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UK: Hong Kong bookseller 'removed' in breach of China treaty

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:30am

Britain says a missing Hong Kong bookseller was likely abducted to mainland China, calling it a "serious breach" of the treaty under which Beijing took control of the city.

The Latest: Syria task force hopes for humanitarian access

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:30am

The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):

EU member states declare that functioning of Schengen borderless areas 'is at serious risk'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:20am

EU member states declare that functioning of Schengen borderless areas 'is at serious risk'

Pakistani intelligence arrests nearly 100 militants

Adil Jawad, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:50am

Pakistan's intelligence agencies arrested a collective of 97 "hardcore terrorists" from three banned groups involved in a string of major terrorist attacks and seized weapons, explosives and communications gear intended for future attacks, a Pakistani official said Friday.

France calls on EU to fight financing of extremist groups

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:50am

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has urged the European Union to quickly put into effect measures aimed at curbing the financing of extremist groups.

Several people killed in attack on UN base in Mali

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:50am

An official says militants have attacked a United Nations base in northern Mali, killing at least three people and injuring 30 others.

Activists ask Emirates for contact with Jordanian journalist

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:20am

An international rights group is asking the United Arab Emirates to allow a Jordanian journalist believed to be held incommunicado by the country's security forces to contact a lawyer and his family.

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.

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.