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Police officer fatally shot while on patrol in Haiti capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:21pm

A Haitian police officer has been killed by multiple gunshots as he patrolled a rough section of the country's capital on a motorcycle.

Brazil minister says no doubt Zika connected to microcephaly

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:01pm

Brazil's health minister said Friday that authorities were "absolutely sure" that the Zika virus is connected to devastating birth defects and rejected criticism that the government was slow to investigate the surge of cases that set off international alarms.

Saudi envoy: Aid groups in Yemen urged to 'be careful'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:51pm

Saudi Arabia's permanent representative in Geneva says his country sent letters to the U.N. humanitarian agency chief calling on aid groups to "be careful" to avoid damage from air strikes led by the Saudi-led coalition in war-torn Yemen.

US Africa Command: Senior LRA rebel commander defects in CAR

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:42pm

A senior commander with the rebel group Lord's Resistance Army has defected to villagers in Central African Republic, the U.S. Africa Command said Friday.

Spain premier doesn't shake hands with opposition leader

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

Acting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy didn't shake hands with Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez during a meeting that's part of the drive to form a government following an inconclusive national election.

Spain: Civil servant fined after skipping work for years

Alan Clendenning and Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:31pm

The case started with confusion over where a civil servant in southern Spain worked. Now a court has ruled he must pay back nearly 27,000 euros ($30,500) in wages because for years he actually didn't work at all.

Iran sees chance to bring down 'wall of mistrust' with US

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:31pm

Iran's foreign minister says the nuclear deal with world powers offers a chance to demolish a "wall of mistrust" between Iran and the United States, but it's not a task for Tehran alone.

Militants shoot down Libyan fighter jet

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:21pm

Libya's air force chief of staff says a fighter jet was shot down while carrying out airstrikes against Islamic militants, the third jet to be downed in nearly 40 days.

Saudi foreign minister defends policy at Munich meeting

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:21pm

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Friday defended his country's foreign policy and its stance in Yemen and Syria, insisting that the kingdom has no ambitions beyond its borders.

ICC blocks use of 5 witnesses who pulled out of Kenya case

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:11pm

International Criminal Court appeals judges ruled Friday that statements made by five witnesses who later changed their stories or refused to testify against Kenya's deputy president cannot be used as evidence.

5 killed in UN base attack in Mali; 3 killed near Timbuktu

Baba Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:11pm

Militants attacked a U.N. base in northern Mali on Friday, killing at least 5 peacekeepers and wounding 30 others, a U.N. official said.

WHO: Zika vaccines at least 18 months away from broad trials

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:51am

Possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials, the World Health Organization said Friday as it advised pregnant women to consider delaying travel to areas where the mosquito-borne virus has turned up amid concerns it may be linked to abnormally small heads in newborns.

Italy mourns, premier demands truth from Egypt in slaying

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:40am

As Italians mourned, Italy's premier insisted Friday that his country's friendship with Egypt can only exist "if the truth emerges" about the death of an Italian doctoral student who was doing research in Cairo.

Serbia passes Holocaust restitution law

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:31am

Serbian lawmakers have voted on a bill allowing the restitution of heirless and unclaimed Jewish property expropriated during the Holocaust.

Nigerian army frees 267 detainees, no links to Boko Haram

Ismail Alfa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:21am

Nigeria's army freed 267 detainees Friday, including dozens of children, some as young as preschoolers, saying that investigators had determined they had no links to Boko Haram Islamic extremists.

South Sudan president appoints rebel leader his deputy

Rodney Muhumuza and Jason Patinkin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:50am

South Sudan's president appointed his fierce rival as his deputy in a possible government of national unity, raising hopes for peace even as the rebels described the move as inconsequential.

The Latest: Official: Half of Calais camp to be evacuated

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:30am

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

Missing Canada man to reunite with family after 30 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:30am

An Ontario man who disappeared three decades ago and was believed dead is about to be reunited with his family after recovering some of his memory, police said Friday.

Auschwitz survivors testify at former SS sergeant's trial

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 9:30am

Three Holocaust survivors testified Friday about the horrors they experienced at the Auschwitz the death camp, on the second day of the trial of a former SS sergeant on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder.