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Russian PM warns against foreign ground action in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:50am

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned other nations against committing their troops to a ground action in Syria, saying it would only exacerbate the conflict.

WHO: possible Zika vaccines months away from broad trials

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:00am

The World Health Organization says possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials.

Jordan king, Iraqi, Saudi officials expected at Munich meet

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:40am

Jordan's King Abdullah, the Iraqi prime minister and Saudi Arabia's foreign minister are among those expected at a conference opening in southern Germany, after diplomats agreed to work toward a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war.

Pakistani intelligence arrests nearly 100 militants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:30am

Pakistan's army spokesman says intelligence agencies have arrested a collective of 97 militants from three banned groups involved in a string of major terrorist attacks.

Czech National Museum in Prague hit by fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:10am

Some 150 firefighters have extinguished a fire that damaged the roof and attic of the Czech National Museum in the capital, Prague.

Italy mourns young academic, tortured, slain in Cairo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:30am

A tiny town in northern Italy has opened its homes to mourners arriving from afar for the funeral of a 28-year-old doctoral student who was tortured and slain in Egypt, where he was doing research.

South Sudan president appoints rebel leader his deputy

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:00am

South Sudan's president has appointed his rival, rebel leader Riek Machar, as first vice president in a possible government of national unity, a presidential spokesman said Friday.

Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:40pm

Diplomats trying to secure a cease-fire 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 cease-fire, and Russia, which had proposed one to start on March 1.

Australian minister resigns for breaching code of conduct

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 10:12pm

An embattled Australian government minister resigned on Friday for breaching ministerial standards through a business trip to China, clearing the way for the prime minister to announce a final Cabinet reshuffle ahead of elections due this year.

Venezuela says 3 dead from Zika complications

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:52pm

Venezuela has announced the first Zika-related deaths in the South American country.

France consulting on new UN resolution on Burundi violence

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:21pm

France is consulting U.N. Security Council members on the text of a new resolution that would strengthen international involvement in Burundi and Britain says it could include "a policing element."

Japanese lawmaker pushing women's rights resigns over affair

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:21pm

A married Japanese ruling party lawmaker resigned Friday for allegedly having an affair while publicly announcing he would seek to take paternity leave to promote women's rights.

Taiwanese leaders and victims' families hold quake memorial

Johnson Lai, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:12pm

Taiwanese leaders and relatives held a memorial service on Friday for victims of last weekend's earthquake as the official death toll rose to 94.

Britain hopes UN will agree soon on tough NKorea sanctions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 7:51pm

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.

Adams isolated as Irish leaders debate ahead of Feb. 26 vote

Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 7:41pm

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.

Riot at prison in northern Mexico leaves 49 inmates dead

Porfirio Ibarra and Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 6:31pm

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.

The Latest: Kerry calls for genuine negotiation on Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 5:40pm

The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local):

2nd pregnant Australian woman tests positive for Zika virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 5:30pm

A pregnant woman in Australia has tested positive for the Zika virus after traveling overseas — the second such case this week, health officials said Friday.

Kerry: Diplomats agree to implement "cessation of hostilities" in Syria, aim to start in a week's time

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 5:00pm

Kerry: Diplomats agree to implement "cessation of hostilities" in Syria, aim to start in a week's time.