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AP PHOTOS: Pernambuco's unique carnival in maracatu's cradle
NAZARE DE LA MATA, Brazil (AP) -- This city in northern Brazil is considered the cradle of the maracatu, a frenetic, rhythmic dance of African origin that infuses its unique Carnival celebration with its spirit.... 2/12/2016 5:21 AM

Fear pervasive after Mexican prison riot that killed 49
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- A prison riot that left 49 inmates hacked, beaten or burned to death opened searing questions about gang rule, extortion and human rights violations in Mexico's overcrowded prisons, where people merely awaiting trial are mixed in with some of the world's most hardened killers.... 2/12/2016 5:14 AM

Venezuela says 3 dead from Zika complications
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela has announced the first Zika-related deaths in the South American country.... 2/12/2016 4:52 AM

Australian minister resigns for breaching code of conduct
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An embattled Australian government minister has resigned for breaching ministerial standards through a business trip to China, clearing the way for the prime minister to announce a final Cabinet reshuffle ahead of elections due this year.... 2/12/2016 4:43 AM

AP Interview: IOC medical chief seeks to allay Zika fears
LONDON (AP) -- Seeking to allay fears over the Zika outbreak, the IOC medical director said "everything that can be done is being done" to combat the virus in Brazil and provide safe conditions for athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.... 2/12/2016 4:37 AM

Japanese lawmaker pushing women's rights resigns over affair
TOKYO (AP) -- A married Japanese ruling party lawmaker resigned Friday for allegedly having an affair while publicly announcing he would seek to take paternity leave to promote women's rights.... 2/12/2016 4:20 AM

France consulting on new UN resolution on Burundi violence
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- France is consulting U.N. Security Council members on the text of a new resolution that would strengthen international involvement in Burundi and Britain says it could include "a policing element."... 2/12/2016 4:14 AM

Taiwanese leaders and victims' families hold quake memorial
TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwanese leaders and relatives held a memorial service on Friday for victims of last weekend's earthquake as the official death toll rose to 94.... 2/12/2016 4:12 AM

Seoul cuts off power supplies to factory park in North Korea
PAJU, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea has cut off power and water supplies to a factory park in North Korea, officials said Friday, a day after the North deported all South Korean workers there and ordered a military takeover of the complex that had been the last major symbol of cooperation between the rivals.... 2/12/2016 4:02 AM

Japan stocks down 5.3 percent after Europe, US sell-off
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's main stock index dived more than 5 percent Friday, leading other Asian markets lower, after a sell-off in banking shares roiled investors in Europe and the U.S.... 2/12/2016 3:13 AM

Britain hopes UN will agree soon on tough NKorea sanctions
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Britain's United Nations ambassador says he hopes the U.N. Security Council will agree as soon as possible on a resolution imposing tough new sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.... 2/12/2016 2:44 AM

Adams isolated as Irish leaders debate ahead of Feb. 26 vote
DUBLIN (AP) -- The leaders of Ireland's other major parties accused Sinn Fein chief Gerry Adams of directing IRA violence in the past and seeking to endanger jurors today as they waged their first head-to-head debate ahead of Ireland's Feb. 26 election.... 2/12/2016 2:38 AM

Drug smuggling charge dropped against 92-year-old Sydney man
SYDNEY (AP) -- Prosecutors dropped a charge against a 92-year-old retired surgeon on Friday that alleged he had smuggled 1 million Australian dollars ($700,000) in cocaine hidden on bars of soap into Sydney airport.... 2/12/2016 2:28 AM

Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index falls more than 5 percent after US, European sell-off
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index falls more than 5 percent after US, European sell-off.... 2/12/2016 2:25 AM

Venezuela top court overrules Congress on economic emergency
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's Supreme Court overruled the opposition-controlled congress on Thursday and granted broad decree powers to President Nicolas Maduro.... 2/12/2016 2:23 AM

Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week
MUNICH (AP) -- Diplomats trying to secure a ceasefire for the civil war in Syria fell short early Friday in organizing a truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in a week's time. The deal appeared to be the result of a compromise between the United States, which had wanted an immediate ceasefire, and Russia, which had proposed one to start on March 1.... 2/12/2016 1:56 AM

Indonesia warns messaging apps to drop same-sex emoticons
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Indonesian President Jokowi Widodo to protect gay and lesbian rights, a day after his government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring same-sex couples in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.... 2/12/2016 1:08 AM

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.... 2/12/2016 12:36 AM

The Latest: Kerry calls for genuine negotiation on Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local):... 2/12/2016 12:33 AM

2nd pregnant Australian woman tests positive for Zika virus
SYDNEY (AP) -- A pregnant woman in Australia has tested positive for the Zika virus after traveling overseas. It's the second such case this week.... 2/12/2016 12:11 AM

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