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'Finally': Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- With an exclamation of "Finally," Pope Francis embraced Patriarch Kirill on Friday in the first meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a brief but historic encounter held during a stopover in Cuba before the pope flew on to Mexico.... 2/13/2016 4:24 AM

The Latest: Pope briefly emerges to speak with well-wishers
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):... 2/13/2016 4:21 AM

Death toll in Taiwan earthquake rises to 109
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- The death toll in a powerful earthquake that struck Taiwan's oldest city of Tainan a week ago rose to 109 on Saturday with an estimated nine people missing.... 2/13/2016 3:47 AM

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 hammers, cudgels and makeshift blades, authorities said Friday, underlining yet again the power that drug cartels wield inside many of the country's lockups.... 2/13/2016 2:37 AM

North Korea halts probe into fate of kidnapped Japanese
TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea has reacted angrily to new sanctions announced by Japan over its recent rocket launch and said in response it will halt an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago.... 2/13/2016 2:26 AM

US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russia.... 2/13/2016 2:20 AM

Pope Francis' plane has landed in Mexico City to start the pontiff's five-day visit.
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis' plane has landed in Mexico City to start the pontiff's five-day visit.... 2/13/2016 1:17 AM

US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights
HAVANA (AP) -- The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall, U.S. officials said Friday.... 2/13/2016 1:12 AM

Egyptian doctors revolt against escalating police abuses
CAIRO (AP) -- When a doctor at a Cairo hospital told a police officer that his cut didn't require stitches, the response was startling and brutal. Police beat up the doctor and a colleague and dragged them off into custody.... 2/13/2016 12:33 AM

Experts identify cases of Syria chemical attacks to probe
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The international body charged with establishing who is responsible for chemical attacks in Syria says it has identified at least five potential cases for investigation - four where chlorine gas was allegedly used against rebel-held areas and one involving mustard gas.... 2/13/2016 12:11 AM

Dominican police kill suspect in attack on German tourist
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Police in the Dominican Republic say they have killed one of two men suspected in the slaying of an elderly German tourist during a robbery.... 2/12/2016 11:04 PM

Tour operators say Zika could be bad for Olympics business
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- If the Zika virus - or fear of it - keeps spreading, the head of a sports travel agency handling tour packages for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics fears for her business.... 2/12/2016 10:24 PM

Police officer fatally shot while on patrol in Haiti capital
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- A Haitian police officer has been killed by multiple gunshots as he patrolled a rough section of the country's capital on a motorcycle.... 2/12/2016 10:21 PM

Facebook nude-painting case can face trial in France
PARIS (AP) -- If you post a 19th-century nude painting on Facebook, is it art or impermissible nudity? That question is now cleared for trial in France, after an appeals court there ruled that an aggrieved user can sue the social network over the issue.... 2/12/2016 9:54 PM

Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week
BEIRUT (AP) -- A diplomatic push for a temporary pause in Syria's civil war and the delivery of humanitarian aid faced huge hurdles Friday, with Russia saying it would continue its airstrikes and government planes dropping leaflets urging rebels to surrender because "the belt is narrowing around you."... 2/12/2016 9:35 PM

The Latest: UN envoy: Key to Syria deal is its 'commitment'
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):... 2/12/2016 8:58 PM

Brazil minister says no doubt Zika connected to microcephaly
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil's health minister said Friday that authorities were "absolutely sure" that the Zika virus is connected to devastating birth defects and rejected criticism that the government was slow to investigate the surge of cases that set off international alarms.... 2/12/2016 8:55 PM

Saudi envoy: Aid groups in Yemen urged to 'be careful'
GENEVA (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's permanent representative in Geneva says his country sent letters to the U.N. humanitarian agency chief calling on aid groups to "be careful" to avoid damage from air strikes led by the Saudi-led coalition in war-torn Yemen.... 2/12/2016 8:46 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 7:47 PM

US Africa Command: Senior LRA rebel commander defects in CAR
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A senior commander with the rebel group Lord's Resistance Army has defected to villagers in Central African Republic, the U.S. Africa Command said Friday.... 2/12/2016 7:41 PM

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