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Bangladesh militants get death sentence for killing Japanese

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 12:35am

Five members of a banned militant group were sentenced to death by a Bangladesh court Tuesday for their involvement in the slaying of a Japanese agricultural researcher two years ago.

Afghan official: Policeman turns gun on colleagues, kills 11

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 12:20am

Afghan officials say at least 11 police officers have been shot and killed by a fellow policeman at a checkpoint in the southern Helmand province.

North Korea sends high-level delegation to Malaysia to seek return of body of leader's slain half brother

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 12:20am

North Korea sends high-level delegation to Malaysia to seek return of body of leader's slain half brother.

Malaysia to charge 2 women with murder in N. Korean's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:43pm

Malaysia's attorney general said Tuesday that the two women accused of killing the half brother of North Korea's leader with a nerve agent in a Kuala Lumpur airport terminal will be charged with murder.

Australian accused of planning to help IS develop missiles

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:09pm

Australian counterterrorism police arrested a man on Tuesday who officials say was planning to advise the Islamic State group on how to develop missiles.

Rights group says Thai prisons fall short of world standards

Kaweewit Kaewjinda and Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:18pm

Thailand's prisons fail to meet international standards, with inmates routinely shackled, stuffed into overcrowded cells and forced to work in harsh conditions, an international human rights group said Tuesday.

Taiwan marks crackdown anniversary amid China tensions

Ralph Jennings, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:52pm

Amid renewed tensions between Beijing and Taipei, Taiwan on Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary of a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters that is widely seen as a rejection of China's claims to the self-governing island democracy.

Japanese emperor departs for visit to Vietnam and Thailand

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:22pm

The emperor and empress of Japan departed Tuesday for a one-week trip to Vietnam and Thailand.

Vancouver police prepare for protests at new Trump tower

Cara McKenna and Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 7:24pm

Police are preparing for protests when President Donald Trump's two oldest sons officially open a new Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver on Tuesday, and the U.S. consulate is warning Americans to stay away.

Fallen Argentine troops' relatives wait for identification

Almudena Calatrava and Paul Byrne, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 6:45pm

The body of Jose Antonio Reyes Lobos rests in the Falkland Islands along with those of more than 100 other fallen Argentine soldiers. But his 79-year-old mother says she doesn't want to leave this world without putting a flower on a grave bearing the name of her son killed in combat more than three decades ago.

Chilean homes without water; 3 dead, 19 missing in floods

Patricia Luna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 6:37pm

Hundreds of thousands of homes in communities around Chile's capital remained without water Monday as authorities struggled to restore service following floods caused by Andean rainfall.

UN condemns NKorea's provocative attempts to evade sanctions

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:55pm

The Security Council on Monday condemned North Korea's "irresponsible and provocative" attempts to evade U.N. sanctions.

IS militants in north Sinai showing their strength

Ashraf Sweilam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:27pm

In the past three days, Islamic State militants in Egypt's volatile northern Sinai region abducted four men accused of collaborating with the government, three of them during a brazen raid in the middle of a public market. Two of the men have been found slain while the others remain missing; Egyptian officials say that one of the slain men had his eyes plucked out and was set on fire before being shot to death.

Authorities investigate killing of hippo at El Salvador zoo

Marcos Aleman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:16pm

El Salvador's widespread violence reached an unexpected corner with the brutal and fatal beating of the national zoo's beloved hippopotamus Gustavito.

Dancers dress as devil in popular Argentina carnival

Alvaro Medina, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:39pm

To the beat of drums, more than 300 people dressed as devils descend a sacred hill as one of the most singular Carnival events in South America begins.

Warplanes pound northwest Syria as Geneva meetings continue

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:38pm

Airstrikes on Syria's rebel-held Idlib province killed at least 11 people on Monday, opposition activists said, in the latest spasm of violence to mar U.N.-brokered talks in Geneva between the government and the opposition.

The Latest: Head of al-Qaida affiliate derides Syria talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:20pm

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

UN welcomes Moroccan pullout from Western Sahara buffer area

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:20pm

The United Nations is welcoming the pullout of Moroccan security forces from the tense border strip in southern Western Sahara and is calling on the Polisario Front independence movement to also withdraw its fighters.

Turkey orders German newspaper journalist jailed until trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:19pm

A Turkish court ordered a journalist for Germany's Die Welt newspaper jailed on Monday pending a trial on charges of terrorist propaganda and inciting hatred, media reports said. The action came amid a continuing crackdown on journalists and press freedom in Turkey.