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Mexico's embattled attorney general, Jesus Murillo Karam, is leaving the post to take a new cabinet-level job as head of urban and rural development.
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Syria expels 3 key UN humanitarian staffers

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  posted 54 minutes ago
The Syrian government has expelled three key U.N. humanitarian staffers, a decision the U.N. says could have "a major impact" on critical aid operations and harm a new effort to secure a six-week truce in the country's largest city.
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Unmasking of 'Jihadi John' as a London lad shocks Britain

Gregory Katz and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 1:01pm
The unmasking of Islamic State militant "Jihadi John" as a London lad who had repeatedly been questioned by security services sent shock waves through Britain Friday, with Prime Minister David Cameron stepping in to defend British spy craft.
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Mexico official: Police capture top capo 'La Tuta' Gomez

Alberto Arce and Katherine Corcoran, Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 1:01pm
Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, a former school teacher who became one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords as head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early Friday by federal police, according to Mexican officials.
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Argentina prosecutor Julio Cesar Strassera dies at 81

Almudena Calatrava, Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 12:42pm
Julio Cesar Strassera, the prosecutor who won conviction against leaders of Argentina's dictatorship and coined the term "Nunca mas," or "Never again," to describe the repressive period, has died at age 81.
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30 arrested after Maldives opposition protest

The Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 12:22pm
Police in the Maldives on Friday arrested 30 people as thousands of opposition supporters rallied in the capital calling on President Yameen Abdul Gayoom to resign and demanding the release of a former president in police detention.
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Kurdish fighters rout IS militants from town near Iraq

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 12:11pm
Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters fought their way Friday into a northeastern Syrian town that was a key stronghold of Islamic State militants, only days after the group abducted dozens of Christians in the volatile region, Syrian activists and Kurdish officials said.
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Desperate Afghan avalanche survivors await rescue on roofs

Rahmat Gul and Habib Samim, Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 12:11pm
In an endless sea of white, Afghan villagers waited on rooftops Friday, waving in desperation as helicopters swooped low over the avalanche-struck region. All around them, homes, people and livestock had vanished under the snow.
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Venezuelan protest deadly force order after young boy killed

Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 11:50am
Students and opposition leaders are pressuring Venezuela to roll back a new regulation authorizing police to fire on protesters following the death of a 14-year-old boy at the hands of a police officer.
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UN says limit use of personal audio players to 1 hour a day

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 11:41am
People who use personal audio players should consider limiting their use to one hour a day and turn down the volume to prevent permanent hearing loss, the World Health Organization said Friday.
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Hungary's premier rejects immigration, multicultural society

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 11:22am
Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban denounced multiculturalism and liberalism Friday and vowed to fight a rising wave of migration that he said is threatening to turn his country into a "refugee camp."
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Experts blame anti-vaccine lobby for Bosnia measles outbreak

Aida Cerkez, Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 11:21am
Medical experts warned Friday the anti-vaccination lobby is growing in Bosnia, using scientifically discredited arguments to stoke parental fears in the worst-affected country in Europe's measles outbreak.
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Ukraine government forces, rebels withdraw heavy weapons

Vadim Ghirda and Peter Leonard, Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 11:21am
The piecemeal pullback of heavy weapons Friday from the line separating government and rebel forces in Ukraine has boosted the prospects for peace, although both sides are warning of their readiness to resume fighting if necessary.
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Russian diplomat slams "destructive" US stance

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 11:02am
A senior Russian diplomat on Friday accused the U.S. administration of taking a "destructive" stance in bilateral relations and warned that Moscow could deal "painful" counterblows.
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South Africa: Parents find daughter 17 years after kidnap

Lynsey Chutel, Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 10:30am
A newborn was kidnapped from a Cape Town hospital in 1997 but her parents never gave up hope and now, 17 years later, they have found her.
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OSCE officials say Ukraine is at crossroads of war and peace

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 10:22am
Top officials of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Ukraine said Friday the country is at a crossroads between war and peace.
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Amsterdam warns tourists white heroin being sold as cocaine

The Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 10:11am
Authorities in Amsterdam warned Friday that potentially lethal white heroin is being sold as cocaine in the city after three Danish tourists became ill this week.
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Somali pirates release 4 Thai sailors held nearly 5 years

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 10:02am
Somali pirates have released four Thai sailors who were held hostage for nearly five years, the longest period of captivity of hostages held by Somali pirates, a U.N. official said Friday.
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South African business owners petrol bomb immigrant shop

Lynsey Chutel, Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 9:52am
South African police say a foreigner was seriously injured when his shop was petrol bombed.
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EU, others: Catch plans for Bluefin tuna threaten recovery

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 9:32am
The European Union, Japan and other nations hunting for the eastern Atlantic Bluefin tuna are fearful that Turkey's unilateral decision to exceed catch limits agreed last year is threatening the stock recovery and the organization regulating its conservation.
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Bombings, mortar fire kill 10 people in Iraq

Sameer N. Yacoub, Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 9:32am
A series of bombings and mortar strikes in and near the Iraqi capital killed 10 people on Friday as Baghdad police discovered six bodies with gunshot wounds, officials said.
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ICC Prosecutor: Evidence against Ugandan rebel incomplete

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 9:32am
The International Criminal Court's prosecutor said on Friday that more time is needed to gather evidence against a Ugandan rebel commander who faces trial at The Hague court.
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Russian court upholds sentence for opposition leader Navalny

The Associated Press  |  posted Feb 27th - 9:21am
An appeals court in Moscow on Friday upheld a 15-day sentence for prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
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