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February 9, 2016 - 7:30pm
11 min 48 sec ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The government has dropped a charge against an Australian man accused of preparing to fight with Kurdish militants against the Islamic State movement.

Jamie Williams was stopped by customs agents as he was boarding a flight to Qatar at Melbourne airport in December 2014 after military-style equipment and clothing were allegedly found in his luggage. He was charged with preparing for an incursion into a foreign country for the purpose of...

February 9, 2016 - 6:18pm
11 min 48 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say North Korea is continuing to evade U.N. sanctions, using airlines, ships, and the international financial system to trade in prohibited items for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The experts monitoring sanctions against the North says Pyongyang also continues to export ballistic missile-related items to the Middle East and trade in arms and related material to Africa.

A summary of the panel's report,...

February 9, 2016 - 4:15pm
11 min 48 sec ago

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Plans in the Dominican Republic to award a literary prize to Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa have angered some people, including a member of the president's Cabinet.

Dominican and foreign academics selected Vargas Llosa to receive the prize at an April book fair. The prize has typically been presented by the culture minister.

Minister of the Presidency Gustavo Montalvo said late Monday it would be...

February 9, 2016 - 3:47pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — An Indian-American actor and designer who says he was not allowed to board a Mexico City-to-New York flight because he refused to remove his turban says he's satisfied with an apology by the airline, Aeromexico.

Waris Ahluwalia says he is now just waiting for the carrier to implement special training on how to treat Sikh passengers, for whom the headgear carries deep religious significance.

Ahluwalia told The Associated Press on...

February 9, 2016 - 3:02pm
11 min 48 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — Two agencies contend Facebook is breaching privacy laws in France by tracking and using the personal data of more than 30 million users there without their knowledge.

The independent privacy watchdog CNIL has given Facebook three months to comply with French data protection laws or risk sanctions. The government-linked General Direction for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control set a two-month limit.

CNIL said late Monday that...

February 9, 2016 - 1:34pm
11 min 48 sec ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has summoned the U.S. ambassador to "convey unease" a day after the U.S. State Department spokesman said that, unlike Turkey, Washington doesn't recognize Syrian Kurdish forces as "terrorists."

The issue has strained ties between the two allies and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan even called on Washington to choose between Turkey and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, as its partner.

A Foreign Ministry official...

February 9, 2016 - 1:00pm
11 min 48 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A group of Argentine forensic experts says it has determined there is no physical evidence to conclude that 43 students who disappeared in southern Mexico in 2014 were incinerated at a trash dump as government investigators initially claimed.

The report released Tuesday by the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team found the dump in Cocula, Guerrero state, was the site of multiple fires at various times.

But while bone fragments...

February 9, 2016 - 12:56pm
11 min 48 sec ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A specially-recruited group of priests have last-minute instructions from Pope Francis before fanning out through the world to show a more merciful face of the Catholic Church to sinners.

About 700 priests from around the globe, many of them using headphones for translations, heard Francis on Tuesday stress the welcoming image he wants faithful to have of the church and how priests should act when hearing confessions. The pope said many people abandon...

February 9, 2016 - 12:36pm
11 min 48 sec ago

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — U.N. officials say the number of Haitians in need of urgent food aid has spiked as a drought is exacerbated by the El Nino weather pattern.

The U.N. World Food Program says roughly 1.5 million Haitians are now considered severely insecure when it comes to food, more than double the figure from a government assessment in September.

Haiti is in its third year of drought. The situation has deteriorated because of a lack of...

February 9, 2016 - 12:27pm
11 min 48 sec ago

SALAHUDDIN, Iraq (AP) — A senior Iraqi Kurdish leader has called for international aid to help finance the war against the Islamic State group, saying it's a "miracle" that underpaid Kurdish forces are still on the front lines.

Masrour Barzani, head of the region's security council, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the regional government is struggling to pay Kurdish peshmerga forces because of a dispute with Baghdad over oil revenues, low oil prices and an...

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