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Danes to decide on SKorea extradition within a month

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:00am

Denmark's top prosecutor says a decision whether to meet a South Korean extradition request for the daughter of the former confidante of South Korea's president, is expected within a month.

Cambodian court jails activist over melee at premier's house

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:00am

A Cambodian court has sentenced a prominent land rights activist to 2 1/2 years in prison on charges of committing violence at a protest she helped lead outside of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence three years ago.

Romania: 1,300 officials prosecuted for graft last year

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:50am

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

Albania opposition boycotts parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:50am

Albania's main opposition Democratic party has boycotted parliament in their street protest calling for free and fair elections.

In Denmark, first blasphemy charge since 1971

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:42am

A Danish prosecutor says a 42-year-old man in northern Denmark has been charged with blasphemy for allegedly burning the Quran and posting a video of it on Facebook.

Philippine court orders arrest of president's leading critic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:40am

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

UN hosts 'Geneva IV' talks: Sequel or new script for Syria?

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:40am

Yet another sequel to chronically-fruitless Syria peace talks, or an entirely new script?

North Korea calls Malaysian investigation 'full of holes'

Eileen By and Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:32am

After more than a week of silence in its state-controlled media, North Korea on Thursday slammed the investigation into the death of one of its citizens in Kuala Lumpur, saying Malaysia's probe is full of "holes and contradictions."

The Latest: Iraqi special forces enter base by Mosul airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:20am

The Latest on the Iraqi government forces' battle to take the western half of Mosul from the Islamic State group (all times local):

Media: Israel to conclude Arab car ramming wasn't attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:10am

Israeli media say a preliminary investigation by Israeli officials has determined that an Israeli Arab driver who struck and killed a policeman last year did so unintentionally, prompting calls for senior officials to resign for calling him a terrorist.

Somalia's new president appoints prime minister

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:54am

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has appointed a political newcomer as the prime minister just before he departed to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip since he was inaugurated.

Japan first lady's praise for school removed amid scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:54am

An endorsement by the wife of Japan's prime minister of a new elementary school run by a man with ultra-nationalistic views has been removed from the school's website amid an escalating controversy over the low price the school paid for government land.

Romania's huge protests cause rifts among families, friends

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:44am

Video editor Mihnea Lupan lives just around the corner from his mother, but their views on the massive anti-corruption protests shaking Romania are miles apart.

Iraqi police forces enter Mosul airport, seize runway

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:33am

Backed by the U.S.-led international coalition, Iraqi forces fought their way Thursday into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with Islamic State militants.

Pakistani official: Explosion kills 8 in city of Lahore

Zaheer Babr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:31am

An explosion rocked an upscale neighborhood in the eastern city of Lahore on Thursday, killing eight people, officials said, in what could be the latest in a string of brazen attacks over the past two weeks that have killed over 125 people.

Jordan hands 15-year prison terms for 8 in alleged IS plots

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:30am

Jordan's state security court has sentenced eight men to 15-year prison terms for involvement in alleged plans by the extremist Islamic State group to attack a military airport, military personnel, foreign aircraft and foreign embassies in the kingdom.

Iraqi official: Federal police forces enter Mosul International Airport and take control of the runway

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

Iraqi official: Federal police forces enter Mosul International Airport and take control of the runway.

AP Analysis: Damage control N. Korea style: Deny and attack

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:11am

Faced with the killing of its leader's half brother in what appears to have all the trappings of a politically motivated hit, North Korea is turning up the volume on a familiar defense: Flatly deny the allegations, viciously attack the accusers.

Thai editor has lese majeste jail sentence reduced

Dake Kang and Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:01am

Thailand's Supreme Court has upheld but reduced the jail sentence of a magazine editor who is currently the longest-serving prisoner convicted of lese majeste — insulting the monarchy.