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Strong gales batter northern Europe, killing 1 in UK

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:46am

Powerful winds battered parts of northern Europe Thursday, disrupting transport and killing a woman who was hit by flying debris in central England. In the Netherlands, the landing gear on a small passenger plane collapsed as it landed in heavy winds at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

Palestinian leader: Factions committed to Lebanon's security

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:25am

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has begun a three-day visit to Beirut, saying Palestinian factions are committed to preserving security in refugee camps around Lebanon.

Bosnia appeals UN ruling that cleared Serbia of genocide

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:25am

Bosnia has asked the United Nation's top court to reconsider its 2007 ruling that cleared Serbia of genocide during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

The Latest: Hungary to erect second fence to deter migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:00am

The Latest on Europe's response to the migrants and refugees seeking to reach the continent: (all times local):

UN-sponsored Syria talks resume in Geneva after 10 months

Dominique Soguel and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:55am

Syrian peace talks under the auspices of the United Nations resumed in Geneva on Thursday, 10 months after falling apart over escalating bloodshed in the war-torn country.

Carnival kicks off in Germany; Trump costumes popular

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:54am

Germans are braving rain, high winds and tight security to celebrate this year's Carnival season.

Israel reinstates life term of Hamas prisoner freed in swap

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:36am

An Israeli court has ordered a senior Hamas member to complete his life sentence after the man was freed in a 2011 swap of hundreds of inmates for an Israeli soldier held by Hamas, a Palestinian activist said Thursday.

Over 1,000 migrants rescued in 48 hours from Mediterranean

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:25am

More than 1,000 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean Sea during several operations since Wednesday, and many more are expected to attempt the perilous journey as winter ends.

At least 19 injured in series of explosions in Czech plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:25am

Explosions in a Czech machinery plant injured a total of 19 people with three of them in critical condition, officials said on Thursday.

US-backed Iraqi forces enter Mosul airport, military base

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:57am

Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led international coalition fought their way Thursday into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with Islamic State group militants.

Pakistani official: Explosion kills 8 in city of Lahore

Zaheer Babr and Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:51am

Explosives in a building under construction ignited Thursday, ripping through a market in an upscale neighborhood in the eastern city of Lahore, killing eight people, officials said. It was not immediately clear whether the explosives were meant to be a bomb or merely stored in the building.

Philippine court orders arrest of president's leading critic

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:35am

A Philippine court issued an arrest warrant on drug charges Thursday for an opposition senator and former top human rights official who is one of the most vocal critics of President Rodrigo Duterte and his deadly anti-drug crackdown.

Paris teens block schools to protest alleged police rape

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:27am

Paris teenagers blockaded high schools with burning garbage cans and skirmished with riot officers at an unauthorized protest Thursday, angered by the alleged rape of a young black man with a police baton and other police abuse.

Romania: 1,300 officials prosecuted for graft last year

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:03am

Nearly 1,300 officials were sent to trial last year in Romania in corruption cases with damages amounting to 260 million euros ($273 million), the country's chief anti-corruption prosecutor said Thursday.

Japan first lady's praise for school removed amid scandal

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:43am

The Japanese first lady's endorsement of a private elementary school run by a man with ultra-nationalistic views has been removed from the school's website amid an escalating controversy over the low price the school paid for government land.

Somalia's new president appoints prime minister

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:43am

Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Thursday appointed a political newcomer as the prime minister, shortly before departing to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip since his election.

Philippines: If China builds on shoal, it would strain ties

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:24am

The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday any move by China to transform a Manila-claimed shoal into an island would be a "game-changer" in blossoming relations, although he added that Beijing has pledged not to undertake any construction in the strategically located area of the South China Sea.

Malaysia says embassy staff should assist if nothing to hide

Eileen By and Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:15am

Malaysia's police chief said Thursday investigators want to question a North Korean embassy official about the death of the exiled half brother of Pyongyang's leader, saying he should cooperate if he has nothing to hide despite having diplomatic immunity.

Germany: Islamist detained for planning to kill police

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:50am

Police in northern Germany say they have taken a suspected Islamist extremist into custody on allegations he was planning a bomb attack on a police officer or a soldier.