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Mexican Senate approves quasi-military National Guard

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 3:38pm

Mexico's Senate has unanimously approved a watered-down version of the militarized National Guard the government wants to use to combat a rising wave of crime.

Italy: Teacher's 'experiment' with black pupil arouses anger

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:49pm

An elementary school teacher in central Italy who told his students a black classmate was "ugly" is learning about the outrage his action caused.

Pacific typhoon expected to lash Guam with gusty wind, rain

Caleb Jones and Grace Garces Bordallo, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:54am

A growing typhoon in the Pacific is heading toward the Mariana Islands and could lash Guam with strong winds, rain and surf this weekend.

Verdict pending for Swiss veteran who joined anti-IS militia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:52am

A Swiss military official says a verdict is expected Friday in the trial of a former sergeant accused of jeopardizing Switzerland's standing as a neutral nation by joining a foreign Christian militia to fight the Islamic State group in Syria.

Withdrawal of 1,000 Burundian soldiers from Somalia begins

Eloge Willy Kaneza, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:08am

An official in Burundi says the withdrawal of 1,000 Burundian soldiers from the African Union regional force in Somalia has begun.

UN: Central African Republic peace deal may be turning point

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:44am

The U.N. envoy for Central African Republic says the peace agreement signed this month by the government and 14 rebel groups "could be a turning point" in the conflict-torn country despite persistent dangers.

Slovaks mark anniversary of slayings of journalist, fiancee

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:32am

Tens of thousands of people are rallying across Slovakia to mark the anniversary of the slayings of an investigative reporter and his fiancee.

The Latest: Russian, Venezuelan diplomats meet in Moscow

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:20am

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro orders border with Brazil closed amid political turmoil

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:13am

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro orders border with Brazil closed amid political turmoil.

The Latest: Officials try to verify French IS member's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:14am

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The Latest: Over 100 migrants rescued at sea, sent to Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:13am

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Snowman builders aim for big money in video contest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:05am

Building a snowman isn't always just a way to while away a long winter. For some people in Russia and Ukraine, it's a way to possibly earn some significant money.

AP interview: Moldova president says country needs Russia

Vadim Ghirda, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:02am

Moldova's president said Thursday the former Soviet republic needs good relations with Russia, amid uncertainty about the future of the European Union.

A commander with a US-backed Syrian force says twin bombings in market in eastern Syria have killed at least 14 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:00am

A commander with a US-backed Syrian force says twin bombings in market in eastern Syria have killed at least 14 people.

The Latest: Death toll in Bangladesh fire lowered to 67

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:34am

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Poland ruling party allegedly financed politics from charity

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:00am

Poland's opposition lawmakers on Thursday demanded explanations from the ruling party about reports that one of its regional offices used donations for the Red Cross to finance its parliamentary campaign.

Germany: Far right rebuked over 'natural selection' comment

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:42am

The deputy speaker of Germany's parliament rebuked members of a far-right party Thursday for reportedly suggesting women aren't fit to be lawmakers.

Measles epidemic in Madagascar kills more than 900, says WHO

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:07am

The World Health Organization says that an epidemic of measles in Madagascar has caused more than 900 deaths.

Pakistan PM authorizes military response if India attacks

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 6:44am

Pakistan's prime minister on Thursday authorized the armed forces to "respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure" by neighboring India, as tensions soared between the nuclear-armed rivals.