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Russian defense minister happy with results of Syria mission

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:41am

Russia's defense minister has hailed the military's performance in Syria, saying new Russian weapons have proven their worth in the conflict.

Amnesty: Turkey among countries with worst rights practices

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:40am

The international human rights group Amnesty International says Turkey was among countries with the worst practices for human rights in 2016.

Germany approves faster deportation of failed asylum-seekers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:31am

Germany's Cabinet has approved a plan that makes it easier to deport rejected asylum-seekers.

New hope for Yazidi women raped and tortured by IS fighters

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:12am

It's been less than two weeks since Perwin Ali Baku escaped the Islamic State group, after more than two years in captivity, bought and sold from fighter to fighter and carted from Iraq to Syria and then back again.

New hope for Yazidi women raped and tortured by IS fighters

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:12am

It's been less than two weeks since Perwin Ali Baku escaped the Islamic State group, after more than two years in captivity, bought and sold from fighter to fighter and carted from Iraq to Syria and then back again.

Khmer Rouge tribunal drops case vs lower-ranking suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:10am

Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal has dropped crimes against humanity charges against a former lower-ranking Khmer Rouge official, saying she was not high enough in the regime's leadership hierarchy.

Police: Suspects in N. Korean death coated hands with poison

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:42am

The two women suspected of fatally poisoning a scion of North Korea's ruling family were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals, then wipe them on his face, police in Malaysia said Wednesday, announcing they were seeking a North Korean diplomat in connection with the attack.

Mexicans weigh the daunting prospect of deportee camps

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:42am

Mexicans fear deportee and refugee camps could be popping up along their northern border under the Trump administration's plan to start deporting to Mexico all Latin Americans and others who entered the U.S. illegally through this country.

Iraqi Shiite militias push to take villages west of Mosul

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:42am

Iraq's government-sanctioned paramilitary forces, made up mainly of Shiite militiamen, have launched a new push to capture villages west of the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants.

Russia's highest court frees opposition activist

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:42am

Russia's highest court has overturned the conviction of a jailed opposition activist and ordered him released.

South African court rules that government's decision to withdraw from International Criminal Court is unconstitutional.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:44am

South African court rules that government's decision to withdraw from International Criminal Court is unconstitutional.

South Africa sees another rise in tension over immigrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:34am

The South African government says it is concerned about inflammatory remarks on social media following recent attacks on foreign immigrants.

The Latest: North Korea says women suspects should be freed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:34am

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):

North Korean diplomats urge immediate release of "innocent females" arrested in airport death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:00am

North Korean diplomats urge immediate release of "innocent females" arrested in airport death .

Turkey detains 35 IS suspects in Istanbul raids

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:20am

Turkey's state-run news agency says anti-terrorism police in Istanbul have detained 35 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group.

Long road ahead for justice and accountability in Syria

Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:08am

A fresh round of Syrian peace talks is set to begin in Geneva on Thursday. And while the U.N-sponsored talks may represent the best opportunity in years to make progress toward an end to the conflict, the burning question for many Syria observers is whether justice will be sacrificed in the name of peace.

Pakistani lawyers protest court bombing that killed 7

Riaz Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:01am

Lawyers in northwestern Pakistan boycotted court hearings in protest on Wednesday, a day after a suicide bombing killed seven people outside a courthouse in the region, officials said.

Island kingdom of Tonga mourns the death of its queen mother

Pesi Fonua, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:52pm

The South Pacific island kingdom of Tonga is mourning the death of its queen mother, who dedicated her time to helping the elderly and those with disabilities.

Ex-Hong Kong leader gets 20 months in jail for misconduct

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:12pm

A former leader of Hong Kong was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in prison for misconduct after failing to disclose plans to rent a luxury apartment for his retirement from a businessman applying for a broadcasting license.