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Japan's parliament condemns North Korea rocket launch
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's parliament has condemned North Korea's long-range rocket launch, calling it a serious provocation against international peace and demanding the communist nation immediately stop such activity.... 2/9/2016 5:22 AM

Frowning masks and whips highlight Carnival in Brazil town
TRIUNFO, Brazil (AP) -- Far from the glitz and glamour of Rio de Janeiro's famous Sambadrome parades, people in this northeast Brazilian town put a frown on their Carnival celebration.... 2/9/2016 5:08 AM

Gas blast injures 5 migrants held captive in Mexico house
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) -- A gas explosion ripped through a house where dozens of abducted migrants were being held captive in a city on the Texas border Monday, injuring five people, two of them gravely, Mexican authorities said.... 2/9/2016 4:22 AM

Search for life continues at Taiwan complex toppled by quake
TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) -- Rescuers using cranes, dogs and electronic devices searched for survivors Tuesday in a high-rise apartment complex in southern Taiwan that was toppled three days earlier by a powerful earthquake.... 2/9/2016 4:18 AM

Mexico IDs human remains as youths missing in Veracruz
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican authorities say human remains discovered in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz belong to two of five young people who disappeared last month.... 2/9/2016 2:37 AM

Sushil Koirala, Nepal's former prime minister, dies at 78
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Sushil Koirala, a former Nepalese prime minister and leader of nation's largest political party, has died in Kathmandu. He was 78.... 2/9/2016 2:21 AM

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.... 2/9/2016 1:45 AM

Witness in ex-CBC host 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 that she deliberately misled police when she didn't tell them that she had engaged in some sexual activity with him after the alleged assault took place.... 2/9/2016 1:31 AM

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

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

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



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