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  • new storyItaly demands answers as student's body flown in from Cairo story has photos
    Updated: Feb-06-16 12:42 pm

    ROME - Italy demanded Saturday that Egyptian authorities swiftly determine who was responsible for the torture and slaying of an Italian doctoral student researching Egyptian labor movements and other social issues in Cairo.

  • new storySyria says any foreign troops would return 'in coffins' story has photos
    Updated: Feb-06-16 12:33 pm

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Syria's foreign minister warned Saturday that Saudi or other foreign troops entering his country would "return home in wooden coffins" and asserted that recent military advances put his government "on track" to end the five-year-old civil war.

  • new storyWashington bill seeks partial automatic voter registration 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 11:41 am

    OLYMPIA, Washington - Months after Washington state saw record low voter turnout, several lawmakers and Secretary of State Kim Wyman say they want to help increase engagement with automatic voter registration for some.

  • Afghanistan meeting ends with call for talks with Taliban story has photos
    Updated: Feb-06-16 11:22 am

    ISLAMABAD - Four-nation talks aimed at ending Afghanistan's 15-year war concluded Saturday with a call for direct negotiations between the government and the Taliban by the end of February, but recent battlefield advances by the insurgents could make it hard to coax them to the table.

  • The Latest: Anti-migrant protesters rally in Prague story has photos
    Updated: Feb-06-16 10:27 am

    AMSTERDAM - The Latest on the flow of refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere to Europe (all times local):

  • EU foreign affairs chief announces visit to Iran 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 9:58 am

    AMSTERDAM - European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini says she is preparing to visit Iran following the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran with world powers.

  • Haiti leader departs as he came: amid uncertainty, disorder story has photos
    Updated: Feb-06-16 9:45 am

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Michel Martelly came to office promising a stronger Haiti following a messy election that provoked widespread skepticism. He is due to leave power Sunday at the close of his five-year term with few accomplishments and a legacy clouded by a new political crisis.

  • EU ministers want to buttress borders to stem refugee flow story has photos
    Updated: Feb-06-16 9:34 am

    AMSTERDAM - European Union nations anxious to stem the flow of asylum-seekers coming through the Balkans are increasingly considering sending more help to non-member Macedonia as a better way to protect European borders instead of relying on EU member Greece.

  • Firebrand monks a powerful force in Myanmar despite setback 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 12:10 am

    WASHINGTON - Dark-skinned and bearded men jump a young woman after she prays at a Buddhist shrine. They push her to the ground and rape her. Then they cut off her ear and slit her throat.

  • In Obama's final year, Senate is slow to act on his nominees 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 5:28 pm

    WASHINGTON - If you wear combat fatigues to work, then your nomination is almost sure to sail through the Senate. If not, you're likely in for a long wait.

  • Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee fighting story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 5:09 pm

    BEIRUT - 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.

  • Correction: Election Bills story 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 5:01 pm

    PHOENIX - In a story Feb. 4 about election bills, The Associated Press erroneously reported the party affiliation of state Sen. Martin Quezada. He is a Democrat, not a Republican

  • Obama, Xi discuss NKorea amid signs of rocket launch preps story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 4:45 pm

    WASHINGTON - The presidents of the U.S. and China agreed Friday that a planned rocket launch by North Korea would violate U.N. sanctions, the White House said, amid signs the isolated nation was moving closer to blastoff.

  • Canada eases certain sanctions against Iran 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 4:27 pm

    TORONTO - 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 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 4:24 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - 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.

  • The Latest: Kerry says Russia, Assad not complying with UN story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 4:22 pm

    BEIRUT - The Latest on Syria (all times Syria local):

  • AP FACT CHECK: Clinton, Sanders missteps story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 3:08 pm

    WASHINGTON - The latest Democratic debate found Hillary Clinton in a defensive crouch about her Wall Street ties and making iffy claims about that longtime relationship. Rival Bernie Sanders offered a fumbling account of a campaign ad that boasted of endorsements that were bogus.

  • Assange sex case sinks in international quagmire story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 2:05 pm

    LONDON - 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.

  • Historic step: Pope, Russia patriarch meet in Cuba Feb. 12 story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 1:44 pm

    VATICAN CITY - In an historic step to heal the 1,000-year schism that split Christianity, Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in an attempt to begin bridging the church's East-West divide.

  • UN arbitrary detention panel: Opinionated, but toothless 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 1:37 pm

    GENEVA - The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is a little-known piece of a sprawling human rights organization. Neither a court nor a tribunal, the five-member body can call countries and their leaders to account, but has no power of enforcement.

  • The Latest: Assange hails 'victory' from embassy balcony story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 12:06 pm

    GENEVA - The Latest on the U.N. panel's determination that Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained (all times local):

  • Afghan Taliban close ranks around new leader story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 11:53 am

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's Taliban are closing ranks around their new leader after months of infighting that followed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar, which could allow the insurgents to speak with one voice in hoped-for peace talks but will also strengthen them on the battlefield.

  • NATO chief meets EU defense ministers to discuss cooperation story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 10:34 am

    AMSTERDAM - European Union defense ministers huddled Friday with NATO's secretary general to discuss closer cooperation between the military alliance and the 28-nation bloc to tackle looming threats to the region.

  • Chronicle of Julian Assange's battle against extradition 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 9:58 am

    LONDON - Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has been fighting to avoid extradition to Sweden, which wants to question him about allegations of rape. He has spent more than three years inside the Embassy of Ecuador in London to avoid being sent to Sweden and possibly forced to go to the United States to face charges there. A United Nations panel said Friday that he has been unlawfully detained by Swedish and British authorities. Here are key events in the Assange saga:

  • US exports fell in 2015 for first time since recession story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 9:30 am

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit rose in December as American exports fell for a third straight month, reflecting the pressures of a stronger dollar and spreading global weakness. Those factors contributed to the first annual drop in U.S. export sales since the Great Recession shrank global trade six years ago.