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Brazil's foreign minister resigns due to medical reasons

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:14pm

Brazil's foreign minister resigned from his post Wednesday night, citing undisclosed medical reasons.

UN: $4.4B needed within weeks to stop hunger 'catastrophe'

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:52pm

The United Nations needs $4.4 billion by the end of March to prevent catastrophic hunger and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, yet just $90 million has been collected so far, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday.

Cuban dissidents honor OAS secretary-general denied entry

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:15pm

A group of Cuban dissidents on Wednesday recognized the secretary-general of the Organization of American States for defending human rights in their country even though the government denied him entry to attend the ceremony.

Trump sends top aides to Mexico amid deep strains with US

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:48pm

President Donald Trump dispatched his top diplomat and homeland security chief to Mexico on Wednesday on a fence-mending mission complicated by the actual fence he wants to build on the southern border. Mexico's government signaled it was in no mood to be lectured by the new U.S. administration.

Adopted kids see long-lasting effects of Romanian orphanages

Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:47pm

Romanian children adopted from overcrowded orphanages in the 1990s were more likely to suffer psychological problems as adults compared to other children taken in by British families, according to a decades-long study.

DHS chief tells Guatemalans US won't have mass deportations

Sonia Perez D., Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:22pm

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said Wednesday on a visit to Guatemala that there won't be mass deportations by the Unites States, but he strongly discouraged any Guatemalans from considering the journey north.

The Latest: UN aid convoys increase; access woes continue

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:30pm

The latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):

UN Syria envoy not expecting breakthrough at Geneva talks

Jamey Keaten and Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:25pm

Playing down expectations, the U.N. envoy for Syria said Wednesday he's not expecting a breakthrough in the first U.N.-mediated peace talks between government representatives and the opposition in 10 months, rather hoping to build momentum toward peace after nearly six years of war.

US senators say Raul Castro eager to maintain US relations

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:15pm

Cuban President Raul Castro appears eager to maintain better relations with the United States and gave a group of U.S. Congress members signed copies of a recent speech expressing his willingness to negotiate with President Donald Trump, Sen. Patrick Leahy said Wednesday.

Body of Egypt's so-called Blind Sheikh brought home from US

Heba Afify, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:58pm

The body of a blind Egyptian cleric convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York was brought back to Egypt and handed over to his family for burial on Wednesday, following his death in a U.S. federal prison over the weekend.

Warsaw lists properties that pre-WWII owners can reclaim

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:47pm

The city of Warsaw has begun publishing a list of properties that can be legally claimed by their pre-World War II owners — among them Holocaust survivors and their families — but only if they act quickly.

Mexicans weigh the daunting prospect of deportee camps

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:54pm

Mexicans fear deportee and refugee camps could be popping up along their northern border under the Trump administration's plan to start deporting to Mexico all Latin Americans and others who entered the U.S. illegally through this country.

France: Le Pen aide charged in parliament jobs probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:37pm

A top aide of French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has been handed preliminary charges in an investigation into money spent on her party's European Parliament assistants.

Romania: president fails to overturn property ownership case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:19pm

Romania's president has lost his bid to overturn a ruling on a property he lost ownership of, following an 18-year court case.

Polish leader sparks outcry with 'humane masters' claim

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:17pm

The leader of Poland's ruling party faced accusations that he used offensive and divisive language when he said Wednesday that members of his ruling party are "humane masters."

Cyprus peace process falters after latest talks called off

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:17pm

Talks to reunify ethnically split Cyprus suffered another blow after the leader of the island's breakaway Turkish Cypriots backed out of a scheduled meeting, officials said Wednesday.

Venezuela VP blasts drug sanctions in full-page NY Times ad

Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:03pm

Venezuela's vice president took out a full-page advertisement in the New York Times on Wednesday to lash out at Trump administration's decision to sanction him for drug trafficking.

Turkey military allows Islamic headscarves for officers

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:37am

Turkey's military has changed its regulations to allow female officers to wear headscarves while on duty, defense officials said Wednesday, removing a ban on Islamic-style head coverings at an establishment that once was considered a bastion of secularism.

Top Libyan security official wounded in car bomb attack

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:27am

A Libyan spokesman says a top security official in the eastern city of Benghazi has survived an assassination attempt by a car bomb.