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16 rebels killed in fighting with army in Congo's east

Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:58am

Congo's army has killed at least 16 former members of a rebel group after they re-entered the country's east, the military's spokesman said Thursday.

5 Kosovo suspects charged with Turkish consulate attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:55am

Kosovo prosecutors have formally charged five suspects for a violent attack on a Turkish consulate.

Japan first lady's praise for school removed amid scandal

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:44am

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.

At least 18 injured in series of explosions in Czech plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:40am

Officials say explosions in a Czech machinery plant have injured at least 18 people.

US-backed Iraqi forces enter Mosul airport, military base

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:34am

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.

Albania opposition boycotts parliament

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:27am

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

UN working on steering Cyprus peace talks back on track

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:23am

The United Nations said Thursday it was working to get negotiations to reunify ethnically split Cyprus back on track, after the latest round of scheduled talks were called off over a controversial Greek Cypriot schoolroom commemoration.

3 Indian soldiers, Kashmir woman killed during rebel attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:23am

Three Indian soldiers and a woman were killed when rebels ambushed soldiers in the disputed region of Kashmir, police said Thursday.

Philippines: If China builds on shoal, it would strain ties

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:23am

The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday any move by China to transform a Manila-claimed shoal into an island would be a "game-changer" in blossoming relations although he added that Beijing has pledged not to undertake any construction in the strategically located area of the South China Sea.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:12am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted by Israeli media Thursday as saying he may have been wrong to call an Israeli Arab driver who struck and killed a policeman and was fatally shot last month a terrorist, as Israeli media reported that a preliminary investigation has determined that the car ramming was unintentional.

The Latest: Iraqi forces take control of IS 'sniper' village

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:07am

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

Pakistani official: Explosion kills 8 in city of Lahore

Zaheer Babr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:07am

Explosives in a building under construction ignited Thursday, ripping through a market in an upscale neighborhood in the eastern city of Lahore on Thursday, killing eight people, officials said. It was not immediately clear whether the explosives were meant to be a bomb or were merely stored in the building.

Author Helen Bailey's partner jailed for 34 years for murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:53am

The partner of children's author Helen Bailey has been sentenced to at least 34 years in prison for murdering her and dumping her body in a cesspool at their home.

Cambodian court jails activist over melee at premier's house

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:53am

A Cambodian court on Thursday 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.

UN-sponsored Syria talks resume in Geneva after 10 months

Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:41am

Syrian peace talks under the auspices of the United Nations resumed in Geneva on Thursday, 10 months after falling apart over escalating bloodshed in the war-torn country.

Paris teens block schools, protesting police violence

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

Paris teenagers have blockaded 16 city high schools with burning garbage cans and makeshift barricades to protest the alleged rape of a young black man with a police baton and other police abuse.

AP PHOTOS: South African center gives hope to abandoned kids

Renee Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:02am

Outside an old house in a battered Johannesburg neighborhood, a hatch door slams shut and an alarm signals the arrival of an abandoned baby. A new infant is joining the ranks of toddlers being raised in the center.

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.

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