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Kurdish journalist killed covering Iraq's battle for Mosul

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 7:20am

A local Kurdish news organization says one of their presenters was killed covering the Mosul operation and another of their journalists was wounded. 

Iraqi forces facing stiff resistance in western Mosul

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 6:57am

Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul Saturday amid stiff resistance from entrenched Islamic State fighters, a commander on the scene said.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe marks 93rd birthday in opposition area

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 6:33am

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 93rd birthday Saturday amid granite hills where ancient spirits are said to dwell, defying calls to resign after nearly four decades in power in a region known for opposing the man who says he'll run again in 2018 elections.

Myanmar police blame grudge, not army, for lawyer's murder

Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 6:20am

The assassination of a prominent legal adviser to Myanmar's government was the result of a personal political grudge and not part of a bigger conspiracy by the military, senior security officials said Saturday.

Protesters mark Philippine revolt by condemning killings

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 6:14am

Hundreds of left-wing and pro-democracy activists on Saturday marked the anniversary of the 1986 revolt that ousted Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos to warn about what they say are the incumbent president's dictatorial tendencies and condemn his decision to allow Marcos to be buried in a heroes' cemetery.

Israel military fire tear gas to disperse Lebanese protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 6:10am

Lebanon's national news agency says Israel's military has fired tear gas across the border, breaking up a small Lebanese protest against cameras installed there.

Twin attacks on Syrian security buildings kill at least 32

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 5:05am

Twin attacks on two Syrian security offices in the central city of Homs Saturday killed at least 32 people, including a senior security official who heads the feared Military Intelligence services, state media and officials reported.

Merkel formally nominated for German election run

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 5:00am

Angela Merkel's conservatives have formally nominated the German chancellor as her party's top candidate for the September parliamentary election in the region where she has her political base.

Afghan official: IS militants kill 11 in mosque ambush

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 4:40am

At least 10 police officers and the wife of a police commander were killed in an ambush by Islamic States group militants in northern Zawzjan province, a provincial official said.

Turkish PM launches 'yes' campaign over Erdogan powers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 4:20am

Turkey's prime minister has officially launched his ruling party's campaign for a "yes" vote in a referendum on ushering a presidential system, which critics fear will concentrate too many powers in the hands of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Inside the fight against IS sleeper cells in liberated Mosul

Susannah George and John Beck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 2:54am

Two crudely armored pickup trucks cruised along an eastern Mosul highway. A masked Iraqi officer riding shotgun yelled "Go! Go! Go!" and switched the radio from Iraqi folk music to fast, patriotic battle hymns as the vehicles sped up and weaved through the busy afternoon traffic.

Germany's Merkel: keep working on 2-state Mideast solution

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 2:30am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stressing the need to work for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after President Donald Trump signaled that he could accept a different outcome.

Indonesia says Indonesian suspect in death of Kim Jong Un's half brother was paid $90 for what she believed was a prank

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:50am

Indonesia says Indonesian suspect in death of Kim Jong Un's half brother was paid $90 for what she believed was a prank.

Homs provincial governor: Multiple explosions strike a security building in Syrian city of Homs, killing more than 20

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:53am

Homs provincial governor: Multiple explosions strike a security building in Syrian city of Homs, killing more than 20.

AP Explains: Who competes and how Carnival parades judged

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:41pm

Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination and the magnificent floats that roll down Avenida Marques de Sapucai, also known as the "sambadrome." For the competitors, getting to the big show is months in the making.

Haiti gov't creates commission to probe prison conditions

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:22pm

Haiti announced a new government commission on Friday to probe the country's prisons and other overcrowded lockups and make recommendations to improve desperate conditions for inmates.

Leading critic of Philippine leader arrested on drug charges

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 7:54pm

A Philippine senator and leading critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly crackdown on illegal drugs said she won't be intimidated by a leader she called a "serial killer" after police arrested her on drug charges.

Guatemala orders expulsion of abortion ship, crew

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 7:41pm

Guatemala's immigration office on Friday ordered the expulsion of a ship run by a Dutch nonprofit organization that performs free abortions onboard in international waters.

US to seek extradition of ex-Guatemalan vice president

Sonia Perez D., Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 7:01pm

The U.S. government will seek the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice-President Roxana Baldetti and ex-Interior Minister Hector Mauricio Lopez Bonilla on drug trafficking charges, the embassy said in a statement Friday.