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Hong Kong, Seoul stocks sharply lower after holidays
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stocks shuddered again Thursday, led by sharp drops in Hong Kong and South Korea, which were catching up to global market turmoil after being shut for Lunar New Year holidays.... 2/11/2016 4:26 AM

S. Korea shuts down joint industrial park with N. Korea
PAJU, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean workers on Thursday began shutting down a jointly run industrial park in North Korea, a move that will end, at least temporarily, the Koreas' last major cooperation project as punishment over Pyongyang's recent rocket launch.... 2/11/2016 4:20 AM

US WWII vet reunites with wartime girlfriend in Australia
SYDNEY (AP) -- A 93-year-old World War II veteran from the United States embraced his wartime girlfriend in Australia in their reunion Wednesday after more than 70 years apart.... 2/11/2016 4:05 AM

Seoul: N. Korean leader Kim had his military chief executed
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his military chief executed for corruption and other charges, a South Korean official said Thursday.... 2/11/2016 3:25 AM

Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now
MUNICH (AP) -- Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups.... 2/11/2016 3:14 AM

South Koreans begin shutting down factory park in North Korea, part of Seoul's punishment ...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Koreans begin shutting down factory park in North Korea, part of Seoul's punishment for North Korean rocket launch.... 2/11/2016 2:29 AM

Australian deputy prime minister announces retirement
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's deputy prime minister announced his retirement Thursday, with the prime minister likely to announce a cabinet reshuffle before elections due this year.... 2/11/2016 2:07 AM

Salvador high court orders civil prosecution of ex-president
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- El Salvador's Supreme Court ordered a lower tribunal to open a civil prosecution Wednesday against former President Mauricio Funes for possible illicit enrichment.... 2/10/2016 11:42 PM

Prosecutor requests life sentence for ex-Chad dictator
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The prosecution has requested that Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre be sentenced to life imprisonment if convicted of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes in an unprecedented trial in which one African country is prosecuting the former ruler of another.... 2/10/2016 11:10 PM

APNewsBreak: Kenyan athletes allege doping bribery
EMBU, Kenya (AP) -- Two Kenyan athletes serving four-year bans for doping at the 2015 world championships say the chief executive of Athletics Kenya, the country's governing body for track and field, asked them each for a $24,000 bribe to reduce their suspensions.... 2/10/2016 10:44 PM

2 female bombers kill 58 in northeast Nigerian refugee camp
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeastern Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 58 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday.... 2/10/2016 10:08 PM

Nigeria's army accuse 2 soldiers of arming Boko Haram
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's army has arrested two soldiers allegedly caught trying to ferry a large quantity of arms and ammunition to Boko Haram Islamic extremists, a spokesman said Wednesday.... 2/10/2016 10:04 PM

Spain: Puppeteers in terror case released from jail
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish court on Wednesday released two puppeteers jailed since last week for allegedly praising terrorism in a controversial Carnival show funded with public money.... 2/10/2016 9:48 PM

Pope visit to Mexico basilica highlights Guadalupe influence
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A weathered pastel image of the Virgin of Guadalupe hangs from German Herrera Hernandez's dashboard, watching over his passengers from her perch next to his cigarettes, gum and the handful of coins he uses to make change.... 2/10/2016 9:15 PM

Police arrest over 100 suspected Sicily Mafia clan members
ROME (AP) -- Prosecutors say police in Italy and abroad have arrested more than 100 suspected Laudani Cosa Nostra members, dealing a heavy blow to the Mafia clan which has terrified businesses in the Catania area on Sicily for years.... 2/10/2016 9:05 PM

The Latest: Russia has held important talks with US on Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence (all times local):... 2/10/2016 9:03 PM

Venezuela malls scale back hours as government cuts energy
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Shops in malls across Venezuela closed their doors Wednesday afternoon to comply with a government electricity rationing order.... 2/10/2016 8:52 PM

NATO ministers approve new reinforcements for eastern Europe
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO defense ministers on Wednesday approved new multinational reinforcements to beef up defenses of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia, the alliance's secretary-general announced.... 2/10/2016 8:41 PM

IMF chief warns Ukraine over slow pace of reform
MOSCOW (AP) -- The head of the International Monetary Fund warned Ukraine on Wednesday that the organization would be unable to keep supporting the country financially if it doesn't step up its reform efforts.... 2/10/2016 7:47 PM

Pope on Ash Wednesday: charity's not to please ourselves
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis rubbed ashes on the bowed heads of prelates, nuns and ordinary Catholics Wednesday, and had them smudged on his own head, too, to usher in the Lenten season of prayer and sacrifice he said must be done out of authentic love, not to satisfy one's conscience.... 2/10/2016 7:40 PM

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