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Kerly Ariza, 17 and 20-weeks-pregnant, right, stands at her home in Ibague, Colombia, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Ariza was diagnosed with clinical symptoms of the Zika virus at a local hospital and is awaiting for the results of laboratory tests. Minister of Health Alejandro Gaviria said that at least 16.000 people have already been already infected with the Zika virus in Colombia, among them more than 500 pregnant women. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Brazil minister says no doubt Zika connected to microcephaly

- Associated Press

Brazil’s health minister said Friday that authorities were “absolutely sure” that the Zika virus is connected to devastating birth defects and rejected criticism that the government was slow to investigate the surge of cases that set off international alarms.

South Korean protesters stage a rally to oppose the possible deployment of the United States' advanced defense system THAAD, a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, on Korea Peninsula, near the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. North Korea may be preparing to launch a rocket or missile, according to a U.S. defense official and expert analysis of commercial satellite imagery. The signs read " Oppose the deployment of THAAD." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Seoul, U.S. to open talks on missile defense aimed at North Korea

- Associated Press

Looking to take a harder line after North Korea’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch, Seoul and Washington will begin talks as early as next week on deploying a sophisticated U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, officials said Friday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attend a news conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Talks aimed at narrowing differences over Syria and keeping afloat diplomacy to end its civil war have gotten under way in Munich. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week

- Associated Press

Diplomats agreed Friday to work toward a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in Syria’s civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire fell short.

Inmates stand on the rooftop of the Topo Chico prison as police stand guard on the perimeters, after a riot broke out around midnight, in Monterrey, Mexico, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. Dozens of inmates were killed and several injured in a brutal fight between two rival factions at the prison in northern Mexico, the state governor said. (AP Photo/Emilio Vazquez)

Riot at prison in northern Mexico leaves 49 inmates dead

- Associated Press

A brawl between rival drug gangs at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico turned into a riot Thursday, leaving 49 inmates dead and 12 injured in the country’s deadliest prison melee in years.

In this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo, North Korean workers assemble jackets at a factory of a South Korean-owned company at the jointly run Kaesong Industrial Complex, in Kaesong, North Korea. South Korea says Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, it will halt operations at joint industrial park with North Korea in response to the North's recent rocket launch. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP, File)

North Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factories

- Associated Press

North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, saying Seoul’s earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North’s recent rocket launch was a “dangerous declaration of war.”

A magazine cover welcoming Pope Francis to Mexico is displayed for sale alongside fashion and gossip magazines at a newsstand in Mexico City, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. The pontiff will arrive to Mexico on Friday, Feb. 12 for a week-long visit. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

5 things to know about pope’s trip to Mexico

- Associated Press

History’s first Latin American pope travels to Mexico on Friday for a weeklong tour of some of the most violent, poverty-stricken and peripheral places in the Americas. He’ll be bringing a message of hope and solidarity to victims of drug violence, trafficking and discrimination - a message the Vatican hopes will also resonate north of the border.

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Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., addresses the Republican Leadership Conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, FILE)

House GOP says Obama ignoring law with Iranian visa waiver bid

- The Washington Times

President Obama's attempt to grant a special visa waiver to Iranians who hold passports from other countries as well plays into the hands of Tehran, experts told Congress on Wednesday, saying the regime relies on exactly those dual-passport holders for its terrorism and weapons plans.

There is currently a shortage of eggs throughout Venezuela, with people waiting in line for at least an hour to buy them. The IMF said inflation would more than double in the economically struggling South American country in 2016. (Associated Press)

Crumbling economy in Venezuela puts Nicolas Maduro's socialist regime in peril

The late Hugo Chavez kept his "Bolivarian Revolution" alive by picking fights — mostly with the United States and Venezuela's traditional elites — while sailing on a sea of oil. But with energy prices plummeting and the economy cratering, Venezuelans aren't buying the old formula anymore under Chavez's handpicked successor.

Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty

- Associated Press

The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation's obligations under the recent Paris climate agreement.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, center, and British Gen. Sir Nicholas Houghton, second left, participate in a meeting of NATO's Military Committee at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) ** FILE **

NATO ministers approve new reinforcements for eastern Europe

- Associated Press

NATO defense ministers on Wednesday approved new multinational reinforcements to beef up defenses of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia, the alliance's secretary-general announced.

Adm. Cecil E.D. Haney. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

China adds warheads to older DF-5s

- The Washington Times

China's military has begun retrofitting single-warhead DF-5 intercontinental ballistic missiles with multiple, independently targetable re-entry vehicles, according to U.S. defense officials. The upgrading of the DF-5 missiles with multiple warheads, known as MIRVs, was detected by U.S. intelligence agencies within the past several months.

Waris Ahluwalia, a member of the Sikh community, gives an interview in Mexico City, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. The Indian-American actor and designer who wasn't allowed to board a Mexico City-to-New York flight after refusing to remove his turban said Tuesday that he is satisfied with an apology from the airline.  Ahluwalia said he is now waiting for Aeromexico to implement special training on how to treat Sikh passengers, for whom the headgear carries deep religious significance. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Sikh man barred from Mexico flight sees 'small victory'

- Associated Press

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 this photo provided by Turkish Islamic aid group IHH, Syrians gather at a temporary refugee camp for displaced Syrians in northern Syria, near Bab al-Salameh border crossing with Turkey, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Turkey is facing mounting pressure to open its border as tens of thousands of Syrian fleeing a government onslaught and intense Russian airstrikes arrived at the frontier. (IHH via AP)

Kurds attack Syrian air base held by insurgents

- Associated Press

Kurdish fighters helped by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, while an international aid group warned that the health system in parts of the north is close to collapse.

Choe Ryong Hae (center), director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army (KPA), and other delegates (from left) Kim Hyong Jun, deputy minister Foreign Affairs, Ri Yong Gil, colonel general of KPA, Kim Song Nam, vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers party of Korea, and Kim Su Gil, lieutenant general of KPA, pose before leaving Pyongyang Airport for China on May 22, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

North Korea's army chief of staff executed: Report

- The Washington Times

A top North Korean military general was executed this month on corruption and other charges, according to a South Korean news report Wednesday, sparking speculation that ruler Kim Jong-un may have deemed the official as an internal threat to his grip on power in Pyongyang.

This file photo taken just after the liberation by the Soviet army in January 1945 shows a group of children wearing concentration camp uniforms behind barbed wire fencing in the Oswiecim (Auschwitz) Nazi concentration camp. A 94-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp is going on trial Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, the first of up to four cases being brought to court this year in an 11th-hour push by German prosecutors to punish Nazi war crimes. (AP Photo)

Ex-SS guard in Auschwitz on trial in late push to punish Nazi crimes

- Associated Press

A 94-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp is going on trial this week on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, the first of up to four cases being brought to court this year in an 11th-hour push by German prosecutors to punish Nazi war crimes.

In this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo, North Korean workers assemble jackets at a factory of a South Korean-owned company at the jointly run Kaesong Industrial Complex, in Kaesong, North Korea. South Korea says Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, it will halt operations at joint industrial park with North Korea in response to the North's recent rocket launch. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP, File)

South Korea to shut down joint industrial park with North Korea

- Associated Press

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.

California expands search tool for campaign data

Associated Press

California regulators have launched a new web tool that sheds light on small and independent political contributions that previously were more difficult to track online.