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EU pledges 50 million euros to African counterterror force

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:48am

The European Union is pledging 50 million euros ($61 million) to a joint counterterror force in West Africa's Sahel region, as leaders gather Friday in a show of support for the impoverished nations.

Putin is heir to Russia's long disinformation experience

Jim Heintz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:44am

Vladimir Putin doesn't tweet and he claims he doesn't have a smartphone. At first sight, the Russian president's reluctance to adopt the hyperconnected world's technology might seem at odds with the widespread belief that he signed off on a campaign to undermine the United States via social media.

Gang rapes and beheadings: UN reveals new South Sudan abuses

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:42am

The witness accounts remain appalling. One South Sudanese man returned home after hiding from government soldiers to find they had blinded his mother, gouging out her eyes with spears.

Modi hugs Trudeau amid Indo-Canada invitation embarrassment

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:24am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on Friday with a hug, one day after embarrassed Canadian diplomats had to revoke a party invitation for a man convicted of attempting to kill an Indian politician.

Rights group: Turkey not avoiding civilians in Syria strikes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:21am

Human Rights Watch is criticizing the way Turkey is conducting its offensive in northern Syria, saying it has failed to take necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties.

Japanese men nabbed for shooting at defacto NKorean embassy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:44pm

Police said they arrested two Japanese men believed to be right-wing activists for shooting early Friday at North Korea's de facto embassy in Tokyo.

Australia deputy leader quits Cabinet over harassment claim

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:40pm

Australia's beleaguered deputy prime minister resigned from the Cabinet on Friday over allegations that he sexually harassed a woman, but said he would not resign from Parliament.

Argentina: Drug seizure at Russian embassy leads to arrests

Almudena Calatrava, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:04pm

A former Russian diplomatic official and an Argentine police officer were among those arrested in connection with a large cocaine seizure at the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires that prompted a yearlong investigation into an international drug ring, officials said Thursday.

Cash-strapped Venezuela faces eviction from Miami consulate

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:51pm

Venezuela's cash-strapped government faces eviction from a Miami building it once owned after its consulate failed to pay rent since August.

Man convicted of attempted murder invited to Trudeau party

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:30pm

A stunning oversight that allowed a man convicted of attempted murder to be invited to a party in India with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is prompting many to say the Trudeau government is too close to Sikh separatists.

Not guilty verdict in death of indigenous teen in Canada

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

A man accused of killing a 15-year-old girl and dumping her body in Winnipeg's Red River was found not guilty of second-degree murder on Thursday in a case that prompted outrage from Canadian indigenous leaders.

UK police probe 'racist' package sent to Harry and Meghan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:32pm

Police are investigating a suspicious package that was sent to Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle as a racist hate crime, Scotland Yard said Thursday.

Top US diplomat in Venezuela under fire for tough comments

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:30pm

The head of Venezuela's government-controlled assembly on Thursday accused the top U.S. diplomat in Caracas of promoting a coup and threatened to take "corresponding diplomatic measures" against him but stopped short of saying he would be expelled.

World leaders urge Syria cease-fire as fighting escalates

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:32pm

World leaders called Thursday for an urgent cease-fire in Syria as government forces pounded the opposition-controlled eastern suburbs of the capital in a crushing campaign that has left hundreds of people dead in recent days.

The Latest: Russia's amended Syrian UN resolution circulated

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:22pm

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North Korea criticizes UN chief over support for sanctions

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:58pm

North Korea sharply criticized U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday for supporting sanctions to pressure the country into negotiations with the U.S. on denuclearization, saying he appears to be acting as a "henchman" representing the United States.

UNICEF official resigns after allegations made

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:49pm

A senior official at the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said Thursday he resigned after allegations of inappropriate behavior during an earlier stint at Save The Children because of "the danger" of damaging both organizations.

Anti-fascist demonstrators clash with police in Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:36pm

Anti-fascist demonstrators have clashed with police in the northern Italian city of Turin as another night of violence has erupted in the waning days of Italy's divisive election campaign.

African asylum seekers facing expulsion have embraced Israel

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:44pm

Even as he faces a potential deportation from Israel, 30-year-old Eritrean asylum seeker Johny Goytiom Kafl brims with satisfaction as he looks out upon thousands of fellow protesters rallying against the impending expulsions, all while peacefully secured by police.