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Mass slaughter in Brazil prison exposes gang war over drugs

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:39pm

Shortly after midnight on New Year's Eve, hundreds of inmates watched from a Manaus prison yard as the sky lit up with fireworks, paid for by the gangs that dominate the jail system.

The Latest: UN aid convoys increase; access woes continue

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:30pm

The latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):

UN Syria envoy not expecting breakthrough at Geneva talks

Jamey Keaten and Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:25pm

Playing down expectations, the U.N. envoy for Syria said Wednesday he's not expecting a breakthrough in the first U.N.-mediated peace talks between government representatives and the opposition in 10 months, rather hoping to build momentum toward peace after nearly six years of war.

US senators say Raul Castro eager to maintain US relations

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:15pm

Cuban President Raul Castro appears eager to maintain better relations with the United States and gave a group of U.S. Congress members signed copies of a recent speech expressing his willingness to negotiate with President Donald Trump, Sen. Patrick Leahy said Wednesday.

Cuban dissidents honor OAS secretary-general denied entry

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:15pm

A group of Cuban dissidents on Wednesday recognized the secretary-general of the Organization of American States for defending human rights in their country even though the government denied him entry to attend the ceremony.

Body of Egypt's so-called Blind Sheikh brought home from US

Heba Afify, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:58pm

The body of a blind Egyptian cleric convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York was brought back to Egypt and handed over to his family for burial on Wednesday, following his death in a U.S. federal prison over the weekend.

Warsaw lists properties that pre-WWII owners can reclaim

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:47pm

The city of Warsaw has begun publishing a list of properties that can be legally claimed by their pre-World War II owners — among them Holocaust survivors and their families — but only if they act quickly.

Trump sends top aides to Mexico amid deep strains with US

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:27pm

President Donald Trump is sending his top diplomat and homeland security chief to Mexico on a fence-mending mission made all the more challenging by the actual fence he wants to build on the southern border.

Mexicans weigh the daunting prospect of deportee camps

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:54pm

Mexicans fear deportee and refugee camps could be popping up along their northern border under the Trump administration's plan to start deporting to Mexico all Latin Americans and others who entered the U.S. illegally through this country.

France: Le Pen aide charged in parliament jobs probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:37pm

A top aide of French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has been handed preliminary charges in an investigation into money spent on her party's European Parliament assistants.

Romania: president fails to overturn property ownership case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:19pm

Romania's president has lost his bid to overturn a ruling on a property he lost ownership of, following an 18-year court case.

Polish leader sparks outcry with 'humane masters' claim

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:17pm

The leader of Poland's ruling party faced accusations that he used offensive and divisive language when he said Wednesday that members of his ruling party are "humane masters."

Cyprus peace process falters after latest talks called off

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:17pm

Talks to reunify ethnically split Cyprus suffered another blow after the leader of the island's breakaway Turkish Cypriots backed out of a scheduled meeting, officials said Wednesday.

Venezuela VP blasts drug sanctions in full-page NY Times ad

Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:03pm

Venezuela's vice president took out a full-page advertisement in the New York Times on Wednesday to lash out at Trump administration's decision to sanction him for drug trafficking.

Turkey military allows Islamic headscarves for officers

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:37am

Turkey's military has changed its regulations to allow female officers to wear headscarves while on duty, defense officials said Wednesday, removing a ban on Islamic-style head coverings at an establishment that once was considered a bastion of secularism.

Top Libyan security official wounded in car bomb attack

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:27am

A Libyan spokesman says a top security official in the eastern city of Benghazi has survived an assassination attempt by a car bomb.

Somalia's new leader inaugurated, vowing to restore dignity

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:06am

Somalia's new leader was inaugurated Wednesday while promising to restore dignity to the troubled Horn of Africa nation but warning it will take another two decades to "fix" the country.

Bomb explodes outside Northern Ireland policeman's home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:45am

A booby-trap bomb has exploded outside the home of a Northern Ireland policeman, injuring nobody but underscoring the continued threat from Irish Republican Army splinter groups.

Want to run for French president? Join the crowd

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:57am

More and more people want to join France's unpredictable presidential race — hopefuls who might never win but could garner enough votes to tilt the outcome.