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Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 10:47am

Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad's forces pushed ahead in Syria's offensive on the historic central town of Palmyra that is held by the Islamic State group.

Masks and snowy streets herald pre-spring rite in Latvia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 10:46am

Hundreds of people sang, danced and skipped through the snowy streets of Latvia's capital wearing colorful costumes and masks, participating in a pre-spring rite that dates back to pagan times.

The Latest: UN Syria envoy meets with opposition reps

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 10:12am

The Latest on developments in Syria and at the Geneva talks (all times local):

Nigerian governor says 2 kidnapped Germans are freed

Godwin Isenyo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 9:55am

Nigerian security agents have freed two German archaeologists kidnapped by gunmen at a remote dig, the governor of northern Kaduna state said Sunday.

Russians march to honor slain opposition leader Nemtsov

Howard Amos, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 9:26am

Thousands of Russians marched through Moscow on Sunday shouting slogans such as "Russia will be free!" and "Putin is war!" to mark two years since opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi eulogizes slain legal adviser

Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 7:55am

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday broke a month-long silence to describe the assassination of one of her top legal advisers as a great loss for the country.

Protests erupt after Kyrgyzstan arrests opposition leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 7:02am

Hundreds of people protested Sunday in Kyrgyzstan after authorities detained a prominent opposition leader on fraud and corruption charges that his supporters say are politically motivated.

Taliban leader encourages people to plant trees

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 6:25am

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.

Germany: Heidelberg car suspect held on suspicion of murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 6:25am

Authorities say a man who drove into a group of pedestrians in the German city of Heidelberg, fatally injuring one man, is being held on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

Iraq: Police Commandos recapture new neighborhood in Mosul

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 5:06am

Iraqi militarized police captured two neighborhoods on the western side of Mosul on Sunday amid fierce clashes with Islamic State militants, as thousands of people continued to flee the battle to government-controlled areas, security officials said.

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."

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.

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.