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Leading critic of Philippine leader arrested on drug charges

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:06pm

A Philippine senator and leading critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly crackdown on illegal drugs said she won't be intimidated by a leader she called a "serial killer" after police arrested her on drug charges.

Ukrainian lawmaker visits rebel east, urges prisoner release

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:07pm

A Ukrainian lawmaker visited the rebel-held east on Friday to meet with Ukrainian prisoners there, a trip that irked many in Ukraine.

Paris mayor, Clooney fire back at Trump for insulting city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:57pm

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, France's foreign minister and an American cinema luminary pushed back at U.S. President Donald Trump for insulting the City of Light on Friday in a speech.

Peru's president tells Trump he prefers 'bridges to walls'

Franklin Briceno and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:43pm

The first Latin American president to visit Donald Trump at the White House told the U.S. leader Friday he prefers "bridges to walls," sending him a gentle rebuke of his controversial proposal to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

France opens full fake jobs inquiry into candidate Fillon

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 3:28pm

The French financial prosecutor's office decided Friday to open a judicial inquiry surrounding the allegedly fake parliamentary aide jobs that conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon gave to his wife and two of his children, pushing the case to a higher and riskier level for the man hoping to become the next president of France.

US to seek extradition of ex-Guatemalan vice president

Sonia Perez D., Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 2:07pm

The United States government will seek the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice-President Roxana Baldetti and ex-Interior Minister Hector Mauricio Lopez Bonilla on drug trafficking charges, the U.S. embassy said in a statement Friday.

1 killed as bandits raid livestock in drought-plagued Kenya

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:18pm

Kenyan police say an official has been killed by livestock bandits in the volatile Rift Valley county of Baringo, where a drought has increased cattle rustling.

Attacks near Syria town captured from IS kill 60

Sarah El Deeb and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:39pm

At least two attacks Friday near a Syrian town just captured by Turkish forces and Syrian opposition fighters from the Islamic State group killed more than 60, mostly civilians and including two Turkish soldiers, as the group retreats from one of its last remaining strongholds in northern Syria, Turkey's news agency and Syrian activists said.

Mexican town's residents kill 3 men accused of car theft

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 11:17am

Prosecutors in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas say residents of a town have killed three men who allegedly had tried to steal a car.

The Latest: Syrian opposition says leading fight upon terror

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 11:10am

The Latest on the developments in the Syrian conflict (all times local):

Official: Mexico rejected US plan on 3rd-country deportees

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:58am

The Mexican government made clear to visiting U.S. emissaries that it will not accept deportees from third countries under any circumstances, the interior secretary said Friday.

Turkish diplomats seek asylum in Germany after failed coup

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:58am

Germany is continuing to receive requests for asylum from Turks with diplomatic passports in the wake of a crackdown on the opposition following last year's failed coup, the Interior Ministry said Friday.

UN report indicates Iran is honoring its end of nuke deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:39am

The U.N. agency tasked with monitoring Iran's nuclear deal with six world powers has issued a report that indicates Tehran is honoring its end of the deal.

UK Conservatives embarrass Labour Party by winning seat

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:23am

Britain's governing Conservative Party dealt a humiliating blow Friday to the opposition Labour Party and its struggling leader Jeremy Corbyn by winning a parliamentary seat that had been in Labour's hands for decades.

Iraq strikes IS in Syria as Iraqi forces enter western Mosul

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:15am

Iraq's air force struck Islamic State targets inside Syria for the first time on Friday as Iraqi troops on the ground pushed into western Mosul, the last major urban stronghold held by the Sunni militant group in Iraq.

Czech zoo welcomes baby Indian rhinoceros

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:58am

A zoo in the Czech Republic has welcomed a new baby rhinoceros.

South Africa anti-immigrant protests erupt in capital

Nqobile Ntshangase, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:48am

Police fired stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannon Friday as the latest wave of anti-immigrant protests broke out in South Africa's capital, while President Jacob Zuma condemned the violence but said his country's migrant burden is bigger than Europe's.

Rights groups: Slovakia discriminates against Roma kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:48am

Rights groups say Slovakia has failed to end the discrimination of Roma children in the country's education system.

UN rights office slams Israeli soldier's 'lenient' sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:37am

The U.N. human rights office said Friday it's "deeply disturbed" by the "lenient" 18-month prison sentence handed down by a Tel Aviv military court against an Israeli soldier who killed a badly wounded Palestinian assailant as he lay on the ground after he had stabbed another soldier.