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February 12, 2016 - 2:32am
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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A presidential spokesman in South Sudan says the president has appointed his rival, rebel leader Riek Machar, as first vice president in a unity government.

Ateny Wek Ateny said Friday that President Salva Kiir expects Machar to travel to Juba, the South Sudanese capital, soon.

It was not possible to talk to Machar, who has been living in Ethiopia.

Machar and Kiir signed a peace deal in August, although...

February 12, 2016 - 2:27am
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MUNICH (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the use of ground troops in the Syrian conflict could result in world war.

Medvedev was quoted as saying in an interview published late Thursday by the German newspaper Handelsblatt that "a ground operation draws everyone taking part in it into a war."

When asked about a recent proposal from Saudi Arabia to send in ground troops to Syria, the prime minister answered that "the Americans and our...

February 11, 2016 - 11:43pm
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An embattled Australian government minister has resigned for breaching ministerial standards through a business trip to China, clearing the way for the prime minister to announce a final Cabinet reshuffle ahead of elections due this year.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday an investigation found Stuart Robert had breached the government's Code of Ministerial Standards through his 2014 trip to Beijing with a friend and donor to the...

February 11, 2016 - 10:47pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France is consulting United Nations Security Council members on the text of a new resolution that would strengthen international involvement in Burundi, and Britain says it could include "a policing element."

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told reporters Thursday that the council must keep the spotlight on the escalating violence in the impoverished African nation, which he called "conflict prevention."

France's U.N....

February 11, 2016 - 10:29pm
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TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese leaders and relatives have held a memorial service for victims of last weekend's earthquake that claimed at least 94 lives.

President Ma Ying-jeou and president-elect Tsai Ing-wen attended the Friday ceremony, offering flowers and shaking hands with relatives and Buddhist monks before leaving without making any public remarks. Family members lit incense and bowed before the victims' photographs, arranged in rows.

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February 11, 2016 - 10:08pm
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela has announced the first Zika-related deaths in the South American country.

President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday that at least three people have died in Venezuela due to complications related to the mosquito-borne Zika virus. He added that 68 people have been hospitalized with complications confirmed to be related to the virus.

Maduro did not say what the complications were or how the deaths had been confirmed...

February 11, 2016 - 9:55pm
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TOKYO (AP) — A married Japanese ruling party lawmaker has resigned for allegedly having an affair while publicly announcing he would seek to take paternity leave to promote women's rights.

Kensuke Miyazaki bowed repeatedly and apologized profusely at a news conference broadcast live on Japanese television Friday morning.

The 35-year-old lower house member from Kyoto prefecture had drawn both praise and criticism after saying he would take the rare...

February 11, 2016 - 9:44pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain's United Nations ambassador says he hopes the U.N. Security Council will agree as soon as possible on a resolution imposing tough new sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.

Matthew Rycroft told reporters Thursday that Britain is pressing for sanctions "that will go beyond traditional nonproliferation areas in order to demonstrate the seriousness of the test and the launch."...

February 11, 2016 - 9:33pm
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TOKYO (AP) — Japan's benchmark stock index dived more than 5 percent Friday following a sell-off in European and U.S. markets.

The Nikkei 225 was down 5.3 percent at 14,876.64. Other Asian stock markets were also lower but less dramatically.

February 11, 2016 - 9:11pm
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SYDNEY (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a charge against a 92-year-old retired surgeon that alleged he had smuggled 1 million Australian dollars ($700,000) in cocaine hidden on bars of soap into Sydney airport.

Victor Twartz was due to appear in the New South Wales District Court in Sydney on Friday on a charge of importing a commercial quantity of cocaine, which carries a potential life sentence.

But the Sydney resident did not appear and prosecutors...

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