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South Sudan promises 'unimpeded' aid access amid famine

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:13pm

South Sudan's president said Tuesday his government will ensure "unimpeded access" for all aid organizations, a day after famine was declared for more than 100,000 people in the country suffering from years of civil war.

Trump comments put focus on Sweden's embrace of immigrants

Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:13pm

When a riot broke out in a predominantly immigrant Stockholm suburb this week, the biggest surprise for many Swedes was that a police officer found it necessary to fire his gun.

Ukraine backs more sanctions against Russia in passport spat

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:35pm

Ukraine's president called Tuesday for new sanctions against Russia over its decision to recognize passports issued by separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine, while the Kremlin accused Ukraine of denying vital documents to people in the rebel regions.

Americans killed in Australian plane crash were avid golfers

David Warren, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:24pm

Four American tourists were pursuing their passion for golf during a weekslong trip to Australia when they were killed Tuesday after a light plane carrying them on an offshore excursion crashed into a suburban Melbourne shopping mall and burst into flames, said Australian officials and a family member of one victim.

2 more dead after Guinea announces deal with teacher unions

Boubacar Diallo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:20pm

Two more people died Tuesday in demonstrations supporting striking teachers after Guinea's government announced an agreement with the country's two largest teacher unions on ending walkouts that have closed schools since the beginning of the month.

Sentencing of Israeli soldier in shooting deepens fissures

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:14pm

An Israeli soldier was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison for killing a badly wounded Palestinian assailant as he lay on the ground, in a landmark decision that deepened fissures in Israeli society and drew Palestinian criticism for being too lenient.

Mass funeral held for 20 Haitians who died in dismal prison

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:24pm

Relatives wailed in grief or stared stoically as flowers were placed on 20 caskets at a mass funeral for the latest group of inmates who died miserably in Haiti's largest prison, most without ever having been convicted of any crime.

At UN, US envoy stresses 'commitment' to European alliances

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:20pm

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is underlining America's "total commitment" to its European allies, echoing assurances other administration figures have been giving European leaders anxious about President Donald Trump's approach to the continent.

Ecuador officials say vote count showing presidential election runoff is 'irreversable'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:30pm

Ecuador officials say vote count showing presidential election runoff is 'irreversable'

Bahrain lawmakers approve military trials for civilians

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:27pm

Bahraini lawmakers voted Tuesday to change the constitution to allow civilians to be tried in military courts, further empowering its security forces amid a crackdown on dissent at level unseen since its 2011 Arab Spring protests.

Italy's Renzi brushes off schism, positions self for future

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:15pm

Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi brushed off a fracture within his ruling Democratic Party on Tuesday as he positioned himself to retake its leadership three months after suffering a humiliating defeat.

Bodies of 74 migrants heading to Europe wash up in Libya

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:15pm

At least 74 bodies of African migrants have washed ashore in western Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said Tuesday, the latest tragedy at sea along a perilous but increasingly popular trafficking route to Europe.

Montenegro's ex-PM accuses Russia of "destructive" politics

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 11:44am

Montenegro's former prime minister has accused Russia of "destructive" politics in the Balkans following what the country says was a thwarted attempt to overthrow its pro-Western government.

Turkish FM: Turkey's military rights still needed in Cyprus

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 11:33am

Turkey's right to intervene militarily in Cyprus is still necessary given recent actions that have fanned insecurity among Turkish Cypriots, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday.

UN says upcoming Syria talks aimed at 'political transition'

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 11:32am

A top adviser to the U.N. envoy for Syria said Tuesday that their "main guidance" for the first Syrian peace talks in 10 months will be a Security Council resolution that calls for a political transition.

Belfast police find pipe bombs, ammo linked to outlawed INLA

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 11:20am

Northern Ireland police say they have seized five pipe bombs and ammunition belonging to an Irish Republican Army splinter group that was supposed to have disarmed in support of the region's peace process.

The Latest: Far-right protests as refugee kids go to school

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 10:27am

The Latest on response to wave of migration to Europe (all times local):

Iraqi forces on Mosul hilltop gird for fierce fight ahead

Susannah George and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 9:35am

Iraqi troops worked to secure a strategic hilltop overlooking Mosul's international airport and a nearby military base on Tuesday, fearing the Islamic State group, which still holds both facilities, may launch another wave of nighttime counterattacks.

NATO general: Troops will stay in Kosovo as long as needed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 9:26am

A senior NATO commander has assured Kosovo that the military alliance will maintain troops in the Balkan country "for as long as it's necessary."