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February 7, 2016 - 7:24am
1 day 23 hours ago

LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Cambridge says in a new video that she and Prince William want all children to get support during difficult times to help them overcome mental health challenges.

The content of the video was revealed Sunday to mark the start of Children's Mental Health Week. The former Kate Middleton says in the video that the royal couple wants to help schools prioritize the mental well-being of their students as well as emphasizing academic success. She...

February 7, 2016 - 6:57am
1 day 23 hours ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the government expects to hold direct talks with representatives of the Taliban by the end of this month.

Ahmad Shakib Mostaghani, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, said on Sunday officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States had laid out a roadmap toward peace talks at their latest meeting in Islamabad.

He says representatives of the four countries, who met Saturday, stressed a...

February 7, 2016 - 6:53am
1 day 23 hours ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has made a public plea for help for Syrians fleeing civil war so that their survival and dignity are assured.

Francis told a crowd in St. Peter's Square on Sunday that "I am following with strong worry the dramatic fate of the civilian population caught up in the violent combat in Syria and forced to abandon everything to flee the horrors of the war."

He said he hoped that thanks to the world's "generous solidarity"...

February 7, 2016 - 6:52am
1 day 23 hours ago

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil leaders have asked the top U.N. human rights official to help determine the fate of more than 4,000 civilians reported missing in the country's long civil war amid the new government's assertion that most of them are probably dead.

The U.N. official, Zeid Raad al-Hussein, met Sunday with the chief minister of Sri Lanka's Northern Province, the center of the civil war, which ended in 2009. Zeid is on a four-day visit to...

February 7, 2016 - 6:43am
2 days 33 min ago

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A top official in the United Arab Emirates says his country is prepared to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State militants.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash made the comments in response to a question from The Associated Press on Sunday, days after neighboring Saudi Arabia said it is ready to deploy ground forces if leaders of the U.S.-led international coalition fighting the group call for it....

February 7, 2016 - 6:38am
2 days 43 min ago

TOKYO (AP) — A light earthquake has struck north of Tokyo, shaking buildings in the Japanese capital.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says the magnitude-4.6 quake struck at around 7:30 Sunday evening at a depth of 50 kilometers (30 miles) in Ibaraki prefecture.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and there was no tsunami risk.

The quake comes a day after a magnitude-6.4 temblor jolted southern Taiwan, causing a...

February 7, 2016 - 6:37am
2 days 43 min ago

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested six suspected members of a jihadi cell linked to Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra militants during raids in the eastern provinces of Valencia and Alicante and in Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta.

Four of those arrested have Spanish nationality but are of Syrian, Jordanian and Moroccan ancestry. Two others are Syrian and Moroccan nationals living in Spain.

Police said in a statement they began...

February 7, 2016 - 6:32am
2 days 43 min ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president has lashed out at the United States a week after a President Barack Obama's envoy visited a northern Syrian town that is under the control of Syrian Kurdish forces, which Ankara considers terrorists.

In comments published Sunday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Washington should choose between Turkey and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, as its partner.

That came after envoy Brett McGurk's...

February 7, 2016 - 6:31am
2 days 43 min ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani police official says fire has killed all 10 members of a fisherman's family on an island in southern Pakistan.

Mohammad Javed said Sunday that the incident took place late Saturday night on Kharo Chan island in the southern province of Sindh.

He said initial reports suggest that an oil lamp fell due to high winds and sparked flames that engulfed the family's wooden hut.

Javed said the victims included...

February 7, 2016 - 6:22am
2 days 43 min ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Islamic authority that oversees a sensitive Jerusalem holy site says it opposes a new prayer area for non-Orthodox Jews at the adjacent Western Wall.

The Waqf's rejection may present an obstacle for Israel which has tried to defuse tensions with more liberal streams of Judaism who have demanded the right to pray at the wall according to their customs. After three years of negotiations, Israel announced the creation of the new prayer area last week....

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