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Australian charged with sex attack on 2 backpackers on beach

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:00pm

Two female backpackers from Europe were savagely attacked on a remote Australian beach by a traveling companion they had met hours earlier, police said on Wednesday.

Prosecutor requests life sentence for ex-Chad dictator

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:10pm

The prosecution has requested that Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre be sentenced to life imprisonment if convicted of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes in an unprecedented trial in which one African country is prosecuting the former ruler of another.

2 female bombers kill 58 in northeast Nigerian refugee camp

Ismail Alfa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:12pm

Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeastern Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 58 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday.

Nigeria's army accuse 2 soldiers of arming Boko Haram

Haruna Umar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:11pm

Nigeria's army has arrested two soldiers allegedly caught trying to ferry a large quantity of arms and ammunition to Boko Haram Islamic extremists, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Spain: Puppeteers in terror case released from jail

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:50pm

A Spanish court on Wednesday released two puppeteers jailed since last week for allegedly praising terrorism in a controversial Carnival show funded with public money.

The Latest: Russia has held important talks with US on Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:11pm

The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence (all times local):

Police arrest over 100 suspected Sicily Mafia clan members

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:11pm

Prosecutors say police in Italy and abroad have arrested more than 100 suspected Laudani Cosa Nostra members, dealing a heavy blow to the Mafia clan which has terrified businesses in the Catania area on Sicily for years.

NATO ministers approve new reinforcements for eastern Europe

John-Thor Dahlburg and Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 1:42pm

NATO defense ministers on Wednesday approved new multinational reinforcements to beef up defenses of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia, the alliance's secretary-general announced.

EU and Britain have big differences over 'ever closer union'

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:30pm

For Britain and the European Union, they are three little words that expose big philosophical differences: "Ever closer union."

Ex-employee of Israeli PM wins abuse case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:30pm

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife mistreated and abused a former member of her housekeeping staff, a court ruled Wednesday, awarding the man $42,000 in damages in a decision that dealt an embarrassing blow to the country's first family.

Tax fraud trial postponed for French ex-minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:20pm

A French court on Wednesday postponed the trial of a former French budget minister accused of tax fraud and money laundering until September, to give higher courts time to decide a legal issue raised by his lawyers.

Italians arrest Argentine prelate in swindle scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:00pm

An Argentine monsignor suspected of being behind a Ponzi scheme swindling investors out of 30 million euros ($34 million) has been put under house arrest in Genoa, Italian financial police said Wednesday.

Kurds attack Syrian air base held by insurgents

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:00pm

Kurdish fighters helped by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, while an international aid group warned that the health system in parts of the north is close to collapse.

Officials: 2 female suicide bombers kill at least 56 people in a northeast Nigerian refugee camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:30am

Officials: 2 female suicide bombers kill at least 56 people in a northeast Nigerian refugee camp.

AP Exclusive: Iranian drone first over US carrier since 2014

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:30am

An Iranian drone that flew over a U.S. aircraft carrier last month was the first to conduct an overflight of an American carrier since 2014, according to a U.S. Navy report obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

UK jury finds 3 men guilty of helping friend join IS

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

Three young British men who helped a teenage friend travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group were sentenced Wednesday to several years in prison.

UK to end ancient practice of printing laws on animal skin

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 10:30am

It's often said some laws aren't worth the paper they're printed on. Not in Britain, where for centuries laws have been printed not on paper but on calfskin parchment known as vellum.

UK's Cameron blasts UN panel's ruling on WikiLeaks' Assange

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 10:30am

British Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament on Wednesday that a U.N. panel's finding that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been wrongfully detained is "ridiculous." Assange responded quickly by accusing Cameron of libel.

French lawmakers approve divisive citizenship bill

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 10:30am

French lawmakers have approved a divisive bill aimed at making it possible to revoke the citizenship of people convicted on terrorism charges.