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Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee fighting
BEIRUT (AP) -- Thousands of Syrians rushed toward the Turkish border Friday, fleeing a fierce government offensive and intense Russian airstrikes near Syria's largest city of Aleppo....

Russia says it will offer new ideas to restart Syria talks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Facing Western criticism over the halt to Syria peace talks, Russia said Friday it plans to present new ideas on how to restart peace efforts at a meeting of nearly 20 key nations on Feb. 11....

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes southern Taiwan
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early Saturday, causing at least two buildings to collapse....

In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present....

Assange sex case sinks in international quagmire
LONDON (AP) -- It started more than five years ago as what appeared to be a fairly simple sex crime case: two women in Sweden came forward to accuse Julian Assange of sexual misconduct....

Brazil considers reforming biosecurity law amid criticism
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian officials will soon decide whether to amend the South American nation's rigid procedures for sharing Zika samples, the Cabinet chief's spokeswoman said Friday, as officials announced that they were sending a set of samples to U.S. researchers amid complaints of hoarding....

After much upheaval Danish TV has a request: "Don't hate us"
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Danish television has a request for the world: "Don't hate us!"...

Japan may change temple map icon to avoid Nazi confusion
TOKYO (AP) -- As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and caters to a surging influx of foreign visitors, the country faces a cultural dilemma: Should it stop identifying Buddhist temples on maps with the traditional "manji" symbol that is often confused with a Nazi swastika?...

For Brazil's Carnival fans, even Zika can't stop the party
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian Carnival could be called a hungry mosquito's dream - five days of non-stop street parties that bring together millions of revelers in an inviting mass of bare ankles, uncovered legs and denuded torsos. So the mosquito-borne Zika virus might be expected to dampen this year's debauchery....

Quieter, smaller Guantanamo as debate rages on prison's fate
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- Empty cells outnumber occupied ones. There are fewer prisoners than the assorted medical personnel to care for them. The number of hunger strikers is down to a handful....

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A 6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes southern Taiwan

After much upheaval Danish TV has a request: "Don't hate us"

Latin America/Caribbean
Ecuador president fires military chiefs via Twitter

Middle East
Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee fighting