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The Latest: German FM sees no military solution in Syria

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Germany’s foreign minister says that seeking a military solution to Syria’s civil war will only pave the way for years more fighting. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said...

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...

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. Turkey’s coast guard said 22...

Chinese visit temples, fairs to ring in Year of the Monkey

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese are flocking to temples and fairs to pray for good health and fortune on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday. In Beijing, many are visiting traditional fairs held in parks, as well as Buddhist and Taoist temples offering singing and dance...

Chinese visit temples, fairs to ring in Year of the Monkey

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese are flocking to temples and fairs to pray for good health and fortune on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday. In Beijing, many are visiting traditional fairs held in parks, as well as Buddhist and Taoist temples offering singing and dance...

Australian freed by jihadis arrives in Burkina Faso capital

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — An elderly Australian woman who was kidnapped along with her husband by al-Qaida militants has arrived in Burkina Faso’s capital after she was released. Jocelyn Elliott and her husband were kidnapped in mid-January in the...

The Latest: Japan mulls sanctions after NKorea launch

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket (all times local): 1 p.m. Top government officials say they are preparing to step up Japan’s sanctions on North Korea to protest against Sunday’s rocket launch. Chief...

Survivors pulled out from building 2 days after Taiwan quake

TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Two survivors — one found shielded under the body of her husband — were pulled out alive from a toppled high-rise apartment building on Monday, two days after a powerful quake that killed at least 36. Taiwan’s Eastern Broadcasting...

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. “That’s really good,” the 21-year-old art student says, and Coca presses...

Survivor pulled out from building 2 days after Taiwan quake

TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — A survivor found shielded under the body of her husband was pulled out alive from a toppled high-rise apartment building on Monday, Taiwanese media reported, two days after a powerful quake that killed at least 36. Eastern Broadcasting Corp. reported...