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Author Helen Bailey's partner jailed for 34 years for murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:53am

The partner of children's author Helen Bailey has been sentenced to at least 34 years in prison for murdering her and dumping her body in a cesspool at their home.

Somalia's new president appoints prime minister

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:53am

Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Thursday appointed a political newcomer as the prime minister, shortly before departing to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip since his inauguration.

Cambodian court jails activist over melee at premier's house

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:53am

A Cambodian court on Thursday sentenced a prominent land rights activist to 2 1/2 years in prison on charges of committing violence at a protest she helped lead outside of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence three years ago.

UN-sponsored Syria talks resume in Geneva after 10 months

Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:41am

Syrian peace talks under the auspices of the United Nations resumed in Geneva on Thursday, 10 months after falling apart over escalating bloodshed in the war-torn country.

Paris teens block schools, protesting police violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:23am

Paris teenagers have blockaded 16 city high schools with burning garbage cans and makeshift barricades to protest the alleged rape of a young black man with a police baton and other police abuse.

US-backed Iraqi forces enter Mosul airport, military base

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:12am

Backed by the U.S.-led international coalition, Iraqi forces fought their way Thursday into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with Islamic State militants.

UN says new Cyprus peace talks meetings 'in due course'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:12am

The United Nations says dates for new meetings to get Cyprus peace talks back on track will be announced in "due course."

AP PHOTOS: South African center gives hope to abandoned kids

Renee Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:02am

Outside an old house in a battered Johannesburg neighborhood, a hatch door slams shut and an alarm signals the arrival of an abandoned baby. A new infant is joining the ranks of toddlers being raised in the center.

Danes to decide on SKorea extradition within a month

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:00am

Denmark's top prosecutor says a decision whether to meet a South Korean extradition request for the daughter of the former confidante of South Korea's president, is expected within a month.

Romania: 1,300 officials prosecuted for graft last year

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:50am

Nearly 1,300 officials were sent to trial last year in Romania in corruption cases with damages amounting to 260 million euros ($273 million), the country's chief anti-corruption prosecutor said Thursday

Albania opposition boycotts parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:50am

Albania's main opposition Democratic party has boycotted parliament in their street protest calling for free and fair elections.

In Denmark, first blasphemy charge since 1971

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:42am

A Danish prosecutor says a 42-year-old man in northern Denmark has been charged with blasphemy for allegedly burning the Quran and posting a video of it on Facebook.

Philippine court orders arrest of president's leading critic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:40am

A Philippine court has issued an arrest warrant on drug charges for a senator and former top human rights official who is one of the most vocal critics of President Rodrigo Duterte and his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs.

UN hosts 'Geneva IV' talks: Sequel or new script for Syria?

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:40am

Yet another sequel to chronically-fruitless Syria peace talks, or an entirely new script?

North Korea calls Malaysian investigation 'full of holes'

Eileen By and Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:32am

After more than a week of silence in its state-controlled media, North Korea on Thursday slammed the investigation into the death of one of its citizens in Kuala Lumpur, saying Malaysia's probe is full of "holes and contradictions."

The Latest: Iraqi special forces enter base by Mosul airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:20am

The Latest on the Iraqi government forces' battle to take the western half of Mosul from the Islamic State group (all times local):

Media: Israel to conclude Arab car ramming wasn't attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:10am

Israeli media say a preliminary investigation by Israeli officials has determined that an Israeli Arab driver who struck and killed a policeman last year did so unintentionally, prompting calls for senior officials to resign for calling him a terrorist.

Japan first lady's praise for school removed amid scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:54am

An endorsement by the wife of Japan's prime minister of a new elementary school run by a man with ultra-nationalistic views has been removed from the school's website amid an escalating controversy over the low price the school paid for government land.

Romania's huge protests cause rifts among families, friends

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:44am

Video editor Mihnea Lupan lives just around the corner from his mother, but their views on the massive anti-corruption protests shaking Romania are miles apart.