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Rich in symbols, short on substance, UN resumes Syria talks

Dominique Soguel and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:36pm

Syria's opposing sides met face-to-face for the first time in U.N. mediation in three years on Thursday, with the U.N. envoy citing a historic chance to end a conflict that has left hundreds of thousands dead, displaced millions and fomented a proxy war by foreign powers.

Extremists attack Niger military patrol, kill 15 soldiers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:14pm

A spokesman for Niger's military says at least 15 soldiers have been killed in an attack by Islamic extremists on a patrol near the country's border with Mali.

French far-right presidential hopeful gives Trump gold star

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:08pm

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has nothing but praise for U.S. President Donald Trump because she thinks his actions so far are good for France.

The Latest: Syria opposition says Iran obstacle in conflict

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:23pm

The Latest on developments in Syria and the Geneva talks (all times local):

Austria's health minister dies of cancer at age 53

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:20pm

Austria's Heath Ministry says the country's health minister, Sabine Oberhauser, has died at age 53.

Palestinian leader: Factions committed to Lebanon's security

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:37pm

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas began a three-day visit to Beirut on Thursday, saying Palestinian factions are committed to preserving security in refugee camps around Lebanon.

Israel reinstates life term of Hamas prisoner freed in swap

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:24pm

An Israeli court has ordered a senior Hamas member to complete his life sentence after he was freed in a 2011 swap of hundreds of inmates for an Israeli soldier held by the militant Islamic group, a Palestinian activist said Thursday.

American Samoa's longest-serving US House delegate dies

Fili Sagapolutele, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:14pm

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

AP Analysis: In Venezuela, short on food, short of hope

Hannah Dreier and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:45am

Venezuela is so short on food that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving. Its murder rate is among the highest in the world. Its economy is so crippled that the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line — three times more than in 2014.

Strong gales batter northern Europe, killing 1 in UK

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:37am

Powerful winds battered parts of northern Europe Thursday, disrupting transportation and killing a woman who was hit by flying debris in central England. In the Netherlands, the landing gear on a small passenger plane collapsed as it landed in heavy winds at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

Bosnia appeals UN ruling that cleared Serbia of genocide

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:25am

Bosnia has asked the United Nation's top court to reconsider its 2007 ruling that cleared Serbia of genocide during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

The Latest: Hungary to erect second fence to deter migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:00am

The Latest on Europe's response to the migrants and refugees seeking to reach the continent: (all times local):

Carnival kicks off in Germany; Trump costumes popular

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:54am

Germans are braving rain, high winds and tight security to celebrate this year's Carnival season.

Over 1,000 migrants rescued in 48 hours from Mediterranean

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:25am

More than 1,000 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean Sea during several operations since Wednesday, and many more are expected to attempt the perilous journey as winter ends.

At least 19 injured in series of explosions in Czech plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:25am

Explosions in a Czech machinery plant injured a total of 19 people with three of them in critical condition, officials said on Thursday.

Pakistani official: Explosion kills 8 in city of Lahore

Zaheer Babr and Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:51am

Explosives in a building under construction ignited Thursday, ripping through a market in an upscale neighborhood in the eastern city of Lahore, killing eight people, officials said. It was not immediately clear whether the explosives were meant to be a bomb or merely stored in the building.

Philippine court orders arrest of president's leading critic

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:35am

A Philippine court issued an arrest warrant on drug charges Thursday for an opposition senator and former top human rights official who is one of the most vocal critics of President Rodrigo Duterte and his deadly anti-drug crackdown.

Paris teens block schools to protest alleged police rape

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:27am

Paris teenagers blockaded high schools with burning garbage cans and skirmished with riot officers at an unauthorized protest Thursday, angered by the alleged rape of a young black man with a police baton and other police abuse.

Romania: 1,300 officials prosecuted for graft last year

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:03am

Nearly 1,300 officials were sent to trial last year in Romania in corruption cases with damages amounting to 260 million euros ($273 million), the country's chief anti-corruption prosecutor said Thursday.