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Russia military acknowledges new branch: info warfare troops

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:25am

Along with a steady flow of new missiles, planes and tanks, Russia's defense minister said Wednesday his nation also has built up its muscle by forming a new branch of the military — information warfare troops.

Gambia police say country's former spy chief arrested

Abdoulie John, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:15am

Gambia's former director general of the National Intelligence Agency has been arrested, police said Wednesday, as the tiny West African country works to address more than two decades of alleged abuses under its former ruler.

Frenchman who signed Arabic terrorism confession appeals

Andrew Drake, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:58am

A Frenchman arrested in anti-terrorism raids in Morocco was in court Wednesday to appeal his conviction, claiming he signed a confession in Arabic that he could neither read nor understand.

Brazil prison slaughter exposes gang war, banality of evil

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:57am

On New Year's Eve, some 1,200 inmates enjoyed funk music and danced with family members inside the walls of Complexo Penitenciario Anisio Jobim, the largest prison complex in Brazil's northern state of Amazonas

UK appoints 1st female Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:56am

Senior officer Cressida Dick was named the new commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police on Wednesday, the first woman to lead Scotland Yard in its 188-year history.

Cyprus peace process falters after latest talks called off

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:56am

Talks to reunify ethnically split Cyprus suffered another blow after the leader of the island's breakaway Turkish Cypriots backed out of a scheduled meeting, officials said Wednesday.

Russia's highest court frees opposition activist

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:56am

Russia's highest court on Wednesday overturned the conviction of a jailed opposition activist and ordered him released more than a year after he was sent to prison.

Swiss police lead raids, arrest 1 in probe of IS recruiting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:45am

At least one person has been arrested in southern Switzerland as part of a criminal probe over suspected recruiting for the Islamic State group or related organizations.

The Latest: UN does not expect breakthrough at Syria talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:45am

The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):

Wilders' security officer detained for suspected data leak

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:45am

A Dutch security official responsible for protecting anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders has been detained on suspicion of leaking classified information, a police spokesman said Wednesday, sparking fears for the safety of the far-right populist lawmaker who for years has lived amid tight security.

Mass slaughter in Brazil prison exposes gang war over drugs

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:37am

Shortly after midnight on New Year's Eve, hundreds of inmates watched from a Manaus prison yard as the sky lit up with fireworks, paid for by the gangs that dominate the jail system.

UN envoy for Syria 'not expecting a breakthrough' at new talks in Geneva

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:37am

UN envoy for Syria 'not expecting a breakthrough' at new talks in Geneva.

South African court rules ICC withdrawal unconstitutional

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:35am

A South African court ruled Wednesday that the government's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court without parliament's approval was unconstitutional. The country had been set to become the first to leave the tribunal that prosecutes the world's worst atrocities.

France: Le Pen staff questioned in parliament jobs probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:25am

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's bodyguard and a top aide are being questioned in an investigation into money spent on her party's European Parliament assistants.

'Arbeit macht frei': Stolen Nazi gate is returned to Dachau

Christoph Noelting, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:20am

The wrought iron gate to the Nazis' Dachau concentration camp, which prompted an international outcry when it was stolen more than two years ago, has been returned to the German memorial site.

AP PHOTOS: Brazil's crowded prisons feed gangs, violence

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:17am

First, dominate overcrowded prisons. Then, control the streets and international drug routes.

India's vice president visits Uganda, meets president

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:17am

India's Vice President Hamid Ansari is meeting with Ugandan officials on the second leg of his African visit.

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

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:49am

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

Want to run for French president? Join the crowd

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:47am

More and more people want to join France's unpredictable presidential race, with a once-prominent centrist expected to join the field Wednesday along with other hopefuls who will never win — but might garner enough votes to tilt the outcome.