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The Latest: Japanese cult also used VX nerve gas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:13pm

The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local):

Japan first lady's praise for school removed amid scandal

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:44pm

The Japanese first lady's endorsement of a private elementary school run by a man with ultra-nationalistic views has been removed from the school's website amid an escalating controversy over the low price the school paid for government land.

Leading critic of Philippine leader arrested on drug charges

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:29pm

A Philippine opposition senator and leading critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly anti-drug crackdown was arrested Friday on drug charges but professed her innocence and vowed she would not be intimidated by a leader she called a "serial killer."

Police say the half brother of North Korea's leader who was killed in a Malaysian airport had nerve agent on his face

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:47pm

Police say the half brother of North Korea's leader who was killed in a Malaysian airport had nerve agent on his face.

Philippine officials say an opposition senator and leading critic of the president has been arrested on drug charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:35pm

Philippine officials say an opposition senator and leading critic of the president has been arrested on drug charges.

AP Analysis: In Venezuela, short on food, short of hope

Hannah Dreier and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:24pm

Venezuela is so short on food that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving. Its murder rate is among the highest in the world. Its economy is so crippled that the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line — three times more than in 2014.

French far-right presidential hopeful gives Trump gold star

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:15pm

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has nothing but praise for U.S. President Donald Trump, saying on Thursday that she thinks his actions so far are good for France.

Iraq retakes Mosul airport amid cautious advances against IS

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Sinan Salaheddin and Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:36pm

Closely supported by the U.S.-led international coalition, Iraqi forces secured a series of cautious advances on Thursday, pushing into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, where they took control of the runway.

Rich in symbols, short on substance, UN resumes Syria talks

Dominique Soguel and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:36pm

Syria's opposing sides met face-to-face for the first time in U.N. mediation in three years on Thursday, with the U.N. envoy citing a historic chance to end a conflict that has left hundreds of thousands dead, displaced millions and fomented a proxy war by foreign powers.

Extremists attack Niger military patrol, kill 15 soldiers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:14pm

A spokesman for Niger's military says at least 15 soldiers have been killed in an attack by Islamic extremists on a patrol near the country's border with Mali.

The Latest: Syria opposition says Iran obstacle in conflict

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:23pm

The Latest on developments in Syria and the Geneva talks (all times local):

Austria's health minister dies of cancer at age 53

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:20pm

Austria's Heath Ministry says the country's health minister, Sabine Oberhauser, has died at age 53.

Palestinian leader: Factions committed to Lebanon's security

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:37pm

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas began a three-day visit to Beirut on Thursday, saying Palestinian factions are committed to preserving security in refugee camps around Lebanon.

Israel reinstates life term of Hamas prisoner freed in swap

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:24pm

An Israeli court has ordered a senior Hamas member to complete his life sentence after he was freed in a 2011 swap of hundreds of inmates for an Israeli soldier held by the militant Islamic group, a Palestinian activist said Thursday.

American Samoa's longest-serving US House delegate dies

Fili Sagapolutele, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:14pm

American Samoa's longest-serving non-voting delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, Eni H. Faleomavaega, has died. He was 73.

Strong gales batter northern Europe, killing 1 in UK

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:37am

Powerful winds battered parts of northern Europe Thursday, disrupting transportation and killing a woman who was hit by flying debris in central England. In the Netherlands, the landing gear on a small passenger plane collapsed as it landed in heavy winds at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

Bosnia appeals UN ruling that cleared Serbia of genocide

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:25am

Bosnia has asked the United Nation's top court to reconsider its 2007 ruling that cleared Serbia of genocide during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

The Latest: Hungary to erect second fence to deter migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:00am

The Latest on Europe's response to the migrants and refugees seeking to reach the continent: (all times local):

Carnival kicks off in Germany; Trump costumes popular

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:54am

Germans are braving rain, high winds and tight security to celebrate this year's Carnival season.