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Wednesday 02/10/2016
Pope on Ash Wednesday: charity's not to please ourselves
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 2:40 pm

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis rubbed ashes on the bowed heads of prelates, nuns and ordinary Catholics Wednesday, and had them smudged on his own head, too, to usher in the Lenten season of prayer and sacrifice he said must be done out of authentic love, not to satisfy one's conscience.

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2 female bombers kill 56 in northeast Nigerian refugee camp
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 1:31 pm

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Health and rescue officials say two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeast Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 56 people.

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Chechen leader threatens foes in bid to gain Putin's support
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 1:07 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin-backed strongman of Chechnya has issued a stream of threats against Russia's liberal opposition, but his primary audience appears to be the Russian president himself.

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Germany cites free speech amid Polish ire at Carnival float
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 11:53 am

BERLIN (AP) — The German government rejected a suggestion Wednesday that it might take action over a Carnival float that drew the ire of Poland's government this week.

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UK to end ancient practice of printing laws on animal skin
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 11:50 am

LONDON (AP) — It's often said some laws aren't worth the paper they're printed on. Not in Britain, where for centuries laws have been printed not on paper but on calfskin parchment known as vellum.

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Italians arrest Argentine prelate in swindle scheme
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 11:47 am

ROME (AP) — Italian tax police have arrested an Argentine monsignor they say was behind a Ponzi-type scheme swindling people out of 30 million euros ($34 million).

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Portugal lawmakers overturn veto on gay rights, abortion law
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 11:21 am

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Left-of-center parties in Portugal's Parliament have used their majority to overturn presidential vetoes on bills that granted adoption rights to same-sex couples and removed some abortion restrictions.

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Christian, Muslim leaders in Cyprus support peace talks
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 11:08 am

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Christian and Muslim leaders in Cyprus have repeated their full support for ongoing talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically-split country, saying their united stand for peace serves as a strong example of cooperation in a region where conflict is often fueled by religion.

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3 people killed by land mine in eastern Ukraine
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 8:58 am

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — At least three people have been killed in eastern Ukraine when a bus hit a land mine in a no man's land between separatist rebels and government troops.

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French lawmakers to vote on divisive citizenship bill
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 8:56 am

PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers will vote on a divisive bill aimed at changing the constitution to introduce the possibility of revoking the citizenship of people convicted on terrorism charges in the wake of the Paris attacks last year.

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Bosnia says it is ready to submit EU membership application
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 7:50 am

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia's prime minister says his country has fulfilled the preconditions for applying for EU membership and will submit its request to Brussels on Monday.

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French foreign minister leaving to head Constitutional Court
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 7:18 am

PARIS (AP) — France's top diplomat is leaving his post to be named chief of the Constitutional Council, France's top court making sure that bills comply with the constitution.

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Elephant rampages in east Indian town, smashing homes
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 7:13 am

KOLKATA, India (AP) — A wild elephant rampaged through an east Indian town on Wednesday, smashing homes and sending panicked residents running.

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Health ministry: Palestinian, 16, dies in West Bank clashes
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 7:03 am

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian health officials say a 16-year-old has died in clashes with Israeli forces in the southern West Bank.

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IMF chief warns Ukraine over slow pace of reform
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 6:54 am

MOSCOW (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has warned Ukraine it would be unable to keep supporting it financially if the country doesn't step up its reforms efforts.

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The Latest: EU chides Greece for response to migrant crisis
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 6:47 am

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):

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The Latest: Turkey seizes suicide vests at Syria border
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 6:19 am

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands (all times local):

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French authorities in rescue of 7 trapped cave explorers
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 6:22 am

PARIS (AP) — French authorities are working to rescue seven cave explorers who've been trapped overnight in a cave in the Pyrenees.

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AP Exclusive: Iranian drone first over US carrier since 2014
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 6:06 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian drone that flew over a U.S. aircraft carrier this month was the first to conduct an overflight of an American carrier since 2014.

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NATO chief expects OK for greater forward presence
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 6:01 am

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers are meeting in Brussels, with the alliance's secretary general predicting approval for increasing NATO's forward presence in Eastern Europe to deter Russia.

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England's junior doctors strike as contract talks fail
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 6:02 am

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of junior doctors throughout England have gone on strike after the failure of contract negotiations.

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Report: Turkey seizes suicide vests, explosives near Syria
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 5:49 am

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run agency says military officials have stopped a group of 34 people at the border with Syria and seized luggage containing four suicide vests and explosives.

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Destruction of Moscow kiosks sparks anger among activists
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 5:15 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian activists and political commentators have criticized Moscow authorities over the late-night destruction of kiosks around the city.

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Romania upholds sentence for communist-era prison commander
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 5:00 am

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian appeals court has upheld a 20-year prison sentence for a 90-year-old communist-era prison guard found guilty of committing crimes against humanity, in the first such case in since the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was tried and executed in 1989.

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Iran to purchase Sukhoi-30 fighter jets from Russia
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 4:57 am

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Defense Minister says his country will sign a contract with Russia for the purchase of Sukhoi-30 fighter jets.

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Key developments following North Korea's rocket launch
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 4:45 am

North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket has drawn sharp condemnations and threats of new sanctions. World leaders say Sunday's launch violated a U.N. ban on Pyongyang's use of ballistic missile technology. North Korea says the launch of a new Earth observation satellite, the Kwangmyongsong 4, or Shining Star 4, is part of a peaceful space program.

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Developers of toppled Taiwan building detained
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 4:43 am

TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Three Taiwanese construction company executives have been detained on charges of professional negligence resulting in death following the collapse of an apartment building in an earthquake, killing dozens.

