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Seoul: N. Korea moves up rocket launch window to Feb. 7-14
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea has moved up the window of its planned long-range rocket launch to Feb. 7-14, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Saturday. The launch, which the North says is an effort to send a satellite into orbit, would be in defiance of repeated warnings by outside governments who suspect it is a banned test of ballistic missile technology....

Analysis: AP bureau chiefs in Koreas on planned launch
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- It's another big, splashy step for the North Korean government: a planned rocket launch the world will see as a banned test of long-range missile technology that comes only weeks after testing what it said was a hydrogen bomb....

11 dead, hundreds rescued as strong quake rattles Taiwan
TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) -- Rescuers raced to find additional survivors after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday and collapsed a building in a high-rise residential complex, killing at least 11 people and injuring hundreds....

The Latest: Death toll rises to 11 in Taiwan quake
TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) -- The Latest on a magnitude-6.4 earthquake in southern Taiwan (all times local):...

Rough seas, harsh winter, border limits add to migrant woes
PRESEVO, Serbia (AP) -- Rasul Orwani thought he had faced the worst after braving cold, rough seas in a rickety wooden boat to travel from Turkey to Greece, then came the Balkans....

Firebrand monks a powerful force in Myanmar despite setback
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dark-skinned and bearded men jump a young woman after she prays at a Buddhist shrine. They push her to the ground and rape her. Then they cut off her ear and slit her throat....

Iran body reverses ban on 1,500 election candidate
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's constitutional watchdog, the hard-line Guardian Council, reversed a ban on 1,500 candidates who had registered to run in Feb. 26 parliamentary elections, state media reported on Saturday....

Monkey Year inspires kung fu, predictions of fire, disease
BEIJING (AP) -- The new Chinese year is the one to go bananas over. On Feb. 8, the zodiac calendar enters the Year of the Monkey - the ninth of 12 animal signs. Plastic monkeys are adorning shopping centers and office buildings, and government departments have been giving out toy monkeys....

The Latest: Turkey admits 15 fleeing Aleppo; border closed
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Latest on the movement of refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere to Europe (all times local):...

Body of Italian student found in Cairo flown back to Italy
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian airport officials say the body of the Italian student who was found this week in a Cairo suburb was flown back to Italy....

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