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Iran begins navy drill off Strait of Hormuz as US newly wary

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 12:00am

Iran's navy has begun an annual drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, its first major exercise since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Why N. Korea may have used VX to kill leader's half brother

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:12pm

Was it a poorly executed assassination or did North Korea want to showcase its stockpile of banned chemical weapons?

Key developments in Kim's assassination investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:12pm

Key developments in the investigation into the killing of the North Korean leader's estranged half brother at Kuala Lumpur's airport on Feb. 13:

Far from Carnival street fests, glitzy Rio Ball for elite

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:14pm

Women in elegant, long-flowing dresses saunter on the red carpet while men in tuxedos smile broadly and wave to hundreds of people who have lined up along Rio de Janeiro's Avenida Atlantica to have a look.

Duped into killing Kim? 2 suspects say it looked like prank

Tran Van Minh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:04pm

Two women — a Vietnamese and an Indonesian — have been arrested for allegedly coating their hands with the immensely toxic chemical agent VX and wiping them on the face of the North Korean leader's estranged half brother Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur's airport. He died within hours.

AP Explains: Rio's Carnival, a high-stakes samba parade

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:04pm

Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination and the magnificent floats that roll down Avenida Marques de Sapucai, also known as the "sambadrome." For the competitors, getting to the big show is months in the making.

Israeli premier calls 1st visit to Australia 'wonderful'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 9:27pm

Benjamin Netanyahu has described his visit to Australia, a first for a serving Israeli prime minister, as "wonderful."

Protesters mark Philippine revolt by condemning killings

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 9:05pm

Thousands of pro-democracy activists marked the anniversary of the 1986 revolt that ousted Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos with a warning against what they say are the incumbent president's dictatorial tendencies.

The Latest: Malaysia says airport safe, no trace of toxin

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 5:39pm

The Latest on Malaysia's investigation into the apparent assassination of the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local):

Deadly insurgent attack in Homs weighs on UN-led Syria talks

Jamey Keaten and Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 2:46pm

A deadly terrorist attack in central Syria on Saturday threatened to thwart efforts to wrest a political solution at peace talks in Geneva, with the U.N. mediator decrying "spoilers" who try to derail the efforts to end the country's disastrous six-year war.

In a blow, twin attacks on Syrian security kill at least 32

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:49pm

In synchronized attacks, insurgents stormed into heavily guarded security offices in Syria's central Homs city, clashed with troops and then blew themselves up, killing a senior officer and at least 31 others, state media and officials reported.

Britain agrees $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt on visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:21pm

Britain on Saturday finalized a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt, where Boris Johnson was on his first visit to the country as Foreign Secretary and as a human rights organization urged him to speak about what they described as "appalling" abuses.

Thousands rally in Romania to back beleaguered govt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:04pm

Thousands of people turned out for a pro-government rally Saturday in southern Romania, hoping to boost the popularity of the center-left government following massive anti-corruption protests.

Syria envoy to Geneva talks demands opposition groups denounce attacks in Homs, says it a test of their commitment

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:45am

Syria envoy to Geneva talks demands opposition groups denounce attacks in Homs, says it a test of their commitment.

Albanian police sue opposition leader, say he urged violence

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:26am

Albanian police have sued the leader of the country's opposition Democratic Party for allegedly inciting calls for violence.

The Latest: IS fighters in Syria's Homs target gas pipeline

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:16am

The Latest on the developments in the Syrian conflict (all times local):

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:37am

The Iraqi advance into Mosul's western half slowed Saturday as combat turned to urban warfare and Iraqi forces met stiff resistance from the Islamic State group. Hundreds of civilians poured out of Mosul on foot following the advances, but the vast majority of 750,000 estimated to still be in the city's west remain trapped, and describe deteriorating humanitarian and security conditions.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe marks 93rd birthday in opposition area

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 9:02am

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 93rd birthday Saturday amid granite hills where ancient spirits are said to dwell, defying calls to resign after nearly four decades in power in a region known for opposing the man who says he'll run again in 2018 elections.

Azerbaijani soldiers are killed in Karabakh fighting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:36am

Several Azerbaijani soldiers have been killed during fighting in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, Azerbaijan said Saturday as it and neighboring Armenia traded blame for an outbreak of violence.