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Somalia's new president appoints prime minister

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:40am

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has appointed a political newcomer as the prime minister just before he departed to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip since he was inaugurated.

Iraqi official: Federal police forces enter Mosul International Airport and take control of the runway

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

Iraqi official: Federal police forces enter Mosul International Airport and take control of the runway.

AP Analysis: Damage control N. Korea style: Deny and attack

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:11am

Faced with the killing of its leader's half brother in what appears to have all the trappings of a politically motivated hit, North Korea is turning up the volume on a familiar defense: Flatly deny the allegations, viciously attack the accusers.

Thai editor has lese majeste jail sentence reduced

Dake Kang and Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:01am

Thailand's Supreme Court has upheld but reduced the jail sentence of a magazine editor who is currently the longest-serving prisoner convicted of lese majeste — insulting the monarchy.

AP Analysis: Why Venezuelans have lost hope life will change

Hannah Dreier and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:28am

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.

American Samoa's ex-congressman dies at 73

Fili Sagapolutele, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:24am

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

Iraqi forces push up to Mosul's key military base by airport

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:15am

Iraqi special forces on Thursday joined the government offensive to rout Islamic State militants from the western half of Mosul, pushing up to a sprawling, IS-held military base on the city's southern edge as police forces advanced toward the adjacent international airport, officials said.

US-born panda Bao Bao lands in China after leaving DC zoo

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:54pm

An American-born panda started settling into her new home Thursday in southwest China where she will eventually join a breeding program.

The Latest: Malaysia wants Interpol help on tracing suspects

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:50pm

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

Japan Crown Prince vows to follow father's footstep

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:03pm

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito marked his 57th birthday Thursday with a pledge to follow in his father's footsteps as a symbol of the nation if his father's wish to abdicate is realized.

3 Indian soldiers, Kashmir woman killed during rebel attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:31pm

Three Indian soldiers and a woman were killed after rebels ambushed soldiers in the disputed region of Kashmir, police said on Thursday.

Ecuador electoral body formally orders presidential runoff

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:50pm

Ecuador's electoral commission has formally ruled that a runoff election will be needed to choose a successor for socialist President Rafael Correa.

North Korea denies it was behind killing at Malaysia airport

Hyung-Jin Kim and Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:30pm

North Korea denied Thursday that its agents masterminded the assassination of the half brother of leader Kim Jong Un, saying a Malaysian investigation into the death of one of its nationals is full of "holes and contradictions."

The Latest: NKorea critical of Malaysia death investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:11pm

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

Chopped off heads, torn out hearts in brutal Brazil gang war

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:23pm

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.

Brazil's foreign minister resigns due to medical reasons

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:14pm

Brazil's foreign minister resigned from his post Wednesday night, citing undisclosed medical reasons.

UN: $4.4B needed within weeks to stop hunger 'catastrophe'

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:52pm

The United Nations needs $4.4 billion by the end of March to prevent catastrophic hunger and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, yet just $90 million has been collected so far, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday.

Cuban dissidents honor OAS secretary-general denied entry

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:15pm

A group of Cuban dissidents on Wednesday recognized the secretary-general of the Organization of American States for defending human rights in their country even though the government denied him entry to attend the ceremony.

Trump sends top aides to Mexico amid deep strains with US

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:48pm

President Donald Trump dispatched his top diplomat and homeland security chief to Mexico on Wednesday on a fence-mending mission complicated by the actual fence he wants to build on the southern border. Mexico's government signaled it was in no mood to be lectured by the new U.S. administration.