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Russians march to remember slain opposition leader Nemtsov

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 5:06am

Thousands of Russians are marching in the streets of Moscow to mark two years since opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin.

Philippine offensive continues amid threat to behead German

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 5:06am

Philippine troops will not get distracted by a threat from Abu Sayyaf militants to behead a German hostage if a ransom was not paid by Sunday and will press assaults to crush the brutal group, military officials said.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 4:52am

Iran's navy began an annual drill Sunday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, its first major exercise since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, state television reported.

Key developments in Kim Jong Nam assassination investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 4:43am

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:

Letter-writing former Iran president pens dispatch to Trump

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 4:34am

Iran's former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a letter Sunday to President Donald Trump, striking a somewhat conciliatory tone while applauding immigration to America and saying it shows "the contemporary U.S. belongs to all nations."

Taliban leader encourages people to plant trees

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 4:34am

Springtime in Afghanistan usually brings a spike in violence as the Taliban takes advantage of the thaw to launch a wave of fresh attacks. But the Taliban's leader has just issued a statement calling on Afghans to plant more trees.

Russian opposition figure freed; vows fight for human rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 3:44am

A convicted Russian opposition activist who says he was tortured in prison was freed Sunday and has vowed to keep up the fight for human rights in Russia.

Protests erupt after Kyrgyzstan arrests opposition leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 2:45am

Kyrgyzstan has detained a prominent opposition leader on charges of fraud and corruption, claims that his supporters say are politically motivated.

EU lawmakers, in unusual move, pull the plug on racist talk

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 1:12am

With the specter of populism looming over a critical election year in Europe, the European Parliament has taken an unusual step to crack down on racism and hate speech in its own house.

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

Tran Van Minh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 12:37am

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.

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?

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.