02/14/2014 3:48amThe health of the wife of China's jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate has deteriorated under lengthy house arrest and she urgently requires medical treatment, close friends said Friday.
02/14/2014 4:10amNepal will slash the climbing fees for Mount Everest to attract more mountaineers to the world's highest peak, even as concerns grow about the environmental effects of climbers who already crowd the mountain during the high season.
02/14/2014 4:11amSouth Korean President Park Geun-hye expressed shock Friday at allegations that two disabled men were lured to a salt farm on a remote island and forced into slave-like labor for years.
02/14/2014 4:22amAs a human rights lawyer and longtime pro-democracy activist in Syria, Suheir Atassi once said she would never negotiate with President Bashar Assad's government.
02/14/2014 4:41amThe United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo says that at least 70 people were killed in the Masisi territory of troubled eastern Congo.
02/14/2014 4:43amPakistani police say two rival student groups have clashed at a university in the country's northwest over celebrating Valentine's Day.
02/14/2014 4:51amA wedding hall in eastern China collapsed, killing 10 people among more than 200 attending a banquet, state media reported Friday.
02/14/2014 6:00amNigeria's Senate is ordering a forensic audit to track down billions of missing petrodollars.
02/14/2014 6:02amAmerican photographer John Stanmeyer has won the World Press Photo of the Year award for 2013 with a moonlit shot of African migrants in Djibouti holding their cellphones to the sky, seeking a better reception signal.
02/14/2014 6:28amThe British government says military recruitment centers have increased their security measures regarding mail following seven failed letter bombings in England blamed on Irish Republican Army militants.
02/14/2014 6:31amIn a story Feb. 13 about the Argentine government's report that consumer prices rose 3.7 percent in January, The Associated Press miscalculated the equivalent annual inflation rate as 44 percent. Annual inflation compounds monthly inflation, so if Argentine prices were to continue rising at this rate throughout 2014, the annual rate would be 55 percent.
02/14/2014 6:54amPenguin India publishing house said Friday that "intolerant and restrictive" Indian laws forced it to remove a book from sale after it tried to defend an American author's religious history against objections from a conservative Hindu group.
02/14/2014 7:50amHours before Jordan's king meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in California, his Islamist opposition at home is staging its largest protest in months to reject a peace deal as a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
02/14/2014 8:03amShe lies in wait while her victims are collecting firewood, or taking cattle to graze, or working in the fields. She has grabbed people in broad daylight, carrying them away silently into the forests or the sugarcane fields. By the time the victims are found, often little is left but a pair of shoes, unspeakable gore and a ring of drying blood.
02/14/2014 8:51amA police helicopter that crashed onto a pub in Glasgow, killing 10 people, suffered double engine failure for reasons that remain unclear, investigators said Friday.
02/14/2014 9:07amAnti-graft activist Arvind Kejriwal quit Friday as the top elected official in the New Delhi state government after lawmakers blocked the introduction of a bill to create a strong ombudsman in the Indian capital.
02/14/2014 9:18amDubai and luxury are nearly synonymous. The city is home to the world's tallest tower, massive man-made islands in the shape of palm trees and a fleet of police cars that includes a Ferrari, a Lamborghini and a $2.5 million Bugatti Veyron.
02/14/2014 10:19amA list of winners of the 2012 World Press Photo contest:
02/14/2014 10:48amGuatemala's government says a police agent shot to death two colleagues and then killed himself while checking a captured drug shipment.
02/14/2014 11:59amEurope's economy is growing faster, raising hopes for a sustainable recovery, but that may not be enough to bring sky-high levels of unemployment down anytime soon.
02/14/2014 12:03pmPeople around the world were stunned when Copenhagen Zoo killed a healthy 2-year-old giraffe named Marius, butchered its carcass in front of a crowd that included children and then fed it to lions.
02/14/2014 12:46pmAn Athens court on Friday jailed four Turkish nationals pending trial on terrorism and weapons-related charges after they were arrested during raids on an Athens apartment that netted automatic weapons and several kilograms (pounds) of explosives.
02/14/2014 12:51pmU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday he had won a commitment from China to help bring a belligerent North Korea back to nuclear disarmament talks, even as he butted heads with Chinese leaders over a series of increasingly aggressive steps Beijing has taken to assert itself in territorial disputes with its smaller neighbors.
02/14/2014 1:18pmAn environmental organization said Friday it is making progress in its bid to block a proposal to dig for oil in a national park in Africa where 200 gorillas live.
02/14/2014 1:26pmThey were burned at the stake, forced to convert or chased into exile. Now Spain is moving to right a half-millennium old "historic mistake" against its onetime flourishing Sephardic Jewish community: the European Union country is on the verge of offering citizenship to descendants of victims estimated to number in the millions.
02/14/2014 3:17pmThe leader of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales has called government cuts to welfare a "disgrace" and said they have left people facing hunger and destitution.
02/14/2014 3:25pmAuthorities have charged Mali's former defense minister and two other top ex-officials in connection with the slayings of 21 soldiers who had opposed a coup leader's rise to power, government officials said Friday.
02/14/2014 4:06pmDozens of scientists, artists, writers and environmentalists on Friday urged the leaders of Mexico, Canada and the United States to devote part of their meeting next week to discussing ways to protect the Monarch butterfly.
02/14/2014 4:09pmHe has been convicted of tax fraud, booted out of the Senate and banned from political office.
02/14/2014 4:59pmFrench actress Juliette Binoche's scream pierced the frigid night in the remote Chilean desert: "They are alive!"
02/14/2014 6:19pmThe U.S. government is urging Venezuela to find a solution to a shortage of newsprint and other supplies that is squeezing the country's newspapers.
02/14/2014 8:04pmArchaeologists on Friday announced the discovery of "an exceptional" old burial site under an apartment building in Mexico City containing the remains of 12 dogs, animals that had a major religious and symbolic significance to the Aztec peoples of central Mexico.
02/14/2014 8:58pmTwitter said Friday that Venezuela had blocked images on its service following an anti-government protest that turned bloody, and it offered a workaround for users who want to get tweets via text message on their cellphones.
02/14/2014 9:21pmA wall of rain-sodden earth collapsed into an illegal, open-air gold mining pit in southwestern Colombia on Friday, killing five miners and injuring 12, authorities said.
02/14/2014 10:03pmIn its heyday, Havana's Capri hotel and casino was the playground of men known as The Blade and The Fat Butcher.
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