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Ferry explosion injures 25 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:51pm

An explosion ripped through a ferry as it unloaded passengers in the Caribbean beach city of Playa del Carmen on Wednesday, hurting 25 people, but authorities said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

French government unveils tough measures for asylum-seekers

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:32pm

French President Emmanuel Macron's government on Wednesday presented a bill to enforce tougher immigration rules, decried by human rights organizations as repressive toward asylum-seekers.

Vandalism, violent incidents mark Italy's election campaign

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:14pm

More acts of vandalism, intimidation and violence have been taking place during Italy's tense election campaign, including a bullet placed in mail destined for a candidate for Parliament, and the knifing of two people affixing campaign posters.

US Jewish group withdraws Holocaust video offensive to Poles

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:14pm

A prominent Jewish-American foundation removed a video from YouTube which had sparked outrage in Poland and beyond on Wednesday with its provocative use of the historically inaccurate term "Polish Holocaust" to protest a controversial new Polish law criminalizing some comments about the Holocaust.

Hospitals overwhelmed by bombing blitz of Damascus suburbs

Philip Issa and Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:04pm

Doctors in Syria's rebel-controlled suburbs of Damascus said Wednesday they were unable to keep up with the staggering number of casualties, amid a ferocious bombing campaign by government forces that has targeted hospitals, apartment blocks and other civilian sites, killing and wounding hundreds of people in recent days.

50 girls missing from Nigerian town after Boko Haram attack

Haruna Umar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:41pm

About 50 young women remained missing Wednesday after Boko Haram extremists attacked a village in northern Nigeria that is home to a boarding school for girls, provoking fears that they may have met the same fate as those kidnapped from the town of Chibok nearly four years ago.

At least 44 dead as bus veers off cliff in Peru

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:38pm

A double-deck bus ran off the Panamerican Highway and tumbled 200 meters (about 650 feet) down a cliff in southern Peru on Wednesday, and police said at least 44 people died.

Russia criticizes Western pressure to turn away from Moscow

Jovana Gec, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:32pm

Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday criticized Western policies toward his country, blasting the European Union for failing to maintain good relations with Moscow despite the divisions over Ukraine and many other issues.

US lawmakers say it's time to restore staff at Cuba embassy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:56pm

U.S. lawmakers visiting Cuba urged the State Department on Wednesday to restore embassy staff pulled from the country last year in response to mysterious ailments among diplomats and their families.

The Latest: Russia calls for UN meeting on Syria's Ghouta

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:44pm

The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local):

Authorities in northern Nigeria say as many as 50 girls remain missing after an attack by Boko Haram extremists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:32pm

Authorities in northern Nigeria say as many as 50 girls remain missing after an attack by Boko Haram extremists.

2 French soldiers killed in Mali by explosive device

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:28pm

Two members of a French counter-terrorism force in Mali were killed on Wednesday when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in a border region with Niger, authorities said.

Polish kidnap suspect says British model agreed to plot

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:18pm

A Polish man charged with kidnapping a British model for ransom testified Wednesday that she agreed to the scheme in a bid to boost her career, denying his previous statements to investigators that he was trying to make money so he could seek treatment for leukemia.

Former UN chief says Koreas dialogue must be kept alive

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:44am

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the dialogue between the two Koreas that began during the Winter Olympics must be kept alive so it can hopefully lead to reconciliation, peace and denuclearization of North Korea.

State witness turning point in Netanyahu corruption case

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:24am

Now that one of Benjamin Netanyahu's closest confidants has turned state witness, according to Israeli media reports Wednesday, it may mark a turning point for the beleaguered prime minister facing a slew of corruption allegations that could topple him from power.

Watchdog group: Countries move too slowly against corruption

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:16am

Corruption continues to be a global problem and the majority of countries are moving too slowly in their efforts to combat it, a watchdog group said Wednesday.

AP Exclusive: Migrant recounts his deportation from Israel

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:50am

Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could not return to Eritrea, a country he risked his life to flee in 2010. He hoped to avoid the fate of compatriots who languished in a desert jail for illegally staying in Israel.

AP Exclusive: Migrant recounts his deportation from Israel

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:49am

Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could not dare return to his native Eritrea, a country he risked his life to flee in 2010. He also hoped to avoid the fate of compatriots who languished in a notorious desert jail for illegally staying in Israel.

Macedonia replaces road signs in goodwill gesture to Greece

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:48am

Macedonian authorities began replacing road signs Wednesday on the country's main highway named by the previous government after the ancient warrior king Alexander the Great, in a goodwill gesture toward neighboring Greece.