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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

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 1:49 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 1:47 AM

Venezuela top court overrules Congress, grants decree powers
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's Supreme Court has overruled the opposition-controlled congress and granted broad decree powers to President Nicolas Maduro.... 2/12/2016 1:44 AM

Riot at prison in northern Mexico leaves 49 inmates dead
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- A brawl between rival drug gangs at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico turned into a riot Thursday, leaving 49 inmates dead and 12 injured in the country's deadliest prison melee in years.... 2/12/2016 1:24 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

Kerry: Diplomats agree to implement "cessation of hostilities" in Syria, aim to start in a...
MUNICH (AP) -- Kerry: Diplomats agree to implement "cessation of hostilities" in Syria, aim to start in a week's time.... 2/11/2016 11:56 PM

Italy urged Egypt for help hours after student disappeared
CAIRO (AP) -- Italian officials contacted Egyptian authorities hours after a student later found tortured to death disappeared in central Cairo last month, according to an official summary of early Italian efforts to locate him.... 2/11/2016 11:13 PM

Berlin Film Festival jury questioned over diversity
BERLIN (AP) -- The Berlin International Film Festival became embroiled Thursday in the debate about diversity in the movie industry, with jury president Meryl Streep dismissing questions about the all-white panel by telling reporters that "we're all Africans, really."... 2/11/2016 10:50 PM

Puerto Rico pushes tax incentives for wealthy amid crisis
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's government is trying to convince hundreds of wealthy investors to move to the U.S. territory, hoping they could help lift it out of a deepening economic crisis.... 2/11/2016 10:14 PM

3 killed in attack on customs post in central Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Mali's Defense Ministry and a witness say three people have been killed in the central Mopti region by armed men attacking a customs post.... 2/11/2016 9:40 PM

Final arguments wrapped in Habre trial; verdict in May
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The lawyers for former Chad dictator Hissene Habre closed their final statements Thursday by dismissing the credibility of testimony and reports that placed direct blame on the leader for the deaths of thousands during his rule.... 2/11/2016 9:28 PM

French govt reshuffle makes Ayrault the new foreign minister
PARIS (AP) -- Former Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, a low-key veteran of the Socialist Party much acquainted with German culture, will become France's new foreign minister.... 2/11/2016 8:51 PM

Lawyer: Witnesses in ex-CBC host assault trial lied
TORONTO (AP) -- The defense lawyer for a former Canadian Broadcast Corp. radio host charged with sexual assault said Thursday the complainants withheld information from police and lied under oath.... 2/11/2016 8:47 PM

Portugal's fellow euro states keep wary eye on its budget
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Portugal's fellow states in the 19-nation eurozone are keeping a wary eye on its new government's plans to roll back budget austerity measures, with the bloc's top executive and Germany both warning the country not to miss deficit targets.... 2/11/2016 8:42 PM

At least 2 dead in Greek helicopter crash
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Authorities in Greece say a navy helicopter has crashed into the eastern Aegean Sea, killing at least two of the three-man crew.... 2/11/2016 8:36 PM

NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis
BRUSSELS (AP) -- In a dramatic response to Europe's gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece.... 2/11/2016 8:21 PM

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