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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.

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.

Britain hopes UN will agree soon on tough NKorea sanctions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 7:51pm

Britain's United Nations ambassador says he hopes the U.N. Security Council will agree as soon as possible on a resolution imposing tough new sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.

Adams isolated as Irish leaders debate ahead of Feb. 26 vote

Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 7:41pm

The leaders of Ireland's other major parties accused Sinn Fein chief Gerry Adams of directing IRA violence in the past and seeking to endanger jurors today as they waged their first head-to-head debate ahead of Ireland's Feb. 26 election.

Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 7:00pm

Diplomats trying to secure a ceasefire 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 ceasefire, and Russia, which had proposed one to start on March 1.

Riot at prison in northern Mexico leaves 49 inmates dead

Porfirio Ibarra and Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 6:31pm

A brawl between rival drug gangs at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico turned into a riot Thursday, leaving 49 inmates dead and 12 injured in the country's deadliest prison melee in years.

The Latest: Kerry calls for genuine negotiation on Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 5:40pm

The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local):

2nd pregnant Australian woman tests positive for Zika virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 5:30pm

A pregnant woman in Australia has tested positive for the Zika virus after traveling overseas — the second such case this week, health officials said Friday.

Kerry: Diplomats agree to implement "cessation of hostilities" in Syria, aim to start in a week's time

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 5:00pm

Kerry: Diplomats agree to implement "cessation of hostilities" in Syria, aim to start in a week's time.

Titanic II launch pushed back to 2018

Lisa Respers France, CNN  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:46pm

Don't book your tickets for the Titanic II just yet. A spokesman for Australian tycoon Clive Palmer told the Belfast Telegraph that the project to bring an exact replica of the original ill-fated ship has been pushed back from 2016 to 2018.

Italy urged Egypt for help hours after student disappeared

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:21pm

Italian officials contacted Egyptian authorities hours after a student later found tortured to death disappeared in central Cairo last month, according to an official summary of early Italian efforts to locate him.

3 killed in attack on customs post in central Mali

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 2:40pm

Mali's Defense Ministry and a witness say three people have been killed in the central Mopti region by armed men attacking a customs post.

Final arguments wrapped in Habre trial; verdict in May

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 2:30pm

The lawyers for former Chad dictator Hissene Habre closed their final statements Thursday by dismissing the credibility of testimony and reports that placed direct blame on the leader for the deaths of thousands during his rule.

French govt reshuffle makes Ayrault the new foreign minister

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 1:52pm

Former Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, a low-key veteran of the Socialist Party much acquainted with German culture, will become France's new foreign minister.

Lawyer: Witnesses in ex-CBC host assault trial lied

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 1:51pm

The defense lawyer for a former Canadian Broadcast Corp. radio host charged with sexual assault said Thursday the complainants withheld information from police and lied under oath.

NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis

John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 1:22pm

In a dramatic response to Europe's gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece.

Moroccan freed from Guantanamo now out of jail in homeland

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 12:50pm

A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was jailed again after returning to Morocco in September has been released, but still waits to learn whether he will be charged with "conspiring against national security."