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US senators say Raul Castro eager to maintain US relations

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:05pm

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.

Warsaw lists properties that pre-WWII owners can reclaim

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:54pm

The city of Warsaw has begun publishing a list of properties that can be legally claimed by their pre-World War II owners — among them Holocaust survivors and their families — but only if they act quickly.

France: Le Pen aide charged in parliament jobs probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:37pm

A top aide of French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has been handed preliminary charges in an investigation into money spent on her party's European Parliament assistants.

Romania: president fails to overturn property ownership case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:19pm

Romania's president has lost his bid to overturn a ruling on a property he lost ownership of, following an 18-year court case.

Polish leader sparks outcry with 'humane masters' claim

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:17pm

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

Cyprus peace process falters after latest talks called off

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:17pm

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.

UN Syria envoy not expecting breakthrough at Geneva talks

Jamey Keaten and Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:04pm

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.

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

Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:03pm

Venezuela's vice president took out a full-page advertisement in the New York Times on Wednesday to lash out at Trump administration's decision to sanction him for drug trafficking.

Trump sends top aides to Mexico amid deep strains with US

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:46am

President Donald Trump is sending his top diplomat and homeland security chief to Mexico on a fence-mending mission made all the more challenging by the actual fence he wants to build on the southern border.

Turkey military allows Islamic headscarves for officers

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:37am

Turkey's military has changed its regulations to allow female officers to wear headscarves while on duty, defense officials said Wednesday, removing a ban on Islamic-style head coverings at an establishment that once was considered a bastion of secularism.

Top Libyan security official wounded in car bomb attack

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:27am

A Libyan spokesman says a top security official in the eastern city of Benghazi has survived an assassination attempt by a car bomb.

Somalia's new leader inaugurated, vowing to restore dignity

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:06am

Somalia's new leader was inaugurated Wednesday while promising to restore dignity to the troubled Horn of Africa nation but warning it will take another two decades to "fix" the country.

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.

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.

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.