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In Denmark, first blasphemy charge since 1971

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:42am

A Danish prosecutor says a 42-year-old man in northern Denmark has been charged with blasphemy for allegedly burning the Quran and posting a video of it on Facebook.

Philippine court orders arrest of president's leading critic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:40am

A Philippine court has issued an arrest warrant on drug charges for a senator and former top human rights official who is one of the most vocal critics of President Rodrigo Duterte and his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs.

South African center offers hope for abandoned babies

Renee Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:32am

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.

North Korea calls Malaysian investigation 'full of holes'

Eileen By and Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:32am

After more than a week of silence in its state-controlled media, North Korea on Thursday slammed the investigation into the death of one of its citizens in Kuala Lumpur, saying Malaysia's probe is full of "holes and contradictions."

The Latest: Iraqi special forces enter base by Mosul airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:20am

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

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:10am

Israeli media say a preliminary investigation by Israeli officials has determined that an Israeli Arab driver who struck and killed a policeman last year did so unintentionally, prompting calls for senior officials to resign for calling him a terrorist.

Romania: 1,300 officials prosecuted for graft last year

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:10am

Romania's chief anti-corruption prosecutor says nearly 1,300 officials were sent to trial last year in corruption cases with damages amounting to 260 million euros ($273 million).

Somalia's new president appoints prime minister

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:54am

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has appointed a political newcomer as the prime minister just before he departed to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip since he was inaugurated.

Japan first lady's praise for school removed amid scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:54am

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.

Romania's huge protests cause rifts among families, friends

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:44am

Video editor Mihnea Lupan lives just around the corner from his mother, but their views on the massive anti-corruption protests shaking Romania are miles apart.

Iraqi police forces enter Mosul airport, seize runway

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:33am

Iraqi federal police pushed their way into the perimeter of Mosul International Airport on Thursday, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with Islamic State militants hunkered down in several airport buildings, police officials said.

Pakistani official: Explosion kills 8 in city of Lahore

Zaheer Babr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:31am

An explosion rocked an upscale neighborhood in the eastern city of Lahore on Thursday, killing eight people, officials said, in what could be the latest in a string of brazen attacks over the past two weeks that have killed over 125 people.

Jordan hands 15-year prison terms for 8 in alleged IS plots

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:30am

Jordan's state security court has sentenced eight men to 15-year prison terms for involvement in alleged plans by the extremist Islamic State group to attack a military airport, military personnel, foreign aircraft and foreign embassies in the kingdom.

Iraqi official: Federal police forces enter Mosul International Airport and take control of the runway

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:20am

Iraqi official: Federal police forces enter Mosul International Airport and take control of the runway.

AP Analysis: Damage control N. Korea style: Deny and attack

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:11am

Faced with the killing of its leader's half brother in what appears to have all the trappings of a politically motivated hit, North Korea is turning up the volume on a familiar defense: Flatly deny the allegations, viciously attack the accusers.

Thai editor has lese majeste jail sentence reduced

Dake Kang and Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:01am

Thailand's Supreme Court has upheld but reduced the jail sentence of a magazine editor who is currently the longest-serving prisoner convicted of lese majeste — insulting the monarchy.

AP Analysis: Why Venezuelans have lost hope life will change

Hannah Dreier and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:28am

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.

American Samoa's ex-congressman dies at 73

Fili Sagapolutele, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:24am

American Samoa's longest serving non-voting delegate to the U.S House of Representatives Eni H. Faleomavaega died Wednesday. He was 73.

US-born panda Bao Bao lands in China after leaving DC zoo

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:54pm

An American-born panda started settling into her new home Thursday in southwest China where she will eventually join a breeding program.