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Clashes break out in Palestinian camp in Lebanon

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 6:04am

Palestinian security officials say clashes have erupted in a densely-packed refugee camp in southern Lebanon, wounding at least four civilians, including a three-year-old boy with a bullet-wound to the head.

Amnesty says Yemeni rebels recruit fighters as young as 15

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 6:00am

A rights group says Yemen's Houthi rebels are recruiting fighters as young as 15, including by using religious schools to lure teenagers into their ranks without their parents' knowledge.

Farage calls for ouster of his party's only UK lawmaker

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 5:54am

Former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage is calling for the ouster of the party's only lawmaker in Parliament, as internal squabbling threatens to split the right-wing anti-EU party.

Philippines marshals troops in deadly anti-drug crackdown

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 5:35am

The Philippines' main antinarcotics agency signed an agreement with the military Tuesday to harness troops in President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly anti-drug crackdown after he barred the national police force from carrying out the campaign to cleanse its ranks of rogue personnel.

Putin says Russia could close military base in Kyrgyzstan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 5:35am

President Vladimir Putin says Russia will close its military base in Kyrgyzstan if the government of the Central Asian nation asks it to.

Indian hometown grieves for engineer killed in Kansas bar

Omer Farooq, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 5:29am

Hundreds of grieving family and friends tearfully mourned a 32-year-old engineer in his southern Indian hometown Tuesday after he was killed in an apparently racially motivated shooting in a crowded Kansas bar.

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.

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.