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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.

The Latest: Malaysia sends warning to North Korean diplomat

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

The Latest on Malaysia's investigation into the apparent assassination of the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local):

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.

Iraqi forces facing stiff resistance in western Mosul

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 3:24am

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

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 3:20am

Senior Myanmar security officials say the assassination of a prominent legal adviser to the government was the result of a personal political grudge and not part of a bigger conspiracy by the military.

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.

UN Syria sanctions vote sought next week; Russia vows veto

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:46pm

Nations urging the U.N. to ban helicopter sales to Syria and impose other sanctions over chemical weapons use are seeking a Security Council vote next week, saying the body needs to take action after attacks the U.S. envoy called "barbaric." But Russia is vowing a veto.

Ukrainian lawmaker visits rebel east, urges prisoner release

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:07pm

A Ukrainian lawmaker visited the rebel-held east on Friday to meet with Ukrainian prisoners there, a trip that irked many in Ukraine.

Paris mayor, Clooney fire back at Trump for insulting city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:57pm

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, France's foreign minister and an American cinema luminary pushed back at U.S. President Donald Trump for insulting the City of Light on Friday in a speech.