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Merkel says 'horrified' by Russian bombings in Syria
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey and Germany agreed on Monday on a set of measures to try to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis, including a joint diplomatic initiative aimed at halting attacks against Syria's largest city.... 2/8/2016 2:44 PM

Al-Qaida militants battle each other in southern Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Al-Qaida militants battled each other on Monday in a southern Yemeni city controlled by the group, in what appeared to be an internal power struggle that erupted after a senior militant was killed in a U.S. drone strike.... 2/8/2016 2:40 PM

Iran awards medals of honor to its nuclear team
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran awarded medals of honor on Monday to its nuclear negotiators, who helped clinch a landmark deal with world powers last year.... 2/8/2016 2:38 PM

The Latest: Hungary's Orban blames West for migrant crisis
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):... 2/8/2016 2:35 PM

Giant red carpet for Egypt leader's motorcade sparks uproar
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is facing criticism after a massive red carpet was laid over public roads for his motorcade during a trip to open a social housing project in a Cairo suburb.... 2/8/2016 2:31 PM

Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin has scrambled troops across southwestern Russia for massive military drills amid continuing tensions with the West.... 2/8/2016 2:31 PM

Survivors pulled out from building 2 days after Taiwan quake
TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) -- At least four people, including an 8-year-old girl, were rescued Monday from a high-rise Taiwanese apartment building toppled by a powerful quake two days earlier, as frustration grew among families waiting for searchers to reach their buried loved ones.... 2/8/2016 2:27 PM

Storm Imogen lashes Britain with wind, huge waves
LONDON (AP) -- Hurricane-force winds and huge waves are battering Britain's coastline as the country is soaked by a winter storm.... 2/8/2016 2:27 PM

South African university suspends 2 in costume outcry
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African university suspended two white students for painting their faces in what it called a "blackface" incident deemed to be racially offensive. One of the students, however, said they were dressing as purple space aliens for a party with a galactic theme.... 2/8/2016 2:27 PM

Philippine autonomy delay stalls disarming of Muslim rebels
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Philippine rebel leader says Congress' failure to pass a Muslim autonomy bill as part of a new peace pact will delay a program to disarm thousands of guerrillas in the country's south.... 2/8/2016 2:25 PM

Senegal fears extremism amid imam arrests, regional attacks
KAOLACK, Senegal (AP) -- Dozens of armed security forces descended on the Quranic school at night, arresting an imam suspected of having links to Islamic extremists in Nigeria.... 2/8/2016 2:20 PM

Kurdish protest against Turkey turns violent in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- Clashes have erupted outside the Turkish Embassy in Paris after police moved in to disperse a demonstration by Kurdish political activists.... 2/8/2016 2:16 PM

IRA faction says it attacked Dublin boxing event, killed man
DUBLIN (AP) -- An Irish Republican Army faction claimed responsibility Monday for killing a reputed member of a drug-dealing gang in a machine gun attack on a Dublin boxing event - and threatened to kill more criminal rivals as part of a long-running underworld feud.... 2/8/2016 2:00 PM

Italy presses Egypt to help find who killed Italian student
ROME (AP) -- Italy's foreign minister is pressing Egypt to help find who killed an Italian student whose beaten, tortured body was found last week, nine days after he disappeared in Cairo.... 2/8/2016 1:50 PM

Call for responsive governments at Dubai summit amid turmoil
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders called on governments to be responsive to and inclusive of their citizens at a conference in Dubai on Monday, as the unrest of the Arab Spring reverberates across the Middle East.... 2/8/2016 1:48 PM

How to fix the euro: Top bankers urge closer ties
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The top central bankers from France and Germany are joining in an appeal to fix longstanding flaws in the euro currency by more closely integrating their economies and putting more authority over financial policies at the European level.... 2/8/2016 1:45 PM

Ex-French minister in court for tax fraud, money laundering
PARIS (AP) -- A former French budget minister is appearing in court on charges of tax fraud and money laundering that forced him to dramatically resign three years ago in the first political scandal under President Francois Hollande.... 2/8/2016 1:39 PM

Russia's central bank revokes licenses of 2 banks
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's Central Bank effectively closed down two of the country's smaller banks Monday after it revoked their operating licenses, its latest effort to consolidate the sprawling banking sector.... 2/8/2016 1:29 PM

Suspect in murder of dismembered Spaniard in Thai custody
BANGKOK (AP) -- A Spanish man who is the prime suspect in the gruesome murder of a fellow Spaniard was in Thai custody Monday after being arrested in Cambodia, where he fled after the victim's dismembered body was recovered over several days from Bangkok's Chao Phraya River.... 2/8/2016 1:25 PM

Vatican stresses policy role of sex committee after ouster
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis' sex abuse commission is stressing that its sole purpose is to propose initiatives to protect children from pedophiles, after it effectively suspended a member who wanted it to take on a more activist role.... 2/8/2016 1:18 PM

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