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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.

Somalia's new leader inaugurated, vowing to restore dignity

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:13am

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.

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.

Cyprus peace process falters after latest talks called off

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:04am

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.

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.

Khmer Rouge tribunal drops case vs lower-ranking suspect

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:21am

Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal announced Wednesday that it has dropped crimes against humanity charges against a former lower-ranking Khmer Rouge official, saying she was not high enough in the regime's leadership hierarchy.

Afghan official says bomb blast killed 3 in eastern

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:20am

An Afghan official says a bomb has killed three civilians and wounded 19 in eastern Paktika province.

Police: Suspects in N. Korean death coated hands with poison

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:53am

The two women suspected of fatally poisoning a scion of North Korea's ruling family were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals, then wipe them on his face, police in Malaysia said Wednesday, announcing they were seeking a North Korean diplomat in connection with the attack.

Body of Egypt's so-called Blind Sheikh brought home from US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:50am

The body of a blind Egyptian cleric convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York has been brought back to Egypt for burial after he died in a U.S. federal prison over the weekend.

Amnesty: Turkey among countries with worst rights practices

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:40am

The international human rights group Amnesty International says Turkey was among countries with the worst practices for human rights in 2016.

Germany approves faster deportation of failed asylum-seekers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:31am

Germany's Cabinet has approved a plan that makes it easier to deport rejected asylum-seekers.

Dutch security officer held for suspected data leak

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:30am

Dutch police say they have detained a member of a security detail responsible for tasks including protecting anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders on suspicion of leaking classified information.