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Cambodia seeking $400 million to complete demining

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:45am

Cambodia needs more than $400 million in aid to remove by 2025 all of the land mines that are a legacy of years of civil war, the country's prime minister said Friday.

Cyprus leader: Peace talks will progress after Turkey vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:45am

Cyprus' president says he hopes real progress in talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided island could happen after the Turkey's April 16 referendum on expanding presidential powers.

South Africa anti-immigrant protests erupt in capital

Nqobile Ntshangase, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:34am

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.

Malaysia: VX nerve agent killed brother of N. Korean leader

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:08am

Sometime in the hours after poisoning the half brother of North Korea's leader, one of his two attackers began to vomit, Malaysian police said Friday. It was apparently an early indication of the immensely powerful toxin that was used in the killing: the chemical warfare agent VX.

Council of Europe: social rights shield not used enough

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 7:56am

Europe's top human rights body says more of its members need to ratify a legal process that could help protect the social rights of society's most vulnerable groups, including migrants.

Rights group urges US to probe civilian deaths in Yemen raid

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 7:45am

A prominent international human rights organization has urged the U.S. government to open an investigation into the deaths of civilians, including children, in a U.S. assault in Yemen.

Estonia marks independence day with military parade

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 7:34am

Estonia has marked its 99th anniversary of its declaration of independence with more than 1,000 troops from eight NATO nations parading and presenting military hardware on Friday, including two U.S. Abrams tanks that were displayed to the public for the first time.

Website: A Jordanian F-16 jet crashed in Saudi Arabia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 7:25am

A news portal linked to the Jordanian military says an F-16 fighter jet has crashed in Saudi Arabia, and the pilot has survived.

Pledge of at least $672 million to prevent African famine

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 7:13am

A group of countries pledged at least $672 million at an international donor conference Friday to prevent a famine in the African countries around the Lake Chad Basin.

Need a doctor in Naples? Try tennis court, not hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 7:13am

Fifty-five employees at a Naples public hospital, including doctors and nurses, are under house arrest for allegedly clocking in, then disappearing from their posts, including one physician spotted hopping a cab to play tennis, another suspect who allegedly worked as a hotel chef while on duty at the hospital, and others who slipped off to go shopping.

Germany: Merkel's party slips behind center-left SPD in poll

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:51am

Germany's Social Democrats nudged past Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc for the first time in more than a decade according to a poll released Friday, as the center-left party rides a wave of enthusiasm from their surprise nomination of a new leader.

Erdogan: Turkey can hold referendum on death penalty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:50am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey could hold a referendum on reinstating the death penalty, if parliament fails to pass such a measure.

The Latest: Syrian ambassador considers 'paper' amid talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:35am

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

Russian UN ambassador Churkin honored, buried in Moscow

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:35am

Diplomats, colleagues and relatives said their final farewells Friday to Vitaly Churkin, Russia's long-time ambassador to the United Nations who died earlier in the week.

Germany slams Russian plan to attack Reichstag replica

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:25am

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

Turkey shifting to open prisons over post-coup overcrowding

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:25am

Turkey's prime minister says convicts with lighter sentences would be reassigned to open prisons to make room for the tens of thousands of arrests following July's failed coup.

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.

Iraq strikes IS in Syria as Iraqi forces enter western Mosul

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:06am

Iraq's air force struck Islamic State targets inside Syria for the first time on Friday as Iraqi troops on the ground pushed into western Mosul, the last major urban stronghold held by the Sunni militant group in Iraq.

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.