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Israeli court says Prime Minister Netanyahu corruption trial to begin March 17, two weeks after national elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 7:05am

Israeli court says Prime Minister Netanyahu corruption trial to begin March 17, two weeks after national elections.

Afghanistan election commission says Ashraf Ghani has won a second term as president with 50.64% of the vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 6:04am

Afghanistan election commission says Ashraf Ghani has won a second term as president with 50.64% of the vote.

AP Interview: UN chief says new virus poses 'enormous' risks

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 4:38am

The U.N. secretary general said Tuesday that the virus outbreak that began in China poses “a very dangerous situation” for the world, but “is not out of control.”

UN secretary-general tells AP new coronavirus outbreak "not out of control" but a "very dangerous situation.”

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 4:31am

UN secretary-general tells AP new coronavirus outbreak "not out of control" but a "very dangerous situation.”.

UK issues severe flood alerts as storm-swollen rivers surge

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:18am

Residents in central England and Wales braced Tuesday for more flooding as rivers peaked in the wake of a weekend storm that brought up to 6 inches (150 mm) of rain to an already waterlogged region.

Japan says 88 more virus cases confirmed on quarantined ship

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:17am

Japanese health authorities said Tuesday they have confirmed 88 more cases of the new virus on a quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo.

Iran sentences alleged US spies to up to 10 years in prison

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:15am

Iran sentenced eight environmental activists, including an Iranian who reportedly also has British and American citizenship, to prison sentences ranging from four to 10 years on charges of spying for the United States and acting against Iran's national security, the judiciary said Tuesday.

Turkish court acquits 9 civil activists of terror charges

Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:09am

A court in Istanbul on Tuesday acquitted nine leading Turkish civil society activists of terrorism-related charges in relation to anti-government protests, including philanthropist Osman Kavala.

Japan health authorities say 88 more cases of virus found on quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo, bringing total to 542.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 2:43am

Japan health authorities say 88 more cases of virus found on quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo, bringing total to 542.

Bomb kills Pakistani policeman assigned to anti-polio team

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 12:02am

A roadside bombing targeted a police vehicle in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing a policeman and wounding three others, officials said. The police were assigned to escort health workers during an anti-polio vaccination campaign in the region.

Turkey seeks 695 arrests over links to U.S.-based cleric

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 11:52pm

Turkish prosecutors have issued detention warrants against 695 people suspected of links to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric blamed by Turkey for a failed coup attempt in 2016, state media reported Tuesday.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 10:40pm

President Donald Trump's administration is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday it'll allow 177 miles of wall to be built faster in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas and bring the Republican president closer to his pledge of 450 miles by year's end. A 2005 law gives the Homeland Security secretary sweeping powers to waive laws to expedite border barrier construction. Acting Secretary Chad Wolf tells Fox News Channel he hopes the move “will accelerate some of the construction that's going along the Southwest border.” The move is expected to spark criticism the Trump administration is overstepping its authority.

Virus claims life of hospital director in hard-hit Wuhan

Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 7:44pm

As a mysterious new virus enveloped central China's Wuhan early this year, Liu Zhiming mobilized all the resources of his hospital in the city's Wuchang district to deal with the thousands of sick people arriving daily, threatening to overwhelm the local health care system.

UN: Impact of long Libya war on civilians is `incalculable'

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 6:39pm

The U.N humanitarian coordinator for Libya said Monday the impact of the country’s nine-year war on civilians “is incalculable,” pointing to its intensity escalating “exponentially” since a rebel commander launched an offensive last April, casualties rising and almost 900,000 people now needing assistance.

Killing of 7-year-old stokes anger in Mexico over femicides

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 5:59pm

The killing of a 7-year-old girl on the southern outskirts of Mexico City has stoked rising anger over the brutal slayings of women, including one found stabbed to death and skinned earlier this month.

China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98 amid report 80% of cases have been mild

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 5:16pm

China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98 amid report 80% of cases have been mild.

Protester chains himself to Russian security agency's doors

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 10:33am

A Russian activist was detained Monday after he chained himself to the front doors of the nation's top security agency to protest its handling of a controversial criminal case.

Pompeo in Africa visit praises Angola's moves against graft

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 10:26am

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in his latest Africa stop on Monday praised Angola’s president for his dramatic actions to recover billions of dollars looted bycorrupt officials, saying it would help attract investment to one of Africa's largest economies.

No Bull: German court rules dogs not too big to be miniature

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 10:23am

A German court has decided a Duesseldorf dog dispute, ruling Monday that not only size matters in determining whether a dog is officially "miniature."