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Amnesty blames Trump, others in global rollback of rights.

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:32pm

Amnesty International says "toxic" fear-mongering by anti-establishment politicians, among them President Donald Trump and the leaders of Turkey, Hungary and the Philippines, is contributing to a global pushback against human rights.

Life expectancy to keep rising; S. Korean women could hit 91

Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:46pm

While most people born in rich countries will live longer by 2030 — with women in South Korea projected to reach nearly 91 — Americans will continue to have one of the lowest life expectancies of any developed country, a new study predicts.

Mexico official apologizes to 3 jailed indigenous women

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:52pm

Mexico's attorney general formally apologized on Tuesday to three indigenous women who were jailed for years on kidnapping charges that were later dismissed.

At UN, US envoy stresses 'commitment' to European alliances

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:34pm

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday underlined America's "total commitment" to its European allies, echoing recent assurances by other administration figures to European leaders anxious about President Donald Trump.

Mass funeral held for 20 Haitians who died in dismal prison

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:34pm

Relatives wailed in grief or stared stoically as flowers were placed on 20 caskets at a mass funeral Tuesday for the latest group of inmates who died miserably in Haiti's largest prison, most without ever having been convicted of any crime.

Lawyer: Portugal to extradite ex-CIA agent to Italian jail

Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:24pm

A former CIA agent will be handed over to Italy in the coming days to serve a four-year prison sentence after being convicted of involvement in a U.S. program that kidnapped suspects for interrogation, a lawyer said Tuesday.

South Sudan promises 'unimpeded' aid access amid famine

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:13pm

South Sudan's president said Tuesday his government will ensure "unimpeded access" for all aid organizations, a day after famine was declared for more than 100,000 people in the country suffering from years of civil war.

Trump comments put focus on Sweden's embrace of immigrants

Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:13pm

When a riot broke out in a predominantly immigrant Stockholm suburb this week, the biggest surprise for many Swedes was that a police officer found it necessary to fire his gun.

Ukraine backs more sanctions against Russia in passport spat

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:35pm

Ukraine's president called Tuesday for new sanctions against Russia over its decision to recognize passports issued by separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine, while the Kremlin accused Ukraine of denying vital documents to people in the rebel regions.

2 more dead after Guinea announces deal with teacher unions

Boubacar Diallo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:20pm

Two more people died Tuesday in demonstrations supporting striking teachers after Guinea's government announced an agreement with the country's two largest teacher unions on ending walkouts that have closed schools since the beginning of the month.

Sentencing of Israeli soldier in shooting deepens fissures

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:14pm

An Israeli soldier was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison for killing a badly wounded Palestinian assailant as he lay on the ground, in a landmark decision that deepened fissures in Israeli society and drew Palestinian criticism for being too lenient.

Ecuador officials say vote count showing presidential election runoff is 'irreversable'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:30pm

Ecuador officials say vote count showing presidential election runoff is 'irreversable'

Bahrain lawmakers approve military trials for civilians

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:27pm

Bahraini lawmakers voted Tuesday to change the constitution to allow civilians to be tried in military courts, further empowering its security forces amid a crackdown on dissent at level unseen since its 2011 Arab Spring protests.

Italy's Renzi brushes off schism, positions self for future

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:15pm

Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi brushed off a fracture within his ruling Democratic Party on Tuesday as he positioned himself to retake its leadership three months after suffering a humiliating defeat.

Bodies of 74 migrants heading to Europe wash up in Libya

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:15pm

At least 74 bodies of African migrants have washed ashore in western Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said Tuesday, the latest tragedy at sea along a perilous but increasingly popular trafficking route to Europe.

Montenegro's ex-PM accuses Russia of "destructive" politics

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:44am

Montenegro's former prime minister has accused Russia of "destructive" politics in the Balkans following what the country says was a thwarted attempt to overthrow its pro-Western government.

Turkish FM: Turkey's military rights still needed in Cyprus

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:33am

Turkey's right to intervene militarily in Cyprus is still necessary given recent actions that have fanned insecurity among Turkish Cypriots, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday.

UN says upcoming Syria talks aimed at 'political transition'

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:32am

A top adviser to the U.N. envoy for Syria said Tuesday that their "main guidance" for the first Syrian peace talks in 10 months will be a Security Council resolution that calls for a political transition.

Belfast police find pipe bombs, ammo linked to outlawed INLA

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:20am

Northern Ireland police say they have seized five pipe bombs and ammunition belonging to an Irish Republican Army splinter group that was supposed to have disarmed in support of the region's peace process.