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Australian who drove into crowd, killed 6, sentenced to life

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:15pm

A man who drove a stolen car into lunchtime crowds in downtown Melbourne and killed six people was sentenced to life imprisonment Friday in what the judge described as "one of the worst examples of mass murder in Australian history."

Amid loss of leaders, unknown militant rises in Philippines

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 6:38pm

Unlike many of his slain comrades, the touted new leader of the Islamic State group in the southern Philippines lacks the bravado, clan name or foreign training.

UN chief discusses Yemen, Venezuela with Pompeo

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:14pm

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has held talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo focusing on the redeployment of forces from Yemen's key port and the situation in Venezuela.

Mexican Senate approves quasi-military National Guard

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 3:38pm

Mexico's Senate voted unanimously Thursday to approve a more civilian-oriented version of the militarized National Guard that the government wants to use to combat a rising wave of crime.

Italy: Teacher's 'experiment' with black pupil arouses anger

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:49pm

An elementary school teacher in central Italy who told his students a black classmate was "ugly" is learning about the outrage his action caused.

Pacific typhoon expected to lash Guam with gusty wind, rain

Caleb Jones and Grace Garces Bordallo, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:54am

A growing typhoon in the Pacific is heading toward the Mariana Islands and could lash Guam with strong winds, rain and surf this weekend.

Verdict pending for Swiss veteran who joined anti-IS militia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:52am

A Swiss military official says a verdict is expected Friday in the trial of a former sergeant accused of jeopardizing Switzerland's standing as a neutral nation by joining a foreign Christian militia to fight the Islamic State group in Syria.

Withdrawal of 1,000 Burundian soldiers from Somalia begins

Eloge Willy Kaneza, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:08am

An official in Burundi says the withdrawal of 1,000 Burundian soldiers from the African Union regional force in Somalia has begun.

UN: Central African Republic peace deal may be turning point

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:44am

The peace agreement signed earlier this month by the Central African Republic's government and 14 rebel groups "could be a turning point" in the history of the conflict-torn country despite persistent dangers, the U.N. envoy for the impoverished nation said Thursday.

Slovaks mark anniversary of slayings of journalist, fiancee

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:32am

Tens of thousands of people are rallying across Slovakia to mark the anniversary of the slayings of an investigative reporter and his fiancee.

The Latest: US envoy Elliott Abrams is heading to Colombia

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

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro orders border with Brazil closed amid political turmoil

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:13am

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro orders border with Brazil closed amid political turmoil.

The Latest: Officials try to verify French IS member's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:14am

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The Latest: Over 100 migrants rescued at sea, sent to Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:13am

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Snowman builders aim for big money in video contest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:05am

Building a snowman isn't always just a way to while away a long winter. For some people in Russia and Ukraine, it's a way to possibly earn some significant money.

AP interview: Moldova president says country needs Russia

Vadim Ghirda, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:02am

Moldova's president said Thursday the former Soviet republic needs good relations with Russia, amid uncertainty about the future of the European Union.

A commander with a US-backed Syrian force says twin bombings in market in eastern Syria have killed at least 14 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:00am

A commander with a US-backed Syrian force says twin bombings in market in eastern Syria have killed at least 14 people.

The Latest: Death toll in Bangladesh fire lowered to 67

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:34am

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Poland ruling party allegedly financed politics from charity

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:00am

Poland's opposition lawmakers on Thursday demanded explanations from the ruling party about reports that one of its regional offices used donations for the Red Cross to finance its parliamentary campaign.