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UN: Number of Haitians needing food aid spikes amid drought

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:21pm

Drought-stricken Haiti is grappling with its most serious food crisis in 15 years as the number of people in need of urgent food aid has recently spiked, the head of the U.N. World Food Program's country office said Tuesday.

The Latest: MSF says 23,000 flee Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:41pm

The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence (all times local):

UN chief: Leaders must stop conflicts that drive aid crises

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:11pm

Over 80 percent of humanitarian funding requested by the United Nations is going toward life-saving needs in a growing number of global conflicts, and urgent action is needed to shift away from perpetual crisis management, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday.

Iraqi government says it fully recaptured Ramadi from IS

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:01pm

In an address to the nation Tuesday night, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated the Iraqi people on the liberation of Ramadi and the opening of a road connecting the western city to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

South Africa to prosecute 4 apartheid-era cops for murder

Christopher Torchia and Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:50pm

The body of a young anti-apartheid activist who was kidnapped and tortured in 1983 by South African police has never been found, her family never able to mourn at a grave, her killers not sent to prison.

Train crash in Germany kills at least 10, injures 80

David Rising, Kirsten Grieshaber and Matthias Schrader, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:00pm

Crews using helicopters and boats rescued dozens of people from the wreckage of two German commuter trains that crashed head-on Tuesday in an isolated part of Bavaria, killing at least 10 and leaving authorities trying to determine why multiple safety measures failed.

US Army study: Iraq's Mosul dam at 'higher risk' of failure

Susannah George and Bram Janssen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:00pm

Iraq's Mosul Dam has long been branded the world's most dangerous dam, at risk of collapsing and sending water crashing over millions of people. That prospect is even greater than was previously believed after the Islamic State group captured the dam briefly in 2014, according to a new report by U.S. Army engineers.

IS car bomb in Syrian capital kills 10

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:31pm

A suicide car bomber dispatched by the Islamic State group struck near a police officers' club in the Syrian capital on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and destroying a number of cars.

Norway investigates child abuse at asylum-seekers' centers

Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:22pm

Norwegian police said Tuesday that they are investigating several cases of sex offenders allegedly abusing children at asylum-seekers' reception centers in the country. Swedish police, meanwhile, arrested more than a dozen people suspected of planning an attack on a refugee center.

Turkey summons US ambassador over Syrian Kurdish forces spat

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:41am

Turkey has summoned the U.S. ambassador to "convey unease" a day after the U.S. State Department spokesman said that, unlike Turkey, Washington doesn't recognize Syrian Kurdish forces as "terrorists."

The Latest: Norway investigating migrant child abuse cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:50am

The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):

Putin's ex-bodyguard turned governor recalls facing bear

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:30am

President Vladimir Putin's former bodyguard, who recently has been appointed regional governor, said he once confronted a bear outside of Putin's residence.

The Latest: Death toll in German train crash up to 10

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:20am

The Latest on a train crash in Germany that has caused deaths and injuries (all times local):

South African court hears case against president

Lynsey Chutel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:50am

The chant "Pay back the money" filtered into South Africa's highest court on Tuesday, as judges heard a case in which President Jacob Zuma is accused of violating the constitution in a scandal over state spending on his private home.

Controversy in Austria over criticism of Nazi camp inmates

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:50am

The senior party in Austria's government coalition is suggesting that an official in its partner party be removed for indirectly backing an article describing some Nazi concentration camp inmates as a "scourge."

Irish deploy military-style checkpoints to suppress gang war

Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:22am

Ireland's police force deployed military-style road checkpoints Tuesday as the government announced toughened measures to try to prevent a gang war in Dublin from claiming more lives.

Closely fought Philippine presidential race gets underway

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:01am

Philippine presidential candidates launched their campaigns Tuesday in festive showbiz-style rallies to draw in the crowds in what is emerging as a closely fought contest to lead one of Asia's most unwieldy democracies.

Israeli military says top mission is countering Gaza tunnels

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:01am

Israel's top general said Tuesday that the military's number one mission for the coming year is to counter the renewed threat posed by militant attack tunnels from Gaza.

Macedonia: Trial opens for 29 men accused of terrorism

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:40am

A trial has started in Macedonia of 29 men charged with terrorism-related offences in connection with a two-day shootout with police in 2015 that left 18 dead, including eight police officers.