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Philippines gives Aussie life sentence for child trafficking

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 11:34pm

A Philippine court has sentenced an Australian man to life imprisonment after finding him guilty on human trafficking and child pornography charges.

Lebanon gets tough on the press ahead of elections

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 11:09pm

A string of court cases and judicial investigations against Lebanese media figures is testing this country's reputation as a forum for ideas in a region blanketed by censorship and threats to the press.

Australia helps Indian Ocean neighbors enhance rescue skills

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 10:48pm

Australian authorities say they have helped make the Indian Ocean safer for air and sea travelers since the Malaysian airliner vanished in the vast expanse four years ago through search and rescue training with island nations.

Indonesia mobilizes to combat health-damaging forest fires

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 10:43pm

Four Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies in anticipation of worsening forest fires that each year spread health-damaging haze across much of Southeast Asia.

Storm blocks road, causes other disruptions in New Zealand

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 9:54pm

Mudslides blocked the only road to a small New Zealand town Wednesday after a powerful Pacific storm caused disruptions across parts of the country.

Japan sees transfer at sea that may violate NKorea sanctions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 8:48pm

Japan's military has witnessed a ship-to-ship transfer on the high seas that it "strongly suspects" violates U.N. sanctions on North Korea, in the third such incident reported by Japan in the past month.

Australia resettles Cambodian activist's family as refugees

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 8:47pm

Australia continued to work effectively with Cambodia, an Australian minister said on Wednesday after news that a murdered Cambodian political activist's family had been accepted as refugees.

Brazil's Congress approves military intervention in Rio

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 8:18pm

Brazil's congress approved a decree to put the military in charge of Rio de Janeiro's security forces on Tuesday as soldiers and police spread out throughout in the city to combat rising crime.

US Navy rescues 3 fishermen adrift in Pacific for 8 days

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 8:03pm

The U.S. Navy said it rescued three fishermen Tuesday who were adrift on a boat in the Pacific Ocean for eight days.

El Salvador detains 3 officers in torture, abduction case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 7:52pm

Police in El Salvador arrested two military colonels and a lieutenant colonel Tuesday in connection with the case of eight soldiers who were convicted last year of abducting and torturing two people, one of them a minor.

Palestinian leader calls for peace conference by mid-2018

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 7:02pm

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ruled out the United States as a broker for peace with Israel on Tuesday, calling for an international peace conference by mid-2018 with the key goals of full U.N. membership for the state of Palestine and a timeframe for a two-state solution.

Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100

Philip Issa and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 3:16pm

Government forces bombed the northeastern suburbs of the Syrian capital for a second straight day on Tuesday, killing more than 100 people and raising the specter of a full-scale offensive that could spell catastrophe for the nearly 400,000 residents trapped under siege.

AP Explains: Syria's starved, rebellious suburb under attack

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:48pm

The airstrikes came at a rate of one a minute, with horrible results: civilians fleeing collapsing buildings, children trapped under slabs of concrete, paramedics grimly rushing the bloodied victims away on stretchers. At least 100 people were killed in one day.

The Latest: Group says Syria death toll tops 100 for the day

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:38pm

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Italy warns of election threat as rival parties court Russia

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 1:34pm

Italian government officials are warning of possible foreign interference in the March 4 general election, sounding the alarm following the U.S. indictment of Russian trolls and evidence of Russian-sourced fake news on popular Italian platforms.

More big parties join Venezuela ballot boycott: official

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 12:38pm

Venezuelan's major opposition groups edged closer Tuesday to an all-out boycott of an upcoming presidential election, warning the vote won't be free or fair.

The Latest: Envoy says US extends hand to Palestinians

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 12:36pm

The Latest on the U.N. Security Council meeting on Mideast issues (all times local):

Iran TV airs images of site of airplane crash that killed 65

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 12:20pm

Iranian search-and-rescue teams on Tuesday offered the first images of the site of an airplane crash in southern Iran that killed 65 people, with officials hoping to reach the aircraft's "black boxes" to learn exactly what downed the flight.

Netanyahu confidant identified as scandals mount

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 12:02pm

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, already reeling from a damaging police report into alleged corruption, faced yet another scandal on Tuesday — with allegations that a longtime confidant attempted to bribe a judge in exchange for dropping a corruption case against the Israeli leader's wife.