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Watchdog group: Countries move too slowly against corruption

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:01am

A watchdog group says corruption continues to be a global problem and the majority of counties are moving too slowly in their efforts to address it.

The Latest: UN: Nearly 350 killed in Ghouta since Feb. 4

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:00am

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

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.

Polish kidnap suspect says model agreed to plot

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:20am

A Polish man charged with kidnapping a British model for ransom has claimed she agreed to the ploy in a bid to boost her career.

UK Supreme Court: Police liable for failings in rapist case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:59am

Britain's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police can be held liable for failing to bring serious criminals to justice — a judgment that could open U.K. forces to a wave of lawsuits from victims.

At least 36 dead as bus veers off cliff in Peru

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:56am

Police say at least 36 people were killed when a double-deck bus veered off a highway and tumbled 200 meters (about 650 feet) down a cliff in southern Peru.

Russia criticizes Western pressure to turn away from Moscow

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:56am

Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday criticized Western policies toward his country, urging European countries to maintain good relations with Moscow despite the Russia-West divisions.

German court hands 'Laserman' life sentence for 1992 killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:48am

A German court on Wednesday sentenced a Swedish man to life in prison for fatally shooting a woman in Frankfurt 26 years ago.

State witness turning point in Netanyahu corruption case

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:42am

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.

AP PHOTOS: Bolivians pick their Andean god of abundance

Carlos Valdez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:36am

Juan Ricaldi may not yet be rich, but he's the very image of the god of abundance in the eyes of celebrating devotees in the Bolivian capital.

Bahrain sentences prominent activist to 5 years in prison

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:00am

A prominent human rights activist in Bahrain was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison over tweets alleging prison torture in his country and misconduct in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, despite wide international criticism of his trial.

2 French soldiers killed in Mali by explosive device

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:52am

Two French soldiers died in Mali when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device.

US says drone strike in Somalia kills 3 al-Shabab extremists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:49am

The United States military says it has carried out a drone strike against al-Shabab extremists in Somalia, killing three "terrorists."

Spain: Judge orders arrest of separatist if she returns

Aritz Parra and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:22am

A Spanish judge on Tuesday ordered the arrest of a leading Catalan separatist politician if she returns to Spain from Switzerland, where she has moved to avoid a judicial inquiry.

Explosion at bank in northern Myanmar kills 2, wounds 21

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:12am

A bomb exploded Wednesday in a bank in the northern city of Lashio, a region where there is fighting between the government and ethnic minority guerrillas, killing two people and injuring 21 others, Myanmar authorities said.

Pakistan's top court rules against disqualified PM Sharif

Zarar Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:00am

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, declaring that anyone disqualified from holding office cannot serve as head of a political party.

Turkey to develop unmanned tanks, president says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:40am

Turkey's president says the country will develop unmanned tanks to minimize risks to soldiers in combat.