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South Africa urges restraint amid anti-foreigner protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:44am

South Africa's president on Friday condemned reports of violence and intimidation against foreigners and called for restraint as residents of the capital were expected to protest against Nigerians and others.

Poll puts Germany's SPD slightly ahead of Merkel's party

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:44am

A new poll shows Germany's center-left Social Democrats nudging past Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc in support for the first time in more than a decade, riding a wave of enthusiasm from their surprise nomination of a new leader.

Turkish news agency says 35 Syrian opposition fighters, civilians killed in car bombing near Syrian town taken from IS

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:44am

Turkish news agency says 35 Syrian opposition fighters, civilians killed in car bombing near Syrian town taken from IS.

Malaysia says VX nerve agent used in killing of North Korean

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:30am

The banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent was used to kill Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean ruler's outcast half brother who was attacked by two women who rubbed the substance on his face at the airport in Malaysia's capital last week, police said Friday.

UK Conservatives take long-held Labour Party seat

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:16am

Britain's governing Conservative Party on Friday seized a parliamentary seat long held by the Labour Party in a special election blow to the opposition.

Officials: Iraqi forces have secured half of Mosul airport

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:36am

Iraqi forces on Friday gained control of most of Mosul's airport on the city's southwestern edge and all of a sprawling military base next to it, Iraqi officials said — key milestones in the first phase of the battle to rout Islamic State militants from the western part of Mosul.

Israel denies work visa to Human Rights Watch official

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:35pm

Israeli authorities have rejected a request from Human Rights Watch to grant a work permit to its regional director, accusing the group of engaging in Palestinian "propaganda," the group said Friday.

Australians doubt Trump's commitment to its traditional ally

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:25pm

Some Australians foresee trouble in their country's traditionally strong alliance with the United States because of what they see as "unpresidential" behavior from President Donald Trump, while others think outspoken businessman-turned-Australian-leader Malcolm Turnbull is a good match for him.

US changes rules of engagement for Mosul fight in Iraq

Susannah George and Balint Szlanko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:13pm

U.S. Army Lt. Col. James Browning juggled phone calls on an overstuffed sofa in a small village south of Mosul. His counterparts in the Iraqi army's 9th Division were pushing toward western Mosul, just a few miles away and were coming under mortar fire from the Islamic State group as they moved on a power station.

Japan first lady resigns from honorary position at school

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:00pm

The Japanese first lady has resigned as "honorary principal" of a private elementary school run by a man with ultra-nationalistic views following an escalating controversy over the low price the school paid for government land.

The Latest: Japanese cult also used VX nerve gas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:00pm

The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local):

Malaysian police say one suspect in VX poisoning of Kim Jong Nam was sickened, vomited after attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:51pm

Malaysian police say one suspect in VX poisoning of Kim Jong Nam was sickened, vomited after attack.

Leading critic of Philippine leader arrested on drug charges

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:29pm

A Philippine opposition senator and leading critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly anti-drug crackdown was arrested Friday on drug charges but professed her innocence and vowed she would not be intimidated by a leader she called a "serial killer."

Police say the half brother of North Korea's leader who was killed in a Malaysian airport had nerve agent on his face

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:47pm

Police say the half brother of North Korea's leader who was killed in a Malaysian airport had nerve agent on his face.

Philippine officials say an opposition senator and leading critic of the president has been arrested on drug charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:35pm

Philippine officials say an opposition senator and leading critic of the president has been arrested on drug charges.

AP Analysis: In Venezuela, short on food, short of hope

Hannah Dreier and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:24pm

Venezuela is so short on food that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving. Its murder rate is among the highest in the world. Its economy is so crippled that the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line — three times more than in 2014.

French far-right presidential hopeful gives Trump gold star

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:15pm

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has nothing but praise for U.S. President Donald Trump, saying on Thursday that she thinks his actions so far are good for France.

Iraq retakes Mosul airport amid cautious advances against IS

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Sinan Salaheddin and Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:36pm

Closely supported by the U.S.-led international coalition, Iraqi forces secured a series of cautious advances on Thursday, pushing into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, where they took control of the runway.

Rich in symbols, short on substance, UN resumes Syria talks

Dominique Soguel and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:36pm

Syria's opposing sides met face-to-face for the first time in U.N. mediation in three years on Thursday, with the U.N. envoy citing a historic chance to end a conflict that has left hundreds of thousands dead, displaced millions and fomented a proxy war by foreign powers.