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China Nobel wife's health worsens; needs treatment

02/14/2014 3:48am
The 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.

Nepal slashes mountaineering fees for Everest

02/14/2014 4:10am
Nepal 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.

SKorean president shocked over farm slavery claim

02/14/2014 4:11am
South 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.

Longtime Syria activist now negotiates peace

02/14/2014 4:22am
As 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.

UN says 70 people hacked to death in Congo

02/14/2014 4:41am
The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo says that at least 70 people were killed in the Masisi territory of troubled eastern Congo.

Pakistani students clash over Valentine's Day

02/14/2014 4:43am
Pakistani police say two rival student groups have clashed at a university in the country's northwest over celebrating Valentine's Day.

10 killed as wedding hall collapses in east China

02/14/2014 4:51am
A wedding hall in eastern China collapsed, killing 10 people among more than 200 attending a banquet, state media reported Friday.

Nigeria orders audit for billions of petrodollars

02/14/2014 6:00am
Nigeria's Senate is ordering a forensic audit to track down billions of missing petrodollars.

Moonlit migrant image wins World Press Photo award

02/14/2014 6:02am
American 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.

UK military on alert for new IRA mail-bomb threat

02/14/2014 6:28am
The 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.

Correction: Argentina-Economy story

02/14/2014 6:31am
In 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.

Publisher blames Indian law for Hindu book removal

02/14/2014 6:54am
Penguin 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.

Jordan Islamists protest as king meets Obama

02/14/2014 7:50am
Hours 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.

Indian villages fear man-eating tiger on the prowl

02/14/2014 8:03am
She 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.

Report: Engines failed on helicopter that hit pub

02/14/2014 8:51am
A police helicopter that crashed onto a pub in Glasgow, killing 10 people, suffered double engine failure for reasons that remain unclear, investigators said Friday.

Indian anti-graft crusader quits Delhi government

02/14/2014 9:07am
Anti-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.

Dubai vying to be world's next fashion capital

02/14/2014 9:18am
Dubai 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.

World Press Photo award winners list

02/14/2014 10:19am
A list of winners of the 2012 World Press Photo contest:

Police in Guatemala kills himself, 2 colleagues

02/14/2014 10:48am
Guatemala's government says a police agent shot to death two colleagues and then killed himself while checking a captured drug shipment.

Eurozone recovery accelerates but jobs elusive

02/14/2014 11:59am
Europe'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.

Thousands of zoo animals killed in Europe yearly

02/14/2014 12:03pm
People 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.

Greek court jails 4 Turkish suspected terrorists

02/14/2014 12:46pm
An 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.

In China, Kerry talks NKorea, regional tensions

02/14/2014 12:51pm
U.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.

Progress claimed in bid to stop Congo oil drilling

02/14/2014 1:18pm
An 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.

Once hounded, Sephardic Jews find Spanish embrace

02/14/2014 1:26pm
They 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.

Catholic archbishop slams UK welfare reform

02/14/2014 3:17pm
The 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.

Mali ex-defense minister charged in soldier deaths

02/14/2014 3:25pm
Authorities 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.

Writers ask for monarch butterflies' protection

02/14/2014 4:06pm
Dozens 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.

Berlusconi remains a force in Italy turmoil

02/14/2014 4:09pm
He has been convicted of tax fraud, booted out of the Senate and banned from political office.

Hollywood shooting movie about Chile miners

02/14/2014 4:59pm
French actress Juliette Binoche's scream pierced the frigid night in the remote Chilean desert: "They are alive!"

US to Venezuela: Resolve shortages hitting dailies

02/14/2014 6:19pm
The 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.

Aztec dog burial site found in Mexico City

02/14/2014 8:04pm
Archaeologists 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.

Twitter reports image blocking in Venezuela

02/14/2014 8:58pm
Twitter 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.

5 illegal gold miners killed in Colombia

02/14/2014 9:21pm
A 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.

Havana mob hotel Capri reopens after renovation

02/14/2014 10:03pm
In its heyday, Havana's Capri hotel and casino was the playground of men known as The Blade and The Fat Butcher.

US, China promise improved climate cooperation

02/14/2014 10:39pm
The United States and China promised Saturday to cooperate more closely in combatting climate change following a visit to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
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