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Israeli court gives soldier 18 months for fatal shooting

Ami Bentov and Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:01am

An Israeli military court on Tuesday sentenced a soldier to 18 months in prison for his deadly shooting of a Palestinian attacker who lay wounded on the ground, capping a nearly yearlong saga that has deeply divided the country.

Iran's leader calls Israel a 'fake' nation, 'dirty chapter'

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:50am

Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday used the podium of a pro-Palestinian gathering in Tehran to lash out at Israel, calling the Jewish state a "fake" nation in a "dirty chapter" of history.

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

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:45am

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.

Russia to rely increasingly on non-nuclear deterrent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:45am

Russia's defense minister says the development of the nation's nuclear forces will remain a top priority, but the military will rely increasingly on conventional weapons to deter any aggression.

Red Crescent: 74 bodies of migrants wash ashore in Libya

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:44am

Scores of bodies of African migrants washed ashore in Libya's western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean, the Libyan Red Crescent said Tuesday — the latest tragedy at sea after migrant deaths rose to record levels along the key smuggling route over the past months.

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

Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:33am

A Portuguese court has ordered police to extradite a former CIA agent to Italy, where she is due to serve a four-year prison sentence after being convicted of involvement in a U.S. program that kidnapped suspects for interrogation, her lawyer said Tuesday.

Riot in Stockholm suburb after drug suspect is arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:24am

Swedish police on Tuesday were investigating a riot that broke out overnight in a predominantly immigrant suburb in Stockholm after officers arrested a suspect on drug charges.

Almost 1.4 million children face 'imminent death:' UN agency

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:20am

The United Nations children's agency is warning that almost 1.4 million children are at "imminent risk of death" as famine threatens parts of South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen.

Family believes Vietnamese suspect in Kim's death was duped

Tran Van Minh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:14am

The family of a Vietnamese woman identified as a suspect in the death of the half brother of North Korea's ruler confirmed Tuesday that she is their relative, but said they believe she didn't knowingly participate in the killing.

Police shoot to stop gas truck speeding against traffic

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:04am

Police in Barcelona fired gunshots Tuesday to stop a Swedish man who stole a butane gas truck and drove it at high speed against traffic on a city highway, ramming several cars along the way, a police spokeswoman said. The man was arrested and is being questioned.

Philippines: framework of South China Sea pact possible soon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:00am

The Philippines' top diplomat says it remains to be seen whether China will cooperate fully in ongoing efforts to craft a legally binding pact designed to prevent aggressive behavior in the disputed South China Sea.

Iraqi military says troops consolidate gains south of Mosul

Susannah George and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:53am

Iraqi forces were consolidating their gains south of Mosul on Tuesday ahead of moving into the city's Islamic State-held western half, a military spokesman said, as civilians fled along the front line to government-controlled areas.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe turns 93, says he will stand in 2018 polls

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:42am

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who turned 93 years old on Tuesday, described his wife Grace, an increasingly political figure, as "fireworks" because of her feisty remarks in his defense.

Suicide bombers kill 6 outside court in northwest Pakistan

Riaz Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:40am

A group of suicide bombers with grenades and assault rifles struck outside a courthouse in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing six people in an attack claimed by a Taliban splinter group.

UN guided by Syrian 'political transition' as new talks loom

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:34am

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

UNICEF, French president urge protection for children of war

Jeff Schaeffer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:23am

Child soldiers, underage sex slaves, orphaned adolescent refugees — France's president and UNICEF are urging the international community to do more to protect the more than 200 million children of today's conflict zones.

Azerbaijan's leader names his wife as 1st vice president

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:14am

Azerbaijan's president on Tuesday appointed his wife as the first vice president of the ex-Soviet nation — the person next in line in the nation's power hierarchy.

Lawyer says former CIA agent arrested in Portugal is to be extradited to Italy within days to serve prison sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:10am

Lawyer says former CIA agent arrested in Portugal is to be extradited to Italy within days to serve prison sentence.

UN cites flaws in Libya trial of Gadhafi's son, others

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:53am

A United Nations report says the trial in Libya of over three dozen people including Moammar Gadhafi's son failed to meet international fair-trial standards.