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3 held in French anti-terrorism raids; bomb squad deployed

Lori Hinnant and John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:48am

Three men were arrested Tuesday in widely spread anti-terrorism raids, French officials said, and a bomb squad deployed at the home of one of the men uncovered a training grenade.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:44am

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.

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4 US tourists and pilot killed in Australian plane crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:43am

An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.

The Latest: Serbia finds 41 smuggled migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:35am

The Latest on response to wave of migration to Europe (all times local):

South Sudan promises 'unimpeded' aid access amid famine

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:34am

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.

Russia to rely increasingly on non-nuclear deterrent

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:32am

Russia will continue to see the development of its nuclear forces as a top priority, but the military will rely increasingly on conventional weapons to deter any aggression, the Russian Defense Minister said Tuesday.

Bahrain lawmakers approve military trials for civilians

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:13am

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.

Kurdish party co-chair loses her seat in Turkish parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:10am

The state-run news agency says the co-chair of Turkey's pro-Kurdish party has lost her seat in parliament after an appeals court upheld her conviction on terrorism-related charges.

Austria approves US extradition for Ukrainian oligarch

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:10am

An Austrian court on Tuesday approved a U.S. extradition request for a Ukrainian oligarch suspected of paying millions of dollars in bribes to Indian officials.

Bodies of 74 migrants heading to Europe wash up in Libya

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:04am

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 trafficking route to Europe.

Prosecutors seek 8-year terms for tourists in Bali death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:42am

Indonesian prosecutors sought eight-year prison sentences Tuesday for a British man and an Australian woman accused of killing a police officer on the tourist island of Bali.

Spanish police stop gas truck speeding against traffic

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:42am

Police in Barcelona fired gunshots Tuesday to stop a 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. Authorities ruled out terrorism as a motive.

Philippines: framework of South China Sea pact possible soon

Joeal Calupitan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:31am

The Philippines' top diplomat said Tuesday 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.

Guinea says accord reached with teachers; schools to reopen

Boubacar Diallo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:30am

Guinea's government has signed an agreement with the country's two largest teachers' unions, it said, ending strikes that closed schools since the beginning of the month.

Kremlin stays mum on new US national security adviser

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:01am

The Kremlin refrained from comment Tuesday on the appointment of the new U.S. national security adviser, but one lawmaker said he was likely to take a hawkish stance toward Russia.

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.

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.