in southern Europe by doing what many people thought was impossible.... 2/12/2016 5:16 PM

The Latest: Patriarch voices support for 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 5:13 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 5:11 PM

Israel says EU relations 'friendly' again after label spat
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's foreign ministry says relations with the European Union are "close and friendly" again after tensions arose last year over the bloc's decision to label West Bank exports.... 2/12/2016 5:06 PM

ICC blocks use of 5 witnesses who pulled out of Kenya case
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- International Criminal Court appeals judges have ruled 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 4:55 PM

Protesting Greek farmers drive tractors through Athens
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- More than a dozen tractors rolled through Athens on Friday, honking horns and flashing lights outside parliament as thousands of Greek farmers thronged the capital's main Syntagma Square to protest tax hikes and pension reforms.... 2/12/2016 4:55 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 4:41 PM

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