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February 5, 2016 - 6:28am
2 days 18 hours ago

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The African soccer confederation says it is backing Sheikh Salman of Bahrain in this month's FIFA presidential election.

The announcement was made by Confederation of African Football vice presidents Suketu Patel and Almamy Kabele Camara at a news conference following an executive committee meeting in Rwanda on Friday.

The decision to back the Asian soccer confederation president gives a major boost to the Bahraini royal's hopes...

February 5, 2016 - 6:20am
2 days 21 hours ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in a major step to heal the 1000-year-old schism that divided Christianity between East and West.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, announced the meeting with Patriarch Kirill, saying it will take place in Cuba on Feb. 12.

Francis is due to travel to Mexico Feb. 12-18. He will stop in Cuba on the way and meet...

February 5, 2016 - 6:17am
2 days 22 hours ago

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Ankara on Monday to meet with Turkey's prime minister as she tries to reduce the migrant influx to Europe.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Friday Merkel and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu decided on the trip when they met at this week's aid conference for Syria in London.

Turkey, a key country on the migrant route to Europe, is central to Merkel's diplomatic...

February 5, 2016 - 5:53am
2 days 22 hours ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has vowed not to negotiate peace with Kurdish rebels until the group lays down its arms.

Davutoglu was speaking on Friday in the southeastern city of Mardin, where he revealed a government "master plan" to rebuild the country's mainly Kurdish region after the security forces' operations against militants linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, end.

Fighting between Turkish forces...

February 5, 2016 - 5:40am
2 days 22 hours ago

AMSTERDAM (AP) — NATO's chief is meeting European Union defense ministers to discuss boosting cooperation between the military alliance and the 28-nation bloc to tackle looming threats to the region.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says he will use Friday's meeting in Amsterdam to talk about "how we can work more closely on challenges like hybrid threats, like working together to stabilize our neighborhood in the South."

Stoltenberg also has...

February 5, 2016 - 5:24am
2 days 22 hours ago

TOKYO (AP) — A volcano has erupted explosively in southern Japan.

Japan's Meteorological Agency says Sakurajima erupted at around 7 p.m. (1000 GMT).

The eruption at dusk sent an orange burst into the darkening sky and lava rolling down the mountain's slope.

Public broadcaster NHK also showed dark gray smoke billowing up into the sky.

February 5, 2016 - 5:07am
2 days 22 hours ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African miners' union says about 87 people are trapped after a building collapsed at a gold mine in the country's eastern Mpumalanga province.

A spokesman for the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, Manzini Zungu, said 52 people were trapped when an office building collapsed above ground on Friday, trapping an additional 35 miners below ground. Zungu said 80 miners have been rescued so far.

Zungu said the...

February 5, 2016 - 5:07am
2 days 22 hours ago

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian Environment Ministry says Parliament has passed a 10-year moratorium on chopping down trees for industry or export purposes.

Spokeswoman Ana Kekezi on Friday said that the law only allows local authorities to approve limited wood-cutting for heating.

Albania's 1.4 million hectares (3.5 million acres) of forests have been savagely cut or burnt over the past 26 years since the fall of the communist regime, with an...

February 5, 2016 - 4:59am
2 days 20 hours ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The head of Poland's ruling party says his country has achieved a "full protection" of social rights for Polish workers in Britain in talks with the British prime minister.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of the conservative Law and Justice party in Poland, spoke to reporters on Friday after meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Kaczynski said he was "very satisfied" with what was achieved.

Cameron on...

February 5, 2016 - 4:58am
2 days 22 hours ago

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria (all times Syria local):

11:00 a.m.

A Britain-based monitoring group reports that the Syrian Army and allied militias have retaken a town at the doorstep of Daraa, a contested city that lies between Damascus and the Jordan border.

The conquest opens several supply routes to Daraa, which is divided between government and opposition fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says....

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