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Survivors pulled out from building 2 days after Taiwan quake
TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) -- At least four people, including an 8-year-old girl, were rescued Monday from a high-rise Taiwanese apartment building toppled by a powerful quake two days earlier, as frustration grew among families waiting for searchers to reach their buried loved ones....

Syria troops make more gains in Aleppo, near Turkish border
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian army troops recaptured a new village north of Aleppo Monday, bringing troops and allied militiamen to within a few kilometers of the Turkish border as part of a major Russian-backed offensive in the area, the Syrian government and opposition activists said....

Merkel in Turkey for migrants talks as 33 people die at sea
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks in Ankara Monday on how to reduce the influx of people into Europe as reports emerged that another 33 people died off Turkey's coast attempting to reach Greece....

The Latest: Turkish official lambastes EU on migrant demands
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):...

Iran awards medals of honor to nuclear team
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran awarded medals of honor on Monday to its nuclear negotiators who helped clinch a landmark deal with world powers last year....

Chinese visit temples, fairs to ring in Year of the Monkey
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese flocked to temples and fairs to pray for good health and fortune on Monday, the first day of the Lunar New Year....

Tattoos on the rebound in Cuba after years underground
HAVANA (AP) -- Bent in concentration beneath the vaulted ceiling of his Old Havana studio, Mauro Coca draws a tropical bird in blue ink down the length of Julivic Marquez's arm....

Call for responsive governments at Dubai summit amid turmoil
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- World leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama called Monday for governments to be responsive to and inclusive of their citizens, especially as the unrest of the Arab Spring still reverberates across the Middle East....

South Africa's Desmond Tutu defends reconciliation process
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu has defended the reconciliation policy that ended white minority rule in South Africa, saying the country has social and economic problems largely because of later mismanagement....

Spain: Madrid city calls for release of puppeteers
MADRID (AP) -- Madrid city hall has apologized to parents for exposing their children to a violent puppet show, but says authorities' decision to jail the puppeteers for allegedly praising terrorism was disproportionate....

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