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AP Top International News at 12:10 a.m. EST

IS car bomb in Syrian capital kills 10
BEIRUT (AP) -- A suicide car bomber dispatched by the Islamic State group struck near a police officers' club in the Syrian capital on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and destroying a number of cars....

Hoarding in Syria's largest city as government advances
BEIRUT (AP) -- As government troops close in on Aleppo, some residents are preparing to flee Syria's largest city while others are hoarding food in case of a long siege, even laying out bread on rooftops to dry it out for storage....

In Central America, gangs an obstacle in battle against Zika
CUSCATANCINGO, El Salvador (AP) -- For health workers battling Zika across much of Central America, the immediate menace is not the mosquitoes that transmit the virus. It's the gangsters who control the streets, and sometimes threaten their lives....

UN urges Turkey to open border to Syrians fleeing Aleppo
KILIS, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey must open its doors to the tens of thousands of Syrians who have massed at the border after fleeing violence, the U.N. demanded Tuesday, as an aide group said tents on the Syrian side are overcrowded and food in short supply....

Developers of toppled Taiwan building detained
TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) -- Three Taiwanese construction company executives have been detained on charges of professional negligence resulting in death following the collapse of an apartment building that killed dozens....

Train crash in Germany kills at least 10, injures 80
BAD AIBLING, Germany (AP) -- Two commuter trains crashed head-on Tuesday in southern Germany, killing 10 people and injuring 80 as they slammed into each other on a curve after an automatic safety braking system apparently failed, the transport minister said....

Sikh man barred from Mexico flight sees 'small victory'
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- An Indian-American actor and designer who was turned away from an airline flight after refusing to remove his Sikh turban during a security check said he's "thrilled" that Aeromexico is vowing to overhaul its screening protocols....

Pentagon seeks funding for Libya, Africa military operations
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is seeking $200 million in the 2017 budget for counterterrorism operations in Libya and other portions of North and West Africa, but Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that Libyans must take the lead in eliminating the Islamic State threat in their country....

US Army study: Iraq's Mosul dam at 'higher risk' of failure
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's Mosul Dam has long been branded the world's most dangerous dam, at risk of collapsing and sending water crashing over millions of people. That prospect is even greater than was previously believed after the Islamic State group captured the dam briefly in 2014, according to a new report by U.S. Army engineers....

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Carnival in Latin America
Now that Carnival has drawn to a close, here's a selection of top images taken at this year's pre-Lenten parties across Latin America and the Caribbean....

World Video
Up to the Minute
Africa
South Africa to prosecute 4 apartheid-era cops for murder

Asia
Indonesia air force plane crashes into home; 2 aboard killed

Europe
Asia stocks down for 3rd day, Yellen testimony awaited

Latin America/Caribbean
In Central America, gangs an obstacle in battle against Zika

Middle East
The Latest: MSF says 23,000 flee Aleppo



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