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First Czech sentenced for attempt to join Islamic State

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:10am

A court in the Czech Republic has convicted a Czech man of an attempt to join the Islamic State militants in Syria and sentenced him to three years and three months in prison.

Attacks near Syria town captured from IS kill 62

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:58am

Two attacks near a Syrian town just captured by Turkish forces and Syrian opposition fighters from the Islamic State group killed at least 60 people, mostly civilians, and two Turkish soldiers on Friday, as the group retreats from one of its last remaining strongholds in northern Syria, Turkey's news agency and Syrian activists said.

Syria activists say 2nd car bomb has exploded near Syrian town captured from IS, killing at least 8

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:56am

Syria activists say 2nd car bomb has exploded near Syrian town captured from IS, killing at least 8.

South Africa anti-immigrant protests erupt in capital

Nqobile Ntshangase, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:47am

Police fired stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannon Friday as the latest wave of anti-immigrant protests broke out in South Africa's capital, while President Jacob Zuma condemned anti-foreigner violence and appealed for calm.

The Latest: Iraqi air force strikes IS targets inside Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:40am

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

Tunisia overwhelmed, divided over returning extremists

Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:37am

Tunisia's unhappy distinction as one of the world's primary jihadi exporters is coming home to haunt the country, where young men trained by the Islamic State group have killed tourists, soldiers and even an unfortunate shepherd.

Malaysia: VX nerve agent killed outcast North Korean scion

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:37am

The poison used to kill the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader at a crowded air terminal in Malaysia last week was the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent, police said Friday. Eleven days after the deadly toxin was used, they said they would eliminate any possible remaining trace of it from the airport and other locations.

The Latest: Day 2 of UN-hosted Syria peace talks in Geneva

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:37am

The Latest on the developments in the Syrian conflict (all times local):

Romania police question 28 Iraqi migrants without documents

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:37am

Romanian border police say they are questioning 28 Iraqi citizens they found in southwestern Romania in the vicinity of the border with Serbia.

France : Le Pen refuses police questioning in jobs probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:26am

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is refusing to submit to police questioning in a probe into her party's use of European Parliament aides.

Germany slams Russian plan for Reichstag replica to attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:26am

German officials are criticizing plans announced by the Russian military to build a replica of Berlin's Parliament building as a target for teenagers to attack at a patriotic theme park near Moscow.

Slovenia boosts rights of same-sex couples

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:15am

Slovenia has introduced a law on same-sex partnership that grants legal rights to gay unions but does not allow them to adopt or undergo in-vitro fertilization.

UN rights office slams Israeli soldier's 'lenient' sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:10am

The U.N. human rights office said Friday it's "deeply disturbed" by the "lenient" 18-month prison sentence handed down by a Tel Aviv military court against an Israeli soldier who killed a badly wounded Palestinian assailant as he lay on the ground.

Palestinian protesters throw shoes at Trump picture

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:05am

Palestinian protesters have thrown shoes at a banner depicting U.S. President Donald Trump in protest of his Mideast policies.

CORRECTS: Turkish prime minister says 2 Turkish soldiers killed in a new IS suicide attack near Syrian town of al Bab

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:57am

CORRECTS: Turkish prime minister says 2 Turkish soldiers killed in a new IS suicide attack near Syrian town of al Bab. (Corrects APNewsAlert that misspelled the dateline.)

Libyan military authorities impose ban on travelers under 45

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:52am

The military governor of eastern Libyan cities has imposed a ban on all travelers under 45 years old without a security clearance.

Shooting of 2 Indians in US bar sends shock waves in India

Omer Farooq, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:41am

The shooting of two Indians in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar has sent shock waves through their hometowns, and India's government is rushing diplomats to monitor progress in the investigation into the crime.

UK Conservatives deal Labour, Corbyn severe election defeat

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:34am

Britain's governing Conservative Party Friday dealt a humiliating blow to the opposition Labour Party and its struggling leader Jeremy Corbyn by seizing a parliamentary seat in a special election.

French centrist candidate Macron: I'm not a bubble

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:34am

Centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron started revealing his campaign program at last Friday, saying he wants to slash 60 billion euros in spending but invest 50 billion euros in re-training and other stimulus programs.