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Japan announces new sanctions on North Korea
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 4:30 am

TOKYO (AP) — Japan says it will impose new sanctions on North Korea to protest against a rocket launch seen as a test of missile technology.

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Ex-SS guard on trial in late push to punish Nazi crimes
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 4:24 am

BERLIN (AP) — A 94-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp is going on trial this week on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, the first of up to four cases being brought to court this year in an 11th-hour push by German prosecutors to punish Nazi war crimes.

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Gunmen open fire on Syria aid convoy, no casualties reported
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 4:21 am

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's state news agency SANA says opposition gunmen have opened fire on aid vehicles in the besieged rebel-held town of Madaya, near the capital Damascus, but no casualties were reported.

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German authorities none missing from deadly train crash
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 3:30 am

BERLIN (AP) — Police say they are no longer looking for a missing person in the train crash that has killed 10 and injured dozens in a rural area in southern Germany.

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Russian Opposition leader attacked with a cake
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 2:44 am

MOSCOW (AP) — A prominent Russian opposition figure says he has been attacked — with a cake.

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Tuesday 02/09/2016
Developers of toppled Taiwan building detained
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 9:40 pm

TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Prosecutors investigating the deadly collapse of an apartment building in southern Taiwan have approved the detention of three construction company executives on charges of professional negligence resulting in death.

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Sikh man blocked by Mexican airline satisfied with apology
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 3:47 pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An Indian-American actor and designer who says he was not allowed to board a Mexico City-to-New York flight because he refused to remove his turban says he's satisfied with an apology by the airline, Aeromexico.

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Hoarding in Syria's largest city as government advances
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 2:21 pm

BEIRUT (AP) — As government troops close in on Aleppo, some residents are preparing to flee Syria's largest city while others are hoarding food in case of a long siege, even laying out bread on rooftops to dry it out for storage.

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Pope briefs priests: don't be smug, don't judge sinners
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 12:56 pm

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A specially-recruited group of priests have last-minute instructions from Pope Francis before fanning out through the world to show a more merciful face of the Catholic Church to sinners.

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US intel: China to keep building on artificial islands
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 12:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. intelligence chief says he expects China to keep building on artificial islands to sustain its "exorbitant" territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea.

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Vietnam vet sues VA trying to get benefits living in Cuba
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 12:12 pm

HAVANA (AP) — Otto Macias was 19 when he left Cuba in the throes of a socialist revolution, enlisted in the U.S. Army and went to fight communists as a machine-gunner in Vietnam.

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The Latest: Intelligence chief warns of more terror attacks
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 11:40 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the worldwide threat assessment from U.S. intelligence agencies (all times local):

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Putin's ex-bodyguard turned governor recalls facing bear
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 11:15 am

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin's former bodyguard, who recently has been named regional governor, says he once confronted a bear outside Putin's residence.

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AP Photos: Hong Kong new year celebration marred by violence
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 9:06 am

The unrest started when authorities tried to prevent unlicensed food vendors from operating street stalls on Monday night in the crowded Kowloon neighborhood during Hong Kong's Lunar New Year celebrations. Overnight and into the early morning hours Tuesday, activists backing the hawkers engaged in running battles with police. Protesters kicked officers and pelted them with bottles. They dug out bricks from the sidewalks to hurl at police. Some threw garbage cans, plastic safety barriers and wood. They set fires on the street.

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UN urges Turkey to open border; warns Aleppo could lack aid
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 8:36 am

KILIS, Turkey (AP) — Turkey must open its doors to the thousands of Syrians who have massed at the border after fleeing violence, the United Nations demanded Tuesday, warning that hundreds of thousands of others in Syria's largest city could be soon cut off from humanitarian aid amid blistering Syrian and Russian airstrikes.

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The Latest: Austria urges Balkans to reduce migrant influx
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 7:49 am

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):

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UK media groups lose secrecy challenge on terror trial
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 7:39 am

LONDON (AP) — Britain's media have lost a challenge to the unprecedented secrecy in the coverage of the trial of a British law student who had been accused of targeting former Prime Minister Tony Blair or planning a Mumbai-style attack.

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S. Korea: North blew up rocket stage to confound analysts
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 7:05 am

TOKYO (AP) — Minutes after North Korea launched its rocket, South Korea's navy detected a rain of fragments falling into the sea and then a sooner-than-expected disappearance of the rocket from their radar, suggesting a possible failure. News outlets working in real time jumped on the idea. But it quickly proved wrong.

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The Latest: Turkey criticizes Russia for bombing civilians
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 6:55 am

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence (all times local):

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Iraqi government says it fully recaptured Ramadi from IS
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 6:40 am

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces and the U.S.-led coalition say the government has regained full control of Ramadi after pushing Islamic State group fighters out of the city's outskirts.

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The Latest: IOM: 409 migrants die in Mediterranean in 2016
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 6:22 am

GENEVA (AP) — The International Organization for Migration says 409 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, and migrant crossings in the first six weeks of 2016 are running at nearly ten times the rate of the same period last year.

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Israel's military chief: Stopping Gaza tunnels top priority
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 6:05 am

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military chief says its number one mission is to counter the threat posed by attack tunnels from Gaza.

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Brother of Dublin crime boss killed in growing gangland feud
Posted: February 09, 2016 - 5:21 am

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's justice minister urged gang members to seek police protection Tuesday after gunmen shot to death the brother of a Dublin crime kingpin in apparent retaliation for last week's attack on a boxing weigh-in ceremony.

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