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Europe: Albania opposition shouldn't stop judicial reform

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:10am

A senior European Parliament politician has called on the Albanian opposition Democratic Party not to block a judicial reform — the main step toward launching Albania's membership negotiations with the European Union.

Intelligence chief says more Islamic extremists in Germany

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:02am

The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency cautioned Wednesday that the number of Islamic extremists in the country is on the rise and that the threat of an attack remains high.

Dutch security officer held for suspected Wilders data leak

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:53am

Dutch police have detained a security official in the group responsible for protecting anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders on suspicion of leaking classified information, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Partner of UK author Helen Bailey convicted of her murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:52am

The partner of British children's author Helen Bailey has been convicted of killing her and dumping her body in a cesspool in a financially motivated murder.

Germany approves faster deportation of failed asylum-seekers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:44am

Germany's Cabinet approved a plan Wednesday that will make it easier to deport rejected asylum-seekers.

Somalia's new leader inaugurated, vowing to restore dignity

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:43am

Somalia's new leader was inaugurated Wednesday while promising to restore dignity to the troubled Horn of Africa nation but warning it will take another two decades to "fix" the country.

Afghan official says bomb blast killed 3 in eastern

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:31am

A motorcycle bomb went off at a busy market in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing three people, while a Taliban ambush targeting a military convoy in the country's northeast killed four civilians, officials said.

Cyprus peace process falters after latest talks called off

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:31am

Talks to reunify ethnically-split Cyprus suffered another blow after the leader of breakaway Turkish Cypriots backed out of a scheduled meeting aiming to push negotiations forward, officials said Wednesday.

Planes, tanks, ships: Russian military gets massive upgrade

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:23am

The Russian military received a sweeping array of new weapons last year, including 41 intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the wide-ranging military modernization will continue this year, the defense minister said Wednesday.

US-born panda Bao Bao lands in China after leaving DC zoo

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:23am

Bao Bao, an American-born panda cub, arrived in China on Wednesday evening after leaving the National Zoo in Washington.

Pakistan to send paramilitaries to fight Punjab militants

Asif Shahzad, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:23am

Pakistan said Wednesday it will send paramilitary forces to crack down on Islamic militants in the Punjab province, a move that the ruling party of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had long rejected because of opposition among its Islamist supporters.

Last pilot in French-Russian anti-Nazi squadron buried

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:20am

Russian and French dignitaries are paying their respects to the last pilot in a storied French-Soviet squadron that fought the Nazis on the eastern front together in World War II.

Rebel missile kills senior Yemeni general in Red Sea port

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:13am

A ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels on Wednesday killed the deputy chief of staff of the country's military in a major blow to the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition, which heavily supports the government, officials said.

Authorities say German school shooting alert a false alarm

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:05am

Local authorities say an alert about a possible attack at a school in western Germany that prompted a major police operation Wednesday was a false alarm.

Russian defense minister happy with results of Syria mission

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:55am

Russia's defense minister on Wednesday hailed the military's performance in Syria, saying new Russian weapons have proven their worth in the conflict.

The Latest: Facebook photo shows suspect in similar shirt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:54am

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

South African court rules ICC withdrawal unconstitutional

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:54am

A South African court ruled Wednesday that the government's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court without parliament's approval was unconstitutional.

Western China authorities offer big rewards for terror tips

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:30am

Authorities in China's far western Xinjiang region are offering rewards of up to $730,000 for terror-related tips as they ramp up security measures in the restive area.

Report: US resident detained in Iran encouraged 'decadence'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:30am

An Iranian semi-official news agency is quoting a Revolutionary Guard commander alleging that a U.S. permanent resident sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran confessed he tried to "encourage decadence" in the Iranian society.