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Japan's parliament condemns North Korea rocket launch

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 11:31pm

Japan's parliament condemned North Korea's long-range rocket launch Tuesday, calling it a serious provocation against international peace and demanding that the communist nation immediately stop such activity.

Frowning masks and whips highlight Carnival in Brazil town

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 10:12pm

Far from the glitz and glamour of Rio de Janeiro's famous Sambadrome parades, people in this northeast Brazilian town put a frown on their Carnival celebration.

Hong Kong activists, police clash over holiday food stalls

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 9:41pm

Hong Kong's Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police, who fired warning shots into the air, clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other local holiday delicacies, leaving dozens injured and arrested.

Gas blast injures 5 migrants held captive in Mexico house

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 9:30pm

A gas explosion ripped through a house where dozens of abducted migrants were being held captive in a city on the Texas border Monday, injuring five people, two of them gravely, Mexican authorities said.

Sushil Koirala, Nepal's former prime minister, dies at 78

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

Sushil Koirala, a former Nepalese prime minister and leader of nation's largest political party, has died in Kathmandu. He was 78.

Mexico IDs human remains as youths missing in Veracruz

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 7:41pm

Mexican authorities say human remains discovered in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz belong to two of five young people who disappeared last month.

Prosecutors say gunmen kidnapped reporter in southern Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 6:50pm

A reporter was dragged from her home by armed assailants before dawn Monday in southern Mexico and had not been seen since, authorities said.

Witness in ex-CBC host assault trial says she misled police

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 6:31pm

The third witness at the sexual assault trial of a former Canadian Broadcast Corp. radio host acknowledged that she deliberately misled police when she didn't tell them that she had engaged in some sexual activity with him after the alleged assault took place.

Witness in CBC assault trial says she misled police

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 5:21pm

The third witness at the sexual assault trial of a former Canadian Broadcast Corp. radio host acknowledged she deliberately misled police when she didn't tell them that she engaged in some sexual activity after the alleged assault took place.

Peruvian dies after stepping on land mine at Chile border

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 2:42pm

A Peruvian man was killed when he stepped on a land mine trying to cross the border illegally into Chile, authorities said Monday.

Investigators identify Syria site of possible sarin attack

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 2:21pm

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has identified the Damascus suburb of Daraya as the site of a possible sarin gas attack last year, citing blood samples provided by the Syrian government.

Germany, Turkey vow diplomatic effort to end Aleppo violence

Suzan Fraser and Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 2:11pm

As tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence massed at Turkey's border, Turkish and German leaders pledged Monday to redouble diplomatic efforts to end the fighting around the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo and prevent more refugees making their way into Europe.

Israel: Palestinians use UN chief's words for 'terror'

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 1:41pm

Israel's U.N. ambassador on Monday said the Palestinian leadership has started using recent statements by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "to justify deplorable acts of terror," and he called on the U.N. chief to withdraw them.

Israeli parliament suspends Arab MPs who met attackers' kin

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 1:21pm

Israel's government on Monday temporarily suspended from parliamentary meetings three Arab lawmakers who met with families of Palestinians who carried out deadly attacks.

The Latest: Greece: Stop migrants in Turkish waters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 1:11pm

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

Russian envoy says Moscow will respond to NATO buildup

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 12:41pm

Russia's envoy to NATO has warned that Moscow will respond to a buildup of the alliance's forces near Russian borders.

Canada to end airstrikes against Islamic State group shortly

Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 12:40pm

Canada's prime minister on Monday announced that the country will end airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq by Feb. 22, saying that "the people terrorized by ISIL every day don't need our vengeance, they need our help."

Iraq will send more troops to base outside Mosul

Bram Janssen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 12:20pm

Iraq will send additional troops to a base outside the northern Islamic State-held city of Mosul.

Militants shoot down Libyan fighter jet

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 12:11pm

Libya's air force chief of staff says a fighter jet was shot down while carrying out airstrikes against Islamic militants.