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Taiwanese leaders and victims' families hold quake memorial
TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwanese leaders and relatives have held a memorial service for victims of last weekend's earthquake that claimed at least 94 lives.... 2/12/2016 3:29 AM

Venezuela says 3 dead from Zika complications
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela has announced the first Zika-related deaths in the South American country.... 2/12/2016 3:26 AM

Japan stocks down 5.3 percent after Europe, US sell-off
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's main stock index dived more than 5 percent Friday, leading other Asian markets lower, after a sell-off in banking shares roiled investors in Europe and the U.S.... 2/12/2016 3:13 AM

Japanese lawmaker pushing women's rights resigns over affair
TOKYO (AP) -- A married Japanese ruling party lawmaker has resigned for allegedly having an affair while publicly announcing he would seek to take paternity leave to promote women's rights.... 2/12/2016 2:56 AM

Britain hopes UN will agree soon on tough NKorea sanctions
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Britain's United Nations ambassador says he hopes the U.N. Security Council will agree as soon as possible on a resolution imposing tough new sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.... 2/12/2016 2:44 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 2:38 AM

Drug smuggling charge dropped against 92-year-old Sydney man
SYDNEY (AP) -- Prosecutors dropped a charge against a 92-year-old retired surgeon on Friday that alleged he had smuggled 1 million Australian dollars ($700,000) in cocaine hidden on bars of soap into Sydney airport.... 2/12/2016 2:28 AM

Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index falls more than 5 percent after US, European sell-off
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index falls more than 5 percent after US, European sell-off.... 2/12/2016 2:25 AM

Venezuela top court overrules Congress on economic emergency
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's Supreme Court overruled the opposition-controlled congress on Thursday and granted broad decree powers to President Nicolas Maduro.... 2/12/2016 2:23 AM

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

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

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



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