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Italy's Renzi brushes off schism, positions self for future

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 8:50am

Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi brushed off a threatened schism within his ruling Democratic Party on Tuesday as he positioned himself to retake its leadership three months after suffering a humiliating defeat.

Kurdish party co-chair loses her seat in Turkish parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 8:38am

The co-chair of Turkey's opposition pro-Kurdish party lost her seat in parliament on Tuesday after an appeals court confirmed her conviction on terrorism-related charges.

UN guided by Syrian 'political transition' as new talks loom

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 8:38am

A top adviser to the United Nations envoy for Syria said Tuesday that their "main guidance" for the first intra-Syrian peace talks in 10 months will be a Security Council resolution that calls for political transition.

NATO commander assures of continuous presence in Kosovo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 8:35am

A senior NATO commander has assured Kosovo that the military alliance will maintain troops there "for as long as it's necessary."

Austria approves US extradition for Ukrainian oligarch

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 8:30am

An Austrian court on Tuesday approved a U.S. extradition request for a Ukrainian oligarch suspected of paying millions of dollars in bribes to Indian officials.

Almost 1.4 million children face 'imminent death,' UN agency says

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 8:20am

The United Nations children's agency is warning that almost 1.4 million children are at "imminent risk of death" as famine threatens parts of South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen.

Spanish police stop gas truck speeding against traffic

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 8:15am

Police in Barcelona fired gunshots Tuesday to stop a man who stole a butane gas truck and drove it at high speed against traffic on a city highway, ramming several cars along the way, a police spokeswoman said. Authorities ruled out terrorism as a motive.

The 15 worst cities for rush hour traffic

Alanna Petroff, CNN  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 8:04am

Plenty of drivers complain about rush hour traffic, but some have more to gripe about than others.

Dublin protesters prevent speech by Israeli ambassador

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:57am

A student society at Trinity College Dublin has canceled a speech by Israel's ambassador to Ireland after a group of students chanting pro-Palestinian slogans rallied outside the event.

Bodies of 74 migrants heading to Europe wash up in Libya

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:57am

At least 74 bodies of African migrants have washed ashore in western Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said Tuesday, the latest tragedy at sea along a perilous but increasingly popular trafficking route to Europe.

3 held in French anti-terrorism raids; bomb squad deployed

Lori Hinnant and John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:48am

Three men were arrested Tuesday in widely spread anti-terrorism raids, French officials said, and a bomb squad deployed at the home of one of the men uncovered a training grenade.

Ukraine's leader urges more sanctions against Russia

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:44am

Ukraine's president on Tuesday called for new sanctions against Russia over its decision to recognize passports issued by separatist authorities in the east, while the Kremlin accused Ukrainian authorities of denying vital documents to people in the rebel regions.

Azerbaijan's leader names his wife as 1st vice president

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:44am

Azerbaijan's president on Tuesday appointed his wife as the first vice president of the ex-Soviet nation — the person next in line in the nation's power hierarchy.

4 US tourists and pilot killed in Australian plane crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:43am

An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.

The Latest: Serbia finds 41 smuggled migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:35am

The Latest on response to wave of migration to Europe (all times local):

South Sudan promises 'unimpeded' aid access amid famine

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:34am

South Sudan's president said Tuesday his government will ensure "unimpeded access" for all aid organizations, a day after famine was declared for more than 100,000 people in the country suffering from years of civil war.

Russia to rely increasingly on non-nuclear deterrent

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:32am

Russia will continue to see the development of its nuclear forces as a top priority, but the military will rely increasingly on conventional weapons to deter any aggression, the Russian Defense Minister said Tuesday.

Bahrain lawmakers approve military trials for civilians

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:13am

Bahraini lawmakers voted Tuesday to change the constitution to allow civilians to be tried in military courts, further empowering its security forces amid a crackdown on dissent at level unseen since its 2011 Arab Spring protests.

Prosecutors seek 8-year terms for tourists in Bali death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:42am

Indonesian prosecutors sought eight-year prison sentences Tuesday for a British man and an Australian woman accused of killing a police officer on the tourist island of Bali.