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American Samoa's ex-congressman dies at 73

Fili Sagapolutele, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:06am

American Samoa's longest serving non-voting delegate to the U.S House of Representatives Eni H. Faleomavaega died Wednesday. He was 73.

Thai editor has lese majeste jail sentence reduced

Dake Kang and Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:00am

Thailand's Supreme Court has upheld but reduced the jail sentence of a magazine editor who is currently the longest-serving prisoner convicted of lese majeste — insulting the monarchy.

Iraqi forces push up to Mosul's key military base by airport

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:50pm

Iraq's special forces say they have begun an assault against the Islamic State group on a sprawling military base south of Mosul that's adjacent to the city's airport.

The Latest: Malaysia wants Interpol help on tracing suspects

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:50pm

The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Un's half brother, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local):

Japan Crown Prince vows to follow father's footstep

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:03pm

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito marked his 57th birthday Thursday with a pledge to follow in his father's footsteps as a symbol of the nation if his father's wish to abdicate is realized.

3 Indian soldiers, Kashmir woman killed during rebel attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:31pm

Three Indian soldiers and a woman were killed after rebels ambushed soldiers in the disputed region of Kashmir, police said on Thursday.

Ecuador electoral body formally orders presidential runoff

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:50pm

Ecuador's electoral commission has formally ruled that a runoff election will be needed to choose a successor for socialist President Rafael Correa.

North Korea denies it was behind killing at Malaysia airport

Hyung-Jin Kim and Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:30pm

North Korea denied Thursday that its agents masterminded the assassination of the half brother of leader Kim Jong Un, saying a Malaysian investigation into the death of one of its nationals is full of "holes and contradictions."

The Latest: NKorea critical of Malaysia death investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:11pm

The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Un's half brother, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local):

Chopped off heads, torn out hearts in brutal Brazil gang war

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:23pm

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.

Brazil's foreign minister resigns due to medical reasons

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:14pm

Brazil's foreign minister resigned from his post Wednesday night, citing undisclosed medical reasons.

UN: $4.4B needed within weeks to stop hunger 'catastrophe'

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:52pm

The United Nations needs $4.4 billion by the end of March to prevent catastrophic hunger and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, yet just $90 million has been collected so far, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday.

Cuban dissidents honor OAS secretary-general denied entry

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:15pm

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.

Trump sends top aides to Mexico amid deep strains with US

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:48pm

President Donald Trump dispatched his top diplomat and homeland security chief to Mexico on Wednesday on a fence-mending mission complicated by the actual fence he wants to build on the southern border. Mexico's government signaled it was in no mood to be lectured by the new U.S. administration.

Adopted kids see long-lasting effects of Romanian orphanages

Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:47pm

Romanian children adopted from overcrowded orphanages in the 1990s were more likely to suffer psychological problems as adults compared to other children taken in by British families, according to a decades-long study.

DHS chief tells Guatemalans US won't have mass deportations

Sonia Perez D., Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:22pm

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said Wednesday on a visit to Guatemala that there won't be mass deportations by the Unites States, but he strongly discouraged any Guatemalans from considering the journey north.

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.