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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 10:45pm

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is denying misdemeanor charges of soliciting a prostitute. But police in Jupiter, Florida, say Kraft was twice videotaped in a sex act at a shopping center massage parlor. Police have not released details about the charges, filed as part of a six-month investigation of spas. Kraft, a 77-year-old billionaire, could face trouble with the National Football League. The NFL says it's aware of the case and is monitoring.

Venezuela's government orders partial closure of border with Colombia ahead of humanitarian aid delivery

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:28pm

Venezuela's government orders partial closure of border with Colombia ahead of humanitarian aid delivery.

Japan's crown prince hopes to continue father's legacy

Haruka Nuga, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 5:48pm

Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito says he hopes to continue the close relationship his father built with the people when he succeeds him as emperor later this year.

New graft probe targets Guatemala first lady

Sonny Figueroa, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 3:26pm

Prosecutors said Friday they have opened an investigation into first lady Patricia Marroquin de Morales related to apparently unreported campaign checks during President Jimmy Morales' election bid.

Venezuela opposition leader shows up at benefit concert in Colombia, in defiance of travel ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 3:21pm

Venezuela opposition leader shows up at benefit concert in Colombia, in defiance of travel ban .

Sudan declares state of emergency, disbands Cabinet

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 2:12pm

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, facing deadly protests, on Friday declared a state of emergency for a year, disbanded the federal government and replaced all state governors with senior army officers.

Brazil moves Venezuela aid to border despite closure

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 2:04pm

Brazilian authorities on Friday began moving humanitarian aid to its northern border with Venezuela even though the international crossing has been closed.

Indian police say at least 50 people have died after drinking tainted liquor in remote northeast.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 1:52pm

Indian police say at least 50 people have died after drinking tainted liquor in remote northeast.

Tropical storm warning for Guam as typhoon nears

Grace Garces Bordallo and Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 12:28pm

A typhoon was expected to pass south of Guam, but residents were still preparing for the possibility of changes in the storm's trajectory and destructive winds.

UN court sets date for deciding Bosnian Serb leader's appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 11:15am

A United Nations court says it will deliver its judgment next month in former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic's appeal of his convictions for genocide and other crimes for masterminding atrocities during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Swiss court fines veteran for joining anti-IS militia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 10:27am

A military court in Switzerland has fined a former sergeant in the Alpine nation's army 500 Swiss francs ($500) for joining a foreign militia to fight the Islamic State group in Syria between 2013 and 2015.

Medellin razes Pablo Escobar's home in symbol of rebirth

Diego Escudero and Cesar Garcia, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 10:26am

A six-floor apartment building in Medellin that Pablo Escobar once called home was demolished Friday in an emotional ceremony that officials hope will dampen some of the fervor for the notorious drug lord's criminal life and instead showcase the city's rebirth.

Protests in Algeria against president's bid for 5th term

Aomar Ouali, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 9:07am

Thousands of Algerians have taken to the streets in several towns to denounce ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term.

UN nuclear watchdog: Iran in compliance with 2015 deal aimed at preventing Tehran from developing atomic weapons

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 9:01am

UN nuclear watchdog: Iran in compliance with 2015 deal aimed at preventing Tehran from developing atomic weapons.

Hundreds of students march in Paris for climate action

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:59am

Hundreds of French students have taken to the streets of Paris to call for more action to fight climate change, one day after a similar march in Brussels.

Israeli acting foreign minister doubles down on Nazi comment

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:52am

Israel's acting foreign minister has doubled down on his divisive claim that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and "suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk."

Venezuela mayor: 1 woman killed, a dozen injured in clash with security forces on border with Brazil

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:52am

Venezuela mayor: 1 woman killed, a dozen injured in clash with security forces on border with Brazil.

Mexico to help "El Chapo" family seek US humanitarian visas

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:38am

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that he has instructed his government to assist the family of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in seeking humanitarian visas to visit the convicted drug trafficker in the United States.

NMacedonian prison chief fired after ex-ministers assaulted

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:19am

The head of North Macedonia's main prison in the capital of Skopje has been fires after two former government ministers being held in pre-trial detention were assaulted in the prison yard by other inmates.