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February 8, 2016 - 10:22am
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is to receive $250 million in federal funds to fight an increase in Zika cases after the governor declared a public health emergency.

The U.S. territory's representative in Congress says the money will be used in part to help boost health services provided to pregnant women. Pedro Pierluisi said Monday that the money also will be used for prevention and detection.

The island has 22 confirmed cases of the...

February 8, 2016 - 10:10am
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GENEVA (AP) — International investigators say several thousands of detainees have been executed, beaten to death or otherwise left to die during Syria's civil war, in policies that appear to amount to extermination under international law.

The U.N.-backed Commission of Inquiry on Syria presented a 25-page report Monday on killings of detainees by President Bashar Assad's government. It also cites execution policies by radical groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaida-...

February 8, 2016 - 9:30am
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MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has scrambled troops across southwestern Russia for massive military drills amid continuing tensions with the West.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that some airborne units and military transport aviation were put on combat alert early Monday marking the launch of the exercise that involves troops of the Southern Military District.

The district includes troops stationed in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula...

February 8, 2016 - 9:27am
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LONDON (AP) — Hurricane-force winds and huge waves are battering Britain's coastline as the country is soaked by a winter storm.

More than 13,000 homes are without power Monday as Storm Imogen batters Ireland, Wales and southern England.

Coastal towns are being soaked by sea swells caused by the combination of strong winds and high tides. Weather forecaster the Met Office says a 63-foot (19-meter) wave was recorded off St. Ives in southwest England...

February 8, 2016 - 9:25am
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine rebel leader says Congress' failure to pass a Muslim autonomy bill as part of a new peace pact will delay a program to disarm thousands of guerrillas in the country's south.

Mohagher Iqbal said Monday that his rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, will stick with the 2014 peace agreement it signed with the Philippine government despite the setback.

However, he said the delay in enacting the bill,...

February 8, 2016 - 9:15am
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PARIS (AP) — Clashes have erupted outside the Turkish Embassy in Paris after police moved in to disperse a demonstration by Kurdish political activists.

Dozens had gathered to protest the Turkish government's military campaign against Kurdish militants in the southeast of the country. Local Kurdish media report at least 60 members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, died in the most recent assault.

Demonstrators pelted a police vehicle with...

February 8, 2016 - 8:49am
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ROME (AP) — Italy's foreign minister is pressing Egypt to help find who killed an Italian student whose beaten, tortured body was found last week, nine days after he disappeared in Cairo.

Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, in an interview published Monday in La Repubblica daily, said: "We won't settle for presumed truths." He says Rome insists that Giulio Regeni's killers are identified and "punished according to law."

Separately, an Italian Justice...

February 8, 2016 - 8:18am
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' sex abuse commission is stressing that its sole purpose is to propose initiatives to protect children from pedophiles, after it effectively suspended a member who wanted it to take on a more activist role.

The commission told Peter Saunders on Saturday to take a leave of absence after he criticized the slow pace of reform and pressed to have the commission intervene immediately in individual cases, rather than just craft long-term...

February 8, 2016 - 8:14am
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DUBLIN (AP) — An Irish Republican Army faction has claimed responsibility for killing a reputed member of a drug-dealing gang in a machine gun attack on a Dublin boxing pre-match event, and is threatening to kill more criminal rivals.

The Continuity IRA issued a statement Monday to the BBC in Belfast saying its members were responsible for Friday's killing of 33-year-old David Byrne. Police say six people committed the attack, including three disguised as police officers...

February 8, 2016 - 8:09am
1 min 58 sec ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African university suspended two students for painting their faces in what it called a "blackface" incident deemed to be racially offensive. One of the students, however, says they were dressing as purple space aliens for a party with a galactic theme.

The episode at Stellenbosch University comes amid heightened debate on social media about racism in South Africa, which became a multi-racial democracy after the end of white minority rule in...

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