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Activists: Syrian pro-government forces near IS-held Palmyra

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 5:24am

Syrian government forces and their allies from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah reached the outskirts of Palmyra in their push to drive Islamic State militants from the ancient town, activists said Tuesday.

Palestinian government: No voting in May in Hamas-run Gaza

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 5:24am

The Palestinian government in the West Bank has announced that upcoming municipal elections will not take place in the Gaza Strip, territory ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas.

Probe of US-based Turk hacker leads to Austrian intel fight

George Jahn, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 5:20am

Austria's intelligence services on Tuesday confirmed a news report that they have tracked down a U.S.-based Turkish hacker who attacked several government websites.

N. Korean diplomats in Malaysia to seek Kim's brother's body

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 5:06am

A high-level North Korean delegation arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday seeking the body of leader Kim Jong Un's half brother, the victim of a nerve-agent attack that many suspect the North itself of orchestrating.

Egyptian police arrest 22 over riot in coastal city

Mossad El-Gohary, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 4:53am

Security officials say police have arrested 22 people after hundreds went on a rampage in Egypt's coastal city of Port Said to protest death sentences for 10 residents for their part in a deadly 2012 soccer riot.

UK judge says Tunisia police 'shambolic' during beach attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 4:40am

A British coroner says the Tunisian police response to a deadly gun attack on the beach resort of Sousse was "at best shambolic, at worst cowardly."

UN: 8,000 flee as Iraqi forces fight IS in western Mosul

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 4:32am

Since Iraqi government forces launched the push to take the western half of Mosul from the Islamic State group last week, about 8,000 people have fled from that part of the city and surrounding villages, the U.N. humanitarian aid agency said Tuesday.

Israeli forces begin evacuating 9 settler homes in West Bank

Alon Bernstein, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 4:32am

Israeli forces began evacuating nine homes in the West Bank settlement of Ofra on Tuesday, following a Supreme Court decision that ruled they were built on private Palestinian land.

No $5 million African leadership award this year, group says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 4:30am

Once again, there is no winner of a $5 million award for African leadership.

Thai university riled by lecturers' criticism of government

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 4:30am

Rights groups are urging a university to drop an investigation of a group of lecturers who criticized Thailand's military junta, calling the university's response an attack on free speech and academic freedom.

Japan's Emperor Akihito on first-ever visit to Vietnam

Tran Van Minh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 4:13am

Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday for a visit to promote goodwill and soothe some of the wounds of World War II by meeting with the abandoned wives of former Japanese soldiers.

Taiwan marks crackdown anniversary amid China tensions

Ralph Jennings, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 3:43am

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said Tuesday the island's democracy is mature enough to handle a thorough investigation into a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters 70 years ago, an event seen as a rallying point by those who reject China's claim to the self-governing island.

Philippine president apologizes to Germany over beheading

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 3:40am

The Philippine president has apologized to Germany for failing to stop the beheading of a German hostage by Muslim militants and said a massive offensive backed by fighter jets against the extremists was underway.

Bangladesh militants get death sentence for killing Japanese

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 2:26am

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

German police raid sites linked to radical mosque in Berlin

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 2:20am

German police are searching dozens of sites across Berlin linked to a mosque visited by the truck attacker Anis Amri, who killed 12 people in December.

Afghan official: Policeman turns gun on colleagues, kills 11

Mirwais Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 2:19am

An Afghan policeman turned his rifle on his colleagues at a checkpoint in southern Helmand province, killing 11 of them before fleeing the scene, officials said Tuesday.

Part of Rio Carnival float collapses, injuring 12

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 2:08am

The top of a float collapsed during Rio de Janeiro's world famous Carnival parade early Tuesday, injuring at least 12 people, officials said.

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.

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.