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China reports 1st case of imported Zika virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:41pm

China's first case of the Zika virus has been found in a 34-year-old man who recently traveled to Venezuela and is now making a speedy recovery, the government said Wednesday.

Australia commits to legal growing of medicinal marijuana

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:22pm

Australian lawmakers committed on Wednesday to legalize the growing of marijuana for medical use within a part of the world renowned for zero-tolerance and harsh penalties for illegal drugs.

Journalist kidnapped in southern Mexico found dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:52pm

A reporter who was kidnapped by armed assailants in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz this week has been found dead, Mexican authorities said Tuesday.

Magnitude 6.3 quake strikes Chile, no damage reported

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 7:31pm

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Chile's central region Tuesday evening, shaking buildings as far away as the capital of Santiago. But no damage or injuries were reported and authorities discounted the possibility of a tsunami hitting the country's long coast.

Australia drops charge against suspected Kurdish militant

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 6:09pm

The government has dropped a charge against an Australian man accused of preparing to fight with Kurdish militants against the Islamic State movement.

UN: Number of Haitians needing food aid spikes amid drought

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:21pm

Drought-stricken Haiti is grappling with its most serious food crisis in 15 years as the number of people in need of urgent food aid has recently spiked, the head of the U.N. World Food Program's country office said Tuesday.

2nd outside report says Mexico students not burned at dump

E. Eduardo Castillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:20pm

A group of Argentine forensic experts says it has determined there is no biological or physical evidence to conclude that 43 students who disappeared in southern Mexico in 2014 were incinerated at a trash dump as government investigators initially said.

The Latest: MSF says 23,000 flee Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:41pm

The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence (all times local):

UN chief: Leaders must stop conflicts that drive aid crises

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:11pm

Over 80 percent of humanitarian funding requested by the United Nations is going toward life-saving needs in a growing number of global conflicts, and urgent action is needed to shift away from perpetual crisis management, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday.

Iraqi government says it fully recaptured Ramadi from IS

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:01pm

In an address to the nation Tuesday night, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated the Iraqi people on the liberation of Ramadi and the opening of a road connecting the western city to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

South Africa to prosecute 4 apartheid-era cops for murder

Christopher Torchia and Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:50pm

The body of a young anti-apartheid activist who was kidnapped and tortured in 1983 by South African police has never been found, her family never able to mourn at a grave, her killers not sent to prison.

Train crash in Germany kills at least 10, injures 80

David Rising, Kirsten Grieshaber and Matthias Schrader, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:00pm

Crews using helicopters and boats rescued dozens of people from the wreckage of two German commuter trains that crashed head-on Tuesday in an isolated part of Bavaria, killing at least 10 and leaving authorities trying to determine why multiple safety measures failed.

US Army study: Iraq's Mosul dam at 'higher risk' of failure

Susannah George and Bram Janssen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:00pm

Iraq's Mosul Dam has long been branded the world's most dangerous dam, at risk of collapsing and sending water crashing over millions of people. That prospect is even greater than was previously believed after the Islamic State group captured the dam briefly in 2014, according to a new report by U.S. Army engineers.

IS car bomb in Syrian capital kills 10

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:31pm

A suicide car bomber dispatched by the Islamic State group struck near a police officers' club in the Syrian capital on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and destroying a number of cars.

Norway investigates child abuse at asylum-seekers' centers

Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:22pm

Norwegian police said Tuesday that they are investigating several cases of sex offenders allegedly abusing children at asylum-seekers' reception centers in the country. Swedish police, meanwhile, arrested more than a dozen people suspected of planning an attack on a refugee center.

Turkey summons US ambassador over Syrian Kurdish forces spat

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:41am

Turkey has summoned the U.S. ambassador to "convey unease" a day after the U.S. State Department spokesman said that, unlike Turkey, Washington doesn't recognize Syrian Kurdish forces as "terrorists."

The Latest: Norway investigating migrant child abuse cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:50am

The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):

Putin's ex-bodyguard turned governor recalls facing bear

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:30am

President Vladimir Putin's former bodyguard, who recently has been appointed regional governor, said he once confronted a bear outside of Putin's residence.

The Latest: Death toll in German train crash up to 10

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:20am

The Latest on a train crash in Germany that has caused deaths and injuries (all times local):