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The cargo ship Duncan Island in Kalundborg Harbour in Denmark on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Danish police say they have arrested 27 people for suspected drug smuggling after having found some 100 kilograms of cocaine at a Bahamas-registered cargo vessel, the Duncan Island, plying on Danish waters. (Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

Denmark arrests 27 people on suspected cocaine smuggling

Feb. 16, 2020 3:21 PM EST

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — Danish police say they have arrested 27 people for suspected drug smuggling after finding some 100 kilograms of cocaine on a Bahamas-registered cargo vessel plying Danish waters. Copenhagen police said Sunday in a statement that the cocaine was seized during an internationally...

Software glitches force Dominican Republic to suspend vote

Feb. 16, 2020 1:51 PM EST

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Problems with electronic voting systems forced the Dominican Republic to suspend municipal elections across the country on Sunday. The president of the Central Electoral Board, Julio Cesar Castaños Guzmán, said the voting was halted after about three hours...

This Feb. 15, 2020 photo courtesy of the Center for Great Apes shows an orangutan named Sandra in Wauchula, Fla. Sandra, who was granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina and later found a new home in Florida, celebrated her 34th birthday on Valentine's Day with a special new primate friend. Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes says Sandra has “has adjusted beautifully to her life at the sanctuary” and has befriended Jethro, a 31-year-old male orangutan. (The Center for Great Apes via AP)

Orangutan granted 'personhood' turns 34, makes new friend

Feb. 16, 2020 1:00 PM EST

WAUCHULA, Fla. (AP) — A orangutan named Sandra, who was granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina and later found a new home in Florida, celebrated her 34th birthday on Valentine's Day with a special new primate friend. Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida, says...

A dog dressed for carnival participates in the

It's a day for dogs as Brazil ramps up for Carnival

Feb. 16, 2020 12:45 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil is ramping up toward the world's most famous Carnival celebrations and already the dogs have had their day. Dozens of costumed dogs joined their owners in a traditional pre-Carnival parade Sunday along Avenida Atlantica bordering Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach. “At...

Costa Rica seizes 5 tons of cocaine headed for Netherlands

Feb. 16, 2020 12:39 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rican officials say they have seized more than 5 tons of cocaine, the largest such haul in the Central American country's history. The Public Security Ministry said the 5,048 kilograms (11,128 pounds) of cocaine were found Saturday evening in a shipping container at the...

FILE - In this undated file photo, a lonely penguin appears in Antarctica during the southern hemisphere's summer season. The temperature in northern Antarctica hit nearly 65 degrees (18.3 degrees Celsius), a likely heat record on the continent best known for snow, ice, and penguins. The reading was taken Thursday, Feb. 5, 2020 at an Argentine research base and still needs to be verified by the World Meteorological Organization. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Jana, File)

UN: Antarctic high temp records will take months to verify

Feb. 16, 2020 12:09 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Record high temperatures reportedly measured in Antarctica will take months to verify, the U.N. weather agency said Sunday. A spokesman for the World Meteorological Organization said the measurements made by researchers from Argentina and Brazil earlier this month have to undergo a formal...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks, accompanied by televangelist R.R. Soares, at an International Grace of God Church event, at Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Tens of thousands of people gathered to celebrated the 40th anniversary of the evangelical church. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Bolsonaro stresses Christian morals amid Rio's pre-Carnival

Feb. 15, 2020 7:02 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro addressed tens of thousands of evangelicals on a Rio de Janeiro beach Saturday, telling them Brazil's government is working to restore morality in Latin America’s largest nation, just as pre-Carnival festivities get under way. Brazil “is changing...

Border Patrol ex-agent gets 6-year term for aiding smugglers

Feb. 15, 2020 6:22 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A former U.S. Border Patrol agent who admitted helping traffickers smuggle drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border has been sentenced to six years in prison on drug and bribery convictions. A federal judge in Tucson on Friday imposed the prison term on 50-year-old Jose Antonio Yanez of...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden poses for a photo with attendees after speaking at a campaign event, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at K.O. Knudson Middle School in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

For first time, Biden calls Obama deportations 'big mistake'

Feb. 15, 2020 6:02 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Going further than he ever has in expressing regret over Obama administration immigration policy, presidential candidate Joe Biden called it a “big mistake” to have deported hundreds of thousands of people without criminal records. “We took far too long to get it...

Simon Comie walks away from the Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding, after asking about the whereabouts of his 4-year-old daughter in Kenscoff, just outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. A fire swept through the children’s home run by a Pennsylvania-based religious nonprofit group, killing 15 children, officials said Friday. It is common in Haiti for impoverished parents to place children in residential care centers, where they receive lodging and widely varying education for several years but are not technically orphans. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Kin seek information on missing kids after orphanage fire

Feb. 15, 2020 5:43 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Relatives of 15 children killed in a fire at an orphanage continued to show up outside the burned-out compound Saturday seeking news about their missing kids. The gates to the two-story, walled compound were shut and guards shooed away visitors and journalists asking for...