- Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week
MUNICH (AP) — Diplomats trying to secure a cease-fire for the civil war in Syria fell short early Friday in organizing a truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in a week's time. The deal appeared to be the result of a compromise between the United States, which had wanted an immediate cease-fire, and Russia, which had proposed one to start on March 1.
- How impoverished but nuclear-armed North Korea earns money
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The closure of a factory park in North Korea jointly run by both Koreas has robbed the impoverished North of a rare source of legitimate hard currency. Seoul says it shut the Kaesong complex in response to the North's recent long-range rocket launch to keep its impoverished neighbor from using the money factories provided to fund its nuclear and missile programs.
- Congress bans import of forced labor products
A bill headed for President Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep products of forced and child labor out of America.
- Make them an offer they can't refuse: Puzo archive for sale
BOSTON (AP) — Make them an offer they can't refuse and a massive collection of "The Godfather" author Mario Puzo's papers can be yours.
- Ohio police kill man they say injured 4 with machete
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police shot and killed a man who stormed into a central Ohio restaurant wielding a machete and randomly attacking people as they sat unsuspectingly at their dinner tables, authorities said.
- AP PHOTOS: Pernambuco's unique carnival in maracatu's cradle
NAZARE DE LA MATA, Brazil (AP) — This city in northern Brazil is considered the cradle of the maracatu, a frenetic, rhythmic dance of African origin that infuses its unique Carnival celebration with its spirit.
- Fear pervasive after Mexican prison riot that killed 49
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — A prison riot that left 49 inmates hacked, beaten or burned to death opened searing questions about gang rule, extortion and human rights violations in Mexico's overcrowded prisons, where people merely awaiting trial are mixed in with some of the world's most hardened killers.
- Indonesia warns messaging apps to drop same-sex emoticons
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to protect gay and lesbian rights, a day after his government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring same-sex couples in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.
- Teen who killed 5 family members to be sentenced as juvenile
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge cleared the way Thursday for a New Mexico teenager who shot and killed his parents and three younger siblings to be sentenced as a juvenile and released from state custody by the time he turns 21 after the teen's attorneys argued he could be psychologically rehabilitated.
- Australian minister resigns for breaching code of conduct
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An embattled Australian government minister resigned on Friday for breaching ministerial standards through a business trip to China, clearing the way for the prime minister to announce a final Cabinet reshuffle ahead of elections due this year.
- Thunder beat Pelicans; teams mourn Ingrid Williams' death
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Basketball didn't matter much to Kevin Durant on Thursday night.
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- Jury rules against Montana woman's wrongful-birth lawsuit
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana jury ruled Thursday against a woman who sought millions of dollars from health care providers that she said failed to diagnose her unborn daughter's cystic fibrosis.
- Venezuela says 3 dead from Zika complications
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela has announced the first Zika-related deaths in the South American country.