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February 9, 2016 - 11:06pm
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BEIJING (AP) — China has reported its first case of the Zika virus in a man who recently traveled to Venezuela.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission says the 34-year-old man from the southern city of Ganzhou had been treated in Venezuela on Jan. 28 before returning home on Feb. 5 via Hong Kong and the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

The commission said the man was confirmed as having the Zika virus on Tuesday, but his temperature was...

February 9, 2016 - 10:58pm
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian lawmakers have committed to legalize the growing of marijuana for medical use within a part of the world renowned for zero-tolerance and harsh penalties for illegal drugs.

The government introduced a bill to Parliament on Wednesday that would amend the Narcotics Drugs Act 1967 and create a licensing scheme for growing medicinal cannabis. Marijuana is currently illegal throughout Australia, but two states are considering making the...

February 9, 2016 - 10:15pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say a reporter who was dragged from her home by armed assailants in Veracruz state has been found dead.

The government of Veracruz says in a statement that Anabel Flores Salazar's body was discovered Tuesday on a highway in the neighboring state of Puebla. The corpse was identified by family members.

Flores Salazar was a crime-beat reporter for a local newspaper in the Veracruz city of Orizaba. She was kidnapped...

February 9, 2016 - 9:40pm
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TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Prosecutors investigating the deadly collapse of an apartment building in southern Taiwan have approved the detention of three construction company executives on charges of professional negligence resulting in death.

The Tainan District Prosecutors Office said in a statement Wednesday that Lin Ming-hui and architects Chang Kui-an and Cheng Chin-kui were suspected of having overseen shoddy construction of the 17-story Weiguan Golden Dragon building,...

February 9, 2016 - 8:14pm
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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck Chile's central region, shaking buildings in the capital of Santiago. But no damage or injuries have been reported and authorities are discounting the possibility of a tsunami hitting the country's long coast.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the epicenter of Tuesday night's quake was 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Ovalle. It struck at 9:33 p.m. and caused buildings to shake in Santiago, 202 miles (326...

February 9, 2016 - 7:30pm
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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
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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
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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
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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...

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