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Zimbabwe's Mugabe turns 93, says he will stand in 2018 polls

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:11am

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who turned 93 years old on Tuesday, described his wife Grace, an increasingly political figure, as "fireworks" because of her feisty remarks in his defense.

UNICEF, French president urge protection for children of war

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:33am

Child soldiers, underage sex slaves, orphaned adolescent refugees — France's president and UNICEF are urging the international community to do more to protect the more than 200 million children of today's conflict zones.

Floods inundate thousands of homes in Indonesian capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:21am

Torrential rains in the Indonesian capital have overwhelmed drains and flooded roads and thousands of homes.

Prefecture in China's Xinjiang to track cars by satellite

Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:01am

A prefecture in China's far western Xinjiang region is requiring all vehicles to install satellite tracking systems as part of stepped-up measures against violent attacks.

Iraqi military says troops consolidate gains south of Mosul

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:01am

A military spokesman says Iraqi forces are consolidating their gains south of Mosul ahead of moving deeper into the city's Islamic State-held western half.

Malaysian officials say cause of death still not determined for half brother of North Korean ruler

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:20am

Malaysian officials say cause of death still not determined for half brother of North Korean ruler.

4 US tourists and pilot killed in Australian plane crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:56pm

An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.

Malaysian diplomat says Kim death investigation impartial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:04pm

The investigation into the death of the exiled half-brother of North Korea's ruler is being conducted in an impartial manner, Malaysia's ambassador to Pyongyang said Tuesday, rejecting accusations from the North that the probe was politically tinged.

Plane carrying 5 people hits Australian shopping mall

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:04pm

Five people were believed killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.

Iraqi troops advance on western Mosul as Mattis holds talks

Bram Janssen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 10:14pm

Iraqi forces advanced Monday into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half, as the visiting U.S. defense secretary met with officials to discuss the fight against the extremists.

Man involved in Mexico crash pulls gun on ambulance crew

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 9:51pm

Mexican officials say the driver of an SUV involved in a traffic accident that killed eight people in western Mexico pulled a gun on an ambulance crew taking him to the hospital and escaped in a taxi. Authorities say he was caught later when he sought medical treatment at a clinic.

Death toll in Philippine bus crash climbs to 15

Aaron Favila, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 8:51pm

The death toll has risen to 15 from a bus crash in the Philippines, officials said Tuesday, and could climb further as many of the nearly 50 others who were hurt in the accident are in serious condition.

South Africa honors more than 600 dead in WWI ship sinking

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 8:28pm

It was a cataclysmic loss among many during World War I. On the foggy early morning of Feb. 21, 1917, in the channel between Britain and France, a British steamship accidentally rammed the smaller SS Mendi, sinking the vessel in about 20 minutes and killing more than 600 southern African troops on board, the vast majority of them black.

Singaporean PM, hosting Netanyahu, endorses 'two-state' plan

Annabelle Liang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:45pm

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, hosting a visit by his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Monday his country believes in a "two-state solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Guinea: 5 killed amid student protests over teacher strikes

Boubacar Diallo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 2:40pm

At least five people were killed Monday when police in Guinea clamped down on hundreds of students who demonstrated with stones and sticks amid teacher strikes that have kept them out of class for weeks.

German nationalist Petry met with Putin allies

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 2:33pm

Germany's most prominent nationalist politician held talks with Russian lawmakers over the weekend, including senior members of President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party, her office said Monday.

Magnitude 4.7 earthquake shakes Panama's capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 2:22pm

An earthquake caused skyscrapers in Panama's capital to sway Monday and led to the evacuation of some buildings. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

French far-right chief calls Assad solution to Syria crisis

Andrea Rosa and Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 1:44pm

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen tried to raise her international profile and press her pro-Syria, pro-Christian stance with a visit to Lebanon on Monday, holding her first campaign meeting with a head of state.

Amid protests, UK lawmakers debate downgrading Trump visit

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 12:56pm

Thousands of protesters against U.S. President Donald Trump rallied outside Britain's Parliament on Monday, while lawmakers inside urged the government to rescind its offer to the president of a state visit stamped with pomp, pageantry and royal approval.