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Philippine court orders arrest of president's leading critic

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:12am

A Philippine court issued an arrest warrant on drug charges Thursday for a 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.

The Latest: Putin says Syria campaign is a security issue

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:10am

The Latest on developments in Syria and the Geneva talks (all times local):

US-backed Iraqi forces enter Mosul airport, military base

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:54am

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.

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.

The Latest: Restaurant owner says Kim's dishes DNA tested

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:37am

The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local):

UN-sponsored Syria talks resume in Geneva after 10 months

Dominique Soguel and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:23am

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.

16 rebels killed in fighting with army in Congo's east

Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:58am

Congo's army has killed at least 16 former members of a rebel group after they re-entered the country's east, the military's spokesman said Thursday.

Somalia's new president appoints prime minister

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:55am

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 inauguration.

5 Kosovo suspects charged with Turkish consulate attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:55am

Kosovo prosecutors have formally charged five suspects for a violent attack on a Turkish consulate.

Japan first lady's praise for school removed amid scandal

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:44am

An endorsement by the wife of Japan's prime minister of a new 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.

At least 18 injured in series of explosions in Czech plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:40am

Officials say explosions in a Czech machinery plant have injured at least 18 people.

Albania opposition boycotts parliament

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:27am

Albania's main opposition Democratic party has boycotted parliament in their street protest calling for free and fair elections.

UN working on steering Cyprus peace talks back on track

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:23am

The United Nations said Thursday it was working to get negotiations to reunify ethnically split Cyprus back on track, after the latest round of scheduled talks were called off over a controversial Greek Cypriot schoolroom commemoration.

3 Indian soldiers, Kashmir woman killed during rebel attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:23am

Three Indian soldiers and a woman were killed when rebels ambushed soldiers in the disputed region of Kashmir, police said Thursday.

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

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:23am

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.

Media: Israel to conclude Arab car ramming wasn't attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:12am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted by Israeli media Thursday as saying he may have been wrong to call an Israeli Arab driver who struck and killed a policeman and was fatally shot last month a terrorist, as Israeli media reported that a preliminary investigation has determined that the car ramming was unintentional.

The Latest: Iraqi forces take control of IS 'sniper' village

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:07am

The Latest on the Iraqi government forces' battle to take the western half of Mosul from the Islamic State group (all times local):

Pakistani official: Explosion kills 8 in city of Lahore

Zaheer Babr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:07am

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

Author Helen Bailey's partner jailed for 34 years for murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:53am

The partner of children's author Helen Bailey has been sentenced to at least 34 years in prison for murdering her and dumping her body in a cesspool at their home.