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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:17am

Venezuela's Vice President is using a full-page advertisement in the New York Times to lash out at Trump administration's decision to sanction him for drug trafficking.

Mass slaughter in Brazil prison exposes gang war over drugs

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:46am

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.

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.

Turkey military allows Islamic headscarves for officers

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:32am

Turkish defense officials say Turkey's military has changed its regulations to allow women officers to wear Islamic-style headscarf on duty.

Polish leader sparks outcry with 'benevolent masters' claim

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:07am

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

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.

Russia military acknowledges new branch: info warfare troops

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:57am

Russia's defense minister is acknowledging the formation of a new branch of the country's military — information warfare troops.

UK appoints 1st female Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:55am

Senior officer Cressida Dick was named the new commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police on Wednesday, the first woman to lead Scotland Yard in its 188-year history.

UN Syria envoy not expecting breakthrough at Geneva talks

Jamey Keaten and Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:55am

Playing down expectations, the U.N. envoy for Syria said Wednesday that 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.

South African court rules ICC withdrawal unconstitutional

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:45am

A South African court ruled Wednesday that the government's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court without parliament's approval was unconstitutional. The country had been set to become the first to leave the tribunal that prosecutes the world's worst atrocities.

New trauma unit to help former Islamic State sex slaves

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:34am

After their rape and torture by Islamic State extremists for months or years, Yazidi women face ongoing suffering from psychological trauma even if they do manage to escape.

Russia military acknowledges new branch: info warfare troops

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:25am

Along with a steady flow of new missiles, planes and tanks, Russia's defense minister said Wednesday his nation also has built up its muscle by forming a new branch of the military — information warfare troops.

Gambia police say country's former spy chief arrested

Abdoulie John, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:15am

Gambia's former director general of the National Intelligence Agency has been arrested, police said Wednesday, as the tiny West African country works to address more than two decades of alleged abuses under its former ruler.

Frenchman who signed Arabic terrorism confession appeals

Andrew Drake, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:58am

A Frenchman arrested in anti-terrorism raids in Morocco was in court Wednesday to appeal his conviction, claiming he signed a confession in Arabic that he could neither read nor understand.

Cyprus peace process falters after latest talks called off

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:56am

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.

Russia's highest court frees opposition activist

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:56am

Russia's highest court on Wednesday overturned the conviction of a jailed opposition activist and ordered him released more than a year after he was sent to prison.

Swiss police lead raids, arrest 1 in probe of IS recruiting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:45am

At least one person has been arrested in southern Switzerland as part of a criminal probe over suspected recruiting for the Islamic State group or related organizations.

The Latest: UN does not expect breakthrough at Syria talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:45am

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

Wilders' security officer detained for suspected data leak

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:45am

A Dutch security official responsible for protecting anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders has been detained on suspicion of leaking classified information, a police spokesman said Wednesday, sparking fears for the safety of the far-right populist lawmaker who for years has lived amid tight security.