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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.

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

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:14pm

The 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 said Wednesday, announcing they were now seeking a North Korean diplomat in connection with the attack.

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.

Pilot radioed in 'Mayday' call before Australian plane crash

David Warren and Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:55pm

A pilot repeatedly yelled out "Mayday" but did not say what the emergency was before his light plane crashed into the roof of an Australian shopping mall, killing himself and four American tourists, an accident investigator said Wednesday.

The Latest: Son of slain N. Korean not in Malaysia: police

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:53pm

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):

Philippines to deport convicted US pedophile

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:42pm

The Philippines' Bureau of Immigration said Wednesday it had arrested a convicted American pedophile wanted by U.S. authorities for a string of crimes.

New Zealand unveils national memorial for quake victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:22pm

The New Zealand city of Christchurch unveiled a national memorial Wednesday to commemorate the 185 people who died in an earthquake six years ago.

Malaysia police chief: Suspects in Kim Jong Nam killing were trained to wipe toxin on his face, then wash hands

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:20pm

Malaysia police chief: Suspects in Kim Jong Nam killing were trained to wipe toxin on his face, then wash hands .

Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang gets 20 months in prison for corruption

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:50pm

Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang gets 20 months in prison for corruption.

Amnesty blames Trump, others in global rollback of rights.

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:32pm

Amnesty International says "toxic" fear-mongering by anti-establishment politicians, among them President Donald Trump and the leaders of Turkey, Hungary and the Philippines, is contributing to a global pushback against human rights.

Life expectancy to keep rising; S. Korean women could hit 91

Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:46pm

While most people born in rich countries will live longer by 2030 — with women in South Korea projected to reach nearly 91 — Americans will continue to have one of the lowest life expectancies of any developed country, a new study predicts.

Mexico official apologizes to 3 jailed indigenous women

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:52pm

Mexico's attorney general formally apologized on Tuesday to three indigenous women who were jailed for years on kidnapping charges that were later dismissed.

At UN, US envoy stresses 'commitment' to European alliances

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:34pm

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday underlined America's "total commitment" to its European allies, echoing recent assurances by other administration figures to European leaders anxious about President Donald Trump.

Mass funeral held for 20 Haitians who died in dismal prison

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:34pm

Relatives wailed in grief or stared stoically as flowers were placed on 20 caskets at a mass funeral Tuesday for the latest group of inmates who died miserably in Haiti's largest prison, most without ever having been convicted of any crime.

Lawyer: Portugal to extradite ex-CIA agent to Italian jail

Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:24pm

A former CIA agent will be handed over to Italy in the coming days to serve a four-year prison sentence after being convicted of involvement in a U.S. program that kidnapped suspects for interrogation, a lawyer said Tuesday.

South Sudan promises 'unimpeded' aid access amid famine

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:13pm

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.