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UN chief: 34 groups now allied to Islamic State extremists

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 8:50pm

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.

Monkey Year inspires kung fu, predictions of fire, disease

Louise Watt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 7:51pm

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.

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.

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

Jenny Barchfield and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 3:30pm

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.

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

The Latest on Syria (all times Syria local):

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.

Russia says it will offer new ideas to restart Syria talks

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 2:31pm

Facing Western criticism over the halt to Syria peace talks, Russia said Friday it plans to present new ideas on how to restart peace efforts at a meeting of nearly 20 key nations on Feb. 11.

German university closes prayer room after segregation row

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 12:50pm

A German university has announced that it is closing its interfaith prayer room after Muslim students tried to make women wear veils and use a segregated area.

Serbia's defense minister dismissed over sexist remark

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 12:50pm

Serbian lawmakers have voted to dismiss the defense minister who had insulted a female journalist with a sexist remark.

Actress' email shows she wanted sex after alleged assault

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 12:40pm

A television actress acknowledged Friday that she told a former Canadian Broadcast Corp. radio host that she wanted to have sex with him a day after he allegedly choked and slapped her.

Memorial service held for Italian student killed in Egypt

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 12:20pm

Friends, family and diplomats held a memorial ceremony Friday at a Cairo church for an Italian student whose body was found this week, nine days after he disappeared from the streets of the Egyptian capital.

Assange sex case sinks in international quagmire

Gregory Katz and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 12:11pm

It started more than five years ago as what appeared to be a fairly simple sex crime case: two women in Sweden came forward to accuse Julian Assange of sexual misconduct.

South Africa: All but 3 rescued after collapse at gold mine

Lynsey Chutel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 11:00am

A building collapsed above a gold mine in South Africa on Friday, trapping dozens of people before they were rescued. After several hours, three people remained missing, a union spokesman said.