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Lawmakers say UK's draft online spying law needs changes

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 5:10am

The British government is under pressure to amend a contentious Internet surveillance bill after a parliamentary committee said plans to make service providers retain all users' data have not been adequately thought through.

UN agency: Major droughts count rises amid record-hot 2015

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 5:00am

The U.N. agency specializing in reduction of disaster risks says the Earth faced more than twice as many major droughts last year than the average of the last decade.

The Latest: Erdogan threatened to send migrants to Europe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 5:00am

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

Carter expects NATO endorsement of anti-IS campaign plan

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:50am

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday he expects a gathering of more than two dozen countries contributing to the war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq to endorse a U.S. plan for accelerating the campaign.

Taiwan earthquake death toll rises to 59; 76 still missing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:50am

The death toll from a weekend earthquake in Taiwan rose to 59 on Thursday, with 76 people still missing and presumed trapped under the rubble of a collapsed residential building, the Ministry of Interior said.

Bangladesh court confirms death sentences for 3

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:40am

A Bangladesh appeals court on Thursday confirmed the death sentences handed to the head of a banned Islamist group and two of his associates for a 2004 grenade attack on a former British diplomat at a prominent Islamic shrine.

Kurdish fighters capture military air base in northern Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:40am

Kurdish fighters and their allies captured a military air base in northern Syria under the cover of airstrikes as Russia announced on Thursday that its air force carried out more than 500 combat missions in Syria over the past week.

NATO warships ordered to Aegean to help with migrant crisis

John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:40am

NATO's European commander on Thursday ordered three warships to move immediately to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of migrants between Turkey and Greece.

Pro-government newspapers attacked in Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:30am

Two pro-government newspapers say they were attacked overnight with firebombs and gunfire. No one was hurt.

The Latest: UN warns of humanitarian crisis near Homs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:30am

The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local):

NATO chief: NATO Maritime Group being ordered into Aegean to help end smuggling of migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:10am

NATO chief: NATO Maritime Group being ordered into Aegean to help end smuggling of migrants.

Pakistan army confirms death sentences for 12 militants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:10am

Pakistan's powerful army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif, on Thursday confirmed death sentences awarded by military courts to 12 "hardcore terrorists" over their involvement in a series of attacks against security forces, the military said.

At least 69 injured in train derailment in Egypt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:10am

At least 69 people were injured when a train derailed and two of its cars overturned as it was travelling north toward Cairo on Thursday, an Egyptian Health Ministry official said.

Ex-army chief's appointment as Sri Lanka lawmaker criticized

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:00am

An international rights group said Thursday that the Sri Lankan government's decision to appoint the civil war-winning general to Parliament contradicts its pledges to investigate alleged abuses under his command.

Afghan policeman opens fire on colleagues, kills 4

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:40am

Four Afghan policemen were killed and another seven wounded when one of their colleagues opened fire on them in the volatile southern province of Kandahar, an official said on Thursday.

Hong Kong activists face riot charges after holiday protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:30am

Several dozen people appeared in a Hong Kong court Thursday to face rioting charges following a violent clash earlier this week between protesters and police sparked by a clampdown on holiday street food vendors.

Dozens detained, life paralyzed by strike in Indian Kashmir

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:30am

Indian authorities detained dozens of Kashmiri activists and placed separatist leaders under house arrest Thursday to prevent them from holding anti-India protests to mark the anniversary of a top separatist leader's hanging more than three decades ago.

Italy urged Egypt for help hours after student disappeared

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:30am

Italian officials contacted Egyptian authorities hours after a student later found tortured to death disappeared in central Cairo last month, according to an official summary of Italian efforts to locate him.

The Latest: S. Koreans still at joint factory after deadline

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:30am

The Latest on tensions between North and South Korea following Pyongyang's rocket launch (all times local):