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Gang rapes and beheadings: UN reveals new South Sudan abuses

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:04pm

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.

Iranian official panned for rights abuses to visit UN body

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:02pm

An upcoming visit to the United Nations' top human rights body by Iran's justice minister is attracting criticism since the European Union has issued sanctions against him for rights violations.

18 killed as 2 blasts, gunfire rock Somalia's capital

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:06pm

Two car bomb blasts in Somalia's capital killed at least 18 people on Friday and shattered a months-long period of calm in Mogadishu, which is often the target of attacks by the al-Shabab extremist group.

The Latest: Al-Shabab claims Somalia blasts that kill 18

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:41pm

The Latest on the attack in Somalia's capital (all times local):

Autopsy aside, Israeli army says tear gas killed Palestinian

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:03pm

An initial inquiry suggested that a Palestinian whose beating by soldiers was caught on video died from tear gas inhalation, the Israeli military said Friday, ahead of a planned autopsy.

Ivanka Trump to push for 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:59am

Ivanka Trump told South Korea's president on Friday that she will use her visit to the Winter Olympics to advocate maximum pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear program.

Deaths mount in Syria bombing campaign near Damascus

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:58am

Syrian government warplanes supported by Russia continued their relentless bombardment of the rebel-controlled eastern suburbs of Damascus for a sixth day Friday, killing 32 people, opposition activists and a war monitor reported. The death toll from the past week climbed to more than 400.

France unveils broad new plan to tackle radicalization

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:56am

France unveiled a wide-ranging new program on Friday to counter radicalization, as French jihadis return from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq and the watch list grows of people showing risk signs.

At least 18 people killed in pair of explosions in Somalia's capital, ambulance service says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:30am

At least 18 people killed in pair of explosions in Somalia's capital, ambulance service says.

Switzerland: 2 killed in apparent murder-suicide in Zurich

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:06am

A man fired several shots at a woman and then shot himself in Zurich on Friday, Swiss police said, adding that both died in what appeared to have been a "relationship crime."

8 charged in murder of wildlife conservationist in Tanzania

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:58am

A U.S.-based wildlife conservation group says authorities in Tanzania have arrested and charged eight people for the murder of the group's co-founder Wayne Lotter, who was shot in Dar es Salaam last year.

Mexico finds 103 migrants abandoned in freight trailer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:56am

Mexican immigration agents say they have found 103 Central American migrants in a freight trailer left by a roadside near the U.S. border.

Parents fear worst for missing girls after Nigeria attack

Haruna Umar and Krista Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:52am

The sound of gunfire rang out as residents gathered for evening prayers at the mosque. Soon the armed fighters showed up in their trucks and made their target clear: Where was the girls' school, they asked.

The Latest: Syrian opposition says 32 killed near Damascus

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:49am

The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):

Canadian police charge alleged killer with another murder

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:25am

Canadian police say they've charged an alleged serial killer with one additional charge of murder, bringing the total to six. Police believe there are more victims.

Somali police official says 2 car bomb blasts rock Mogadishu, following by sustained gunfire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:11am

Somali police official says 2 car bomb blasts rock Mogadishu, following by sustained gunfire.

German food bank criticized, praised for anti-migrant stance

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:46am

A food bank in western Germany drew widespread criticism Friday for its decision to stop giving access cards to foreigners, who it says make up a growing percentage of its users. The move was hailed by some far-right groups.

France to charge suspect in Spain attacks that killed 16

Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:44am

The French prosecutor's office says an unnamed person detained in France in connection with the August extremist attacks in Spain will be handed preliminary charges.

Russia: Embassy coke bust shows our mission's strength

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:52am

A spokeswoman for Russia's Foreign Ministry is brushing off suggestions that the discovery of hundreds of kilograms (pounds) of cocaine in a school attached to Moscow's Argentina embassy harms the mission's reputation.