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1 hour ago South African university suspends 2 in costume outcry
A South African university suspended two students for painting their faces in what it called a “blackface” incident deemed to be racially offensive. One of the students, however, says they were dressing as purple space aliens for a party with a galactic theme.









1 hour ago Suspect in murder of dismembered Spaniard in Thai custody
A Spanish man who is the prime suspect in the gruesome murder of a fellow Spaniard was in Thai custody Monday after being arrested in Cambodia, where he fled after the victim’s dismembered body was recovered over several days from Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River.









1 hour ago Vatican stresses policy role of sex committee after ouster
Pope Francis’ sex abuse commission is stressing that its sole purpose is to propose initiatives to protect children from pedophiles, after it effectively suspended a member who wanted it to take on a more activist role.









1 hour ago Suicide bomber strikes Afghan market, killing 5
A suicide bomber struck in a crowded market in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, killing five civilians and wounding nine others, a local official said.









1 hour ago Chinese visit temples, fairs to ring in Year of the Monkey
Chinese and others around Asia flocked to temples and fairs to pray for good health and fortune on Monday, the first day of the Lunar New Year.









1 hour ago Ex-French minister in court for tax fraud, money laundering
A former French budget minister is appearing in court on charges of tax fraud and money laundering that forced him to dramatically resign three years ago in the first political scandal under President Francois Hollande.









1 hour ago How to fix the euro: Top bankers urge closer ties
The top central bankers from France and Germany are joining in an appeal to fix longstanding flaws in the euro currency by more closely integrating their economies and putting more authority over financial policies at the European level.









1 hour ago Giant red carpet for Egypt leader’s motorcade sparks uproar
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is facing criticism after a massive red carpet was laid over public roads for his motorcade during a trip to open a social housing project in a Cairo suburb.









1 hour ago India bans Facebook's ‘free’ Internet for the poor
It ruled that service providers can't charge different prices for Internet access, a blow to Facebook's global charitable effort.









1 hour ago Italy presses Egypt to help find who killed Italian student
Italy’s foreign minister is pressing Egypt to help find who killed an Italian student whose beaten, tortured body was found last week, nine days after he disappeared in Cairo.









1 hour ago Call for responsive governments at Dubai summit amid turmoil
U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders called on governments to be responsive to and inclusive of their citizens at a conference in Dubai on Monday, as the unrest of the Arab Spring reverberates across the Middle East.









1 hour ago IRA faction says it attacked Dublin boxing event, killed man
An Irish Republican Army faction claimed responsibility Monday for killing a reputed member of a drug-dealing gang in a machine gun attack on a Dublin boxing event — and threatened to kill more criminal rivals as part of a long-running underworld feud.









1 hour ago Philippine autonomy delay stalls disarming of Muslim rebels
A Philippine rebel leader says Congress’ failure to pass a Muslim autonomy bill as part of a new peace pact will delay a program to disarm thousands of guerrillas in the country’s south.









1 hour ago Senegal fears extremism amid imam arrests, regional attacks
Dozens of armed security forces descended on the Quranic school at night, arresting an imam suspected of having links to Islamic extremists in Nigeria.









1 hour ago Kurdish protest against Turkey turns violent in Paris
Clashes have erupted outside the Turkish Embassy in Paris after police moved in to disperse a demonstration by Kurdish political activists.









1 hour ago US stocks open lower; energy sector sinks along with oil
Stocks are opening broadly lower on Wall Street, putting the market on track for its second sizable loss in a row.









1 hour ago Iran awards medals of honor to its nuclear team
Iran awarded medals of honor on Monday to its nuclear negotiators, who helped clinch a landmark deal with world powers last year.









1 hour ago Merkel says ‘horrified’ by Russian bombings in Syria
Turkey and Germany agreed on Monday on a set of measures to try to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis, including a joint diplomatic initiative aimed at halting attacks against Syria’s largest city.









1 hour ago Al-Qaida militants battle each other in southern Yemen
Al-Qaida militants battled each other on Monday in a southern Yemeni city controlled by the group, in what appeared to be an internal power struggle that erupted after a senior militant was killed in a U.S. drone strike.









1 hour ago The Latest: Hungary’s Orban blames West for migrant crisis
The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):









4 hours ago Saudi Arabia shoots down missile fired from Yemen
The Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen says Saudi Arabia has shot down a ballistic missile launched toward the kingdom from Yemen.









4 hours ago Suicide bombing in northern Afghanistan kills 3 soldiers
At least three Afghan soldiers were killed in a suicide bomb attack Monday morning on an army minibus near their base in northern Balkh province, an official said.









4 hours ago Chinese visit temples, fairs to ring in Year of the Monkey
Chinese flocked to temples and fairs to pray for good health and fortune on Monday, the first day of the Lunar New Year.









4 hours ago Chechen leader posts threatening messages online
The leader of Russia’s Chechen republic has posted several pictures online that have been viewed as threats to the Russian opposition.









4 hours ago Iran awards medals of honor to nuclear team
Iran awarded medals of honor on Monday to its nuclear negotiators who helped clinch a landmark deal with world powers last year.









4 hours ago South Africa’s Desmond Tutu defends reconciliation process
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.









4 hours ago Russian authorities detain 7 on suspicion of terrorist plot
Russia’s state security service says it has detained seven people in the country’s Ural mountain region on suspicion of terrorist activities.









4 hours ago Ex-French minister in court for tax fraud, money laundering
A former French budget minister will appear in court on charges of tax fraud and money laundering that forced him to dramatically resign three years ago in the first political scandal under President Francois Hollande.









4 hours ago Survivors pulled out from building 2 days after Taiwan quake
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.









4 hours ago Germany’s Merkel in Turkey for talks over migrants
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday for more talks on reducing the influx of migrants to Europe.