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Mexico names new heads of Pemex, health, social security
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A U.S.-educated economist took up the reins of state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos in one of several Cabinet changes announced Monday by President Enrique Pena Nieto.... 2/9/2016 12:11 AM

Witness in CBC assault trial says she misled police
TORONTO (AP) -- The third witness at the sexual assault trial of a former Canadian Broadcast Corp. radio host acknowledged she deliberately misled police when she didn't tell them that she engaged in some sexual activity after the alleged assault took place.... 2/9/2016 12:11 AM

Stronger regional coordination can counter Africa extremism
THIES, Senegal (AP) -- Violent extremist groups and their affiliates are collaborating more in northern Africa, and regional forces must be built up and supported with deeper intelligence sharing to counter the increasing threat of attacks, the head of the U.S. military's Special Operations Command Africa said Monday.... 2/9/2016 12:01 AM

Hong Kong activists, police clash over holiday food stalls
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's Lunar New Year celebration has descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other local holiday delicacies.... 2/8/2016 11:53 PM

US peacekeeping expert to coordinate sexual abuse response
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Jane Holl Lute, a U.S. security expert who has held top posts in U.N. peacekeeping, was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday to coordinate improvements in the United Nations' response to allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers.... 2/8/2016 11:25 PM

Syria attacks stir humanitarian response as thousands flee
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N.'s emergency relief coordinator says his organization and humanitarian partners are working to provide food, water and medical aid as a Syrian government offensive in Aleppo sends tens of thousands fleeing toward the border with Turkey.... 2/8/2016 10:11 PM

Prosecutors say gunmen kidnapped reporter in southern Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A reporter was dragged from her home by armed assailants before dawn Monday in southern Mexico and had not been seen since, authorities said.... 2/8/2016 10:10 PM

Peruvian dies after stepping on land mine at Chile border
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- A Peruvian man was killed when he stepped on a land mine trying to cross the border illegally into Chile, authorities said Monday.... 2/8/2016 9:34 PM

Investigators identify Syria site of possible sarin attack
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has identified the Damascus suburb of Daraya as the site of a possible sarin gas attack last year, citing blood samples provided by the Syrian government.... 2/8/2016 9:15 PM

Germany, Turkey vow diplomatic effort to end Aleppo violence
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- As tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence massed at Turkey's border, Turkish and German leaders pledged Monday to redouble diplomatic efforts to end the fighting around the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo and prevent more refugees making their way into Europe.... 2/8/2016 9:06 PM

Cyprus ends tender for medium-term gas supply
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Cyprus' Natural Gas Co. says it has ended a two-year bid to find suppliers of natural gas to fire up the east Mediterranean island's main power plant.... 2/8/2016 8:59 PM

Israel: Palestinians use UN chief's words for 'terror'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Israel's U.N. ambassador on Monday said the Palestinian leadership has started using recent statements by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "to justify deplorable acts of terror," and he called on the U.N. chief to withdraw them.... 2/8/2016 8:34 PM

Top Cuban player slips away with brother to join US majors
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball.... 2/8/2016 8:27 PM

Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom's growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East.... 2/8/2016 8:22 PM

Israeli parliament suspends Arab MPs who met attackers' kin
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's government on Monday temporarily suspended from parliamentary meetings three Arab lawmakers who met with families of Palestinians who carried out deadly attacks.... 2/8/2016 8:15 PM

The Latest: Greece: Stop migrants in Turkish waters
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):... 2/8/2016 8:06 PM

Russian envoy says Moscow will respond to NATO buildup
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's envoy to NATO has warned that Moscow will respond to a buildup of the alliance's forces near Russian borders.... 2/8/2016 7:36 PM

Canada to end airstrikes against Islamic State group shortly
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's prime minister on Monday announced that the country will end airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq by Feb. 22, saying that "the people terrorized by ISIL every day don't need our vengeance, they need our help."... 2/8/2016 7:33 PM

Iraq will send more troops to base outside Mosul
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq will send additional troops to a base outside the northern Islamic State-held city of Mosul.... 2/8/2016 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.... 2/8/2016 7:10 PM

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