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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

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.... 2/12/2016 10:04 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

The Latest: Pope, patriarch sign declaration on unity
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 9:52 PM

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill sign joint declaration on religious uni...
HAVANA (AP) -- Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill sign joint declaration on religious unity.... 2/12/2016 9:46 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

US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights
HAVANA (AP) -- U.S. officials say the United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to restart commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades.... 2/12/2016 9:24 PM

'Finally:' Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader
HAVANA (AP) -- With a hug and an exclamation of "Finally!" Pope Francis met Friday with Patriarch Kirill in the first ever meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism that has divided Christianity.... 2/12/2016 10:37 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

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.... 2/12/2016 8:22 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

Spain premier doesn't shake hands with opposition leader
MADRID (AP) -- Acting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy didn't shake hands with Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez during a meeting that's part of the drive to form a government following an inconclusive national election.... 2/12/2016 7:35 PM

Iran sees chance to bring down 'wall of mistrust' with US
MUNICH (AP) -- Iran's foreign minister says the nuclear deal with world powers offers a chance to demolish a "wall of mistrust" between Iran and the United States, but it's not a task for Tehran alone.... 2/12/2016 7:29 PM

Spain: Civil servant fined after skipping work for years
MADRID (AP) -- The case started with confusion over where a civil servant in southern Spain worked. Now a court has ruled he must pay back nearly 27,000 euros ($30,500) in wages because for years he actually didn't work at all.... 2/12/2016 7:23 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 7:18 PM

Militants shoot down Libyan fighter jet
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- Libya's air force chief of staff says a fighter jet was shot down while carrying out airstrikes against Islamic militants, the third jet to be downed in nearly 40 days.... 2/12/2016 7:15 PM

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