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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

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 4:37 PM

Nigerian army frees 267 detainees, no links to Boko Haram
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's army is freeing 267 detainees found to have no links to the Boko Haram Islamic extremists including 72 minors, some looking no more than 3 years old.... 2/12/2016 4:35 PM

The Latest: Saudi minister: Assad must go to allow IS defeat
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):... 2/12/2016 4:28 PM

Moscow court rejects opposition leader's suit against Putin
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Moscow court on Friday refused to consider suit filed by a prominent Russian opposition figure, who accused President Vladimir Putin of breaking the nation's anti-corruption law.... 2/12/2016 4:17 PM

Mauritania arrests Interior Ministry official for corruption
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) -- An official in Mauritania says the secretary-general of the Interior Ministry has been arrested on suspicion of corruption connected to a British company.... 2/12/2016 4:17 PM

Doctors stage rare public protest against police abuses
CAIRO (AP) -- Thousands of Egypt's doctors staged a rare protest against police abuses after accusations two doctors were beaten up by policemen in a Cairo hospital. The doctors' union also voted to offer free services in public hospitals and to call a partial strike in two weeks time unless the officers involved are held accountable, measures are taken to protect medics from police intimidation and the health minister submits his resignation.... 2/12/2016 4:13 PM

Those Valentine's Day flowers might just be from Kenya
NYAHURURU, Kenya (AP) -- This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance your flowers came from Kenya.... 2/12/2016 4:07 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 4:04 PM

Missing Canada man to reunite with family after 30 years
NIAGARA, Ontario (AP) -- An Ontario man who disappeared three decades ago and was believed dead is about to be reunited with his family after recovering some of his memory, police said Friday.... 2/12/2016 3:59 PM

France's new foreign minister to join Syria talks
PARIS (AP) -- France's new foreign minister is going to join talks on Syria at a conference in southern Germany on Saturday.... 2/12/2016 3:57 PM

North Korea halts probe into fate of kidnapped Japanese
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea reacted angrily Friday 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.... 2/12/2016 3:55 PM

Italy mourns, premier demands truth from Egypt in slaying
ROME (AP) -- 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 3:55 PM

Nigerian army: 12 senior officers investigated for graft
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's army says 12 senior officers are being investigated for corruption.... 2/12/2016 3:43 PM

Morocco allows Ikea to open after Sahara diplomatic flap
PARIS (AP) -- Moroccan authorities have given furniture giant Ikea the green light to open its first store in the North African kingdom after months of uncertainty.... 2/12/2016 3:41 PM

Iran rules "decadent" Valentine's Day celebrations a crime
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran says it is cracking down on Valentine's Day celebrations and shops engaging in them will be guilty of a crime.... 2/12/2016 3:40 PM

Pope heads for historic meeting with Russian Orthodox leader
ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis was flying to Cuba on Friday for the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism within Christianity, but one that may be more about Russia asserting itself than any new ecumenical progress.... 2/12/2016 3:38 PM

Irish singer Hozier's single goes to fight domestic abuse
LONDON (AP) -- Hozier is giving his latest single to charity.... 2/12/2016 3:35 PM

Court: Facebook can be sued in France in nude painting case
PARIS (AP) -- Facebook lost a crucial legal battle Friday as a Paris court ruled the social network can be sued in France over its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting.... 2/12/2016 3:31 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 3:29 PM

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