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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.

The Latest: Diplomats agree to Syria cease-fire in a week

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 5:20pm

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

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.

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Titanic II launch pushed back to 2018

Lisa Respers France, CNN  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:46pm

Don't book your tickets for the Titanic II just yet. A spokesman for Australian tycoon Clive Palmer told the Belfast Telegraph that the project to bring an exact replica of the original ill-fated ship has been pushed back from 2016 to 2018.

Italy urged Egypt for help hours after student disappeared

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:21pm

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.

Obama administration opening 2-front campaign on Syria

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:41pm

The Obama administration opened a two-front campaign on Syria on Thursday with a push to end one war there and step up another.

3 killed in attack on customs post in central Mali

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 2:40pm

Mali's Defense Ministry and a witness say three people have been killed in the central Mopti region by armed men attacking a customs post.

Final arguments wrapped in Habre trial; verdict in May

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 2:30pm

The lawyers for former Chad dictator Hissene Habre closed their final statements Thursday by dismissing the credibility of testimony and reports that placed direct blame on the leader for the deaths of thousands during his rule.

French govt reshuffle makes Ayrault the new foreign minister

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 1:52pm

Former Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, a low-key veteran of the Socialist Party much acquainted with German culture, will become France's new foreign minister.

Lawyer: Witnesses in ex-CBC host assault trial lied

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 1:51pm

The defense lawyer for a former Canadian Broadcast Corp. radio host charged with sexual assault said Thursday the complainants withheld information from police and lied under oath.

NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis

John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 1:22pm

In a dramatic response to Europe's gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece.

Moroccan freed from Guantanamo now out of jail in homeland

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 12:50pm

A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was jailed again after returning to Morocco in September has been released, but still waits to learn whether he will be charged with "conspiring against national security."

Syrian saved from tip of submerged boat unsure of future

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 12:40pm

A Syrian man saved in a dramatic rescue operation following a migrant boat accident says his goal was to reach Germany but now he is unsure of his future.

Israel appoints new head of Shin Bet security agency

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 12:11pm

Israel has appointed a new head of its shadowy Shin Bet internal security agency.

Official: Hamas prevents senior UN staffer from leaving Gaza

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:51am

A United Nations official says the Islamic militant Hamas has prevented a senior employee of the international organization from leaving the Gaza Strip.

Canada says will seek United Nations Security Council seat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:41am

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country will seek a United Nations Security Council seat as vacancies come up.

Brazil, Texas state hospital reach deal on Zika vaccine

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:31am

Brazil has signed an agreement with a Texas research hospital to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus, the country's health minister said Thursday, adding the goal is for the vaccine to be ready for clinical testing within 12 months.

Pentagon chief predicting 'tangible gains' in Iraq, Syria

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:31am

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter predicted on Thursday that recent U.S.-led efforts to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State group would produce "tangible gains" in Iraq and Syria by March, even as coalition partners pledged to expand and deepen their military contributions.

Poverty scholar among 9 winners of Israeli foundation prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 10:20am

Leading poverty scholar Anthony Atkinson is among the winners of this year's Dan David Prize for scientific, technological and cultural accomplishments.