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US officials not yet authorized to screen Pacific refugees

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 9:17pm

U.S. security officers have yet to be authorized by President Donald Trump's administration to screen refugees held on Pacific islands for potential resettlement in the United States, an Australian official said on Monday.

1st senior Chinese official visits Washington in Trump era

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 8:28pm

China is sending its first senior official to visit the United States since President Donald Trump took office, amid uncertainties over trade relations and new security tensions in east Asia.

Carnival float crashes in Rio, injuring at least 8 people

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 8:11pm

A float in Rio de Janeiro's world famous Carnival parade crashed Sunday evening, and police said eight people were injured, including at least one in serious condition.

Transition in Milan fashion scene as new creatives break out

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 4:30pm

A transition is underway in the Milan fashion scene, with new designers taking over traditional brands and younger creatives breaking out with their own labels.

6 bull riders, 2 companions reported kidnapped in Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 2:50pm

Prosecutors in Mexico say six bull riders and two companions have been reported kidnapped in the southern state of Guerrero.

Italy's Pisa plans to test appeal of towering Ferris wheel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 2:40pm

The Italian city of Pisa has decided to add a towering Ferris wheel to its roster of tourist attractions.

Israeli hospitals demand funds to continue treating Syrians

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 2:30pm

An Israeli health official says Israel's hospitals will stop treating Syrian patients in non-emergency cases beginning next week unless the Israeli government fully reimburses the hospitals for years of medical treatments to those wounded in the Syrian civil war.

UN suspends Gaza staffer amid allegations of Hamas ties

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 2:20pm

The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees suspended a Palestinian staffer in Gaza on Sunday, a spokesman for the U.N. agency said as Israel alleged the employee was elected to a leadership position with the Islamist group Hamas.

Far from Carnival street fests, glitzy Rio Ball for elite

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 1:16pm

Women in elegant, long-flowing dresses saunter on the red carpet while men in tuxedos smile broadly and wave to hundreds of people who have lined up along Rio de Janeiro's Avenida Atlantica to have a look.

Romanians form EU flag during 27th night of protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 1:03pm

Thousands of Romanians have staged another anti-government protest, standing together to form a European Union flag to signal support for the bloc and its values.

The Latest: Representative calls for unity among opposition

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 12:10pm

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

Czech man released from Sudan prison during minister's trip

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 12:00pm

The Czech Republic's Foreign Ministry says a Czech national who was sentenced to a stiff prison term in Sudan last month has been released and is on the way home with the minister.

Iran begins annual navy drill off Strait of Hormuz

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 11:55am

Iran's navy began an annual drill Sunday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, its first major exercise since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, state television reported.

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 11:16am

Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad's forces pushed ahead in Syria's offensive on the historic town of Palmyra held by the Islamic State group.

Casualties mount as Iraqi troops advance in IS-held Mosul

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 10:56am

"We have wounded!" the men shouted from the roadside. Two soldiers, bleeding, were being bandaged beside their smoking vehicle on the side of a dusty dirt road.

Masks and snowy streets herald pre-spring rite in Latvia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 10:46am

Hundreds of people sang, danced and skipped through the snowy streets of Latvia's capital wearing colorful costumes and masks, participating in a pre-spring rite that dates back to pagan times.

Nigerian governor says 2 kidnapped Germans are freed

Godwin Isenyo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 9:55am

Nigerian security agents have freed two German archaeologists kidnapped by gunmen at a remote dig, the governor of northern Kaduna state said Sunday.

Russians march to honor slain opposition leader Nemtsov

Howard Amos, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 9:26am

Thousands of Russians marched through Moscow on Sunday shouting slogans such as "Russia will be free!" and "Putin is war!" to mark two years since opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi eulogizes slain legal adviser

Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 7:55am

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday broke a month-long silence to describe the assassination of one of her top legal advisers as a great loss for the country.