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World Health Organization: Possible Zika vaccines are about 18 months away from trials

The World Health Organization says possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials. Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO assistant director-general for health systems and innovation, said the U.N. health agency's response is "proceeding very quickly" and 15 companies or groups have...

Fire, riot break out at Mexican prison

A fire and riot broke out Thursday at a prison in northern Mexico, and local media said numerous inmates appeared to have died. Rescue workers could be seen bringing injured inmates from the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, at least some with burns. The number of dead was unclear. Officials of the...

Drought compounds food crisis in Haiti

The number of Haitians who face severe food insecurity has doubled in the last six months as a result of three consecutive years of drought worsened by the global El Niño weather phenomenon, the United Nations World Food Program said this week. According to the agency, about 3.6 million people...

Elephant rampages through east Indian town

A wild elephant rampaged through an east Indian town on Wednesday, smashing cars and homes and sending panicked people running before the animal was tranquilized to be returned to the forest. (Associated Press) "The elephant was scared and was trying to go back to the jungle," said Papaiya Sarkar,...

S. Korea to shut down joint industrial park with N. Korea

South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to the North's recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs. The decision to end operations at the industrial complex...

Indian American actor barred from Mexico flight sees 'small victory'

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. In an interview Tuesday night at a Mexico City hotel where he ended...

Construction executives arrested in collapse of building in Taiwan earthquake

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. The district prosecutor's office in the city of Tainan said in a statement Wednesday that Lin Ming-hui...

At least 2 dead after trains crash in southern Germany

Police say at least two people have died and about 100 have been injured — 10 seriously — in a train crash in southern Germany. German news agency dpa reported that two regional trains were involved in the crash Tuesday morning near Bad Aibling in Bavaria. Police spokesman Stefan Sonntag told The...

Hong Kong's Lunar New Year celebration turns into clashes between police and protesters

Hong Kong's Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other local holiday delicacies. The violence is the worst in Hong Kong since pro-democracy protests rocked the city in 2014, leaving a growing trust...

North Korea praises rocket launch; others view it as a covert missile test

For North Korea's propaganda machine, the long-range rocket launch Sunday carved a glorious trail of “fascinating vapor” through the clear blue sky. For South Korea's president, and other world leaders, it was a banned test of dangerous ballistic missile technology and yet another “intolerable...

Four former soldiers arrested in 1989 killings of six Jesuit priests in Salvadoran civil war

Salvadoran police have arrested four former soldiers wanted in Spain for the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests during the Central American country's brutal civil war, officials said Saturday. Five of the priests were Spanish and their killings sparked international outrage. After the arrests were...

Bomb blew hole in passenger jet, Somali officials say

A Somali official says that a bomb blew a hole in a jetliner, killing one person and forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday. Ali Jama Jangali, Somalia's transport minister, said at a press conference Saturday that investigators concluded that...

Five Czech skiers killed in 'massive' avalanche in Austrian Alps, police say

Police in Austria say five skiers from the Czech Republic have been killed after being buried in a "massive" Alpine avalanche. Tirol police spokesman Helmut Schuetz said Saturday that two people were also injured after the avalanche struck the Wattener Lizum region, 30 kilometers (20 miles) southeast...

6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes southern Taiwan

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck southern Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake struck around noon PST Friday, about six miles underground. The temblor was located some 22 miles southeast of Yujing, according to the survey. There appeared to be major damage to buildings,...

China probe identifies stored chemical behind Tianjin blasts

The deadly warehouse blasts that killed 165 people in a Chinese port city in August were triggered when the stored chemical nitrocellulose became too dry and caught fire, investigators announced Friday. An investigative team assembled by the State Council, China's Cabinet, said flames spread among...

Dozens trapped as building collapses at South Africa gold mine

A South African miners' union says about 87 people are trapped after a building collapsed at a gold mine in the country's eastern Mpumalanga province. A spokesman for the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, Manzini Zungu, said 52 people were trapped when an office building collapsed...

U.N. panel finds WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's detention 'arbitrary,' Swedish government says

Sweden's foreign ministry said Thursday that a U.N. advisory panel has concluded that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been a victim of “arbitrary” detention at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London where he sought refuge in 2012. Sweden has seen the report, to be published Friday, and the Geneva-based...

Britain's David Cameron says progress made in negotiations with European Union

British Prime Minister David Cameron claimed “real progress” Tuesday in negotiations with the European Union, but said more work needs to be done before a satisfactory agreement on reform of the bloc can be approved at a summit this month. Cameron told sometimes skeptical British voters that he...

16 dead, many wounded in Nigeria suicide bombings

Multiple suicide bombings have killed 15 civilians and a soldier, and the toll is expected to rise among those critically wounded in Chibok, community leaders said Thursday in the town from which Boko Haram kidnapped scores of schoolgirls almost two years ago. Many wounded people suffered severe...

Turkish police recover a painting resembling Picasso's work

Turkish police and media say police have recovered an oil painting that looks like a Picasso in a sting operation in Istanbul. The state-run Anadolu Agency said Saturday that police posed as buyers for the painting, detaining two suspects who tried to sell it for $8 million. Anadolu said the painting,...

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