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Seoul says North Korea executes 5 senior security officials

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:06am

North Korea executed five senior security officials with anti-aircraft guns because they made false reports that "enraged" leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea's spy agency said Monday.

Float crashes, injuring 20 people at Rio's Carnival parade

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:37am

A float crashed during Rio de Janeiro's world famous Carnival parade Sunday evening and injured at least 20 people, including three people reported in serious condition, but organizers proceeded with the show.

Bomb targets bus in Bahrain, wounding 5 police officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:20am

Authorities in Bahrain say five police officers have been wounded in a bomb attack that targeted a bus in the island nation.

Indonesia police shoot dead suspected militant during attack

Adi Marsiela, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:59am

Indonesian police said they shot and killed a suspected militant in the West Java capital of Bandung on Monday after his bomb exploded in a vacant lot and he fled into a municipal building and set it alight.

1st senior Chinese official visits Washington in Trump era

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:01am

China is sending its first senior official to visit the United States since President Donald Trump took office, amid uncertainties over trade relations and new security tensions in east Asia.

US officials not yet authorized to vet Pacific refugees

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 10:40pm

U.S. security officers have yet to be authorized by President Donald Trump's administration to vet refugees held on Pacific islands for potential resettlement in the United States, an Australian official said on Monday.

Australian leader blames predecessor for popularity decline

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 10:40pm

Australia's prime minister on Monday blamed recent criticism from his predecessor for a dip in the government's popularity in a closely watched opinion poll.

Detained Philippine senator asks court to nullify arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 10:28pm

A Philippine senator and leading critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly crackdown on illegal drugs petitioned the Supreme Court Monday to nullify a Manila court's arrest warrant against her for drug charges and release her from jail.

Fallen Argentine troops' relatives wait for identification

Almudena Calatrava and Paul Byrne, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 10:10pm

The body of Jose Antonio Reyes Lobos rests in the Falkland Islands along with those of more than 100 other fallen Argentine soldiers. But his 79-year-old mother says she doesn't want to leave this world without putting a flower on a grave bearing the name of her son killed in combat more than three decades ago.

S Korea's acting leader rejects to extend probe into scandal

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 9:17pm

A special investigation team is wrapping up its probe into a huge scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye after the country's acting leader refused to extend its investigation past a Tuesday deadline.

Transition in Milan fashion scene as new creatives break out

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 4:30pm

A transition is underway in the Milan fashion scene, with new designers taking over traditional brands and younger creatives breaking out with their own labels.

6 bull riders, 2 companions reported kidnapped in Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 2:50pm

Prosecutors in Mexico say six bull riders and two companions have been reported kidnapped in the southern state of Guerrero.

Italy's Pisa plans to test appeal of towering Ferris wheel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 2:40pm

The Italian city of Pisa has decided to add a towering Ferris wheel to its roster of tourist attractions.

Israeli hospitals demand funds to continue treating Syrians

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 2:30pm

An Israeli health official says Israel's hospitals will stop treating Syrian patients in non-emergency cases beginning next week unless the Israeli government fully reimburses the hospitals for years of medical treatments to those wounded in the Syrian civil war.

UN suspends Gaza staffer amid allegations of Hamas ties

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 2:20pm

The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees suspended a Palestinian staffer in Gaza on Sunday, a spokesman for the U.N. agency said as Israel alleged the employee was elected to a leadership position with the Islamist group Hamas.

Far from Carnival street fests, glitzy Rio Ball for elite

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 1:16pm

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.

Romanians form EU flag during 27th night of protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 1:03pm

Thousands of Romanians have staged another anti-government protest, standing together to form a European Union flag to signal support for the bloc and its values.

The Latest: Representative calls for unity among opposition

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

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

Czech man released from Sudan prison during minister's trip

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 12:00pm

The Czech Republic's Foreign Ministry says a Czech national who was sentenced to a stiff prison term in Sudan last month has been released and is on the way home with the minister.