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South Korean Defense Ministry says North Korea moves up window for rocket launch to Feb. 7-14

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 2:50am

South Korean Defense Ministry says North Korea moves up window for rocket launch to Feb. 7-14.

Iran body reverses ban on 1,500 election candidates

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 2:30am

Iran's constitutional watchdog, the hard-line Guardian Council, has reversed a ban on 1,500 candidates who had registered to run in Feb. 26 parliamentary elections.

Monkey Year inspires kung fu, predictions of fire, disease

Louise Watt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 2:10am

The new Chinese year is the one to go bananas over. On Feb. 8, the zodiac calendar enters the Year of the Monkey — the ninth of 12 animal signs. Plastic monkeys are adorning shopping centers and office buildings, and government departments have been giving out toy monkeys.

Four-country talks resume on path to Afghan peace

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 2:00am

China, the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan launched their third round of talks Saturday aimed at finding a way to get the warring Taliban to sit and talk peace with the Afghan government.

Bhutan's queen gives birth to a baby boy

Wasbir Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 11:51pm

The tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan has a new crown prince.

The Latest: Death toll rises to 7 in Taiwan quake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 11:10pm

The Latest on a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in southern Taiwan (all times local):

The Latest: Facebook activates 'safety check' for Taiwan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 10:01pm

The Latest on a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in southern Taiwan (all times local):

Top UN human rights official arrives in Sri Lanka

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 9:31pm

The top U.N. human rights official has arrived in Sri Lanka on a four-day visit aimed at reviewing the measures taken by the island-nation to investigate alleged atrocities committed during the long civil war that left tens of thousands dead.

In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

Jenny Barchfield and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 9:31pm

In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present.

UN chief: 34 groups now allied to Islamic State extremists

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 9:11pm

Thirty-four militant groups from around the world had reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State extremist group as of mid-December — and that number will only grow in 2016, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report Friday.

Tainan city emergency center says south Taiwan quake death toll rises to 5

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 8:41pm

Tainan city emergency center says south Taiwan quake death toll rises to 5.

Brazil considers reforming biosecurity law amid criticism

Jenny Barchfield and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 8:21pm

Brazilian officials will soon decide whether to amend the South American nation's rigid procedures for sharing Zika samples, the Cabinet chief's spokeswoman said Friday, as officials announced that they were sending a set of samples to U.S. researchers amid complaints of hoarding.

Former soldiers clash with protesters in Haiti; 1 dead

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 6:21pm

A band of former Haitian soldiers clashed Friday with a far larger gathering of anti-government demonstrators in the troubled country's capital, resulting in the killing of an ex-member of the abolished military amid an ongoing political crisis.

Taiwan news agency says more than 120 rescued from high-rise toppled by quake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 4:40pm

Taiwan news agency says more than 120 rescued from high-rise toppled by quake.

Ecuador president fires military chiefs via Twitter

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 3:20pm

President Rafael Correa says he has fired Ecuador's military high command for refusing to pay back to the state $41 million from an overvalued land deal.

Top Colombian far-right warlord freed

Libardo Cardona, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 3:10pm

Ramon Isaza, a 75-year-old patriarch of the far-right paramilitary bands that killed thousands in Colombia, has been released from prison after serving less than 10 years, it was announced Friday.

Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee fighting

Karin Laub and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 3:10pm

Thousands of Syrians rushed toward the Turkish border Friday, fleeing a fierce government offensive and intense Russian airstrikes near Syria's largest city of Aleppo.

The Latest: Kerry says Russia, Assad not complying with UN

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 2:31pm

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Canada eases certain sanctions against Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 2:31pm

Canada has dropped many of the sanctions it imposed on Iran over that country's nuclear ambitions.