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Warplanes pound northwest Syria as Geneva meetings continue

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:38pm

Airstrikes on Syria's rebel-held Idlib province killed at least 11 people on Monday, opposition activists said, in the latest spasm of violence to mar U.N.-brokered talks in Geneva between the government and the opposition.

The Latest: Head of al-Qaida affiliate derides Syria talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:20pm

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

UN welcomes Moroccan pullout from Western Sahara buffer area

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:20pm

The United Nations is welcoming the pullout of Moroccan security forces from the tense border strip in southern Western Sahara and is calling on the Polisario Front independence movement to also withdraw its fighters.

Turkey orders German newspaper journalist jailed until trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:19pm

A Turkish court ordered a journalist for Germany's Die Welt newspaper jailed on Monday pending a trial on charges of terrorist propaganda and inciting hatred, media reports said. The action came amid a continuing crackdown on journalists and press freedom in Turkey.

Colombia pushes to stop China from executing drug smuggler

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:06pm

Colombia's government on Monday protested to China over the impending execution of a convicted drug trafficker in a last-minute diplomatic effort to stop the death penalty from being applied against one of its nationals.

US Coast Guard unloads major drug haul in Puerto Rico

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:26pm

Authorities have made the largest maritime seizure of cocaine in the Atlantic region since 1999 from a boat off South America's northeastern coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday.

The Latest: 41 rescued on Aegean Sea after distress call

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:20pm

The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):

Chilean homes without water, 3 dead, 19 missing in floods

Patricia Luna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:50pm

Hundreds of thousands of homes in communities around the Chilean capital remain without water as authorities struggle to restore service following floods caused by Andean rainfall. There are three confirmed deaths and 19 people reported missing in the flooding.

Norwegian diplomat named to mediate Venezuela-Guyana dispute

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:00pm

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday appointed a Norwegian diplomat who dealt with the Colombian peace process to try to settle the longstanding border dispute between Venezuela and Guyana by the end of the year.

US embassy condemns far-right march with US flag in Croatia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:18pm

The U.S. Embassy in Croatia on Monday strongly denounced a march by far-right nationalists in the capital of Zagreb who waved an American flag and reportedly voiced support for President Donald Trump.

Macedonia opposition leader finds support to form government

Konstantin Testorides, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:54am

Macedonia's left-wing opposition leader submitted signatures from three ethnic Albanian parties on Monday as proof he has secured enough support in parliament to form a government.

UN: Attack helicopters halt Central African Republic rebels

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:50am

The United Nations says its forces used attack helicopters to subdue rebels in Central African Republic.

Egypt's parliament expels lawmaker who had criticized it

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:54am

Egypt's parliament has expelled a lawmaker who spoke out against alleged corruption and criticized the body for its handling of human rights issues.

Azerbaijan loses 5 soldiers in Nagorno-Karabakh clash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:50am

Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry says it has removed the bodies of five of its soldiers who were killed in fighting on the fringes of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Germany sees "alarmingly high" number of anti-migrant crimes

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:17am

Migrants and their homes in Germany faced more than 3,500 attacks in 2016, a number that is "alarmingly high and cause for concern," a German official said Monday, while adding that the crimes are being aggressively prosecuted and the numbers of such attacks are now falling.

Iraqi forces battling Islamic State reach Mosul bridge

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:06am

Iraqi forces reached one of Mosul's five destroyed bridges on Monday as they pushed deeper into the western half of Iraq's second largest city, driving Islamic State militants back with the help of U.S.-led airstrikes.

German minister rejects Austria's idea of mass migrant camps

George Jahn, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:06am

Austria's foreign minister called Monday for setting up mass holding camps in North Africa for migrants, a plan dismissed by his German counterpart as unrealistic.

Deported woman's UK family launch campaign for her return

Lynne O'Donnell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:29am

The British family of a grandmother deported to Singapore launched a campaign on Monday to raise money to fund a legal fight for her return.

IS militants in north Sinai showing their strength

Ashraf Sweilam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:06am

In the past three days, Islamic State militants in Egypt's volatile northern Sinai region abducted four men accused of collaborating with the government, three of them during a brazen raid in the middle of a public market. Two of the men have been found slain while the others remain missing; Egyptian officials say that one of the slain men had his eyes plucked out and was set on fire before being shot to death.